‘Make it British campaign that seeks to involve Bristishers in ‘You make it’ is witnessing a rise in the number of requests from businesses looking to work with UK manufacturers. A survey by Make it British reveals 45 per cent of UK textile manufacturers say business is better than last year.
Explaining this Kate Hills, CEO and Founder of Make it British said her organisation has a wealth of high-end manufacturers in the UK who provide a valuable service to British designers and who rely on the skills, flexibility and location of these suppliers when developing their collections for London Fashion Week. Make it British has seen a surge in enquiries from people looking for advice on where to find UK manufacturers and how to work with them. For this Make it British has launched ‘Ask Kate’.
It’s a live interactive broadcast every Thursday when Kate Hills gives people the opportunity to ask questions in real time. As a part of the answers she gives plenty of essential tips and practical advice for businesses looking to make their products in the country.
Adding to that Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council (BFC) observed that many of the British designers are already manufacturing product here in the UK and they frequently ask to make introductions and provide more information on the right production partners. The survey showed that many manufacturers are reporting increases in production of 25-50 per cent compared to 2015. Of the 95 UK textile manufacturers taking part, 30 per cent said they were receiving more enquiries now than prior to the EU Referendum.
Make it British organises an annual two-day event, Meet the Manufacturer, which showcases the return of manufacturing to the UK. It’s the only sourcing event exclusively for British fashion, textiles and homeware. This year it would take place on May 24 and 25 at the Old Truman Brewery, London and would boast of over 150 exhibitors plus a series of workshops and seminars, connecting manufacturers of textiles, apparel and leather goods with buyers, designers and retailers looking to produce quality British-made products.