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Kate Hills to speak at Belfast Met’s webinar: Journey From Innovation to Manufacturing in the Fashion/Textiles Industry

Belfast Met Webinar Series

Kate Hills will be joining a panel of experts to discuss the journey from innovation to manufacturing in the fashion and textiles industry, as part of Belfast Met’s webinar series on supporting innovation. Belfast Met, supported by Connected NI, has been running a series of innovation-based webinars focused on supporting businesses on various topics. For…

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Made in UK Day 2021 – Round up & Stats

Made in UK Day Round-up

Thanks to everyone that supported the first-ever Made in UK Day on 9th March 2021. The hashtag #madeinukday trended at No.5 in the United Kingdom on Twitter. It also had a total reach of over 38.5 million people – 25% of which were overseas. A big thank you to everyone that supported the day. It was wonderful…

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Join us in celebrating first Made in UK Day on 9 March 2021

Made in UK Day

As the appetite to shop locally and support local businesses grows, Make it British, a community of UK-made brands and manufacturers, is calling on everyone to celebrate UK makers by taking part in the first-ever Made in UK Day on Tuesday 9 March 2021. Make it British was founded on 9 March 2011 by ex-retail…

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Fashion Roundtable’s call to arms: ‘Don’t make fashion history’

Don't make fashion history

The UK fashion industry is facing a number of critical issues, which without urgent attention will jeopardise the immediate and long term future of the sector. Following an industry-wide roundtable meeting, Fashion Roundtable have a plan of action to lobby the government with their ‘Don’t make fashion history’ campaign, and they need your help. The…

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Make it British Members featured in Brilliantly British Campaign

In December 2020 The Express newspaper ran a ‘Brilliantly British’ campaign shining a light on UK-made firms. Dozens of Make it British members were among them… Over a period of two weeks, the Express newspaper is encouraging its readers to buy UK-made goods in a new “Brilliantly British campaign. Many of the businesses listed in…

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‘One Woman’s Mission to Successfully Save UK Fashion Manufacturing’

Kate Hills features on Fashion Roundtable’s first ever podcast.  I was delighted to be featured as the first ever guest on Fashion Roundtable’s great new podcast ‘From Front Row to Front Bench’. Fashion Roundtable is an organisation that collaborates with Government and Parliament, through All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), and across the public and private sector…

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Johnstons of Elgin Weaves Sustainability into New Label EveryYarn

Luxury Scottish cashmere manufacturer, Johnstons of Elgin, is reinforcing its sustainable credentials through the launch of a new range using leftover yarn from its main collections. Maintaining the highest level of quality, the range will benefit the environment and last longer than cheaper, synthetic fibres. EveryYarn has now launched in stores and online and offers luxurious,…

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Government orders millions of pieces of UK-made PPE

PPE made in the UK

Whilst orders are now coming through for PPE made in the UK this only covers the next few months. What is the long term solution? If you’ve been listening to the Make it British podcast over the last few weeks you’ll have heard my thoughts on why we should be making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)…

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Manufacturing Hero: Christopher Nieper

David Nieper MD Christopher Nieper

Christopher Nieper, MD of David Nieper awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours 💯 Congratulations to this man – Christopher Nieper, MD of clothing manufacturer David Nieper – who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Never has an award been more deserving. If there is one person more than…

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In the Press: Make it British on C4 SuperShoppers

C4 Supershoppers

How is the cost of clothing in stores calculated? Ever wondered how big retailers work out the price of clothing you see in stores? Is it genuinely related to how much it costs to manufacture? Or do they make up the prices according to how much they think you’ll pay? The cost of clothes and…

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Make it British members Blackburn Yarn Dyers receives investment

Blackburn Yarn Dyers have been operating since 1915, proudly supplying weavers and knitters all across Britain. Blackburn Yarn Dyers have a long and proud history but it’s a modern company with its eye on the future. The company has recently received private backing to fund its continued expansion. Blackburn Yarn Dyers will use the investment…

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British-made brands find strength in collaboration

Make it British members, premium petite womenswear brand Jennifer Anne and shoe designer Joseph Azagury, have collaborated to showcase their products and reach a wider audience. Jennifer Anne has opened a pop up shop within the Joseph Azagury premises in Wimbledon Village where her range of clothes for petite women is displayed.  Jennifer Anne’s model…

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Kate Hills joins the UK manufacturers call for action on migration

Kate Hills, founder of Make it British

UK manufacturers have warned the fashion industry could face a “severe” shortage of skilled workers if a recommendation to restrict the migration of workers comes into force after Brexit. The below article was featured on drapersonline.com in July 2019, by Isabella Fish: In September 2018, the government’s Migration Advisory Committee recommended folding European Union citizens…

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Impact Trading Create The Michel & Alain Roux Apron

Make it British Members Impact Trading manufacture customised corporate clothing, specialising in Aprons. They were recently commissioned to create bespoke aprons for the famous Michelin Star Restaurant, The Waterside Inn. The Waterside Inn, in Bray is run by chef patron Alain Roux, the son of Michel Roux. They wanted a bespoke, made in Britain apron to sell in the restaurant gift shop.…

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Menswear start-up HebTroCo make £1m in the shadow of Brexit

The northern business that started as a daft idea in the pub and began operations on referendum day has dashed past the £1m mark as Brexit looms. Make it British Members HebTroCo is a two-man menswear start-up which was launched on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website, at the end of January 2016. Their aim was to…

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Noted in Style join with global journal brand in an exclusive partnership

Make it British Members, Noted in Style, have been appointed the first ever ‘official branding partner’ to Paperblanks Journals. The partnership sees Noted in Style become the exclusive supplier of customised Paperblanks journals for corporate customers across Europe, Middle East and Africa regions. Based on the sunny South Coast of England, in Folkestone, Kent, Noted…

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