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A wonderful chance to nurture talent

Stephen Selby, Success Appointments

For the third consecutive year we have decided to sponsor the Drapers Next Generation initiative.

For the third consecutive year we have decided to sponsor the Drapers Next Generation initiative. As a major recruiter for the fashion industry it is obviously important for us to keep our brand out there.

However, this event is different because it is about the nurturing and development of new talent. The previous two years have demonstrated how much the young delegates gain from the day. Not only in terms of hearing key industry figures speak, but in being able to network and share experiences with their peers.

The 2012 event is two-and-a-half times bigger than the first, three years ago, and we expect it to grow into one of the most important annual events in the industry calendar. Last year I wrote about the tough times that we are all facing, expecting it to have eased by now. Unfortunately that is not the case as yet. We have to remain optimistic though, and what better way than witnessing the talent and enthusiasm of young people entering the industry.

With regards to future opportunities, it occurs to me that the increase in wage and transport costs out of Asia, and possible economic pressure building in China, could well present an opportunity for investment in UK-based manufacturing, building a stronger base for the country’s future.

Encouragement from the Government would give a massive boost both to the economy and employment prospects for young people. It would re-open job prospects in technology, production management and design that do not currently exist in the UK. A resurgence of the UK clothing manufacturing industry? We live in hope.

  • Stephen Selby, Managing director, Success Appointments

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