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Meet the Manufacturer doubles as homegrown clothing movement gathers pace

UK sourcing event Meet the Manufacturer will double its floor space next year to meet growing demand for British-made clothing and textiles, with areas dedicated to hands-on workshops and seminars.

The event, which took place at Tobacco Dock this year in June, will move to the new venue of Old Truman Brewery in east London from May 25-26 2016.

More than 130 exhibitors are expected to showcase their clothing and textile-related products and services, increasing from around 100 companies this year. The 50,000 sq ft floor space will allow for bigger stands and workshops to focus on specific areas such as UK knitwear manufacture.

Kate Hills, founder and chief executive of event organiser Make It British, said: “Demand is definitely growing from buyers and designers looking for textile and garment production in the UK, from companies big and small. Now in our third year, we’re giving more space to workshops and seminars where people can ask specific questions and learn more about how they can best work with suppliers on our doorstep.”

Last weekend, the organisers of the Best of Britannia trade show held pop-up events in London and Preston, encouraging consumers to support brands that design and manufacture in Britain.

The Buy British pop-ups were held at Wayne Hemingway’s The Classic Car Boot Sale in Granary Square in London and the Fishergate shopping centre and main train station in Preston on October 3.

Featured brands included Joseph Corré’s A Child of the Jago and luxury British knitwear label Ross Barr in London, and tweed and tartan specialist The Shepherdess in Preston.

“The response was fantastic from both brands and visitors, and the thirst for British-made products is growing,” said Best Of Britannia co-founder Joe Pidgeon. “More than 17,000 people attended the event in London across the weekend and we reached upwards of around 8,000 people in Preston, so it was a big success.”

Best of Britannia will hold a pop-up pavilion at The Classic & Sports Car Show at Alexandra Palace in London from October 30-November 1, while the next fairs will take place from March 11-13 in Preston and October 7-9 in London.


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