Make it British Live, the sourcing event for British manufacturers and producers, has announced a speaker line-up including John Smedley and designer Nigel Cabourn.
Make it British started as a campaign by founder Kate Hills, to help raise awareness and encourage more people to buy British-made products. It has since launched an annual two-day event, Make it British Live! which includes a trade show with over 200 exhibitors, alongside seminars and workshops.
Former Drapers editor Eric Musgrave will chair a panel discussion looking at how to export a British-made brand. Speakers include John Smedley managing director Ian Maclean; Christian Robinson, owner of maternity wear brand Tiffany Rose and British designer Nigel Cabourn.
Hills said: “Whilst around a third of UK fashion and textile manufacturers are exporting more than they were in 2016, there is a massive opportunity for growth as another third aren’t yet exporting. UK manufacturers now need to capitalise on this opportunity. There are numerous reasons why a British-made brand should have an export strategy, not least because overseas shoppers associate products made in Britain with quality.”
Make it British Live! takes place at the Old Truman Brewery, London, on 23 and 24 May.