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Drapers Next Generation: The future of fashion

Now in its fourth year, we are proud to be the founder sponsor of what is now this major industry event.

Next Generation is one of the important events of the year because it is all about the future of fashion, within this massive UK industry. Our enthusiasm grows not only because of how much larger the event is getting each year but also because of the talent of the young delegates, and the quality of the speakers. The success of events like this is directly linked to the country’s economic future.

Last year I wrote about the potential growth of our manufacturing base, as costs rise in China and India, and as lead times need to shorten. We have seen the start of a resurgence in UK manufacturing reported in the media, and also in the type of roles that we are increasingly being asked to recruit for.

Obviously, there is a long way to go before such growth makes any real difference in our balance of payments.

The Government still needs to give incentives through tax and grants to encourage investment. Lastly, we need to see an increase in the number of young people learning technical skills to work in the manufacturing sector that we hope will emerge.

  • Stephen Selby, Managing Director, Success Appointments

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