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John Lewis invites British firms to buyers’ showcase

High street bellwether John Lewis has lent its support to UK production with a buyers’ showcase for selected British manufacturers.

Designed to introduce its buyers to a range of fashion and footwear companies, John Lewis invited several, including six UK footwear manufacturers, to its London head office yesterday (October 20).

It said the event was designed to “inspire” its buyers to consider sourcing more products – a combination of branded and own label – from UK manufacturers.

Christine Kasoulis, head of brand development at John Lewis, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to support UK manufacturing, John Lewis has invited a carefully selected range of British companies to a buyers’ showcase.”

The footwear companies invited were Cheaney, Sanders & Sanders, NPS Shoes, DB Shoes, sheepskin and leather manufacturer Draper of Glastonbury and kids’ specialist Daisy Roots. It is not clear which clothing manufacturers were invited to the event.

British Footwear Association chief executive Richard Kottler welcomed the initiative, adding: “We are thrilled to have been able to co-operate with John Lewis on it. We feel this reflects the continuing and growing enthusiasm for ‘Made in Britain’ product.”

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