Ethical and Social Compliance Workshop

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Date:                           Tuesday 13 February 2018
Time:                           10:00-13:00 (refreshments from 09:30)

Delivered by:              FAST FORWARD                     

Venue:                         Highfields Centre

                   Edwards Lounge

                   96 Melbourne Road


                   LE2 0DS

For more information or you would like to attend please click the link Ethical and Social Compliance Workshop







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Date:                           Tuesday 20 February 2018
Time:                           10:00-13:00 (refreshments from 09:30)

Delivered by:              Anicca Digital                     

Venue:                         Highfields Centre

                   Edwards Lounge

                   96 Melbourne Road


                   LE2 0DS

For more information or if you would like to attend please click the link Selling on the Internet







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Date:                           Tuesday 27 March 2018
Time:                           10:00-13:00 (refreshments from 09:30)

Delivered by:              Fashion Enter

Venue:                         Memon Centre

                   7 Abbotsford Road

                   Off Uppingham Road


                   LE5 4DA

For more information or if you would like to attend please click the link Improving Profitability 








Ethical and Social Compliance Workshop

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A series of Workshops are being delivered under the ERDF funded Programme Collaborate: Growing Business Together.

The Year 2018 saw the first ever ‘Ethical & Social Compliance Workshop’, specifically for the Fashion and Textiles Sector based in Leicester and Leicestershire. The workshop was free for all attendees, as long as they are enrolled and approved under Collaborate programme.

The workshop was delivered successfully, by Fast Forward, on 9 January 2018 at Highfield Centre, Leicester. The workshop was oversubscribed and well attended by a minimum of 22 business representative across Leicester and Leicestershire.

This was first of a series of workshop delivered under Collaborate! Support for Fashion and Textiles Sector.

Click Here to access the presentation slides.








By Business for Business - 23rd October to 3rd November 2017

With over 150 Events, the region’s largest business event is back for it’s third year! This year, it is going to be bigger and better than ever before across two exciting weeks from 23 October until 3rd November 2017.

The events will cover 13 sectors and be held throughout the region. With a market reach of c.14 million, there’s no telling what benefits your business could see.

There have 3 events booked so far under the Textiles Sector, please see detail below at the Co-working Café -Starting a Business in the Fashion Industry
Thursday 26th October

17:30 – 20:00
Leicester Castle Business School

Attendees will not only form new contacts and business relationships from the networking, but will go away with genuine takeaway tips to enable them to successfully form coherent business plans for a new start-up idea, albeit in the fashion industry or otherwise.

For further information and book your tickets, please click HERE

Creative Technology in Textiles

Thursday 2nd November
10:30 – 12:30
Leicester Castle Business School

This event introduces the audience to electroplating techniques in the textiles industry and how this might be used to open up new opportunities for local textiles and related businesses to strengthen their competitiveness.

For further information and book your tickets, please click HERE Value of Heritage in Textiles and Clothing


Thursday 2nd November
12:45 – 15:45
Leicester Castle Business School


This event will consider the role of heritage in the textile and fashion industry, whether in terms of brand value, in promoting a regional design identity founded on the authenticity of a highly skilled creative tradition.




Grant Providers’ Showcase – Access to Finance events


If time is against you and you need to find out what finance is available to help drive growth, visit one of five Grant Providers' Showcase events during the Leicester Business Festival 2017.

This is your opportunity to find out more about the Collaborate Business Grant as well as the Digital Growth Programme, Green BELLE, NBV Grants, Manufacturing Growth Programme, East Leicestershire LEADER and North West Leicester Grants

Click the dates for more information and to book.

Gateway to China

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This high profile event at Leicester Tigers on Thursday 26th October aims to encourage trade, export and develop new and existing relationships between businesses in Leicestershire and the People's Republic of China.  An exciting and enlightening conference will be followed by a series of workshops that will examine China as a destination for establishing and growing international trade links and commercial opportunities with this vibrant and fascinating destination. (Workshops details to follow).

Confirmed Key Speaker  Mr Jin Xu, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy

Thursday 26th October 2017
9:00 – 15:30
Leicester Tigers, Welford Road, LE2 7TR

Tickets are limited and early booking is advisable. Please click HERE to Register


Strategy and Funding for High Growth

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Date:  24 October 2017 8.00am till 12.30pm (Lunch and refreshments included) 
Venue:  Attenborough Hall, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ

This event is suitable for new and existing businesses. Our expert speakers will share high level content showing you how to prepare a business for scale up, growth and investment.

Confirmed Speakers:

Stuart Ross, CEO at High Growth and founder of the annual High Growth Summit 
Understanding the management skills needed to drive a business forward

John Tucker, Principal Consultant at Making Good
Understanding the routes to market for your product or service and how to maximise the opportunities

Steve Young, Development Director at Winning Pitch
Understanding what needs to be in place to make your business investment ready

Grant Peggie, Director, Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank
Undersand the funding landscape for high growth businesses

Andy Povey, Investment Manager, Maven Capital Partners UK LLP
Neil Millington, Loan Fund Manager, Enterprise Loans East Midlands
Overview of the new £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund


For more information click here






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Product and Sample Show

Dates:        21st & 22nd June 2017

Time:         9:00 – 17:30

Location:  Shima Seiki Europe Limited, Sills Road, Farm Business Park, Castle Donington, DE74 2US

To book your place, please contact:

Shima Seiki Europe Ltd


Tel:             01332 814 770





Textiles Tuesdays



Book now!

Textiles Tuesdays are a new approach to stimulating innovation and growth in the local textiles industry.

This programme of lunchtime talks and networking opportunities explores the latest business drivers and technology trends. Supporting local businesses by promoting collaborative exchange and spotlighting opportunities to innovate.


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Tuesday 20 June 2017, 12-1.30pm

How Fashion Enter helps retailers and etailers to spot an unethical factory

Jenni Holloway, Fashion Enter


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Tuesday 18 July 2017, 12-1.30pm

Meesha – The art of the T-Shirt

Sunny Patel, Meesha Group




Tuesday  19 September 2017, 12-1.30pm

How digital technologies are changing the way fashion is produced

Hervé Andrieu, Fashion Digital Solutions


Come along, listen and network over refreshments and a light lunch. All events will be held at De Montfort University’s Research Business and Innovation Exchange Office at Friars Mill in Leicester City Centre.


To register for these events, please reply to with the names and dates of the events you would like to attend. Please include your name, contact details and any dietary or accessibility requirements.














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Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st May 17

Leicester Digital Open House in Collaboration with The T-shirt Factory

The T-shirt Factory Europe Limited, Hayre Building, Ulverscroft Road, Leicester LE4 6BY

Venue: The T-shirt Factory Europe Limited, Hayre Building, Ulverscroft Road, Leicester LE4 6BY

The T-Shirt Factory in Leicester are opening their doors to show in production the latest DTG from Kornit. The Storm Hexa is a 7 colour printer with built in pre-treatment, ink recirculation and humidity control.

This is a rare opportunity to talk to Kornit engineers and see for yourself what is kicking up a Storm in the DTG world.

Kornit’s Storm Hexa offers a highly attractive ROI and lowest cost per print for production requirements from 5,000 shirts per month upwards, combined with the industry leading color gamut – ideal for promotional, branding and B2B work.

 To register your interest.

Please call ADELCO on: 01420 488388 or Email:




























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In Leicestershire we have developed a Sector Growth Plan for the fashion and textile sector.  The plan suggested the need for developing an industry led group to drive the Sector Growth Plan forward. You may agree that our Fashion and Textiles industry requires significant support to grow; however there are a number of challenges and barriers. There is no local industry voice to inform the ongoing business challenges and the support required to strengthen the sector further.

Leicester City Council took the lead and spoke to various Fashion and Textiles manufacturers within Leicester and Leicestershire. The project started with a small number of manufacturers that helped with developing and drafting ‘terms of reference’ for Leicestershire Fashion and Textiles manufacturers group, ‘Leicestershire Textiles Hub –Forum’.

We now need to move into phase 2 of this project and looking for likeminded businesses and Business Leaders, with the vision to strengthen the sector and lobby as and when needed. The group will meet bi-monthly, the next meeting is scheduled for 9 March 2017. We are looking for a couple of hours of your commitment per month for moving the textiles sector forward.

It is important that a praoactive manufacturers group is set up as soon as possible, more especially a group that represents compliant businesses.

If you or a representative of your company would like to be part of the Manufacturers group (ultimately it will become an association of local textiles manufacturers), please contact Altaf Ahmed by email:

The draft ‘Terms of Reference’ of the group is also attached for your perusal.  LTH Forum-Terms of Reference.pdf




Selling to Korea, Seminar 14th March 2017
4pm - 6pm
If Korea is a potential new market for you, this seminar will give you a good overview about the Korean fashion market. Korea is the world’s 7th largest fashion market and APAC’s 3rd largest e-commerce market with 77% of all Koreans purchasing clothing items online in 2016 – making the market reachable from both the UK and within the country. Korea, a gateway to China and trend setter for the region, is a crucial part of any Asian strategy.

Korea’s anglophile consumers are interested in premium and luxury British brands. Korea is Burberry’s second biggest market after China, with 77 points of sales and a highly performing market for brands like Barbour and All Saints. Keen to keep ahead of competitors and abreast of the latest fashions, Korean distributors and retailers are looking to engage with British brands.

What will be covered:

  • Recent trends in the South Korean fashion market - menswear & womenswear 
  • Comparison between selling to China, Japan and Korea 
  • Market entry strategy - virtual entry into the market 
  • Who are the high-end fashion, textiles and accessories wholesale retail buyers - how they work and where they buy
  • How are the big retailers structured? 
  • Where can I find a list of agents and distributors to import and sell my collection into Korea?
  • Are there any good licensing partners in Korea and how do I reach them?
  • Will UK products still qualify for the EU FTA access after Brexit or will the UK do a similar deal with the Korean government?
  • What are the main standards for fashion, accessories, footwear and textiles into Korea. Are there any mandatory labelling requirements?

Speaker:  Stella Kim, Sean Blakeley, British Chamber of Commerce in Korea  
After the seminar, there will be a Q+A session and the opportunity to network with other attendees. Wine and nibbles will be served.

£35  Members  |  £70  Non-Members
(plus VAT)








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19-22 OCTOBER 2016

Leicester Fashion Week will be 4 days of fashion-fuelled festivities including catwalks, exhibitions and discounts.  The event is supporting LOROS Hospice, a local charity that cares for over 2,500 people across  Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Fashion runway shows will be held on 20th and 21st October, starting at 7pm at the City Rooms and Mercure Grand Hotel in Leicester City.  Leicester Fashion Week concludes on Saturday 22nd October with an Intimate Apparel Show and after party to be held at Venom nightclub in Leicester.




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in association with the UK Fashion & Textile Association

Wednesday 26th October 2016, De Montfort University, Leicester

Join Make it British and the UKFT in the brand new Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities at De Montfort University for an unmissable event held as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

This one day conference will provide you with the knowledge and tools required to successfully manufacture, promote and sell a fashion brand that is made in the UK.

Make it British believes that there is great value in making in the UK, from the convenience and speed of having a factory on your doorstep, to the consumer confidence that is gained by displaying a 'Made in Britain' label. But developing a product that is manufactured in the UK is not always easy. 

This forum aims to equip you with the expertise required to help you build your British-made brand, as well as providing a great opportunity to network with other business owners in a similar situation.

Hear from a line-up of knowledgable industry experts, from both the brand and manufacturing side, who will help provide solutions to some of your challenges and set you well on the way to developing a great 'Made in Britain' business.

Expect to leave this forum knowing:

  • What classifies a product as 'Made in Britain'
  • How to produce a spec pack, or find someone that can help you to produce one
  • What to look for in a factory partner and what questions to ask when meeting a new supplier
  • Whether you need an NDA when working with a manufacturer
  • The most common manufacturing pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • The best ways to negotiate with a factory
  • How to promote your British-made brand 
  • The best ways to approach buyers to get your product in their stores
  • and much, much more!

If you have a business within the fashion and textile sector that makes in the UK, or are looking to launch one, then you need to be at this forum!







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LLEP BizGatewy Business Events

Details about a range of business events across Leicester and Leicestershire can be found on the Business Gateway website.  From networking, workshops, conferences and sector events.  If you want to grow your business network or learn new business skills the Gateway provides information on what is happening locally.

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East Midlands Chamber Events and Seminars

East Midland Chamber offers a comprehensive programme of events, seminars and workshops throughout the year. These range from networking and social events through to business seminars and management training.

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Previous Event - Leicester Business Festival Textiles Round Table Event

Jane West, Head of Fashion and Textiles, Creative Skill Set - Talking about reshoring in textiles and fashion                 

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Simon Platts, Sourcing Director, ASOS - Talking about preparing for the future of online fashion retailing

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Simon Platts, Sourcing Director, ASOS - Talking about setting standards and grasping opportunities

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Simon Platts, Sourcing Director, ASOS - Treating your suppliers like partners

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Previous Event - Business Consultation and Fashion Show