Textiles Tuesdays



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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.


Future dates to be announced shortly

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 or to find detail for these events, please send an email to IIF@dmu.ac.uk.























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Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC) Midlands Region are holding a half day seminar on 10 May 2017 at De Montfort University, Design Wing, Vijay Patel Building, Lecture Hall, 4th floor. the event starts at 1:00pm.


The opening address from the City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby. The key speakers includes:

  • Sophie Kinns – Childrenswear print designer, Joules

  • Gillian Proctor MDes RCA – Principal Lecturer and Subject, Leader for Contour Fashion, School of Design, DMU

  • Graham Clayton – Chief Executive, SDC

Here is the the link to the agend of the conference:

SDC Midlands Region_Evolution and Design Leicester.pdf 

To book your place please contact Pam Morris, email: pamstarmer10@btinternet.com

The fee for members is £20, non-members £30, students £5. 

DMU final year students are free. 












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Firstly a big thanks to all those that gave their invaluable time towards the ‘Leicestershire Fashion and Textiles Skills Centre/Hub’ Study, that Focus consultation carried out. The study was commissioned by LLEP in partnership with Leicester City Council and was partly funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The report is still being finalised but, as you may suspect, the result was a resounding ‘YES’ and we now need to agree next steps.

There is to be a presentation of the report findings by focus Consultant, with Q&A session and discussion to plan next steps. We would like to invite you to the event as your involvement is very important to us, so please save the date and reserve your place:

Event Title:   Fashion and Textiles Skills Hub

Date:              16th May 2017

Time:              10.00am – 12:30pm

Venue:           De Montfort University, Vijay Patel Building, Leicester

To reserve your place Click Here





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24th & 25th May 2017

The Old Truman Brewery, London

We have an interesting event from Make It British “Meet the Manufacturer”. It’s the place to be if you want to showcase and find out about the British Fashion, Textiles and Homeware industry. For more information please visit: http://meetthemanufacturer.co.uk/about/


This year it is free to attend, please register now to avoid any disappointment.

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Meet the Manufacturer is a business to business trade show attracting some of the best buyers in the industry.

As well as a manufacturing hall this year we will also have a hall for brands that make in the UK that want to meet store buyers. To exhibit please complete the form here.

























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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: altaf.ahmed@leicester.gov.uk

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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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