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Validating Ideas with Market Research
This video is focused on what you might need to do to check the desirability of an idea you have by reviewing the competition, market trends, customer’s needs and your own position in the market.
It includes some straightforward things that you can do yourself, but it’s more than trying to get people to answer surveys! It’s about testing assumptions to avoid risk, spot opportunities and plan ahead.
Who are the key people that you need to understand and influence to be successful?
This video considers stakeholders from the perspective of a change project, but you can use the approach in the context of any change. Handy hint – try considering people who you get between you and those that you want to reach!
This is a short ‘how to’ guide to perhaps the best known of the business tools. Watch this if you need to review your organisation from both internal and external perspectives. SWOT is a great starting point when planning for the future, considering changing the business, or looking for innovation opportunities.
The What and Why of Reshoring
Today there’s a real thirst for quality and authenticity — and for British-made goods, however Leicestershire Manufacturers certainly need to play their part. Can you improve your relationship with buyers? Do you stand out in this rather congested market? Retailers are constantly looking for better value, is your business standing still or striving for improvement?
Here’s a short video with some practical tips to get you thinking about your customers
Technology Adoption Lifecycle
Textile manufacture has never presented more options for making use of technology than it does today. We made this video to stimulate your thinking about how quickly you adopt new technology, processes and materials.
When you’ve watched the video it it’s worth considering where you would place yourself on the curve described. Then reflect on whether that serves you well, or if not, what you can do to change.
Understanding Customer & Stakeholder Needs
Engaging with any new customer has to start from getting into the detail of what they value, how well their needs are met and where they have needs that are not fully met.
Watch this for an introduction to a process for investigating and mapping the needs of buyers, consumers and other stakeholders.
What is Innovation
Innovation isn’t just for inventors, isn’t all about technology and definitely isn’t just for products! Watch this if your business works exactly the same way it has for years.
The world is changing faster than it ever has and the textile industry is no exception, so if your company hasn’t changed much recently, then it’s a good bet there are opportunities you’re missing.
Leicester Textiles Hub Study – Event Presentation 16 May 2017
Leicester City Council and LLEP have been working with various partners and stakeholders for the development of a skills centre/hub. A study was recently commissioned, the outcome of the study was discussed at the event held on 16 May at DMU, Leicester
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NESTA FASHION TOOLKIT
The Fashion Toolkit has been created to help designers communicate their needs effectively to production units.
One of the most important components is the recommended Code Of Practice, which will provide the designers and manufacturers with a two-way assurance that both will adhere to a professional set of standards. Find out more….
Click HERE for the fashion toolkit download as one document.
STARTING A BUSINESS
Starting a business, or becoming self-employed, can be risky. It can also be hugely rewarding. Regardless of scale, it’s worth taking advantage of the advice that’s on offer to ensure your venture is a success. Click HERE to access Support and guidance for new business starters.
HOW TO ACCESS FINANCE
Whether looking for grants, loans or general advice about how to raise finance effectively, click HERE for information that can help to point you in the right direction.
The fashion and textiles industry is fast-moving, exciting and rewarding. If you’re interested in forging a new career in the sector, there are many roles and positions within the sector in Leicester and Leicestershire.
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Apprenticeships are a great way to start your career in the textiles industry while learning from the ground up. Although, currently there are not any specific apprenticeships in textiles being delivered in Leicester, there are other roles that will enable you to gain industry knowledge and experience.
Apprenticeships can provide you with a hands-on experience of the industry, together with studying for a vocational qualification, prepare you with the technical and practical skills you need to have for a successful career.
You will learn and gain direct experience in the workplace combined with day or block release to college, earning as you do so.
Apprenticeship areas in which you can work within the textiles industry include: Business Administration, Accountancy, Digital Marketing and Warehousing. The majority of these apprenticeships will allow you to learn about the different departments within a textile business and develop an understanding of your strengths and passion.
Further & Higher Education:
Discover programmes in the textiles industry
The wide array of skills on display in textiles means there are a deluge of courses to choose from, including fashion designers to merchandisers.
Universities and colleges across the UK offer well-structured programmes in many aspects of textiles, from design and business studies, to science and technology.
Many of these courses are practical as well as theoretical, and have been developed with industry practitioners. You’ll make contacts as well as developing your skills, making you more attractive to employers.
Find out more what’s on offer at some of the Colleges & Universities in Leicestershire: