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Meet the Manufacturer 2017 reflects increased demand for brands Made in Britain

UK manufacturers are reporting increases in production of 25-30% compared to 2015.

2nd February 2017

Knitting Industry
 |  London

Knitwear, Knitted Outerwear, Knitted Accessories, Collections, Colours/​Trends

British made goods are enjoying a revival and demand for home-produced goods is on the rise, as a survey carried out by Make it British shows that UK manufacturers are reporting increases in production of 25-30% compared to 2015.

This growing appetite for all that is made in Britain will be reflected in this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event, organised by Make it British, which will take place from 24-25 May at The Old Truman Brewery, London.

“We’ve been inundated with enquiries since our last event from people not only looking for manufacturers to help them make their product in the UK but also from people who would like to buy from brands that are making in Britain. That’s why we’re introducing a new brands hall at our next event,” commented Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British.

Brands hall

For the first time, Meet the Manufacturer is giving a selection of these creative businesses the opportunity to showcase their distinct and inspirational labels in a dedicated brands hall. 

Companies include: Geoff Stocker, producing high-end accessories for men; Isabella Queen, a British-based brand offering luxury leather accessories crafted in London; Wild Things, creating imaginative play clothes for children hand-made in the UK; and Unibu, producing unique underwear that’s 100% made in Britain.

Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British. © Meet the Manufacturer

Meet the Manufacturer is the only sourcing event exclusively for British fashion, textiles and homeware. The two-day event includes a trade show, with over 100 exhibitors, and a series of workshops, connecting manufacturers of textiles, apparel and leather goods with buyers, designers and retailers looking to produce quality British-made products.

Meet the Manufacturer

Kate Hills is founder and CEO of Make it British. Twenty years of working as a designer and buyer for brands such as Burberry and M&S and multiple product sourcing trips overseas prompted Kate to set up the Make it British website to help promote UK manufacturing and British-made brands.

Now in its seventh year, the website has gone from strength to strength and Kate has appeared regularly on television and radio espousing her firm belief that manufacturing in the UK is thriving, cost-effective and sustainable.

Kate Hills launched Meet the Manufacturer in 2014, a trade show and conference for the UK fashion and textiles industry. The event brings together the best of British manufacturers with buyers and designers looking to have their products made in Britain.

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