Business Reporter 20th May 2014

Business Reporter

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…Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, has seen an 850 percent increase in demand from clothing retailers and fashion brands looking to source locally – and has organised a Meet the Manufacturer event to bring brands and manufacturers together.

Emma Mills, Make it British. Steve Lancefield Photography.

“I think that local production is appealing to businesses partly because of rising costs of producing overseas. If you factor in shorter lead-times, allowing buyers to decide on ranges closer to the season, you can see why many fashion brands and retailers are interested in working with UK factories.”

“When your cash is not tied up in stock sitting on a boat coming over from the Far East, it makes for a far more appealing business model.”

Mary Portas, retail marketing consultant and broadcaster, and keynote speaker at the event next month said: “Making this in this country creates jobs and skills of course, but it’s also good for brand reputations, customer relationships and the environment.”

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