Meet the Expert launches at Meet the Manufacturer 2017


Meet the Expert

From Top Left: David Reay, Vic Rosenberg, Saumen Kaur, Alison Lewy, Kate Hills, Daliah Simble


For people thinking about starting up or expanding a business, Make it British will have a team of experts on hand at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer event, offering one-to-one practical advice and hands-on experience on different aspects of manufacturing and business development.  The Meet the Expert team will be on-site to answer questions on the hot topics of sourcing, production, branding and finance.

The Meet the Expert team includes:

  • David Reay, previously Manufacturing and Sourcing Director at J Barbour and Sons
  • Daliah Simble, previously head of sourcing and production at Roland Mouret, set up her own fashion consultancy in 2015
  • Alison Lewy MBE, founder of Fashion Angel and mentor and author of Design, Create, Sell – a guide to starting a fashion business

Kate Hills, founder and CEO of Make it British, will also be on hand to offer her advice.  Says Kate:  “Our carefully-selected team of experts will be sharing their insights and practical advice in these free, drop-in sessions.  We’re expecting this service to be very popular, so visitors will be able to book their slot on the day and will be invited to leave any unanswered questions with the panel, to be answered in one of our weekly Make it British Facebook Live sessions at a later date.”

Meet the Manufacturer is proud to be the only sourcing event exclusively for British fashion, accessories and homeware.  Taking place on 24 and 25 May at The Old Truman Brewery, London, this year’s trade show will be the biggest and best yet with around 200 exhibitors.  New for 2017 are a series of free drop-in seminars, workshops and demonstrations connecting manufacturers of textiles, apparel and leather goods with buyers, designers and retailers looking to produce quality British-made products.  Also new this year is a British Brands Hall, giving creative businesses the opportunity to showcase their distinct and inspirational labels, including Marlborough of London, The English Mineral Make Up Company and Elizabeth Martin Tweed.

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About Kate Hills

Kate Hills is founder and CEO of Make it British. After 20 years of working as a designer and buyer for brands such as Burberry and M&S and multiple product sourcing trips overseas, Kate set up the Make it British website to promote UK manufacturing and British-made brands. Kate appears regularly on television and radio espousing her firm belief that manufacturing in the UK is thriving, cost-effective and sustainable.

About Make it British

Founded by Kate Hills in 2011, Make it British is the go-to resource for information on UK manufacturing and British-made brands. Make it British believe that a product’s provenance is of the utmost importance. By buying authentic British goods, manufactured by skilled craftsman using the finest materials, you are helping to keep these skills alive in the UK. If you don’t support those makers in Britain that still have these precious skills, you will lose them forever.

About Meet the Manufacturer

Kate Hills launched Meet the Manufacturer in 2014, an event that brings together the best of British manufacturers with buyers and designers looking to have their products made in Britain.

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