MWB, along with over 200 designers, manufacturers, retailers and academics gathered together in Manchester on Thursday 2 November for the Make it British Forum 2017.
The event, in association with the Manchester Fashion Institute, was a robust and thoughtful debate on ‘how to build a made in Britain brand’.
The conversation throughout the day was positive with a collaborative ‘can-do’ attitude as delegates agreed that it was essential to forge together as a Make it British community to control of our future.
The line-up of speakers reflected the diversity of the delegates with a mix of start-ups as well as established businesses. Speaker Mat Booth set up Both Barrels Supply Co less than a year ago, having spent a decade working for the likes of Antler, Umbro and New Balance. “You need to be British Plus – that is made in Britain, but with quality, innovation, functionality, sustainability and integrity,” says Booth.
When asked the question: “How do we make Made in Britain successful?”, Mike Stoll, co-owner of Manchester brand Private White VC, urged: “If we are to succeed, we need to lobby for Made in Britain to actually mean made in Britain – we need to address the labelling laws. We need to develop manufacturing skills in schools and instil work ethic and pride in work.”
Kate Hills, CEO and founder of Make it British summed up the sentiments of the day: “Honestly, transparency, integrity and being true to yourself – that’s what makes a British brand. Undoubtedly the key benefits of making in Britain are the convenience and speed of manufacturing in the UK. We’re seeing lots of new brands opting to ensure the Made in Britain label is part of their DNA and there’s a trend for big brands to re-shore. The is definitely power in brand British.”
The event was hailed a success, paving the way for more regional forums across the UK in 2018 alongside the annual Meet the Manufacturer event in London in May.
For further information visit www.makeitbritish.co.uk