The Make it British Forum Manchester



'How to Build a Made in Britain Brand'

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Brought to you by Make it British founder and trusted authority on manufacturing in the UK, Kate Hills

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Learn How to Master Making in the UK...Even if You've Never Been to a Factory

This one day conference will provide you with the knowledge and expertise required to successfully manufacture, promote and sell a brand that is made in Britain.  

There is great value in making in the UK.

From the convenience and speed of having a factory on your doorstep, to the consumer confidence that is gained by displaying a 'Made in Britain' label. 

We know that developing a product that is made in the UK is not always easy.  

The Make it British Forum aims to equip you with the expertise required to help you build your British-made brand - from industry experts that understand what it takes to successfully negotiate the UK manufacturing supply chain.  

Hear from a line-up of knowledgable speakers

Inspiring brand owners and manufacturers will help provide solutions to some of your challenges and set you well on the way to developing a great 'Made in Britain' business.  

If you want to build a British-made brand and master making in the UK then the Make it British Forum is the place to be this November.


Sara Prowse, CEO of Hotter Shoes, the largest footwear manufacturer in the UK, will be talking about what made in Britain really means to her customers

Mat Booth, founder of Both Barrels, will focus on why simplicity is key when building a brand made in the UK

English Fine Cottons will be on hand to talk about how the first cotton spinning mill in the UK for decades now affords businesses the opportunity to have a totally British supply chain

Isabelle Ugochukwu, the inspirational founder behind the Isabella Queen handbag brand, will give an honest account of what it's really like to launch a British-made brand

Mike Stoll, co-owner of Manchester-based brand and factory Private White, will be giving the low-down on what it takes to develop a great partnership with your manufacturer

Denise Pearson, of leathergoods manufacturer Deni-Deni will be joining our manufacturing panel - which is your opportunity to quiz some of the UK's best fashion and accessory manufacturers

Charlotte Meek from The Stitch Society will be imparting some great advice for those wanting to go down the route of setting up their own manufacturing unit

Ross Barr-Hoyland, will explain how his award winning British label label Ross Barr has got off to such a flying start with the press and buyers

In association with Manchester Fashion Institute 


You will leave this event having learnt...

  • How to understand the product lifecycle when making in the U.K.
  • What to look for in a factory partner and what questions to ask when meeting a new supplier
  • The most common manufacturing pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • The best ways to negotiate with a factory
  • How to promote your British-made brand
  • The best ways to approach buyers to get your product in their stores


This event will benefit..

  • Brand owners
  • Buyers
  • Designers
  • Manufacturers
  • Lecturers
  • Fashion students
  • Consultants


Thursday 2nd November 2017

9:00 – Registration  

9:30 – Welcome – Colin Renfrew, Director of Manchester Fashion Institute  

9:45 – Intro – Kate Hills, Make it British  

10:00Session 1 – Keynote. Mat Booth, Both Barrels  

10:30Session 2 – Keynote. Sara Prowse, Hotter Shoes  

11:00 – Coffee Break  

11:30 - Session 3 – Regenerating the UK textile supply chain  

English Fine Cottons David Collinge, John Spencer Textiles  

12:15 - Session 4 – Ask the Experts – Manufacturing Q&A  

Chair – Kate Hills, Make it British Mike Stoll, Private White V.C. Denise Pearson, Deni-Deni Special Guest (TBC)  

1:15 – Lunch  

2:15Session 5 – Barbara Shepherd , Manchester Fashion Institute  

2:45 - Session 6 – Ask the Experts – Brand Q&A  

Chair – Kate Hills, Make it British Bruce Montgomery, Menswear Consultant Ross Barr-Hoyland, Ross Barr Charlotte Meek, The Stitch Society  

3:45 – Coffee Break  

4:00 - Session 7 – Isabelle Ugochukwu, Isabella Queen  

4:45 – Closing Remarks  

5:00 – Close

**Speakers and timesay be subject to change. Please check back for updates.




9am Registration 9:30am Opening 5pm Close  




All Saints Campus Oxford Road Manchester M15 6BH 

The event is being hosted at the Manchester Meropolitan Business School just 15 minutes walk from Manchester Piccadily Station.



Can I attend if I haven’t already registered my company yet? Yes. We have lots of start-up businesses at our events. You’ll find loads of handy information that will help you launch your British-made brand  

Can students attend? Yes. In fact we love to meet students that are interested in manufacturing in the UK. We have a discounted ticket price for students too. You just need to show student ID when you arrive with your student ticket  

Will you be filming the talks? We will be. Visitors to the show will receive access to the talks when they go online a few weeks after the event.  

Will you be doing other events like this in other locations? This is our second Make it British Forum. The first sell-out event was held in Leicester in 2016. We are looking at other regions of the UK to bring the event to in 2018, but have no dates planned as yet. We also run a yearly trade show in London which you may find useful. Details at  

Can I bring my baby? As much as we are a family friendly company, we advise against bringing infants to the forum as it is a conference-style event with little going on for small people to enjoy!  

Do you do concessions for start-ups? No we don’t but by booking early you can take advantage of early bird rates. We also offer an affiliate scheme for cash-back off the price of your ticket when you invite your friends. See details below.  

Can get a discount on my ticket? Yes - by taking advantage of our affiliate cash back scheme. Please contact us for more details.  

Where is the event being held? The Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, All Saints Campus, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6BH  

What’s the nearest train station? Manchester Oxford Road Railway Station is 5 minutes walk away Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station is 10-15 minutes walk away  

Where can I park? There is on-road parking and multi-story car parking facilities around the Manchester Campus, although spaces are limited and parking charges are expensive. Please heck Google for details of parking locations indvance.

Is food available? The ticket price includes tea and coffee and water and a light lunch  

What is your refund policy? A full refund is available, excluding ticketing fees, up to 7 days before the event. In the event that you can’t make the show please contact us and we will do our best to help you.  

Can I change the name on my ticket? Yes. Please contact us to transfer the name on your ticket no later than seven days before the event.

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