Newsletter 6th September 2017
With transparency, authenticity and accountability at the core of our business ethos we couldn’t agree more. Fashion often gets a bad rap in terms of putting profit before people but it doesn’t have to be that way. Want to come and see how we work, view the industry services and courses Fashion Enter provides and how the team can help your fashion business get off the ground? Then please come along to our Open Day this Friday 8th September 11am – 1pm at our HQ in North London. Here is a short taster video of what to expect.
FashionCapital Trunkshow #3 Sponsored by Sage
We are delighted to announce we have confirmed the following speakers at the next FashionCapital Trunk Show taking place on 19th October in Newcastle”¦
CEO Fashion Enter Jenny Holloway will lead the Trunk Show offering her honest and candid insight into the real garment industry, Former Head of Technical for Topshop, ASOS.com and Finery London Sophie Glover will discuss what quality really means within sample and garment production for brands, Deborah Shulton former Fabric Technologist for M&S returns to talk about Fabric Appreciation and the factors to consider when choosing fabric including aesthetics, country of origin, wearability, aftercare and the feel and Rosie Davies Director of PR Dispatch will join the lineup to talk to reveal how designers can manage their own PR, work effectively with influencers and bloggers and secure media coverage.
“I’m really excited to be joining the FC Trunk Show again. I spoke on the topic of PR in Manchester and as a speaker I found the whole experience so inspiring and learnt more than I ever thought possible about an industry that I have been part of for so many years.” www.prdispatch.com
Deborah also added:
“I’m excited to be joining the 3rd trunk show and to be supporting FashionCapital again. It’s great to meet people that are just starting their careers in the fashion industry. I love the enthusiasm of the people I have met on the training courses I have held and their interest in fabrics and raw materials.”
In addition with huge thanks to our sponsors, the leading financial provider SAGE, we will be offering expert advice on how startups can manage their finances efficiently and effectively – a crucial part of running a business successfully.
We have also managed to secure a 50% discount with Sage and their Start Up Package. Get your financial accounts in order for less than the cost of a beer or your monthly Netflix account, at just £3 per month. Sound good? Please express your interest by signing up here: Sage One
If financial advice specific to the business of fashion is what you need then we have scheduled a workshop ”˜How to manage your finances’ with the highly experienced Business Coach, Nigel Rust on Tuesday 17th October.
To find out more about the workshops or Newcastle Trunk Show and to confirm your attendance please contact [email protected]
New Trailblazer Sewn Product Apprenticeship Standard – Coming Soon”¦
Big congrats to the amazing team behind the consultation and development of this new Sewn Product Apprenticeship Standard.
The employer survey was very well received with encouraging results and clear support. We received over 80 meaningful responses from across the sector and the regions. We hope this standard will be ready March 2018.
Big shout to Celia Thornley, John West and David Neiper – all that talent working as one for the good of the industry!
Following the ASOS Open day at the Factory on 25th August 9 of the candidates have been selected to take through to final stage interviews at ASOS head office. This takes place tomorrow (7th Sept) with the candidates being put through their paces with group tasks, presentations and one-to-one interviews. Good luck to everyone!
Also a huge well done to Rochette (pictured above) who has been selected as the Production Assistant apprentice at CMT London. Rochette will officially start her role in two weeks and join the Level 3 apprenticeship programme.
Workshops Starting This Month”¦
Aimed at new business start-ups each workshop has been carefully designed to offer expert advice and guidance on specific topics from the design process to finances to how to do your own PR.
Thursday 21st September: Ten steps to starting your own business. Tracey Parks-Taylor, Marketing Consultant and Former Global Marketing Executive for Monsoon and Accessorize
Tuesday 3rd October: The design process and product development. Gabby Shiner-Hill, Design Consultant
Tuesday 17th October: How to manage your finances. Nigel Rust, Business Coach
Thursday 26th October: Fabric Appreciation. Deborah Shulton, Former Fabric Technologist Marks & Spencer
Thursday November 9th: The importance of branding and how to sell online. Aaron & Harriet Rudman-Hawkins, The Evergreen Agency
Thursday November 23rd: Public relations, influencers and social media. Rosie Davies, Director PR Dispatch
Please contact Jenni Sutton [email protected]for further details and to confirm your attendance.
Members get priority access to all seminars and workshops including 20% discount to find out more click here.
Come Along to our Quarterly Fashion Meet Up
We will be holding the first of our Fashion Meet Up’s on Thursday 28th September. This is a free, informal networking event with guest speaker, Caren Downie, she will be discussing what makes a successful brand. We have a few spaces left so if you would like to attend please contact Jenni – [email protected]
Fashion Enter Integrates Gerber’s CAD Solution AccuMark into Training Curriculum
Gerber Technology, the world leader in integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, is pleased to announce a partnership with Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital, London, by supporting both their commercial factory and training academy.
“We are very excited about the integration of AccuMark software plus digitizing solution into the curriculum of Fashion Enter and look forward to supporting Fashion Enter in a successful partnership ”, said Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh, Gerber’s Marketing and Communication Director for the EMEA region. “Teaching the future generation of pattern makers as well in the UK with the global benchmark for CAD is integral part of our strategy to empower the link between education and the industry, where Fashion Enter/Fashion Capital is the ideal partner.”
Westminster University Students Visit the Factory
On 5th September a group of Masters students studying Purchasing and Supply Chain Management at Westminster University visited the factory.
Following an introduction and overview by CEO Jenny Holloway the group were taken onto the Factory floor to understand the processes involved in operating an ethical UK factory.
Their objective was to learn about the internal management systems of the business and showed particular interest in understanding the flat structure as opposed to a hierarchy. We explained that with 11 different nationalities working on the factory floor it was important to be open and transparent to cater for all different cultures so a flat structure was key in operating effectively and efficiently.
Following the visit Course Lecturer Nicholas commented:
“Please pass on my thanks to Jenny for hosting today’s visit. I found it instructive and enjoyable and will be recommending that the same group visit again next year.”
Fashion Enter at Tottenham Today
We will also have a stand at Tottenham Today, a free community event that highlights jobs, skills, events, opportunities and more for Tottenham residents. To be held at Tottenham Town Hall this Saturday 9th September 10am – 4pm. See you there!
Find out more www.tottenham.london/tt
Fabric Swatch of the Week
This week we have picked out a rich, sumptuous velour in silver, available online at the FCFabricStudio.com at £6 a metre.
What’s On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week”¦
The application process is now open for the next ASOS Fashion Discovery 2017. The competition is open to emerging fashion companies registered in the UK and aims to find the very best in fresh talent. Click here to find out more.
The industry is set to make feathers fabulous again, with a flurry of designers shaking their tail feathers towards the trend this Autumn, reports Katie Farley.
In Personal Development Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston talks about Outcome and how starting at the end can help you and the task in hand.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Congratulations to El Monet, an up and coming British fashion label, on making it to the final of the 2017 Midlands Fashion Awards due to take place this October. Here we have picked out a striking El Monet black and red top with an elongated front, cropped back and striped sleeve – available in UK sizes 8 – 16 via the El Monet online shop for £50.