Make it British Live! Symposium

Make it British presents...

Make it British Live! Symposium

23 & 24 May 2018 The Old Truman Brewery, London 

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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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What is the Make it British Live! Symposium?

The Make it British Live! Symposium will shine the light on some great heritage brands and British success stories at this two-day conference within the Make it British Live! trade show.

This year’s symposium is chaired by industry commentator Eric Musgrave and talks include panel discussions and keynote speakers covering topics such as production, funding, IP protection, skills and marketing.  

The two-day programme of seminars brings together inspiring, informed and provocative people who are passionate about manufacturing in the UK.  


Chaired by


Kate Hills


Make it British

Shailina Parti

Buying and Merchandising Director 


Simon Middleton 

Founder and MD 


Tim Little

Owner and Shoe Designer


Vanessa Ayres

Director of Operations

WT Johnson

John Saunders

Chief Exec

British Footwear Association

Simon Cotton


Johnstons of Elgin

Ian Maclean

Managing Director

John Smedley

Jenny Holloway


Fashion Enter

John West

Skills & Training Manager

UK Fashion & Textile Association

Alan Scott

Creative Director

Johnstons of Elgin

Ian Maclean

Managing Director

John Smedley

William Church

Joint Managing Director

Joseph Cheaney & Sons

Nigel Cabourn


Nigel Cabourn

Christian Robinson


Tiffany Rose

Lucia Wood

Head of Knitwear


Robert Yentob

Chairman and MD

Dents / Corgi

Charlie Ross


Offset Warehouse

Lynn Wilson

Zero Waste Specialist

Circular Economy Wardrobe

Sam Morrison

Managing Director

Smyth & Gibson

Why attend?

  • Learn about manufacturing in the UK 
  • Be inspired by brands who make it work
  • Gain insights from industry experts
  • Join in the robust and thoughtful debate
  • Network with like-minded fashion, textile and homeware professionals

What will you learn?

  • How to maximise the current interest for Made in Britain products and reach a global audience
  • How to attract young people into your industry and retain them
  • How to get investment for your business - from crowdfunding to angel investors
  • Why heritage and provenance is important for every UK-made business
  • How to manufacture locally (and still make it affordable)
  • How to protect your designs and get the right contracts in place with manufacturing partners

Who's it for?

If you have any interest in UK manufacturing, as a designer, a maker, a retailer, an investor or a potential employee, you will find much to inspire you at the Make it British Live! Symposium.  

  • Brand owners
  • Buyers
  • Designers
  • Manufacturers

  • Retailers
  • Lecturers
  • Fashion students
  • Consultants


Wednesday 23 May  

10am - Eric Musgrave, Symposium Introduction  

10:15am - Simon Middleton, Blackshore - Funding a British-made business

11:00am - Sam Morrison, Smyth & Gibson - The last remaining shirt factory in Derry

11:45am - Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter - What ethical garment production really means

12:30pm - Footwear Panel - William Church, Joseph Cheaney & Sons, Tim Little, Grenson, John Saunders, British Footwear Association - Why we bought British footwear factories  

2:30pm - Shailina Parti & Lucia Wood, Jigsaw - Collaborating with specialist British suppliers

3:15pm - Export Panel - Nigel Cabourn, Ian Maclean, John Smedley, Christian Robinson, Tiffany Rose - How British brands can target the global marketplace?

4pm - Kate Hills, Make it British - Looking forward for UK manufacturing

5pm - Close  

Thursday 24 May

10am - Eric Musgrave - Opening remarks  

10:15am - Potter Clarkson - IP & Trademarking in the design industry

11:00am - Apprenticeships & Skills Panel - Vanessa Ayres, WT Johnson, John West, UKFT - Securing the next generation for the UK textiles industry

12:00pm - Simon Cotton & Alan Scott, Johnstons of Elgin - Future-proofing a British brand

1:30pm - Robert Yentob, Dents / Corgi - Investing in Britain

2:15pm - Sustainability & Zero Waste Panel - Stephen Cawley, John Lewis, Charlie Ross, Offset Warehouse, Lynn Wilson, Circular Economy Wardrobe - How does zero waste and sustainability fit into a UK supply chain?

3:00pm - Lectra - Mass customisation in UK manufacturing

3:45pm - Symposium Summary - Eric Musgrave & Kate Hills

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



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. 

Will you be filming the talks? We will be. Just purchase the Symposium Gold ticket and you will have access to the talk recordings after the show.

Will you be doing other events like this in other locations? We also run the Make it British Forum which hosts a range of speakers and industry experts, at locations around the UK, which you may find useful. Keep an eye out for upcoming events at

Can I bring my baby? As much as we are a family friendly company, we advise against bringing infants to the Symposium 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. 

Where is the event being held? The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

What are the nearest transport links? Tube & Rail:

Shoreditch High Street Station Walking distance: 5 minutes Overground services to Dalston Junction, New Cross, Crystal Palace & &est Croydon  

Liverpool Street Station Walking distance: 10 minutes Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & C&ty Lines and National Rail Services  

Aldgate East Station Walking distance: 10 minutes District, Hammersmith & Ci&y Lines  

Old Street Station Walking distance: 15 minutes Northern Line and National Rail Services  


West End 8, 55 & 242 E&st London 8, 26, 48, 55, 57,242, 388 South London 35, 47, 48, 78, 149 The City 26, 55, 242, 243, 388  

Where can I park? The Old Truman Brewery has three public car parks. Charges are payable on the gate to the car park attendants. Open 7 days a week and manned 24 hours a day. Find out more here.

Are refreshments available? There is an onsite cafe at the event plus lots of restaurants close by on Brick Lane. 

What is your refund policy? There are no refunds on tickets but you can transfer your ticket to a friend or colleague. 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.