Make it British is changing the name of its annual trade show to Make it British Live!
Previously called Meet the Manufacturer, the show prides itself on being the only 100 per cent British sourcing event, attracting thousands of designers, manufacturers, retailers and academics each year.
The show’s rebranding comes at a time when UK textile manufacturing is booming, with production up 25 per cent, and 50 per cent of businesses reporting an increase in turnover compared to last year, according to a recent survey conducted by Make it British.
Commenting on the development, Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, says: “Our new name, Make it British Live!, reflects the essence of the Make it British campaign and is a stronger reflection of our core values, to encourage more people to buy British and manufacture in the UK.
“We’re confident that our rebrand will be the fanfare to attract even more progressive businesses looking to source locally and re-shore their production back to the UK.”
Since its launch five years ago, Make it British Live! has grown from 56 to over 200 exhibitors.
A destination for British manufacturers and businesses who want to source products made in the UK, it also offers a two-day programme of inspiring speakers and informative workshops.
“More and more businesses in the UK are looking to manufacture locally and we’re seeing more interest than ever before from overseas as more companies seek out brands with a made in Britain label,” continues Hills.
“For many years, the fashion and textiles supply chain in this country has been fragmented, but Make it British Live! is all about bringing that supply chain back together.”
Make it British Live! will take place on 23-24 May 2018 at The Old Truman Brewery, London.