22 October 2014

Stephen Taylor, senior manager, Kurt Salmon, will be speaking at a forum on "Prospects for the British Fashion Industry - domestic manufacturing, skills and wearable technology” in London. Organised by Westminster Forum Projects for parliamentarians and policy makers,  among others, to lobby, learn, exchange views and make contacts, the theme is based on recently announced Government support to encourage manufacturing production back to Britain.

Stephen will be involved in the session that will explore how designers and retailers can further capitalise on the unique selling point of British-made clothing to increase customer spend; whether reshoring production back to Britain is becoming part of corporate responsibility strategies within the industry's competitive offer; and the next steps for Government to market and harness the full potential of British clothing manufacturing internationally.

Other speakers at the forum will include: Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya; Mariel Brown, Associate Director and Head of Trends, SeymourPowell;  Michelle Emmerson, Managing Director, Walpole British Luxury; Kate Hills, Founder and Editor, Make it British; Bill Macbeth, Managing Director, Textile Centre of Excellence; Kate O'Connor, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset and Francesca Rosella, Creative Director, CuteCircuit.

David Ward MP, Chair, Associate Parliamentary Group for Textile Manufacturing and Baroness Crawley, Member All Party Parliamentary Fashion and Textile Group will also be participating.