Over 200 designers, manufacturers, retailers and academics gathered in Manchester on Thursday, November 2 for the Make it British Forum 2017 for a debate on ‘how to build a made in Britain brand’.
The conversation throughout the day was positive with a collaborative can-do attitude as delegates agreed that is was essential to forge together as a ‘Make it British community’ to take control of the future.
Kate Hills, CEO and founder of Make it British, said: “Honesty, transparency, integrity and being true to yourself – that’s what makes a British brand. Undoubtedly the key benefits of making in Britain are the convenience and speed of manufacturing in the UK. We’re seeing lots of new brands opting to ensure the Made in Britain label is part of their DNA and there’s a trend for big brands to re-shore. There is definitely power in brand British.”
The sell-out event also attracted an online audience who could pose their questions to the panel of speakers as it was streamed live from Manchester Metropolitan University. Hailed a success, it paves the way for more regional forums across the UK in 2018 alongside the annual Meet the Manufacturer event in London in May.