The organisers of Make it British Live have announced that Julie Deane OBE, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, will speak at the exhibition next month.
Ms Deane will be sharing her inspiring story about her British handmade leather bags brand and how she set up her own factory, giving advice to others that want to do the same.
Kate Hills, CEO of Make it British, said: “Julie’s practical approach to business and her entrepreneurship make for an interesting and inspiring story and I’m delighted that she will be joining us for the first time this year. So many people look to her for inspiration. She launched her brand from scratch and then went on to set up her own factory. Despite having to deal with many challenges along the way, she’s still smiling!”
Ms Deane and her mother Freda started the Cambridge Satchel Company at their kitchen table in Cambridge with a budget of only £600 and one goal – to make enough money to send Ms Deane’s children to a better school. More than a decade later and the company sells 10,000 of its iconic bags a month globally.
Ms Deane joins Christopher Nieper OBE, managing director at Derbyshire fashion house David Nieper, who will also be speaking at this year’s event.
Make it British Live is the only event in the world that showcases the best of British manufacturers and producers of textiles, clothing and homeware. It takes place on March 17 and 18 at the Business Design Centre, London and includes a two-day conference and trade show.