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The UKFT database of British designers, brands and retailers

Let’s Make It Here relaunched its database at City Hall, London on 20 November 2013 with CAPITB Trust as a headline supporter.

Fashion Designers, brands and retailers can now search for UK manufacturing companies to produce to their specifications or own label. Pattern cutting and grading services, as well as components such as buttons, yarns, and interlinings, are also listed on the website. Pictured above are Tony Lutwyche, Laura Chesters from the Independent/Evening Standard, John Miln, Mike Williams and Lisa Turner. In picture 2 are Demelza Galica – DISC Manager, John Miln – UKFT CEO, Betty Jackson CBE and Paul Alger – UKFT Director of International Business Development

“Let’s Make it Here is designed to promote the increasing number of UK manufacturers, development and attainment of skills, and creating quality jobs for future generations,” said Paul Alger, director of international business development at UKFT. CEO John Miln added: “More and more retailers are looking to bring back production closer to home, reducing lead times and maintaining control on factory production standards. The Let’s Make It Here database aims to make it simple for retailers to search for UK-based manufacturers that are not only geographically convenient but also reliable and efficient.”

Designer Betty Jackson CBE, board member of Creative Skillset, said: “This is an exciting time for our industry. UK manufacturing is growing, our young designers are in demand all over the world, and the desire for British-made goods with all the familiar traditions, quality and authenticity, couldn’t be higher.”

However, she warned: “There’s a real danger of many of our skills and knowledge being lost or at risk of being lost with an ageing population in certain sectors.”

“We need to work hard to change people’s perceptions about the attractiveness of a career in fashion manufacturing.”