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    • 27-Sep-2017
    • 28-Sep-2017
    • Edinburgh International Conference Centre


    Building a Circular Economy Together

    The Scottish Resources Conference is a must-attend event for anyone wanting to take advantage of the opportunities of a more circular economy.

    In its 16th year it’s Scotland's biggest and most important event for discussions and debates around the topics of circular economy, resource efficiency, sustainability, resource and waste management.

    Discuss, learn and network over the two days with entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, small and medium enterprises, investors, policy makers, third sector professionals and others.

    The agenda will provide inspiration for all professionals and practitioners across private, public and third sector organisations who are passionate about a waste free Scotland.

    Join this exciting event which will shape the future of resources use in Scotland.

    DON'T MISS OUT - BOOK YOUR EARLY BIRD RATE BEFORE 31 JULY


    Expert Speakers

    This industry leading conference brings unrivalled opportunities to hear experts from across the entire business, sustainability, resource and waste management landscape, with keynotes from;

    • Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform
    • Mike Barry - Director of Sustainable Business for Marks & Spencer
    • Prasad Boradkar - Design Lead at Google ATAP
    • Bea Johnson - Founder of the Zero Waste Lifestyle Movement


    • 04-Oct-2017
    • 10:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU


    Trends Masterclass ii is the second installment in a series of Textiles Scotland masterclasses hosted by industry expert Fiona Chautard, on the 4th of October 2017 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow.

    Fiona Chautard

    With over 20 years experience in fashion and textiles, Industry Consultant Fiona delivers inspirational training globally. Not only a qualified business coach and creative business adviser, Fiona is also a practising designer – therefore adept at utilising her market knowledge to stay ahead of trends. Fiona successfully delivered our first sell-out Trends Masterclass in March 2017 and continues to be the Textiles Scotland go-to trends advisor.

    Giles Etherington

    We are delighted to be joined in the afternoon by branding expert Giles Etherington. Giles has over twenty five years’ experience, and owns Brand Satellite, a brand consultancy and integrated advertising, graphic design and marketing agency. Through a range of complementary communications services Brand Satellite help SMEs who have either never approached their business as a brand before, or are not making the most of the brand they have.


    Book your space now

    Join us for a thorough and interesting analysis of market, fashion, interior & lifestyle trends affecting the market place; an interactive session on brand values; and Autumn / Winter 2018 trends analysis highlighting directional colours, fabrics, styling, materials, inspiration & influences.

    There will be lunch provided, a chance to network with the industry, and valuable access to experienced professionals.

    Book now as we expect to sell out again!

    Please contact kimberley@textilescotland.com with any queries.

    • 24-Oct-2017


    Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories... these are some of the phrases being used today to describe a series of game-changing innovations that are changing the way products are manufactured for ever.

    The Future Manufacturing Conference has drawn together a wealth of expertise and support under one roof to help you cut through the hype and navigate solutions to future-proof your business. The diverse agenda features:

    • Keynote addresses from world-leading industry experts
    • case studies by companies already embracing the industrial internet
    • mentor clinics to help point businesses in the right direction
    • solution providers and demonstrations in the technology zone
    • generous networking breaks

    The day is structured to provide a plethora of practical support and advice on how you get your business and your people primed to successfully compete in this new world order.

    Join us at RBS's HQ in Edinburgh on the 24th October to find how you get your business and your people primed to successfully compete in this new world order. Go to scottishmasconference.co.uk to book your place now.


    • 27-Oct-2017
    • 29-Oct-2017
    • The Hub, Edinburgh


    Following the success of the first year in Scotland, Handmade Edinburgh will be returning to the Royal Mile in October 2017!

    Bringing together the most exciting contemporary designer/makers from Scotland and beyond, Handmade Edinburgh celebrates the very best in contemporary craft and design. 

    It’s a fabulous opportunity to shop for gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass, furniture and more from our handpicked selection of designer-makers! Makers will be on hand throughout the weekend to talk about their work and showcase their collections.

    Tickets go on sale summer 2017. Get these dates in your diary: 27 – 29 October 2017!

    https://goo.gl/cYIqpQ

    • 01-Nov-2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Institute of Directors, 10 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh


    UKFT Edinburgh Seminar

    Whether you are an established brand, a heritage collection, a new designer: how do you reach overseas buyers?

    Textiles Scotland will welcome UKFT to Scotland in November for a seminar on Global Markets for Scottish Textile & Fashion Brands: delivered firstly in Edinburgh and then repeated in Inverness.

    The UK Fashion &  Textile Association (UKFT) is the national umbrella organisation for the UK fashion & textile industry. UKFT works with designers, manufacturers, retailers across the UK. UKFT offers one-to-one business advice, a meeting place to grow your network, a knowledge bank of industry information and insight, information on market developments and trade shows, access to grants for shows and, most importantly,  a voice for the industry to Government – all the more important in the context of Brexit.

    Laurian Davies and Paul Alger, UKFT specialists in International Business Development, will join us for a full day to explore sales trends across the world; global retail landscapes; and where and how buyers buy in specific countries pertinent to Scottish textile exports. They will discuss issues on the collective industry mind, such as how Brexit will affect Scottish sales internationally.

    After lunch we will discuss how to reach international buyers and agents. Topics will include the significance of the ‘Made in Scotland’ label, the importance of wholesale, and tips and tricks to create success at international tradeshows.

    The final session will offer the opportunity to pose questions to our UKFT colleagues, who share a collective 30 years in the business between them.

    Book now to secure your space for the Edinburgh seminar on 1st November. Please note we are also running the same seminar the following day in Inverness - book tickets for the Inverness seminar here.

    This seminar is run by Textiles Scotland in partnership with Fashion Foundry. Fashion Foundry supports fashion and accessories designers based in Scotland through a programme of practical workshops, advice, bespoke mentoring and offers access to sampling and sewing facilities. Emerging Designer businesses are based in South Block, Glasgow in a bright and airy design studio with sampling and small run production facilities. The designers, all at start-up phase, have access to monthly workshops with industry experts and are paired with a mentor, all with the aim to support the development of their brand. Changing Gear designers are further on in their businesses and are been paired with fashion industry mentors to help identify and offer solutions to issues restricting their business growth.


    Laurian Davies, International Business Development, UKFT

    Laurian Davies grew up in Harrods, trained as an archaeologist, but has spent her working life in the fashion and textile industry.

    Seeing businesses develop is her passion; she spends her time encouraging manufacturers and brands to strengthen their marketing and promotional skills, helping new designers to get their first foothold in business, and taking hundreds of UK companies to exhibitions all over the world.

    Paul Alger, Director of International Business Development, UKFT

    Paul Alger grew up in deepest rural Kent but ran away to start travelling and learning languages as soon as he possibly could. A keen international traveller, he spends much of his time at major trade shows and looking at emerging markets, particularly those which can help UK companies to 'Brexit-proof' their business, particularly Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, not forgetting the USA. He represents the fashion and textile industry on a number of national panels and All-Party Parliamentary groups.  


            


    • 02-Nov-2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Rd, Inverness, IV2 3LP


    UKFT Inverness Seminar

    Whether you are an established brand, a heritage collection, a new designer: how do you reach overseas buyers?

    Textiles Scotland will welcome UKFT to Scotland in November for a seminar on Global Markets for Scottish Textile & Fashion Brands: delivered firstly in Edinburgh and then repeated in Inverness.

    The UK Fashion &  Textile Association (UKFT) is the national umbrella organisation for the UK fashion & textile industry. UKFT works with designers, manufacturers, retailers across the UK. UKFT offers one-to-one business advice, a meeting place to grow your network, a knowledge bank of industry information and insight, information on market developments and trade shows, access to grants for shows and, most importantly,  a voice for the industry to Government – all the more important in the context of Brexit.

    Laurian Davies and Paul Alger, UKFT specialists in International Business Development, will join us for a full day to explore sales trends across the world; global retail landscapes; and where and how buyers buy in specific countries pertinent to Scottish textile exports. They will discuss issues on the collective industry mind, such as how Brexit will affect Scottish sales internationally.

    After lunch we will discuss how to reach international buyers and agents. Topics will include the significance of the ‘Made in Scotland’ label, the importance of wholesale, and tips and tricks to create success at international tradeshows.

    The final session will offer the opportunity to pose questions to our UKFT colleagues, who share a collective 30 years in the business between them.

    Book now to secure your space for the Inverness seminar on 2nd November. Please note we are also running the same seminar a day prior in Edinburgh - book tickets for the Edinburgh seminar here.


    Laurian Davies, International Business Development, UKFT

    Laurian Davies grew up in Harrods, trained as an archaeologist, but has spent her working life in the fashion and textile industry.

    Seeing businesses develop is her passion; she spends her time encouraging manufacturers and brands to strengthen their marketing and promotional skills, helping new designers to get their first foothold in business, and taking hundreds of UK companies to exhibitions all over the world.

    Paul Alger, Director of International Business Development, UKFT

    Paul Alger grew up in deepest rural Kent but ran away to start travelling and learning languages as soon as he possibly could. A keen international traveller, he spends much of his time at major trade shows and looking at emerging markets, particularly those which can help UK companies to 'Brexit-proof' their business, particularly Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, not forgetting the USA. He represents the fashion and textile industry on a number of national panels and All-Party Parliamentary groups. 


      


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