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First UKFT Rise Networking Event of 2023


It was a pleasure meeting the Rise community in person again at our first networking event of 2023. UKFT Rise – our community of early-stage fashion and textile businesses – is steadily growing and we were delighted to see many familiar and new faces at the event.

We would like to thank our partner Hyatt Place London City East for welcoming us in its creative hub, with an unmissable view of Aldgate in East London. UKFT Rise subscribers can access free space at the hotel to network, showcase collections and hold business meetings. They can also attend events and informative sessions with industry experts organised by UKFT Rise. If you would like to use one of the rooms available at the hotel or any of these benefits, get in touch with Rachel Cannings.

Adam Mansell, UKFT CEO

Here is what Rachel, who runs UKFT Rise, had to say about the evening:

“What a fabulous opportunity to meet brands who are in the same boat as you. It was wonderful to see people discussing the issues their brand is facing and finding someone else in the room who could potentially solve that issue. I heard some amazing collaborations being discussed, so definitely watch this space”

The atmosphere was vibrant on Wednesday evening. UKFT Rise subscribers bonded around Aperol Sprits and nibbles offered by Hyatt Place London City East. Many brands at the event mentioned similar challenges they were facing. Recurrent topics included finding an affordable studio space, sourcing recycled yarns, applying for funding and producing made to measure garments.

UKFT Rise Subscribers

During an informative session on selling globally as an early-stage business, UKFT’s Director of International Business Paul Alger MBE shared his updates on trade shows and export. He emphasised the importance of choosing the right trade show for your brand. UKFT Rise subscribers can in fact contact us for advice on trade shows to avoid any disappointment. Paul also answered questions on following up with buyers, how to approach pricing and why you should never displease your retailers…

Couldn’t make it to the event? Keep watching this space as we will be organising more networking events and sessions with experts in the future. In the meantime, we would like to give a big thank you to everyone who attended!

Paul Alger MBE

UKFT Rise is free to join and can help you drive your business further along the way. Are you considering joining the community? Do you know someone who could be interested? If you have or are thinking of starting a fashion or textile company, reach out to us!