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Are you an SME interested in developing circular business models?


Are you a UK-based fashion SME or start-up successfully running or planning on implementing a distributed, local manufacturing model enabling circular economy? Then the Burberry Material Futures Research Group would like to hear from you.

Patrick Hennelly, Research Fellow, and Aine Petrulaityte, Visiting Researcher, from the Royal College of Art are currently looking for companies to interview, to help them assess technology and skill gaps and required capabilities to develop new operational models of local manufacturing for a circular economy.

What you gain from participating?

You will gain insights on how to design and implement a circular distributed manufacturing model. Specifically, identifying areas for product redesign, technology upgrading, making use of local supporting infrastructure and reskilling. You will receive handouts prepared by us to which you can refer when making future decisions toward sustainable production. Finally, your participation could bring opportunities for collaboration between your company and our research group either testing circular business models or applying for research grants.

The interview will take place at your preferred location (or online) for around 90min. During the interview you will be introduced to the aim of our research and asked a set of questions about the products you produce, technologies you use, your local infrastructure and stakeholders involved. If you are interested in participating, please let us know by suggesting any day and time that best suits you between 13th to 23rd August.

Please contact patrick.hennelly@rca.ac.uk for more details.