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UKFT Rise: The challenges of starting your own business


UKFT Rise, the supportive network for UK fashion and textile start-ups, held an event at the Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury, London, on 23 May to share experiences of starting and running early-stage fashion businesses.

Justine Tabak, founder of the eponymous womenswear brand, was joined by Scottish fine jeweller Ellis Mhairi Cameron and Diana Kakkar, founder of London-based garment manufacturing studio MAES London, to tell their stories of starting their own companies, from launch through to tackling the challenges they’ve faced to run and grow the businesses they lead today.

UKFT Rise was established by the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) to help early-stage fashion and textile brands build a community, through hosting regular informal networking events with inspiring talks from fellow entrepreneurs and businesses. We recognise that running your own business can be lonely so these events are designed to help you learn, share best practices, forge relationships with other entrepreneurs and even meet potential clients or partners for your business.

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