A Northumberland businesswoman is working alongside some of the biggest names in fashion to support the UK’s designers and manufacturers.
Kate Dawson, founder of Ashington-based The All-in-One Company, has been appointed to the advisory board of Meet the Manufacturer – which later this year is staging a major exhibition of the best of British clothing, textiles and leather goods.
Kate said: “When we started we really struggled to find machinists and cutters because the UK fashion industry was on its knees.
“To be asked to join the advisory board is a great honour and I know that all the members are as keen as I am to do all we can to encourage and promote this country’s very talented designers and manufacturers.”
Around 150 design and fashion companies are taking part in the Meet the Manufacturer exhibition on 25 and 26 May at London’s Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane.
The creation of a Meet the Manufacturer advisory board, made up of industry experts, is to ensure its members use their knowledge and experience to make next year’s event as relevant and useful as possible to the industry.
Kate Hills, who created Meet the Manufacturer, said: ‘We really wanted to get Kate Dawson onto our advisory board as she understands the textile industry from both a brand and manufacturers perspective.
“She is a great inspiration, and her contribution to the board is highly valued.”