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Want to know how to make your fashion business one of the UK’s most ethical clothing brands? Then you need to start by looking at the global supply chains that feed fashion. Fashion supply chains are complex. Competition, changing consumer habits and rising costs all put pressure on retailers and designers. To make efficiency savings …
In this article, exhibitor Nailya Belkacemi, managing director at Plus Samples Ltd, provides the guidelines to designers to help smooth the process of selecting the right garment manufacturer. Start the search early - often designers leave it to the last minute; manufacturers in demand might not have immediate availability. With a revival in demand for UK manufacturing, demand can often outstrip supply.
Making it in London Once designers have found the fabric and the trimmings, the next decision is to source the manufacturing.  While Britain is no longer the manufacturing tour de force it used to be, garment factories can be found in pockets across the country, providing the opportunity to source both volume, small runs and …

Global fashion supply chains are complex. It’s often hard to find ethical clothing manufacturers who can give you confidence in their standards. And you’re under pressure to minimise your costs and increase your profits.

The answer is often to look overseas, to countries where labour is cheaper than in the UK. Turkey, Malaysia, Romania, Bangladesh and India all have thriving garment manufacturing sectors. They also often have low