Make it British & Meet the Manufacturer – the first Made in Britain fashion and textiles event of its kind

“What a buzzy conference and trade show. Loved it! #passion #creativity” Vicki Owen, The Mail On Sunday

Nellie PR did an amazing job at promoting our first ever Meet the Manufacturer event. They not only secured features for the show within the trade and business press, but also gained significant exposure for our exhibitors too, many of whom had never had any contact with journalist or PR companies before.” Kate Hills, founder of Make it British and organiser of the Meet the Manufacturer event

Meet the Manufacturer
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The challenge:

On 11 & 12 June 2014, Make it British, the campaign for UK manufacturing, launched its debut ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ conference and sourcing event.  Headlined by Mary Portas, the event aimed to rebuild connections between British garment and textile manufacturers and the brands and retailers looking reshore production to the UK.

As the first-ever event of its kind, ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ was a brand new concept for the UK fashion and textiles industry.  With only six weeks before the event our challenge was to:

  • Secure high-level pre-event coverage to highlight the key industry issues and reasons why brands, retailers and designers should attend
  • Position ‘Meet the Manufacturer’ as the top UK manufacturing conference and sourcing show
  • Raise the profile of event organiser Kate Hills, and highlight her ‘one woman mission’ to bring full-scale manufacturing back to the UK
  • Build relationships and secure high profile media attendance at the event, as well as targeted post-event coverage.

What we did:

  • Wrote and distributed a pre-event press release, announcing the high profile line-up and highlighting the real benefits of attending
  • Created a list of target media, bloggers and influencers to attend the event
  • Pitched ‘Make it British’ founder Kate Hills forward for opinion pieces securing in-depth interviews
  • Created a template press release – for conference speakers and exhibitors to adapt and distribute to their own local media to achieve regional coverage
  • Extensive media and blogger relations to secure attendance at the event
  • Coordinated all media interviews during and after the event
  • Created a post-event round up press release package, including full event review, photography, quotes and additional information
  • Extensive post-event media relations, to maximise coverage.


Want to know more?

Contact Ellen at Nellie PR at or give us a call on 01626 249045, we would love to hear from you.  You can also see more Nellie PR case studies and download the full Meet the Manufacturer case study.

The credits:

The client: Make it British

The agency: Nellie PR

Campaign: Meet the Manufacturer event

Services: Public relations, media relations, newsworthy content, online PR, social media