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Topshop, Warehouse, John Lewis, Jaeger and House of Fraser all under one roof

Network your head off with top fashion firms, journalists and bloggers at this upcoming London small business event.

So, you’re the next big thing in fashion.

You’ve got the talent, the ideas and the designs, now if only there was a way of getting in the same room with right people. Well…

‘The Fashion Exchange’ is a brand new event aimed at doing exactly that.

In one amazing day you can see buyers from top firms like Topshop, Warehouse, John Lewis, Jaeger and House of Fraser sharing their knowledge and making those first connections with a generation of fashionistas hoping to be the next Stella McCartney or Matthew Williamson.

The June 4th event is the second in a series aimed at joining up big businesses with the smallest to open up lines of communication and clear the way for British talent to find a route to success more easily. It is a collaboration between small business network Enterprise Nation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

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The Fashion Exchange is a fantastic opportunity to make the kind of contacts young brands need to take them to the next level – as well as hearing inspirational success stories and picking up the tools and skills needed to kick-start and run a successful retail business.

The day-long event will hear from inspiring fashion entrepreneur Michael Bennett, the man behind UK high street brands like Oasis and Warehouse and joint chairman of Kookai UK and Long Tall Sally.

Jaeger womenswear director Lisa Webb will talk about the essential stand-out ingredients young brands need to develop to get noticed and will be part of an impressive big business posse to include House of Fraser’s senior buyer for men’s fashion, Kevin Rogers, John Lewis buyer Jackie Zorn and Tesco F&F brand head of digital Andy Beale, plus many more.

Disruptive fashion brands already on the way to success will share their business building experiences including Edward Williams, brand director at Candy Kittens, Angela McLean from Baggers Original, Chloe Haywood from Hatastic and Lisa and Tida Finch who have taken their jewellery brand, Finchittida Finch, from a PopUp to the shelves of Urban Outfitters.

There will also be a chance to hear from a panel of top fashion journalists and bloggers on how to present a new brand and get noticed by the press.

The event is being supported by Fashion Angel, which offers workshops, mentoring and finance to fashion StartUps and UKFT Rise, chaired by fashion entrepreneur, Richard Hurtley which is a network for aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals within the fashion industry.

The day starts at 9.30am in Central London and will be hosted by Emma Jones, MBE.

If you book via this link, your can get a 25 per cent discount on your ticket, courtesy of Moonfruit.

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Andy Siddons
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