Thanks so much for the informative workshop I now have a better understanding pitching and selling to buyers
– Vita Gottlieb

Really helpful business planning workshop. Areas covered I hadn’t thought about, it’s been incredibly useful to be in a room with people doing similar things
– Natalie Yeo / Amakula

Thank you so much for being there to help small fashion businesses
– J Zeidman

Really enjoyed the social media networking talk which has highlighted many areas we need to take on board
– N Abedin

Great talk and fab to hear practical advice and inspirational stories from the speakers
– L Critcher

The mentoring has been invaluable in helping me re-focus my business and increase sales
– S Reader / Project 101

I found the mentoring session very helpful and thanks so much for all the support
– R Dike

I’m delighted to see a fashion-specific partner on board to help support creative entrepreneurs turn their passion into a business with a Start Up Loan.
– Start-Up Loans Company chairman, James Caan

Thank you for making Start Up Loan process so smooth and efficient
– Joel Adebayo / Utter Couture

Events, Talks & Workshops

Gain expertise and book a place on one of our inspirational talks or practical workshops.

We will be posting our Autumn schedule of workshops shortly - they sell out quickly, so be one of the first to know - just sign up for our e-news.

 

Crowdfunding for Fashion :
Find out what you need to run a successful campaign.
Next date TBC. BOOK NOW

Crowdfunding is a hot topic among fashion designers/entrepreneurs, and with good reason – with creative businesses finding it so hard to access loans and investment, any alternative options to raising finance must be taken seriously.

There is a growing number of fashion businesses that have had successful campaigns, however overall, fashion campaigns have the lowest success rate. In fact, just 29% of the fashion/clothing projects listed on Kickstarter to date have been successfully funded. There is a growing number of platforms and models, so it’s essential to understand the differences between the options on offer, to see which may be right for you.

As with all aspects of running a business, research and planning is the key to success.

During this session we will be covering the following:-

  • An overview of crowdfunding
  • The major differences between equity and reward based platforms
  • The benefits crowdfunding can offer (aside from funding) 
  • A snapshot of some of the most popular platforms (and ones you may not know about)
  • How to plan a campaign that engages investors
  • The costs involved in running a campaign
  • Case studies of successful fashion campaigns
  • How to promote your campaign
  • Tips on what it takes to succeed

By the end of the session you'll have a better understanding of  crowdfunding and if it’s right for your business, what it takes to succeed, and have an action plan to help you launch your own campaign.

Date: Wednesday 30th July 2014

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1

Costs: Business Club members  £44  Non member £55.00

BOOK NOW - places are strictly limited

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:- 
1 All booking is online on a first come first serve basis – book early to avoid disappointment
2 Business club members receive a 20% discount but must reserve their place through the Eventbrite system.
3 Booking is made via the Eventbrite online bookings system. Once you have confirmed your order, you will be directed to a secure Paypal website to pay. 
4 You don't require a Paypal account to pay (you can use a credit or debit card), but if you do have a Paypal account, this can be used.
5 Please print out your ticket and bring with you to the event.
6 Participants are advised to arrive promptly otherwise the organisers may not allow them to join the session late as is disruptive to other delegates.
7 Fashion Angel reserves the right to change the event advertised whether through the website www.fashion-angel.co.uk or any other promotional material
8 Bookings are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organiser

PRIVACY POLICY:

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

Getting it Made :
Discover how to  source and manage your production effectively.
Next date TBC. BOOK NOW

One of the biggest problems designers face is how to source and work effectively with their manufacturers, whether they are managing production in the UK or offshore. Buyers consistently complain that the production from British designers is not up to standard or their orders arrive late and once you damage your reputation it is hard to build it up again.

Is it for me?

Back by popular demand, this interactive session, part of the Design Create Sell series of workshops, is essential for any designer/maker or SME  that is planning to outsource their production or is experiencing problems with their manufacturing. It will give you an understanding of sampling, production and quality control procedures, and the systems you need to have in place in order to avoid expensive mistakes.

Delivered by fashion industry expert Alison Lewy and author of Design Create Sell - a guide to starting and running a fashion business, it will cover the following:-

  • The production process
  • Sourcing and selecting manufacturers
  • UK Vs offshore production
  • Production and critical path management
  • Managing quality control
  • The necessary documentation including, production dockets, costing sheets, size and design specifications 
  • The sealed sample process
  • Costing your products


By the end of the session you will have the confidence to communicate effectively with your suppliers and manage your production effectively. 

Each participant will also be given the Fashion Angel Production Pack – essential templates and measuring guides that you can use for your own sampling/production.

DATE: 2nd July 2014
TIME:  1.00pm – 5.15pm
VENUE: 02 Workshops, 229 Tottenham Court Road, London,W1T 7QG
COSTS: Business Club Members £44:   Non-Members: £55

BOOK NOW as places are limited - a maximum of 8 people is allowed to ensure you get the most benefit from this interactive workshop. 

THIS SESSION ALWAYS SELLS OUT SO DON'T DELAY!

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:- 

1 All booking is online on a first come first serve basis – book early to avoid disappointment

2 Business club members receive a 20% discount but must reserve their place through the Eventbrite system.

3 Booking is made via the Eventbrite online bookings system. Once you have confirmed your order, you will be directed to a secure Paypal website to pay. 

4 You don't require a Paypal account to pay (you can use a credit or debit card), but if you do have a Paypal account, this can be used.

5 Please print out your ticket and bring with you to the event.

6 Participants are advised to arrive promptly otherwise the organisers may not allow them to join the session late as is disruptive to other delegates.

7 Fashion Angel reserves the right to change the event advertised whether through the website www.fashion-angel.co.uk or any other promotional material

8 Bookings are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organiser

PRIVACY POLICY:

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

Routes to Market :
Explore and identify the right sales channels for your brand.
Next date TBC.BOOK NOW

The diversity of products and customers in the fashion and accessory industry means it is essential to have a sales strategy in place so you know where you should focus your resources to maximize sales. 

Back by popular demand this workshop is suitable for clothing, accessory, jewellery brands and designer-makers that want to understand where they should be pitching their product.
It will give you an overview of the different routes to market, which are appropriate for your collections and how to reach your target customers. 

Delivered by fashion industry expert Alison Lewy, it will cover the following:-

  • Conducting research to define relevant routes to market for your business
  • Wholesale vs retail
  • The wholesale buying process and cycles
  • Trade show overview
  • Preparation for Trade/Retail Fairs
  • Retail sales channels
  • Selling online3rd party vs own website
  • Considerations if setting up your own transactional website


By the end of the session you will have a better of understanding of which channels are relevant for your products and be able to start developing your own sales strategy to enable you to build you business and increase your sales.

When:  July 16th 2014
Time:    10.00am - 1.00pm 
Where: 02 Workshops, 229 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7QG

Costs: Business Club Members £44: Non-members: £55

BOOK NOW as places are limited - a maximum of 8 people is allowed to ensure you get the most benefit from this interactive workshop.

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:-  
1 All booking is online on a first come first serve basis – book early to avoid disappointment 
2 Business club members receive a 20% discount but must reserve their place through the Eventbrite system. 
3 Booking is made via the Eventbrite online bookings system. Once you have confirmed your order, you will be directed to a secure Paypal website to pay.
 4 You don't require a Paypal account to pay (you can use a credit or debit card), but if you do have a Paypal account, this can be used. 
5 Please print out your ticket and bring with you to the event. 
6 Participants are advised to arrive promptly otherwise the organisers may not allow them to join the session late as is disruptive to other delegates. 
7 Fashion Angel reserves the right to change the event advertised whether through the website www.fashion-angel.co.uk or any other promotional material
8 Bookings are non-refundable unless event is cancelled by the organiser.

PRIVACY POLICY:

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

Funding for Fashion Start Ups :
FREE EVENT - finance & cashflow workshop.
Next date TBC. BOOK NOW

Discover how Fashion Angel can help fund your fashion business.

Fashion Angel has helped over 100 fashion start-ups get seed funding and FREE business mentoring through the government backed Start Up Loan scheme.

If you are living in England, been trading for under 12 months and are :- 

  • Looking for flexible, low cost finance for your business?
  • Would like the support of a mentor to get your business off the ground
  • Unsure what a cashflow forecast is, and how to go about completing one
  • Want access to discounts and offers from a wide range of global partners

Then come to our FREE Finance for Fashion Start Ups workshop and find out how a Start Up Loan and mentoring from Fashion Angel can help make your business dream a reality..

During the event we will cover :-

  • Details of  the Fashion Angel Start Up Loan scheme 
  • Guidance on what makes a good loan application  
  • Tips on how to complete a cashflow forecast 
  • Other sources of funding available

This session will provide you with an opportunity to discover how to succesfully apply for a loan and hear more about the Fashion Angel Start Up Loan programme in one quick, interactive event. You will have the chance to ask any questions you have and then be able to decide if it's right for you.

We are the ONLY Start Up Loan partner to specialise in supporting fashion industry entrepreneurs. Chairman James Caan said " Having started my first business in the fashion industry, I'm delighted to see a fashion-specific partner on board to help support creative entrepreneurs turn their passion into a business"  

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance.

When:  TBC
Times:    
6.00pm Registration 6.15pm Presentation and cash flow session 7.45pm Q & A
Where: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB 
Costs: FREE* (£10 refundable deposit to secure your space)

Presenter:
Alison Lewy is Founder of Fashion Angel and author of Design Create Sell – a guide to starting and running a fashion business.

More information on the Fashion Angel start up loans page.
* £10 deposit required - refunded once you attend the event.

PRIVACY POLICY:

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

Online Branding & Marketing for Fashion:
Discover how to make maximum impact at minimal cost! 
SOLD OUT - Next Date TBC. BOOK NOW

You‘ve got an amazing fashion brand, but whether you’re a wholesale or retail business,  are your target customers finding you?

How can you create a strong online presence and increase sales with limited time and money? 

Find out by joining us at this practical, jargon free masterclass  -  a must for any fashion designer/entrepreneur that needs a better understanding of how to manage their online branding and marketing.

This session, run by online fashion marketing expert Ray Noppe, will cover everything you need to know about digital marketing and branding, including setting up your website, social media, emails, PPC , advertising & SEO, and how you can use these as tools to make maximum impact, even amongst the big brands!

You’ll discover:-

  • What is online branding?
  • The difference approach needed for B2B & B2C
  • How to understand your target market 
  • How to build a 29 second pitch• The essentials to consider when setting up your website• How to set up your website on a tight budget
  • The difference between Inbound marketing & paid for advertising, and which works best
  • The online advertising and pay per click options, and how to use them
  • The essential (free) tools you need to know about 
  • How to set up an effective blog
  • Which social platforms are right for your business, and how to manage them
  • How to use email marketing

At the end of the session, you’ll be given an action plan template that you can use to put in to practice what you have learnt, and have the confidence to implement your own online marketing strategy. 

DATE:   14th May 2014
TIME:    10.00am – 1.15pm
VENUE: 02 Workshops, 229 Tottenham Court Road, London,W1T 7QG
COSTS: Business Club Members £44:   Non-Members: £55

BOOK NOW as places are limited - a maximum of 10 people is allowed to ensure you get the most benefit from this interactive workshop.

Facilitator: Ray Noppe has many years experience working in the digital marketing arena, assisting fashion brands/distributors with their inbound marketing techniques and strategies. He is currently developing similar processes for fashion start ups and SME’s to help them sell direct to the consumer market, enabling them to create maximum impact with the least amount of financial investment. 

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
1 All booking is online on a first come first serve basis – book early to avoid disappointment 
2 Business Club members receive a 20% discount but must reserve their place through the Eventbrite system using their promotional code. 
3 Booking is made via the Eventbrite online bookings system. Once you have confirmed your order, you will be directed to a secure Paypal website to pay.  
4 You don't require a Paypal account to pay (you can use a credit or debit card), but if you do have a Paypal account, this can be used. 
5 Please print out your ticket and bring with you to the event. 
6 Participants are advised to arrive promptly otherwise the organisers may not allow them to join the session late as is disruptive to other delegates. 
7 Fashion Angel reserves the right to change the event advertised whether through the website www.fashion-angel.co.uk or any other promotional material
PRIVACY POLICY:

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

PLAN! PITCH! SELL! :
Improve how you sell yourself, your brand and your products.
Next date TBC 2013. BOOK NOW

Designers enjoy the creative process but are often unsure on how to approach buyers and lack the confidence to sell their product.. 

The sales process can be daunting and involves choosing the right target customer, understanding the best way to approach them, preparing a pitch and presenting it to the buyer. 

This interactive session, part of the Design Create Sell series of workshops, will focus on how to prepare for this process so you can widen your customer base and increase sales improve your sales technique and increasing your customer base.

Is it for me?

This is suitable for designers and fashion entrepreneurs that struggle with the sales side of their business. 

Delivered by fashion industry expert Alison Lewy and author of Design Create Sell - a guide to starting and running a fashion business, it will cover the following:-

  • Defining your unique selling point (USP)
  • Competitive shopping & research 
  • Getting sales appointmentsDevelop a sales pitch framework.
  • Anticipating and planning a buyer’s requirements.
  • Preparing for a sales appointment
  • Handling negotiation

By the end of this session you will have drafted the outline of your own sales pitch that you can then use when you are presenting your range to buyers. 

DATE:
TBC

TIME:
10.00am – 1.00pm

VENUE: 
02 Workshops, 229 Tottenham Court Road, London,W1T 7QG

COSTS:
Business Club Members £40:   Non-Members: £50

BOOK NOW as places are limited - a maximum of 8 people is allowed to ensure you get the most benefit from this interactive workshop. 


BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:-  

  • All booking is online on a first come first serve basis – book early to avoid disappointment.
  • Business club members receive a 20% discount but must reserve their place through the Eventbrite system.
  • Booking is made via the Eventbrite online bookings system. Once you have confirmed your order, you will be directed to a secure Paypal website to pay.
  • You don't require a Paypal account to pay (you can use a credit or debit card), but if you do have a Paypal account, this can be used.
  • Please print out your ticket and bring with you to the event.
  • Participants are advised to arrive promptly otherwise the organisers may not allow them to join the session late as is disruptive to other delegates.
  • Fashion Angel reserves the right to change the event advertised whether through the website www.fashion-angel.co.uk or any other promotional material.

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

Fashion Business Planning for Success:
Create a business plan the easy way.
Next date TBC. BOOK NOW

'Failing to plan is planning to fail'  
Many fashion and creative businesses start up and operate without a strategy in place as it often takes them out of their comfort zone.

However, to give you the best chance of building a successful business, you should have a business plan in place to outline the vision, goals, objectives and direction for your brand. 

This interactive session will give you the tools to develop your strategy and help you understand why it's essential to have control of your finances and have a clear idea of where your business fits and who your target customers are.

Delivered by fashion industry expert Alison Lewy, it will cover the following:

  • Why a business plan is needed and what it should include
  • The importance of research  and how to go about it
  • Working out your start up costs 
  • Costing and pricing strategy  
  • Overview of sales , cash flow & profit  & loss forecasts
  • Access to finance options


By the end of the session you will have a better understanding of how to create a business plan and the confidence to start or revise your own plan.

When: January 22nd 2013 
Time:   10.00am  – 1:00pm 
Where: 02 Workshops, 229 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7QG
Costs: Business Club Members £44 Non members £55

BOOK NOW as places are limited - a maximum of 8 people is allowed to ensure you get the most benefit from this interactive workshop. 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS:-  
1 All booking is online on a first come first serve basis – book early to avoid disappointment 
2 Business club members receive a 20% discount but must reserve their place through the Eventbrite system. 
3 Booking is made via the Eventbrite online bookings system. Once you have confirmed your order, you will be directed to a secure Paypal website to pay.  
4 You don't require a Paypal account to pay (you can use a credit or debit card), but if you do have a Paypal account, this can be used. 
5 Please print out your ticket and bring with you to the event. 
6 Participants are advised to arrive promptly otherwise the organisers may not allow them to join the session late as is disruptive to other delegates. 
7 Fashion Angel reserves the right to change the event advertised whether through the website www.fashion-angel.co.uk or any other promotional material
8 Bookings are non-refundable unless th event is cancelled by the organiser. 

PRIVACY POLICY:

We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone for their promotional use without advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.

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