Mentoring

Mentoring

Mentoring

Mentoring

Business mentoring and support is an invaluable resource for both new business start-ups and established businesses looking to expand their label.

To ensure the successful implementation of all business functions there are many considerations and decisions that need to be reviewed from business strategy to initial design concept, product development, sourcing, production, finance, marketing, legal and those all important sales!

FashionCapital.co.uk has over 30 years experience in the industry and has developed an extensive network of key industry experts now available to support your business. The team of mentors have been carefully selected for their specialised areas of expertise.

Caroline Ash

Caroline has 40-years experience in production management. She is a highly experienced production coordinator, sourcer and product developer with strong problem solving and analytical skills, delivering finished product that meet lead times, quality expectations and ethical requirements.

She has been Head of Production for various companies supplying the High Street making soft separates, dresses, tailoring, jersey and outerwear and has manufacturing experience in China, Turkey, Romania, Morocco, Bulgaria, Egypt as well as the UK.

Caroline’s experience and expertise has made her highly skilled at critical path management which includes ensuring fabrics and trims are delivered and approved in a timely manner, sealing dates are adhered to and if there are delays how mitigate them to ensure customer deadlines are maintained.

Caroline maintains that all styles are factory friendly so that best making price can be achieved. She able assist on all of these areas and tailor them to individual needs. Her overall wealth of knowledge in the production sector of fashion makes her an excellent mentor to students and industry professionals alike.

Latterly Caroline has specialised in providing factory CPPD’s, seminars and tours to industry professionals and students from secondary schools through to university students. Each tour is tailored to the needs / learning requirements of the attending group and all aspects of apparel manufacturing is covered, from the micro factory to Made in the UK, sampling to AI.

Jenny Holloway

Jenny Holloway has been working in the fashion industry for over forty years in both the private and public fashion sector. Initially she worked for Littlewoods, was a selector for M&S and a senior buyer for the Arcadia Group before opening her own label Retro. For almost ten years Jenny was Director of her successful brand Retro UK Ltd which included retail boutiques, party plan, wholesaling to major retailers such as John Lewis, Principles for Women and independents. Retro UK also had an excellent export business with key accounts in the Middle East and Europe.

In 2000 Jenny commenced a fashion consultancy business and was approached to be an Industry Advisor on Government funded business initiatives. www.fashioncapital.co.uk began in 2002 and in March 2006 Jenny incorporated Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) with the aim to provide a quality based unique network that REALLY impacts on the fashion industry at many levels. Created as a social enterprise the company works within industry to generate self-sustaining funds for skills development and production.

Jenny comments: “Fashion is a fun and vibrant business, however, that’s exactly what it is – a business. Designers, in particular, must ensure that they fully understand all areas of their product and business and working in fashion can be a minefield. It can also be a lonely place too. Designers today have to be the master of all trades and sometimes they need someone experienced to talk to who can offer quality advice. That is exactly why we set up FashionCapital and Fashion-Enter Ltd. We also work with a wide cross section of other sectors of the industry too, particularly manufacturing and logistics, therefore we can provide excellent networking opportunities to all levels of businesses throughout clothing and textiles.”

Today FEL employs over 100 people producing and repairing quality garments for well-known brands; the accompanying Fashion Studio provides a sampling service for independent brands, while the UK’s first SFA approved Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) offers accredited qualifications for fashion and production skills Level 1 – 5.

FEL launched the FTA in 2015 operating alongside the Factory and includes a range of qualifications at Levels 1 to 5 covering the ‘Garment life cycle’ including Stitching, Production, Pattern Cutting and Tailoring. FEL is also the largest training provider of Apprenticeships at levels 3 and 4 within Apparel Manufacturing (fashion) working with employers such as ASOS.com, Marks & Spencer, River Island and Amazon.

In November 2019 FEL launched the Tailoring Academy following funding from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund and Haringey Council. The Tailoring Academy is a state-of-the-art clothing manufacturing and training facility based which provides specialist skills, job training and apprenticeships for ready to wear and bespoke tailoring.

In August 2020 FEL has opened the FC Designer Collective shop with Islington Council, LEAP and the GLA to provide business support to local brands and working alongside the garment makers and wholesalers of the famous Fonthill Road. This programme expanded in 2021 with the FC Designer Workspace providing affordable studios and learning facilities for local residents and small business.

In November 2020 FEL opened a second factory in Wales employing the highly skilled staff that were made redundant from Laura Ashley in Newtown, Powys.

To book a one-to-one mentoring session please contact:

Membership enquries - memberships@fashioncapital.co.uk
Please note members receive a preferential rate.