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Success & Your Image

Date: 30th March 2017
Location: Bolton
Time: 8:00am - 11:30am
Theme: Business Strategy, Open new markets & Export, Start a business

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This is the third in a series of masterclasses completely focussed on supporting textile manufacturing businesses to grow their businesses.  The session will be led by reputable textile manufactures sharing their experiences – good and bad.   You will have the opportunity to gain insight around how those manufactures have navigated through their own growth journey and lessons learned.  This third session will look at how to improve the image of the industry by better marketing and branding of your own business and why this is important for recruitment of younger employees. 

Phil Dawson, MD of Bolton Textiles Group will talk about the “big picture” for the industry, how that is changing and what that means for the sector

A representative from the National Textiles Trailblazers Standards Groups will provide an update on how the industry is leading on the development of new apprenticeship frameworks and how that needs to be accompanied by a major image overhaul if young people are to be attracted into the industry

Neil Kapuski, Chief Operating Officer from Ushiwear will talk about how to get the right product image, identifying the right market and getting your product out there. 

Expect lots of conversation between the attendees and the speakers

The masterclass will be followed by an optional tour of the host’s Bolton Textiles Group factory

What will attendees learn / take away from the session?

Knowledge and ideas that will help:-

  •   Tackle problems that are holding back the growth of your business
  •   Improve your product marketing and branding
  •   Understand why the textiles sector needs to improve its image
  •   Update you on the latest development on apprenticeship standards in the industry

There will also be the opportunity for Business to business networking 

Phil is the MD of the Bolton Textiles Group Limited incorporating the brands of Rufflette, Sinclaire Fabrics, In Home, JH Cunliffe and Cliq Designs, the group span manufacturing, weaving, processing  and CMT.  Increased demand has resulted in expansion and investment, enabling the group to meet the soft furnishing needs of both contract and retail customers, from design to manufacture and fit services.   The history of Bolton Textiles can be traced back to 1878, and though proud of this heritage, the group intend to refresh the sector image with focus on developing and sustaining UK-based skill sets and continuing to champion UK manufacturing for the textiles industry in Greater Manchester.

Bio Of Deliverer

Neil Kapusi Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Ushiwear.

Built on a belief of quality and individuality, Ushiwear was born from the imagination of Yorkshire designer Jilly Kapusi who - with the support of husband Neil - officially launched the Brilliantly British brand back in 2008.

 Inspired by their family’s love of the outdoors, a durable range of unique clothing was created. Combining comfort with style, and exclusivity with accessibility. Reflective of its Yorkshire roots, the Ushi range is distinctive in its laidback look; with all products and labels printed in the Ushi store in Mirfield.

The fashion brand is rapidly growing, demonstrating a commitment to expansion and job creation within the fashion and textile industry.




8am – 8.30am


Refreshments, opportunity to network and view information stands


8.30am- 9am

Welcome from host company – Phil Dawson, MD Bolton Textiles Group

Introductions, setting the scene for the masterclass and the optional site visit

Changing the sector Image- what’s the “big picture” for the industry, how is this changing and what does it mean for the sector?


9am – 9.30am

Speaker from the National Textiles Trailblazer Standards Group

Why the industry image needs a major overhaul to attract young people - What’s happening to reform our approach to apprenticeships in the industry?


9.30am – 9.40am

Short break


9.40am – 10.20am

Neil Kapuski, Chief Operating Officer, Ushiwear

Marketing and Branding – Product image,  identifying the right market and getting it out there



Closing session led by the host

Feedback from the masterclass, closing remarks


10.30am – 11.30am

Further networking/guided tour of Bolton Textile Group factory


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