Month: February 2015

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust: Aisha & Jo’s Story

Aisha, 11, lives with her mother Jo. Jo is a single parent who works part-time at Tesco and receives no additional support. Due to this, finding cash for everyday essentials is a huge challenge. 

Jo told us: “I heard about the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) through an email I received from Gingerbread – a charity that supports single parents. As a single parent myself on a low-income, I needed help buying a kitchen table, along with essential clothing and a wardrobe and drawer set for Aisha.
“When I contacted FTCT, I felt like I was being heard and not judged. They were very understanding, helpful and friendly. I really appreciate their thoughtfulness as it can be difficult asking for help.
“The process of getting a well-being grant for Aisha was easy. Giving the charity the information they needed, and waiting for a decision whether the grant would be approved went very quickly.
“I am happy and very relieved my daughter got the grant. Aisha is very happy with her wardrobe and drawers. She loved going clothes shopping; it was great to treat her and do something nice together.
“The grants given by FTCT are so important for single parent families on a low income. When all of your money is going on rent and food it is impossible to afford essential items that are vital for a child’s self-image. It is hard paying the bills; with the cost of living going up people are just getting by.
“It’s so kind that charities such as FTCT are reaching out to help families such as mine. Now, Aisha and I are very happy and have started to enjoy life.”
The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust are an associate member of BITA.


The DENIB Home Textiles Group and The British Interior Textiles Association (BITA) have collaborated this year to create a unique opportunity. On Tuesday 24 February at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Edwardian & Thursday 26 February at London’s Westbury Mayfair Hotel, the premium comfort of Turkish Home Textiles will be exhibited for large retailers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and designers to view.

With the superior quality offered by 18 distinctive producers of luxury towels, bathrobes, bedcovers, table cloths and other premium products and excellent exhibition management, provided by Norfolk House Consultants this event is must see exhibition.


With historic roots dating back to ancient times, the Denizli Home Textiles Group, Turkey, are proud to be showcasing their gorgeous collections of towels, bathrobes, bed linen, tablecloths and other premium products.

In our age of fast food and throwaway clothing, the concept of ‘quality’ has increasingly eroded; but traditional techniques, tested through time, have not been lost.

The Textile Industry has existed in Turkey for thousands of years. In particular, the city of Denizli is known for its 4,000 year old history as a textile producing hub. Having manufactured high-end textile products since ancient times, Denizli remains a world leader in this sector today.

Visitors from large retailers, distributors, wholesalers, importers and designers are invited to join us to view these top quality products. Enjoy: free entry, complimentary tea & coffee and light snacks.

Show Details:

Manchester: Tuesday 24 February 2015, 10am-6pm, Radisson Blu Edwardian

Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

London: Thursday 26 February 2015, 10am-6pm, Westbury Mayfair Hotel

Bond Street, London, W1S 2YF

For further information please see:

Or contact Diane Harding:


T:07912 379739


The British Interior Textiles Association is celebrating its 8th successful year of showcases with a 2 day event at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel on 8 & 9 March 2015. The trade exhibition, taking place the same week as London Design Week, will showcase some of the most popular brands of furnishing fabrics, curtains, blinds, poles, upholstered furniture, wallpaper and other interior accessories in the UK.

“BITA exhibitors were so pleased with the results of our first show at Chelsea Harbour last year – with over 600 visitors – that BITA are delighted to be back again, during London Design Week on 8 & 9 March 2015. The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is a wonderful venue, especially with the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre being just next door!  We are expecting even more visitors this March and our Annual BITA Gala Dinner, held on the Sunday night for anyone in the industry – not just exhibitors and visitors – is nearly sold out!”  Diane Harding –BITA Secretary & Marketing Director and Show Organiser.

Some of our exhibitors were keen to share their thoughts as to why they have decided to join us. Here’s what they had to say about BITA:

“Fibre Naturelle will yet again be using Chelsea as a platform to launch their new collections. Great atmosphere enjoyed by all our clients in a superb location.” Jennie Gravett, Sales Manager

“The BITA shows are an excellent way to showcase our new collections, so many customers in one place at one time.” David York, Managing Director of Simpson & Yorke Interiors

“Warwick are excited to join BITA Chelsea as part of our drive to develop business in London and the South East of England. We are looking forward to showcasing our latest fabrics with existing and new customers.” John-Andrew Ovenstone, Managing Director, Warwick Fabrics

“Haddow Group have been exhibiting at BITA for the last 5 years with Kestral, one of their highly successful interior brands,  and have selected to show case this year at BITA, the new Olivia Bard’s stirring debut collection of fabrics, poles and tiebacks.

“BITA offers us a perfect opportunity to present our new collection to numerous current customers and potential new clients, in a relaxed and professional environment.  We believe this to be a perfect launch environment for our new brand and looking forward to another successful show.” Lindsy Wilson Sales Director Haddow Interiors.

“Diffusion are looking forward to launching a stunning collection of voile fabrics at the BITA London Showcase.  It will be a tremendous opportunity to present our new product range to a host of existing and new clients.” Vivien Corr, Commercial Director, Diffusion

“We always look forward to the BITA shows whether it be the London Showcase or the September Roadshows. They provide a great friendly yet professional environment in which to meet both new customers and connect with current customers to showcase our new and current fabrics & linings. A must on our event calendar each year.” – Andrew Hoyle – Sales & Marketing Director – Edmund Bell Fabrics

“Prestigious Textiles is delighted to continue its support of the London Chelsea BITA event. This event has grown in stature over the last couple of years and is ideally located to rub shoulders with London Design Week. As much as welcoming our visitors to our stand and presenting our new Spring/Summer 2015 ranges,  we also look forward to a little light entertainment at the Gala dinner!” Graham Bateman – Sales Director – Prestigious Textiles Ltd

Further to the fantastic feedback and success of last year’s masterclass, this year visitors will be treated to 2 masterclasses from Moore & McCabe Textiles. Join us to experience their expertise with a cushions Master Class – which will include ‘top tips’ – and a pelmets Master Class, as well as a Q&A session.

Visitors will once again find the welcoming, warm and friendly setting that makes BITA Showcases so popular, with FREE entry, canapés, afternoon cream teas and refreshments throughout both days.

To pre-register as a visitor please visit

For more information and photos please contact Laura Jones on 01908410598 ext.5 or email