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BITA (British Interiors & Textiles London Showcase)

Chelsea Harbour Hotel, March 4th – 5th (during London Design Week)

With the show opening at the same time as London Design Week, on Sunday 4th March just a stone’s throw away from the Design Centre, visitors can see Spring collections from a wide range of top brands.

BITA will be returning for another year to Showcase fresh and innovative products for all your interior and textile needs. This popular, trade only show is held in the ballroom overlooking the gorgeous yachts in the harbour – a lovely backdrop to browse a range of stunning products at your leisure, whilst enjoying complimentary tea & coffee and a canapé lunch. A great way to make the most of your trip to London Design week!

Pre-register for FREE Entry at www.interiortextiles.co.uk

  “We always look forward to exhibiting at the BITA London showcase; we enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and connect with our existing customers, whilst presenting our latest collections in a relaxed and intimate environment.” Andrew Hoyle, Sales and Marketing Director, Edmund Bell. Regular exhibitors

“Needing a suitable platform on which to display our products for the first time in the U.K., we felt that the BITA exhibition would be ideal. With so many visitors in attendance it will provide the perfect opportunity to show people just who and what Ladna is.” Ladna Embroidery Studio, First time exhibitors

Show times:

Sunday  4th March 10am – 5pm

Monday 5th March 9.30am – 4pm

Enjoy viewing new collections from exhibitors such as Bennett Silks, Chatham Glyn, Edmund Bell, Fabricut, Hallis Hudson, Interior Solutions Sales Agencies, Just Dining Chairs, Ladna Embroidery Studio and Sanders and many more.

Over 800 visitors and 50+ exhibitors/brands enjoyed last year’s BITA’S CHELSEA HARBOUR two day show and we are expecting even more in 2018 our 11th year of exhibitions.

For further information and photos please contact:

cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk

Tel: 01908 410598 extension 5

www.interiortextiles.co.uk

BITA Masterclasses – Want to attend? Maybe even host?

The British Interior Textiles Association are hosting specialist masterclasses across the country for Textile Design students and new graduates to learn more about the essential skills needed to make you interview ready!

Next Date & Venue:
Prestigious Textiles, Bradford
Thursday 16th November 2017
This event is free of charge for BITA members or £20 per ticket (inc VAT & lunch).
To book your tickets please contact cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk or call 01908 410598 (ext 5)

Too far or not a convenient date? – let us know and we will let you know when there are other dates and places over the coming months.

We at BITA have many years’ experience in recruiting designers for many of the top furnishing design studios, brands & mills in the UK and abroad. We have a panel of some of the most talented and experienced Furnishing Fabric and Wallcovering Design Directors, Managers and Designers to talk to you about how they got to where they are today and what they look for when recruiting new designers.

The events will cover the following:

CV CLINIC & PORTFOLIO ADVICE

–              Do’s and Don’ts about structuring your CV
–              What to include in your portfolio and why?
–              How to conduct yourself in Interviews and how to follow up afterwards?

MEET THE EXPERTS

–              Hear their career stories and receive their help to shape your future career
–              Networking opportunities with Textile Industry Recruiters and Designers

–              NB At Prestigious Textiles on 16 November you will get to see how fabric collections are created, warehoused and shipped around the world too.

HOW TO STAY ABOVE THE COMPETITION

–              Trend forecasting and colour awareness
–              Building your personal brand and the importance of self-promotion online
–              Being commercially aware

Also present your CV/portfolio to experienced Industry Recruiter Diane Harding, for your chance to get one to one advice and be considered for future textile designer roles (UK and internationally).

What have attendees and presenters had to say about previous events?

‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked..’ Donna Claypool – Bolton University

‘The professional workshop was an extremely helpful and insightful session, to help advise on what I need to do to achieve my dream job in the Textiles industry. The session was incredibly valuable as it opened my eyes to what I need to develop in my portfolio – and who better to advise me than the experts themselves!’ – Megan Stolley, Student.

“I was delighted to share my experiences as a Design & Colour Consultant with such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of students and tutors. The mock interview scenario must have been a super insight into the cold reality of the search for that career in the design industry – something I hope has helped students prepare for the next step in their career journey.” Chris Hodgson – Colourist for Prestigious Textiles

‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’ – Student

‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’ – Student

‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’ – Student

Interested in holding a similar event?

The British Interiors & Textiles Association are looking for Textile Design Colleges and Universities to sponsor these Masterclasses.  Are you able to supply a Seminar Theatre/Private Room and pay from just £300 ex vat towards the speakers time and expenses?  In return your College/University can invite as many of their own students/graduates to attend as they wish free of charge. In addition, have your logo and address promoted to 1000’s of Designers around the Country as we promote this event.

Businesses can hold this event free of charge at your offices.

For further information – Email cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk. Alternatively call 01908 410598 (ext. 5)

BITA Textile Designers Career Masterclass

BITA Textile Designers Career Masterclass

To be held at Prestigious Textiles on Thursday 16th November 2017

The British Interiors and Textiles Association (BITA) will be delivering an inspiring educational masterclass to Textiles and Surface Design students and new graduates with the help of the design team at Prestigious Textiles.

Aiming to advise the next generation of textile designers on how to stand out from the crowd in the Textile Design Industry; the event on Thursday 16th November 2017 will be offering invaluable advice on the importance of work experience, what makes a great portfolio & CV and how to prepare for career interviews.

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Diane Harding (Marketing Director of BITA and Managing Director of Norfolk House Consultants) will give insight into her career highlights including how she built her own business, winning several awards on the way, including COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE’S – ‘ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR’ in 1994.

“Educating new designers on the process needed to get the job of their dreams, is something I feel passionately about. In the same position myself all those years ago, I really wanted to impart my industry knowledge and experience gained onto the next generation of skilled and ambitious designers.”  Diane Harding

In addition – the design team at Prestigious Textiles will explain to new Textile design graduates and students how they create award winning collections and what they look for when recruiting new designers to join their team.

 The event also includes mock interviews which allow new designers to gain feedback on their own trend research and portfolios.  A great way to learn first hand how to present themselves and their work to potential employers.

Last year BITA ran the same event at Bolton University and intends to take the Masterclass across the country to venues which will include Design Colleges and Companies within the trade.

‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked..’ Donna ClaypoolBolton University

Students comments included: ‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’ ‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’ ‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’

 

For further information please contact: cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk
Tel: 01908 410598 ext. 5
www.interiortextiles.co.uk

 

 

The British Interiors & Textiles Association PRESS RELEASE – AUGUST 2017

BITA appoints a new Chairman and Vice Chairman

BITA for the past 100 years has been the voice of British Interiors & Textiles and aims to inform, support and promote all aspects of the Interiors & Textiles industry for the mutual benefit of the industry as a whole. We link our members with suppliers, customers and services including: relevant associations, affiliations and governing bodies, in the UK and beyond. BITA is dedicated to the prosperity of this exciting industry.

Recently BITA appointed a new Chairman and Vice Chairman to help with the continued important work of BITA  and with 62 years experience in the industry between them – they have a lot to offer.

Chairman – Bill Fisher of Tulip Blinds

Bill FisherBill Fisher has been in the industry since 2000 and is currently the director at Tulip Blinds Ltd – which was established in 2010 and has since grown to become a very reliable and quality brand.   This was proven at the BITA Gala Awards Dinner in March 2017 – where the industry awarded them – not only one – but two awards, ‘Best Supplier for Customer Service’ and ‘Best Blind Supplier’. Before working in the interiors and blind industry Bill worked in professional grass machinery sales from 1979.

Earlier in his working life Bill was a farmer and although he may not be a full time farmer now he has many farm animals including horses, chickens and pedigree ‘Duro’ pigs which have won numerous awards themselves!

Bill is really enthusiastic about the Interiors industry and believes we should all work together to help each other achieve growth and success. He loves the work BITA does to bring the industry together through various means such as Social media, Events and Emarketing.

Vice Chairman – Andrew Hoyle of Edmund Bell

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Andrew Hoyle has been in the industry since leaving school. Most of his family have worked in textiles and he was born in Barnoldswick – which was a Cotton Weaving town with 13 mills, all long since gone. Andrew started work in 1972 (45 years ago) in Textile Printing. He trained in design, as a colourist and product development then eventually moved into Sales. Throughout his career he has always been involved in the Soft furnishing industry and has worked with Fabrics, Curtains, Blinds and Curtain Hardware.

He now works for Edmund Bell & Co. Ltd as Sales and Marketing Director where he has been for the last 8 Years.  Andrew is very passionate about our industry and textile heritage in the UK and the work of the British Interior and Textiles Association. He believes that we have a great industry with lots of brilliant people working hard to deliver the best products for our customers. He also thinks it is vitally important that we all work together to promote our products to ensure the success of our business and the people who make it all happen. Andrew Hoyle has been in the industry since leaving school. Most of his family have worked in textiles and he was born in Barnoldswick – which was a Cotton Weaving town with 13 mills, all long since gone. Andrew started work in 1972 (45 years ago) in Textile Printing. He trained in design, as a colourist and product development then eventually moved into Sales. Throughout his career he has always been involved in the Soft furnishing industry and has worked with Fabrics, Curtains, Blinds and Curtain Hardware.

For Further information or images please contact Cherish.King@interiortextiles.co.uk

Tel 01908 410598

BITA Soft Furnishings Masterclasses 2017

BITA Soft Furnishings Masterclasses
Birmingham, Sunday 9th July 2017 and London, Tuesday 11th July 2017
The British Interiors and Textiles Association (BITA) have organised some exciting Soft Furnishings Masterclasses with a handful of excellent, qualified and experienced speakers including, Victoria Hammond, Jane Warren, Sallyann Rolfe, Elizabeth Pegg, Mandy Hayes and Sharon Samuel.

Aiming to advise, present and teach anyone interested in soft furnishings many skills from ‘Measuring and calculations’ to ‘Cutting loose covers’ from experienced individuals within the industry.

Birmingham Sunday 9th July
With many years of experience of bespoke curtains and soft furnishings Sharon Samuel (Owner of the Sewing Lounge) will be demonstrating her skills in two different classes. Her first class will be ‘Triple Pleat interlined curtain making’ she will explain and demonstrate the techniques used including hand sewn. Her afternoon class ‘Roman blind making’ will include how to make a fully operational hand sewn roman blind, calculation and much more.

Elizabeth Pegg (Owner of Silkworm and Cottontails) and Mandy Hayes (Owner of Francis House Design) will be teaming up to cover more skills. They both worked very hard to get where they are today and now both have their own business, Elizabeth has a lampshade business and Mandy has a cushion covers business, they will be doing one morning class focusing on ‘Lampshade making’ including trimmings and how to attach them. In the afternoon they will be focusing on ‘Cushion making’ where they will explain the different styles you can produce and other techniques.
London Tuesday 11th July
Jane Warren (Owner of The Lampshade Loft) has over 10 years’ experience within the soft furnishings industry, she will be presenting a ‘Hard drum lampshade making’ class in the morning and afternoon, both of these classes will be practical, so you will be able to make your own lampshade while Jane shows and explains how this is done, she will be showing many amazing techniques including how to position and adhere your fabric to your shade laminate accurately and smoothly.
With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Victoria Hammond (Owner and Director of Victoria Hammond interiors) Will be presenting two very important classes ‘An introduction to interior design’ which will include how to interpret a client’s brief, how to advise clients and present style mood board and much more she will also be teaching about ‘Measuring and Calculations’ this 3 hour class is very thorough taking you through step by step.
With over 30 years’ experience and over 20 of those running her own business Sallyann Rolfe (Owner of House of Robinson) is passionate about her class ‘Cutting loose covers workshop’ She will explain and demonstrate how to understand pattern placement and many more helpful tips and techniques.
You can join a class for as little as £45, bookings are coming in thick and fast so don’t miss out – contact Cherish King at cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk or by phone on 01908 410598 ext. 5 ASAP to book or find out more.

BITA 2017 Spring Showcase

BITA 2017 ShowcaseThe British Interiors & Textiles Association (BITA) hosted the Exclusive Spring Showcase Exhibition at Chelsea Harbour Hotel on 12-13 March. Showcasing some of the finest UK & International Interiors and Textiles brands, the event brought together Designers, Retailers, Manufacturers and Makers alike.

With spring in the air, the main show featured exclusive previews of the latest collections from an array of wholesale suppliers & design studios including: Bill Beaumont Textiles, Clarke & Clarke, iLiv, Fibre Naturelle, Warwick Fabrics and many more…

The show also debuted unique collections from Jacqueline Milton, Lorna Syson, McKenzie & May, Mestral Home, PF Collections, Soie De Lune and Studio Kelkka. With the new spring/summer season in mind, the collections presented vivid colours and innovative designs which depicted inspirations taken from nature, interior trends and innovative fabric techniques and styles.

“Our first time at the BITA Showcase, the show was a really enjoyable experience in a prestigious location filled with fantastic visitors, delicious canapés and cream tea! For me it was great opportunity to present my fabrics in front of interior designers and curtain makers from across the UK. We launched our fabric by the meter and we were really pleased with the positive reactions to the fabrics – the Juneberry and Bird design was especially well received.” Lorna Syson

Over the two days, the show also presented insightful Soft Furnishing Masterclasses – hosted by the brilliant Victoria Hammond, educating visitors on how to effectively measure and calculate curtains and roman blinds. Exhibitor prompt presentations were also hosted by Lorna Syson and Daniel Beaumont from (Bill Beaumont Textiles) and the Textile Designer Professional Masterclasses were hosted by Diane Harding, BITA Marketing Director and Designers Mary Jones & Chris Hodgson.

“The professional workshop was an extremely helpful and insightful session, to help advise on what I need to do to achieve my dream job in the Textiles industry. The session was incredibly valuable as it opened my eyes to what I need to develop in my portfolio – and who better to advise me than the experts themselves!” Megan Stolley, Student.

BITA is pleased to support the event and looking forward to future showcases in 2018!

“Bita was delighted to celebrate its 10th Year of Showcases at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel – exhibitors and visitors had a great time and there was a terrific buzz around the show throughout the day!” Diane Harding, Marketing Director, BITA.

Success at Textile Designer Career Masterclass at Bolton University

The British Interiors and Textiles Association (BITA) presenters, Diane Harding and Chris Hodgson deliver an inspiring educational masterclass to Textiles and Surface Design students from Bolton University School of The Arts.

 

Aiming to advise the next generation of textile designers on how to stand out from the crowd in the Textile Design Industry; the event on Friday 2nd December, offered invaluable advice on the importance of work experience, what makes a great portfolios & CV’s and how to prepare for career interviews.

 

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Diane Harding (Marketing Director of BITA and Managing Director of Norfolk House Consultants) gave insight into her career highlights including how she built her own business, winning several awards on the way, including COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE’S – ‘ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR’ in 1994.

 

“Educating new designers on the process needed to get the job of their dreams, is something I feel very passionately about. In the same position myself all those years ago, I really wanted to impart my industry knowledge and experience gained onto the next generation of skilled and ambitious designers.”  Diane Harding

 

Joined by Chris Hodgson (Director Hodgson Design and Colour Ltd), Chris also gave an honest insight into what it takes to become an international designer and colourist and how to build your reputation for working with high profile furnishing and design companies, including Prestigious Textiles.

 

“I was delighted to share my experiences as a Design & Colour Consultant with such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of students and tutors. The mock interview scenario must have been a super insight into the cold reality of the search for that career in the design industry – something I hope has helped students prepare for the next step in their career journey.” Chris Hodgson

Co-organised by Donna Claypool (Programme Leader, Textiles and Surface Design at Bolton School of Arts) the event allowed students to gain feedback on their current trend mood boards and portfolios – many of which were of a very high standard.

 

‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked. We shall certainly be inviting BITA to another session in the near future.’ Donna Claypool

 

The event was received well by students with comments such as:

 

‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’

 

‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’

 

‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’

Chris Hodgson equally enjoyed the day:

 

“I was impressed with the facilities available for the students and felt that I was amongst students that spoke the same “textile” language as myself. Being amongst an ambitious bunch of creatives for the day, all in all I had a brilliant day!” Chris Hodgson

 

With Bolton University being the first of a series of Textile Designers Masterclasses, BITA continues to organise bespoke educational events with other UK Universities and Colleges in 2017.

For further information please contact:

kelly.whitehead@interiortextiles.co.uk Tel: 01908 410598

www.interiortextiles.co.uk

Book your place at our BITA Interior Masterclasses this October!

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INTERIOR MASTERCLASS EVENTS

BROUGHT TO YOU BY 

THE BRITISH INTERIORS & TEXTILES ASSOCIATION 

This October BITA are hosting Interior Masterclass Days in London, Leeds and Birmingham for you to learn more about an array of industry specific skills.

Masterclass Day sessions include a lampshade tutorial, a cutting and pinning loose covers demonstration and either a roman blind or curtain presentation. You do not need any prior experience to attend these masterclasses, just the enthusiasm to learn new and exciting skills!

Introducing your Masterclass Presenters:

Sallyann Rolfe – Cutting Loose Covers Masterclass

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Sallyann will demonstrate the intricateness of loose covers by covering pattern placement, tuck aways and easing fullness. Sallyann will pin directly onto a piece of furniture to create a neatly tailored loose cover. You’ll learn how to cut and pin loose covers and also learn about fabric pattern placement.

Sharon Samuel – Lampshade Masterclass and Roman Blind

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Sharon is a soft furnishing designer who designs curtains, blinds, cushions, lampshades and many more. Her lampshade masterclass covers an introduction to lampshade crafting, including: how to prepare a frame for the shade, how to attach fabric and adding trim to the finished shade. Sharon is also teaching a Roman Blind masterclass using the new technique of taping rather than sewing. This new method known as ‘wonder webbing’ joins fabric without a stitch when hemming, patching or trimming. Ideal for blind maker beginners and for saving valuable time.

Victoria Hammond – Curtain Masterclass 

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Victoria is the owner and Director of Victoria Hammond Interiors. She has 20 years professional experience as a curtain making, soft furnishing and interior design specialist. She will be demonstrating how to make curtains, lined and interlined with machined and hand sewn headings.

Jane Warren – Lampshade Tutorial 

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Join Jane Warren from The Lampshade Loft in a demonstration of how to make a drum bespoke lampshade, with tips and tuition on how to finish to a high professional level. You will also be shown how traditional hand sewn lampshades are made – a much longer process (everything is hand sewn) but a high-end offering to customers and a sought-after skill.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION & ITINERARIES

 

MASTERCLASS PACKAGE 1

LOCATION: LONDON
DATE: WEDNESDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2016
VENUE: Hotel in the City of London, details confirmed upon booking 

ALL DAY EVENT – £120  PER PERSON with a 10% discount for BITA members.
INDIVIDUAL MASTERCLASS SESSION – £60 with a 10% discount for BITA members.

Sallyann Rolfe (2hr Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass)
Victoria Hammond (1.5hr Curtain Masterclass)
Jane Warren (2hr Lampshade Masterclass)

9.30 – 10.30 Sallyann Rolfe (Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass Part 1)
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 – 11.45 Sallyann Rolfe (Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass Part 2)
11.45 – 12.45 Lunch
12.45 – 2.15 Victoria Hammond (Blinds/Curtains Masterclass)
2.15 – 2.30 Break
2.30 – 4.30 Jane Warren (Lampshades Masterclass)

 

MASTERCLASS PACKAGE 2

LOCATION: LEEDS
DATE: TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2016
VENUE: Hotel in the City of Leeds, details confirmed upon booking

ALL DAY EVENT – £110 PER PERSON with a 10% discount for BITA members.
INDIVIDUAL MASTERCLASS – £49 with a 10% discount for BITA members.

Sharon Samuel (2 hr Lampshade Masterclass)
Sharon Samuel (1.5hr Roman Blind Masterclass)
Sallyann Rolfe (2 hr Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass)

9.30 – 10.30 Sharon Samuel (Lampshade Masterclass Part 1)
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 – 11.45 Sharon Samuel (Lampshade Masterclass Part 2)
11.45 – 12.45 Lunch
12.45 – 2.15 Sharon Samuel (Roman Blind Masterclass)
2.15 – 2.30 Break
2.30 – 4.30 Sallyann Rolfe (Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass)

 

MASTERCLASS PACKAGE 3

LOCATION: BIRMINGHAM
DATE: FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2016
VENUE: Hotel in the City of Birmingham, details confirmed upon booking

ALL DAY EVENT – £99 PER PERSON with a 10% discount for BITA members.
INDIVIDUAL MASTERCLASS – £49 with a 10% discount for BITA members.

Sallyann Rolfe (2 hr Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass)
Sharon Samuel (1.5hr Roman Blind Masterclass)
Sharon Samuel (2 hr Lampshade Masterclass)

9.30 – 10.30 Sallyann Rolfe (Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass Part 1)
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee Break
10.45 – 11.45 Sallyann Rolfe (Cutting & Pinning Loose Covers Masterclass Part 2)
11.45 – 12.45 Lunch
12.45 – 2.15 Sharon Samuel (Roman Blind Masterclass)
2.15 – 2.30 Break
2.30 – 4.30 Sharon Samuel (Lampshade Masterclass)

 

Masterclass all-day bookings include a complimentary lunch, this is not applicable to single session bookings. All sessions include refreshments. 

 

Email josie.bell@interiortextiles.co.uk or alternatively please call 01908 410598 (option 5) to book your place, or for further information.

If you are interested in one of these Masterclass Days but are unable to attend our October dates, please email us which month would be most convenient to join us as we hope to plan future Masterclass Days. 

FTCT’s 160th Anniversary at The House of Lords

27113677173_6b8181e19e_oBITA’s Marketing Director joined a host of well-known UK textile brands at The House of Lords to celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Fashion & Textiles Children’s Trust.

Diane Harding showed her support at the House of Lords in celebration of the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust, BITA’s chosen charity organisation.

Alongside Diane, the guest list included well-known retail companies and manufacturing industries, who travelled from all over the UK to show their support, such as: Nigel Oddy from House of Fraser, Steve Rowe from M&S and Lord Stone of Blackheath.

Representatives from other charities where also present at the event, including: Gingerbread, Turn2Us and Buttle UK. Including one of the founding trustees for Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust, Gerald Dickens, great-grandson of Charles Dickens.

Diane Harding, said: “BITA have thoroughly enjoyed working with FTCT for the past five years. It is a fantastic charity and we will continue to support them in achieving their mission to raise awareness in order to help more families.”

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust support families in the UK fashion and textile industry by providing grants to families that are going through tough financial spots. These grants can help buy school uniform to specialist mobility equipment.

Anna Pangbourne, FTCT Director and Meg Lustman, Chair of Trustees, during the evening outlined their plans to double the amount of children FTCT support by 2019.

Meg Lustman, said: “Our purpose is very simple and clear. FTCT is here to give money to families in need and our goal is to help many more families. So our first and most important objective is to raise awareness of the charity and that we are here to help. We hope that everyone who attended last night’s event will help us achieve our goal by referring families to FTCT and distributing our information among their colleagues and staff.”

If you know a family that might benefit from receiving a grant from FTFC call on 0300-123-9002 or visit their website www.ftct.org.uk