EXPO 2017. Donington Park, Thursday 16th February 9am - 3pm

Smart Innovation & Networking for Growth (SING) - Textile Manufacturing

East Midlands Chamber is delivering this event on behalf of the Smart Innovation and Networking for Growth (SING) project. This project is part-funded through ERDF and delivered by the iNet through Loughborough University*

This is an informal networking event, over breakfast, where you will hear from a number of speakers on sector specific topics, relevant to the textiles manufacturing sector and beyond.

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Registration, networking opportunity and light breakfast

Welcome to the session from East Midlands Chamber

Barriers, Drivers and Circular Economy Business Models for Textile Manufacturing Supply Chain- Dr. Alok Choudhary, Reader in Supply Chain Management, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies, Loughborough University - More than USD 500 billions of value is lost every year due to clothing underutilisation and the lack of recycling. Furthermore, the take-make and dispose model has numerous negative environmental and societal impacts. The new textile circular economy presents an opportunity to deliver substantially better economic, societal, and environmental outcomes. The circular economy aims to extract the maximum value and utility from resources and products, encouraging principles such as zero-waste design, product-life extension, resource recovery, repair, reuse and remanufacturing services. This is of particular importance as we see a shift in the buying practices across the supplychain and in the general public’s choices of the products they buy.  

This session will discuss successful case studies from across Europe about how companies are incorporating circular economy principles in the textile and garment supply chain.  

We discuss the barriers and drivers for the successful implementation of the circular textile economy. In an interactive session, we place our focus on innovation, the role of collaboration, the necessity of a system level change, stakeholders commitment and consumer engagements for the implementation of the circular textile economy. Last but not the least, we will discuss resource efficient business model used by some of the companies in the garment and textile sector that extract the maximum value from clothing by extending their lifetime or enabling them to be re-used.

How to manage Modern Slavery Risk in your business and supply chain - Jessica Brickley, Professional Support Lawyer, Freeths LLP - Freeths are a top 60 law firm consistently ranked in the top tiers of The Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides – Freeths will be covering the importance of addressing Modern Slavery – this is of particular importance from a legal compliance point of view, as an awareness raising exercise, how this can impact your reputation and, if got right, can be a competitive advantage, especially when tendering for the supply of goods and services to larger organisations - this session will provide awareness, practical advice and tips for your business.

Funded support available from the SING Project - this includes a mixture of fully funded access to expertise and cooperation with university research centres and institutes and part-funding (grant) towards external costs of innovation projects - Loughborough University iNET

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Managed by The iNet and based at Loughborough University, SING will make it easier for SMEs to accelerate their development and implementation of new products, processes and services, as well as working with UK research institutes.

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Creative Industries
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing
  • Logistics and Distribution
  • Low Carbon Technologies
  • Textile Manufacturing

The programme will operate from October 2016 through to September 2019.

Support through the project is available to businesses based in the Leicester & Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership area (LLEP) and be engaged in the general area of one of LLEP’s priority sectors:

Held in Partnership with: