How to Work with Local Manufacturers and Use it to Boost Your Business

Simon Middleton Friday, 1 February 2019

Simon Middleton is the founder of the Shackleton brand and a new menswear business, Blackshore. Simon left Shackleton in September 2016, supposedly with early retirement in mind, but got restless and dreamt up a new made-in-Britain menswear brand, called Blackshore. He is also the author of three books, including Build a Brand in 30 Days. Simon runs us through working with local manufacturers, and the importance of telling the story.

In this video, you'll learn:

  • A bit about Simon and the amazing Kickstarter campaign that funded Shackleton.
  • Why Simon is passionate about making locally.
  • What to look for when selecting a factory.
  • The fabrics and factories he chose.
  • Tips for developing trust with suppliers/manufacturers.
  • How to use "Made in the UK" to tell the story and boost your business.

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