Toolkit - Top Tips



When “good” is better than “perfect”

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When you run a business, you cannot afford to chase “perfection”. Commercial thinking must be exercised, deadlines respected and the business needs put first.

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How to Find the Best Sewing Machine for your Fashion Needs

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Learning how to sew is a little bit like cycling. Once you learn it, you never forget it. And once you know how to sew – you want the best sewing machine for you and your projects. Finding the best one is not that hard. But finding the right machine takes a little bit longer […]

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3 tips for launching a website in no time and on a budget

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Launching a website is no longer a choice for a business. Regardless of the size, industry and location – not having a website is like not having a name. So what can you do on a budget? A lot more than you might think is the answer.

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9 Tips How to Register for a Trade Mark To Protect Your Business

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Registered trade mark protection gives the registered proprietor the exclusive right to use the brand.

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The Importance of Pattern Cutting in Fashion

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Why pattern cutting is so important to fashion design and the types of pattern cutting available to designers today.

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What is a Tech Pack and why you need one for your business

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No matter how amazing your fashion product design may be, without a Tech Pack, and with no experience or knowledge of the industry, most factories will not take you seriously, deal with you or if they do, you will face countless problems. And yet so few fashion entrepreneurs know about it or know how to put one together.

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Top 7 Most Common Fashion Business Killers

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The fashion industry, as attractive as it may appear, is one of the hardest and riskiest industries to enter, crack and run successfully a business in.

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Sourcing from the Right Crowd: Crowdfunding for Fashion Brands

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Many emerging designers are making the decision to crowdfund their projects – a great post-recession fundraiser – to create a product that they love and know their target consumers will also love, and buy.

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10 Friendly Tools Making it Easier to Work Remotely

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It is commonplace in start-ups for teams to work remotely, but that can cause major communication issues for your business. Luckily there’s a tonne of useful pieces of software to help you out.

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6 Productivity Hacks to Save Your Time and Money

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For any entrepreneur, time is of short supply and of great demand. So here are 6 simple productivity hacks that may help a little manage your time better.

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21 tips on how to launch a successful kickstarter campaign

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Crowdfunding has become one of the key ways in which small businesses can raise essentials funds to either start up or launch a new area of business or project. While you may not raise as much as money as you would by using an investor, crowd-funding means not parting with any equity.

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5 Unmissable Podcasts For Busy Fashion Entrepreneurs

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For any budding fashion entrepreneur, podcasts are an essential listening. The choice of free podcasts is endless (and a little overwhelming) so we’ve picked our top 5 tried and tested favourites

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5 Awesome Reasons Why You Need a Business Mentor

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Having a mentor is one of the things in life that those that most need it – either don’t know about it or don’t know how to find one; and those that we would consider as least needing one (as they are already successful) – almost without fail have or had one, because they know and understand the value a good mentor brings.

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Advice on Finding Investors for Your Fashion Business

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If you have decided that finding an investor for your fashion business is the best option for you, here is some advice on how to prepare yourself to find the right one; whether you’re looking for a venture capitalist, an angel investor, a super-angel or a growth investor.

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4 Top Tips for Working With Bloggers

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Working with bloggers has become a mainstream modus operandi for anyone looking to gain media exposure for their brand. Here are some tips and tricks.

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5 Top Tips for a Successful Pop-Up Shop

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Have you thought about running a pop-up shop to sell your products? Have you thought about where you would hold it, when you would hold it and how you would kit the space out? These are all very important points to consider in order to ensure that your brand’s message is translated to your target audience.

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10 Commandments for Your Fashion Business

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At the Enterprise Nation’s Fashion Exchange event on Wednesday 16 September, Founder of WGSN and CEO of Stylus, Marc Worth shared his advice with fashion entrepreneurs on running a successful fashion business. It was a day filled with entrepreneurial spirit, and fashion professionals sharing knowledge and experience, and making new contacts.

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5 Tips for Fashion Start-Ups and How to Work with Suppliers

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Patrick Morrison established Furious Goose a year ago, his brand designs and produces luxury fashion accessories and fabric prints for interiors. The silk scarves, pocket squares and cushions are all printed and hand finished in the UK. He recently encountered a production issue with his supplier and has shared – very honestly – what happened for the benefit of your fashion business.

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Communicating with Factories

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How frustrating is it when you contact factories or suppliers and get no response? Regardless of whether you are contacting them for business, pricing or for more information, you mean business, so why don’t they reply? Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of communicating with factories so that you get better results.

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5 Top Tips to Protect Your Intellectual Property

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We asked ACID, the trade organisation concerned with helping designers and manufacturers to protect their intellectual property, for some advice on what you can do to prevent someone ripping off your design – and what action you can take if you find out it’s already happened.

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6 Things To Remember When Launching A Fashion Business

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Well done! You’re about to launch your fashion business, there is so much you need to focus on and your mind is busy with endless to-do lists. We’ve compiled the key things that you need to bear in mind to give you clarity, and act efficiently and effectively.

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3 Top Tips for Better Fashion Product Pricing

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To make your fashion business work, one of the key things you must do is make a profit. We know, that does seem fairly obvious! But actually taking charge of what needs to be done in order to actually do so can be challenging. Never fear and don’t despair, we have easy-to-follow advice on pricing your products for profit.

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Top Tips For Making Your Own Eyewear Line

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If you’re considering making an eyewear line, eyewear designer Sandra Battistel shares her wealth of advice and experience with these top tips.

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Chinese New Year and Fashion Manufacturing

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The Chinese textile manufacturing industry is one of the world’s biggest apparel exporters to the west, how will a break for new year celebrations affect your fashion business?

This year, Chinese New Year is Thursday 19 February, the date is variable – like Easter – as it is based on the lunar calendar.

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The Benefits of Crowdfunding for Fashion Start-Ups

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We were fortunate enough to engage with the motivational force that is Rose Spinelli, a crowdfunding consultant based in America. She has been named among the ‘Top 100 Thought Leaders in Crowdfunding Today’.

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5 Not-So-New Resolutions for Your Business

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‘Open 14 new wholesale accounts!’

‘Increase profits.’

‘Double turnover.’

These are just some of the New Year resolutions that we have overheard this year.

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Don’t Get Lost in Translation

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The fashion industry is multi-national, multi-cultural and multilingual, with the latter approached in a technical manner and interpretation often ignored.

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Top 10 Tips for Successful PR: Part Two

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that the world of fashion has never before been as competitive as it is today. To start with an idea is easy in comparison to turning that acorn of an idea into a successful business. There are many prerequisites in the recipe for success but one of the main ingredients is PR. While the world of press has also evolved and changed, few things however still remain relevant and necessary to do, in order to garner attention. Here is our top tips:

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Top 10 Tips for Successful PR: Part One

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that the world of fashion has never before been as competitive as it is today. To start with an idea is easy in comparison to turning that acorn of an idea into a successful business. There are many prerequisites in the recipe for success but one of the main ingredients is PR. While the world of press has also evolved and changed, few things however still remain relevant and necessary to do, in order to garner attention. Here is our top tips

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How Your Business Can Benefit From Pinterest

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As anyone who’s whiled away an evening ‘pinning’ can confirm, Pinterest is something of an addiction. Millions of users can’t seem to get enough of the social scrapbooking site. And for anyone in the fashion business, this social platform is one of the best ones out there, especially for sharing what inspires your brand. So if you are not ‘pinning’ already, you are missing out and here is why.

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