Thursday 28th September
OCTOBER 4, 10AM to 4PM, BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY, 82-86
VITTORIA STREET, BIRMINGHAM B1 3PA
glasses designer to share tips with city start-ups
Tom Davies, the
designer of iconic eyewear worn by Heston Blumenthal and Ed Sheeran, is set to
share his early experience of starting a fashion brand with city start-ups next
Tom, who built
his eponymous company in the mid 2000s, says he was motivated to speak because
as a young man starting out, he would have benefited massively from the
He said: "I'm
attending next week to share my experiences over the past 15 years. I'm doing
this because I would have benefited from someone like me doing this 15 years
"When I was
starting out, I went to any event like this that I could. I networked (I still
work with people I met at this stage of my growth) and I learnt.
"I've seen some
of the other speakers and I would not want to miss the opportunity to grab as
much information as possible.”
session at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery is designed to help
young start-ups turn style into profit and is part of the Exchange series of
events run by small business support group Enterprise Nation , which help to
join big businesses up with small for trade.
It will also
see ambitious fashionistas pick up chachet as they live pitch their designs to
top buyers at Selfridges in front of a city audience.
The event will
also hear from Rosie Wolfenden, one half of quirky ‘wearable art’ brand
and British institution Tatty Devine and Oliver Bonas buyer and Birmingham
School of Jewellery graduate Rebecca Jones will offer insight into what the
high street brand is looking for when it comes to fashion and jewellery
They will be
joined by Henry Deakin, one half of Deakin & Francis, the city firm his
family started in 1786 In the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
editor of Style Birmingham is set to join a press panel to offer advice around
how new brands can get their designs featured in the media.
There will also
be a chance to hear the start-up journeys of local fashion and jewellery brands
including award-winning James Newman Jewellery and Hockley-based Crescent
Nation’s Birmingham champ and event organiser Debbie Assinder said: "Tom Davies
is a real coup for us and he’s coming to do it for all the right reasons – he
wants to pass on his knowledge, not gain exposure for his brand.
"While it’s not
all about knowing the right people or being in the right place at the right
time, the Fashion and Jewellery Exchange is a great opportunity to make the
kind of contacts young brands need to take them to the next level – as well as
hearing inspirational success stories and picking up the tips and skills needed
to kick-start and run a successful retail business.”
A panel of top
fashion PR experts will take questions from the floor on how to present a new
brand and get noticed by the press.
The day starts at 10am and will be hosted by Emma Jones, MBE.
interested in live pitching to Selfridges can apply at www.enterprisenation.com
Find out more and book tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fashion-jewellery-exchange-birmingham-tickets-29206340952
details contact Liz Slee
07540 060112 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nation is a growing small business network and business support provider with
more than 70,000 members. Its aim is to help people turn their good ideas into
great businesses – through expert advice, events, acceleration and networking.
Enterprise Nation was founded in 2005 by Emma Jones MBE , also co-founder of
national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain. She is author of best-selling
business books including Spare Room Startup, Working 5 to 9, Go Global, Start a
Business for £99 and the StartUp Kit, Going for Growth. In 2016 she was
announced as the Government’s Trade Ambassador and SME Crown Representative.
The event is to
be held at:
OCTOBER 4, 10AM
TO 4PM, BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF JEWELLERY, 82-86 VITTORIA STREET,
BIRMINGHAM, B1 3PA
from Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation
Launching & Growing a Brand that Zigs In a World that Zags: Selling via an
online marketplace Young British Designers
10.40am: How I
did it: Tatty Devine Rosie Wolfenden, co-founder and managing director of
Tatty Devine, shares her story of how she built her high profile jewellery
11am: Show me
Hear how to
raise funds and manage money for your fashion and jewellery business · Alison
Lewy, Fashion Angel · Rebecca Picton, HSBC · Silvia Gaplovska, Startup Direct
Experiences of a Jewellery buyer: Oliver Bonas
former Birmingham School of Jewellery graduate and buyer at Oliver Bonas
in the crown A panel of successful entrepreneurs based in the Birmingham
Jewellery Quarter explain how they got started and accessed support to keep
growing. · Henry Deakin, Deakin & Francis, England's oldest family jeweller
that has kept up with jewellery trends since 1786! · Neil Grant, Crescent
Silver. Neil is a master craftsman and silversmith and has many high profile
clients including the Royal Family and Highgrove · James Newman, the award
winning creative director at James Newman Jewellery and Birmingham School of
1pm: Meet the
buyer: Selfridges Helen Attwood, head buyer for shoes & accessories
and Hazel North, head of women merchandising, Selfridges
Nation members attending the event have the exclusive opportunity to apply to
give a three minute pitch to Selfridges live on stage at the Fashion &
Jewellery Exchange in Birmingham. Apply here by 12pm on Wednesday 27 September.
Not a member?
Buy the 'plus Enterprise Nation membership' ticket and get the opportunity to
pitch plus lots of other amazing business benefits for a whole year.
your business on Facebook and Instagram Accredited Facebook trainer, David
Glenwright, offers strategies to make the most of Facebook and Instagram to
connect with customers, as part of the national #SheMeansBusinesscampaign.
3.30pm: How to
get noticed Experts share tips on how to secure press coverage for your
business · Anna Chapman, jewellery PR specialist, Facets PR · Andrew Riley,
director, RileyRaven and owner, Style Birmingham · Nathalie Griffiths, agency
partner, RBH Creative Communications · Susie Matthews, editor, Quarter Life,
the official magazine for the Jewellery Quarter