Business mentoring and support is an invaluable resource for both new business start-ups and established businesses looking to expand their label.

To ensure the successful implementation of all business functions there are many considerations and decisions that need to be reviewed from business strategy to initial design concept, product development, sourcing, production, finance, marketing, legal and those all important sales! has over 30 years experience in the industry and has developed an extensive network of key industry experts now available to support your business. The team of mentors have been carefully selected for their specialised areas of expertise.

Nick Gould

Nick Gould - Solicitor

“The common sense lawyer with mismatched shoes”...

I am a Partner at the law firm of Gunnercooke  in London. I advise companies from local start-ups to multinational trading groups on a wide range of business law issues. For many years I have specialised in advising family or privately owned and managed businesses, from the small to the very large. Business sectors include fashion and media.

I also help to solve shareholder and similar disputes. I lecture and write regularly on aspects of corporate law, most recently on those involving directors' duties and liabilities.

I try and help small companies think about how to grow and to protect themselves while they do so.

I was a member of the “Good Law” initiative set up by the UK Cabinet Office and Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to try and make law easier to understand and access - because when others give compliments it is a bonus.

Gabrielle Shiner-Hill

Gabrielle Shiner-Hill - Design Consultant  

Gabrielle Shiner-Hill is a highly skilled textile and fashion designer and product developer who has worked in the manufacturing industry for over fifteen years.

The last ten years working for global manufacturers Dewhirst and Esquel has given her exceptional insight into international fabric sourcing and global manufacturing routes. Her role as Design Manager at Dewhirst has equipped her with an unrivalled ability to take a product from initial concept all the way through to garment on hanger.

Her customers have included Ted Baker, Fred Perry, Burberry, Next, Marks & Spencer, Target Australia, Country Road, Thomas Pink, Tesco and Adidas. Her experience working with factories in countries including Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, China, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia means she is an expert at communicating with a varied supply base.

Many years presenting to financiers, directors and heads of design, has given Gabrielle excellent presentation skills and the ability to make a design proposal accessible to the non-creative. Gabrielle has also taught a textiles course at FIT in New York and lectured at international trade shows.

In 2016 Gabrielle launched her fashion and textile consultancy shinerhilldesign offering a service to brands that want to create a new product or create their existing product more effectively. shinerhilldesign offers knowledgeable, customer driven, transparent product development.

Gabrielle spent four years in New York working for the industry leading textile design software company Pointcarré and training Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Li & Fung, Glen Raven, Calvin Klein Home, Columbia Sportswear, Eddie Bauer and Ecko Unlimited. Making her an expert at applying software design solutions into the creative field, Gabrielle is now the sole UK trainer of Pointcarré. Gabrielle's extensive CAD experience covers woven (Dobby & Jacquard), Knit and Print including layers, repeat creation, halftones and watercolour effect.

Originally a weaver with a lifelong passion for textiles Gabrielle is all about the fabric, this partnered with Gabrielle's innate understanding of the critical path allows her to design and develop products with clarity and expertise.

Design led product development skills:

- Market research
- Fabric design
- Fashion design
- Palette consultation
- Range planning
- Interpreting a brief from a client
- Setting a brief for suppliers / communicating effectively with your supply base
- Leadtime and critical path management
- Trim design, advice and sourcing support
- Costings guidance
- Suitability of fabric for end use
- Specialist in CAD for textiles and fashion
- Tech pack creation
- PLM experience
- Washing processes
- Finishing techniques

Mark Dodds

Mark Dodds - Fabric Technician 

Mark Dodds graduated from the University of Leeds in 2001 with a BA in textile management. Since then Mark has worked for various suppliers to the British fashion industry in technical and sourcing roles, travelling the world to source fabrics and working with garment making factories to make products sold to the British and US high street retailers.

In 2010 Mark partnered with Christopher Waller to set up a luxury womenswear fashion label. In doing this he gained experience working with small UK manufacturers, fabric suppliers, PR and sales agents and as a result knows first hand what it's like to be a fashion start up and the challenges that they face. In 2012 Christopher Waller joined Fashion Scout and presented the collection during London Fashion week.

Mark now works as a consultant and has contracts working for, Charlotte Tilbury and Oliver Spencer, retaining Christopher Waller as a design consultancy business.
Fabric Sourcing:
- What are the good fabric shows to go to
- Where can you look for small quantities other than Berwick St
- What to ask fabric mills
- Care label requirements and what the law says you need to display
- Making sure your fabric is fit for purpose

PR, press and sales:
- How to source a good PR agency
- What you might expect to pay for PR and how to make the most of it
- The value of good PR
- Ways in which you might generate your own PR
- The value of affiliation and collaborations
- What your PR may ask of you
- Sales agents and what to look for
- What trade shows would be valuable to you and how you might approach them
- What funding is available to help you with a trade show and where you may obtain this
- What a buyer will look for in your brand in order to take you on
- The pitfalls of selling to trade – payment terms, discounts and "sale or return"

Nigel Rust

Nigel Rust, B.Sc (Eng), C.Eng, MIMechE, Business Mentor, Coach and Manufacturing Specialist

Nigel has over 26 years experience in manufacturing in roles spanning production engineering, production management, product management, sales and marketing and general management. He moved into business support with Business Link for London, where he was Sector Development Specialist for Engineering, offering sales and marketing and product innovation support to small manufacturers. He joined EEF as a Manufacturing Specialist on the London Manufacturing Advisory Service team in 2006 and is currently working as an independent mentor, coach and manufacturing specialist. Nigel is a graduate of Imperial College of Science and Technology and is a Chartered Engineer.

He has worked extensively in the fashion sector with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). This work has included projects with designers, Cut Make Trim (CMT) units, and sampling units. Nigel has been a big supporter of Fashion Capital for several years. He was involved in the original development of the 'Manufacturers Online Showroom' directory of manufacturers on Fashion Capital in 2007 and helped Fashion Capital to grow the site to its current size.

Ares of discussion:
- Finding suitable manufacturers - Where to look. Creating a short list.
- Selecting a manufacturer – What to look out for. Check list of requirements. The importance of a relationship. Sampling v Production.
- Developing the relationship – developing mutual trust
- UK v Overseas – the pros and cons
- Communications – How to get your spec across. Delivery expectations. Quality. Progress chasing. What the manufacturer needs from you.
- Production planning – What you need to do to keep the manufacturer on track.

Deborah Shulton

Deborah Shulton - Fabric Technologist

Former M&S Fabric Technologist to deliver textiles course.

Deborah worked as a Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer for 20 years having studied Textile Technology at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) where she was sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

During her time at the high street retailer she worked across most Ladies wear departments covering all major textile industries. Deborah was one of the original team responsible for introducing the Autograph Brand into Marks & Spencer in 2000. 

After leaving the company in 2008, Deborah studied to obtain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has since combined Textile consultancy work at a number of major UK retailers, training buyers, assistant buyers and sales staff in textiles.

She now offers advice and mentoring on all aspects of fabric and regularly runs a Fabric Appreciation Workshop as a part of Fashion Enter’s Essential Workshop series offering insightful, in-depth and hands-on knowledge, for both beginners and those with some experience within textiles, on fabrics, fires, dyeing, finishing and colour.

Tracey Parks-Taylor

Tracey Parks-Taylor - Brand and Marketing Consultant 

Tracey Parks-Taylor has worked in the fashion industry for over thirty years as a global, creative, commercial and passionate marketer with a track record of developing and invigorating brands.

Since graduating with a BA Hons in fashion design, Tracey has worked as a store Manager for Wallis, she then moved on to marketing roles with Oasis, Warehouse and Phase Eight, recently holding the position of Marketing Director for International brand Monsoon Accessorize.

Tracey successfully launched and established new brands during her role as Marketing Director and was involved from design concept through to customer experience.

Sue Mee Maudsley

Sue Mee Maudsley - Fashion Designer and Consultant 

New mentor Sue Mee Maudsley is a fashion designer and consultant having over 25-years in the fashion industry, designing and consulting brands such as; Topshop, Burberry, John Lewis, Monsoon, Warehouse, New Look and Simply Be. Sue also designs and consults start up brands with guidance on producing their own collections.

As part of her broad range of expertise, Sue has judged twice on the Young Fashion Designer UK competition, which showcases design talent across the Midlands and South East England.

Alongside judging, designing and consultancy Sue is a personal Shopper and a stylist. Taking in the interest of the client enables Sue to understand the needs of the consumer and broadens her knowledge of design, production and finished product as a whole.

Lester DC Pedersen

Lester DC Pedersen - Trend Forecasting Expert 

Fashion forecasting is an integral part of today’s design process. When Lester was a designer in the fashion industry she wanted to use a trend service that, not only could she trust to deliver accurate trend direction, but most importantly, one that would encourage her individuality. The TRENDZOOM service was developed around these ideals, and is constantly evolving to fit the needs of today’s designers. TRENDZOOM’s sole aim is to provide that creative rush of inspiration that will position its subscribing community ahead of the curve.

Founded in 1998 Trendzine is a fashion information service that offers effective and highly accurate trend predictions to the fashion, style and related industries. Reports are creative, inspiring and highly focused on product. Fashion intelligence and industry experience shape the reports, providing comprehensive coverage and analysis of current and future fashion trends.

After graduating in Fashion & Textiles at Cleveland College of Art & Design, Lester gained hands-on  experience working in the design studios of various brands whilst honing her design, illustration and pattern cutting skills. After over a decade in design she launched her own forecasting service Trendzine /TRENDZOOM, a service that supports and inspires fashion students, designers and brands of today.

Maggie Stott

Maggie Stott - Gerber Tutor

Maggie Stott trained as a traditional Pattern Cutter & Designer way back in the 70’s and added Grading and Garment Technology to her expertise while in the professional workplace along the way. ‘The Way’ included 1970’s Boutiques, Clothing suppliers to High Street Fashion, Pallant Couture, Wensum Uniforms, Whistles and Warehouse. In 1982, while still working in industry, Maggie began sharing her love of pattern making and revealing how it is an integral part of the design process with students at the then London College of Fashion and Kingston School of Fashion. Combining, or multitasking as some call it, professional pattern cutting, teaching and child rearing defined the ensuing two decades. In 2000 she began working with computer pattern cutting systems, and now combines the best of traditional methods with modern technology, so necessary in today’s clothing industry. In recent years Maggie has been writing down the skills absorbed by working directly alongside master pattern makers and graders, and has published three books with more in the development stage.

- Digital Pattern Cutting Grading for Womenswear, How to grade manually and with Modaris V7R2Digital Pattern Cutting Publishing 2018 ISBN 978-1-9998809-0-3

- Digital Pattern Cutting, Workbook 1, A step-by-step guide to Modaris V7R2. Digital Pattern Cutting Publishing 2016. ISBN 978-1-5262-0382-3

- Pattern cutting for clothing using CAD. How to use Lectra Modaris pattern cutting software. Woodhead Publishing 2012 ISBN 978-0-85709-231-1

Maggie is a member of The Textile Institute and attends many events and conferences both as delegate and occasionally as speaker, organised by industry and educational associations promoting the wider aspects of the Clothing Industry.

Currently, 2017, she shares these skills directly as an Industry Consultant and as an Associate Visiting Lecturer at the fashion schools of Ravensbourne and The University of East London.

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper - Gerber Tutor

Ben has a grounding of over 25 years experience in fashion and is currently a Senior Pattern Cutter at Karen Millen and CAD manager for their Atelier.

Following in the footsteps of his mother, who provided a made-to-measure dressmaking service, Ben started making hats and shirts at the age of 15. He subsequently went on to study fashion at college, followed by a further course at Berkshire College Art and Design.

After finishing his studies, eager to gain some experience, he took his portfolio and walked the streets of the West End until he was offered his first design job. Gaining some more experience over the next few years he then realised that if he was to produce a quality garment that fitted well, he would need to refine his pattern cutting skills. He subsequently secured a role as Junior Pattern Cutter at French Connection and it was there that he was first introduced to computer aided design (CAD).

During the following years Ben worked as a toilist and pattern cutter for a number of reputable high street brands including Aquascutum, Alexon International, Temperley, River Island and Marks & Spencer. He worked predominantly on ladies tailoring and outerwear but also covered menswear and children’s wear too. He was not only mastering pattern cutting but also the use of the CAD.

When Gerber updated from their DOS based Classic system to Microsoft Windows he decided to teach himself AccuMark Version 7.

During the following years he has been confidently gathering a broad and in-depth knowledge of the software through day-to-day utilisation.

All of this experience and a love of technology has brought him to where he is now as one of Fashion Enter’s specialist Gerber teachers.

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