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[ 25 Aug 2018 | No Comment ]

By Flora Davidson, Supplycompass
If you’re starting a fashion, accessories or homewares brand, at some point you’ll need to choose the type of manufacturer to partner with. Should you go for a Cut Make Trim (CMT) partner or a fully-factored partner abroad?
CMT partners
 Cut Make Trim [CMT] units cut the material, make the garment and add the trims. It’s is a good option for brands starting out because they can cater for much smaller order runs. Strong tech packs, pre-made patterns and experience procuring fabrics and managing supply chains all help make …

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[ 8 Jul 2016 | No Comment ]

Your family is precious, we all want the time we spend away from our partner and children to feel worth it, and for the time we spend together to be of quality. A few years ago I realised I had lost that perspective. I found myself rushing everywhere, kids hanging on for dear life, me shouting and feeling generally like I was doing a sub-standard job of all of it. That is why, when I started on my entrepreneurial adventure (and with the help of a great therapist!) I was …

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[ 12 May 2016 | No Comment ]

My name is Dora, I am a mum of two and I have been developing a unique baby product for a few years. I came up with the idea when I struggled to give medicine to my children when they were babies.
I found 15 types of medicine dispensers: soft syringes, dummy dispensers, syringe bottles and many more but none were good enough. Some were too messy, some too difficult to use, some not suitable for babies that don’t take dummies or bottles, some simply ineffective. That’s when I came up …

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[ 21 Aug 2015 | No Comment ]

BlindSides, the handy solution to block out light down the sides of blackout roller blinds, has won the latest round of Jojo Maman Bebe’s ‘Invent with Tom’ competition. BlindSides was the runaway leader of the online poll, garnering nearly two thirds of the vote and will now be stocked in Jojo Maman Bebe’s stores and online.
Nursery retailer Jojo Maman Bebe has been running this national competition in conjunction with Tom Pellereau, winner of the 2011 BBC Apprentice programme, to provide inventors of nursery products the chance to reach a broader …

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[ 21 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

A competition to find the best ‘Bright Ideas’ to create a better life for people affected by dementia in Scotland has been launched today. The competition is being run by the Life Changes Trust, an independent charity set up with a Big Lottery Fund endowment of £50 million to improve the lives of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.
The challenge is to come up with a new and innovative approach or idea for something that would improve the lives of people who …

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[ 18 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]

 Tech heroines urged to enter as two new categories introduced
Britain’s leading technology proponents are gearing up for the fifth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, created to drive awareness of the sector’s career opportunities and to encourage higher numbers of women to work in the industry.  Entries are now open and there are awards for women at all stages of their career – from young high-fliers to start-up founders and leaders within large corporate organisations.
The tech industry is considered one of the most exciting and forward thinking career paths and …

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[ 21 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]
Create and sell your own product: Start to sell wholesale

Once you have your wholesale information ready, pick a few smaller retailers to try it out on. Find out who is responsible for buying your sort of product. Larger companies have different buyers for different departments or categories. Each buyer may only look for new products at certain times of the year, and there is no guarantee that they want to widen their product range in your product area. Big retailers have forms and regulations that they will want you to comply with, if they want to buy your …

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[ 14 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]

Once you have plans for product manufacturing in place, how will you sell your product? You may want to set up your own website or store and sell direct to consumers, but most people also end up selling an invention wholesale. The advantages are that you can shift larger volumes, and distribution costs come down if you send several hundred or thousand products to one destination. Think about the packaging for each item, and how to distribute large quantities without the products getting damaged.
Wholesale buyers
Start by working out which …

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[ 7 Oct 2013 | No Comment ]
Create and sell your own product: Manufacturing your invention

Once you have thought about protecting your product, you need to get it made. It may be something you can make yourself. This is a low risk way to build up your business gradually. Once your business grows, you may want to recruit outworkers.
If your item cannot be made at home, you will need to find a manufacturer. This can take considerable research, ingenuity and negotiation. Start by talking to your local enterprise agency. Look in local directories for manufacturing companies near you, as that can cut delivery costs. …

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[ 30 Sep 2013 | No Comment ]
Create and sell your own product: How to work with Outworkers

Outworkers are usually self employed and often work on a ‘piecework’ basis, where you pay them for each item they make, or by the hour. You need to have a contract with each outworker, and provide clear information about the standards you expect. Outworkers are usually self employed. Set up a simple form for them to complete stating how many items they have made. Then get them to invoice you for the amount you owe them. You inspect their work and then pay. You can supply work to the outworkers …