Northern Clothing and Textile Network Event

25th October 2019: 09:00 – 12:00

PROTO | Hawks Road | Gateshead | NE8 3DF

Join us for our next Northern Clothing and Textile Network event and hear from leading textile and clothing specialists on some of the latest cutting-edge technologies and exciting developments shaping the future of the sector.

This event is aimed at those businesses wanting to improve their manufacturing capabilities and use of digital technology and helping them expand their Supply Chain, with regards to suppliers and clients.

It's also a great way to make new contacts in the industry, and to share ideas, projects, problems or just a business card. Because you never know.

Speakers include -

Chris McCann, Resilient.World

Circular Economy, Business Transformation and 21st Century Challenges

Chris has over twenty years experience managing social and environmental programmes for companies including Burberry, Littlewoods, GUS, and Wal-Mart, and has been involved in the development of the Global Social Compliance Programme, is a past Board member of the UK Gangmasters Licensing Authority, and has served as a member of the British Retail Consortium Ethical Standards group. Chris will share his thoughts on sustainability and the circular economy, and the challenges facing businesses as they try to balance sustainability and profitability.  


Prof. Parik Goswarmi, Huddersfield University

Textiles as a tool to sustainable topical innovations.

Parik is Director of the Technical Textiles Research Centre and will discuss the role of chemical functionalisation in technical textile innovation, and how chemical functionalisation could be used to achieve sustainability in textile manufacturing. He will also discuss some contemporary challenges that the textile industry is facing and how we need to approach innovation strategically.


Sally Smallwood, Wreckreation

Sally and her team create custom-built mens and womenswear, in-house, as a means to inspire people to live their truth, through their integrated philosophy of being a creator; not the created. Applying their strong values throughout all aspects of their work, has allowed them to move away from conventional industry practices and to bring a dynamic perspective to their current collaboration with Mustang Shelby, the performance car company. Sally will share some highlights of her journey so far.

More speakers will be announced soon

Supply Chain North East sees four key partners joining forces to work with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 supporting businesses to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub, Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). Supply Chain North East is receiving up to £3,148,514 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.