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ASBCI Industry Conference 2013

Date: October 1, 2013 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1


  • ASBCI industry conference 2013

    Sponsored by Lectra UK, UL and

    ‘Fashion Impossible? What consumers really want – on trend, on time, in budget…guilt free!’

     Tuesday 1st October 2013 10.00am to 4.30pm

    Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1.

    SDC Chief Executive Dr Graham Clayton and Technical Director, Andrew Filarowski, will both be attending ASBCI’s annual conference.

    Since 2005 the shopping behaviour of the UK consumer has been transformed by the internet. **Nearly two thirds of consumers now shop online compared to just six per cent in 2005 with online fashion sales leaping from a paltry 1.1 per cent to 16.4 per cent in the same time frame.  Where is it all leading and what do consumers really want from their fashion product and retail experience?  The ASBCI industry conference 2013 ‘Fashion Impossible?’ has gone back to basics to ask ‘What consumers really want?’ What is most important to them and how are successful retailers and their suppliers defining these needs and responding to them. The conference will platform speakers from leading etail and retail groups and acknowledged experts in consumer analysis, internet psychology, product development, virtual dressing, after-sales cleaning and an inspirational fashion commentator. They have been tasked to identify and address key consumer requirements from trend and value through to ethical and sales channel preferences. It is a one-day opportunity to understand what matters most to consumers.

    **Statistics from Kantar Worldpanel Fashion July 2013


    Conference agenda:


     09.00             Registration and coffee

    10.00             Welcome and introduction (Dr Julie King, Head of Fashion & Textiles, De Montfort University, ASBCI Events Director/Conference Day Chairman)

    10.05             ‘What consumers really want and is the high street still relevant?  (Ian Mitchell, Business Unit Director, Kantar Worldpanel Fashion)

    10.35             ‘Right product, right time, right place – meeting the needs of global consumers’ (Mark Batty, International Sales Manager,

    11.05             Coffee Break

     11.15             ‘Harmonising design, development and the supply chain to better respond to customer expectations’ (Derek Jones, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Walter William Associates)

    11.45             ‘Guilt free cleaning – are we bothered?’ (Tim Maxwell, President, GreenEarth Cleaning)

     12.15             ‘What makes consumers click?’ (Graham Jones, Internet Psychologist)

     12.45             Question & Answers from the Morning Session

     1.00                LUNCH


     14.10             Extraordinary presentation at members’ request by The Ethical Trading Initiative- (update on the international safety accord)

      14.40            ‘Plan A – consumer engagement; consumer perception’ (Mark Sumner, Sustainability Specialist, Marks & Spencer)

     15.10             ‘Are consumers ready for virtual dressing rooms – and are suppliers ready for the data opportunity they offer?’ (Heikki Haldre, co-founder and CEO,

    15.40            ‘Fashion for everybody – sizing up the market’ (Caryn Franklyn, MBE, fashion commentator, co-founder All Walks Beyond the Catwalk)

    16.10             Question & Answers from the Afternoon Session

     16.30             FINISH

    Delegate rate: ASBCI members £95+VAT and non-members at £145+VAT.

    **A limited number of exhibition stands are also available**

     Bookings and further information can be obtained from:

     Stephanie Ingham, ASBCI company secretary or Sam Bromwich, ASBCI administrator  tel: 01422 354666.

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