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BITA (British Interiors & Textiles London Showcase)

Chelsea Harbour Hotel, March 4th – 5th (during London Design Week)

With the show opening at the same time as London Design Week, on Sunday 4th March just a stone’s throw away from the Design Centre, visitors can see Spring collections from a wide range of top brands.

BITA will be returning for another year to Showcase fresh and innovative products for all your interior and textile needs. This popular, trade only show is held in the ballroom overlooking the gorgeous yachts in the harbour – a lovely backdrop to browse a range of stunning products at your leisure, whilst enjoying complimentary tea & coffee and a canapé lunch. A great way to make the most of your trip to London Design week!

Pre-register for FREE Entry at www.interiortextiles.co.uk

  “We always look forward to exhibiting at the BITA London showcase; we enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and connect with our existing customers, whilst presenting our latest collections in a relaxed and intimate environment.” Andrew Hoyle, Sales and Marketing Director, Edmund Bell. Regular exhibitors

“Needing a suitable platform on which to display our products for the first time in the U.K., we felt that the BITA exhibition would be ideal. With so many visitors in attendance it will provide the perfect opportunity to show people just who and what Ladna is.” Ladna Embroidery Studio, First time exhibitors

Show times:

Sunday  4th March 10am – 5pm

Monday 5th March 9.30am – 4pm

Enjoy viewing new collections from exhibitors such as Bennett Silks, Chatham Glyn, Edmund Bell, Fabricut, Hallis Hudson, Interior Solutions Sales Agencies, Just Dining Chairs, Ladna Embroidery Studio and Sanders and many more.

Over 800 visitors and 50+ exhibitors/brands enjoyed last year’s BITA’S CHELSEA HARBOUR two day show and we are expecting even more in 2018 our 11th year of exhibitions.

For further information and photos please contact:

cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk

Tel: 01908 410598 extension 5

http://www.interiortextiles.co.uk

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BITA Masterclasses – Want to attend? Maybe even host?

The British Interior Textiles Association are hosting specialist masterclasses across the country for Textile Design students and new graduates to learn more about the essential skills needed to make you interview ready!

Next Date & Venue:
Prestigious Textiles, Bradford
Thursday 16th November 2017
This event is free of charge for BITA members or £20 per ticket (inc VAT & lunch).
To book your tickets please contact cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk or call 01908 410598 (ext 5)

Too far or not a convenient date? – let us know and we will let you know when there are other dates and places over the coming months.

We at BITA have many years’ experience in recruiting designers for many of the top furnishing design studios, brands & mills in the UK and abroad. We have a panel of some of the most talented and experienced Furnishing Fabric and Wallcovering Design Directors, Managers and Designers to talk to you about how they got to where they are today and what they look for when recruiting new designers.

The events will cover the following:

CV CLINIC & PORTFOLIO ADVICE

–              Do’s and Don’ts about structuring your CV
–              What to include in your portfolio and why?
–              How to conduct yourself in Interviews and how to follow up afterwards?

MEET THE EXPERTS

–              Hear their career stories and receive their help to shape your future career
–              Networking opportunities with Textile Industry Recruiters and Designers

–              NB At Prestigious Textiles on 16 November you will get to see how fabric collections are created, warehoused and shipped around the world too.

HOW TO STAY ABOVE THE COMPETITION

–              Trend forecasting and colour awareness
–              Building your personal brand and the importance of self-promotion online
–              Being commercially aware

Also present your CV/portfolio to experienced Industry Recruiter Diane Harding, for your chance to get one to one advice and be considered for future textile designer roles (UK and internationally).

What have attendees and presenters had to say about previous events?

‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked..’ Donna Claypool – Bolton University

‘The professional workshop was an extremely helpful and insightful session, to help advise on what I need to do to achieve my dream job in the Textiles industry. The session was incredibly valuable as it opened my eyes to what I need to develop in my portfolio – and who better to advise me than the experts themselves!’ – Megan Stolley, Student.

“I was delighted to share my experiences as a Design & Colour Consultant with such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of students and tutors. The mock interview scenario must have been a super insight into the cold reality of the search for that career in the design industry – something I hope has helped students prepare for the next step in their career journey.” Chris Hodgson – Colourist for Prestigious Textiles

‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’ – Student

‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’ – Student

‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’ – Student

Interested in holding a similar event?

The British Interiors & Textiles Association are looking for Textile Design Colleges and Universities to sponsor these Masterclasses.  Are you able to supply a Seminar Theatre/Private Room and pay from just £300 ex vat towards the speakers time and expenses?  In return your College/University can invite as many of their own students/graduates to attend as they wish free of charge. In addition, have your logo and address promoted to 1000’s of Designers around the Country as we promote this event.

Businesses can hold this event free of charge at your offices.

For further information – Email cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk. Alternatively call 01908 410598 (ext. 5)

BITA Textile Designers Career Masterclass

BITA Textile Designers Career Masterclass

To be held at Prestigious Textiles on Thursday 16th November 2017

The British Interiors and Textiles Association (BITA) will be delivering an inspiring educational masterclass to Textiles and Surface Design students and new graduates with the help of the design team at Prestigious Textiles.

Aiming to advise the next generation of textile designers on how to stand out from the crowd in the Textile Design Industry; the event on Thursday 16th November 2017 will be offering invaluable advice on the importance of work experience, what makes a great portfolio & CV and how to prepare for career interviews.

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Diane Harding (Marketing Director of BITA and Managing Director of Norfolk House Consultants) will give insight into her career highlights including how she built her own business, winning several awards on the way, including COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE’S – ‘ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR’ in 1994.

“Educating new designers on the process needed to get the job of their dreams, is something I feel passionately about. In the same position myself all those years ago, I really wanted to impart my industry knowledge and experience gained onto the next generation of skilled and ambitious designers.”  Diane Harding

In addition – the design team at Prestigious Textiles will explain to new Textile design graduates and students how they create award winning collections and what they look for when recruiting new designers to join their team.

 The event also includes mock interviews which allow new designers to gain feedback on their own trend research and portfolios.  A great way to learn first hand how to present themselves and their work to potential employers.

Last year BITA ran the same event at Bolton University and intends to take the Masterclass across the country to venues which will include Design Colleges and Companies within the trade.

‘The event was a huge success, and enabled students to hear about important aspects of the design industry from key speakers with experience. The live interview element also broke down the ‘mystery’ of what happens at an interview and how students can best prepare their portfolios and understand what types of questions are asked..’ Donna ClaypoolBolton University

Students comments included: ‘The event definitely put things into context for me.’ ‘A fantastic session – especially the interview!!’ ‘The session was really amazing and so informative. I’ve learned so much and feel more inspired – it was great’

 

For further information please contact: cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk
Tel: 01908 410598 ext. 5
http://www.interiortextiles.co.uk

 

 

The British Interiors & Textiles Association PRESS RELEASE – AUGUST 2017

BITA appoints a new Chairman and Vice Chairman

BITA for the past 100 years has been the voice of British Interiors & Textiles and aims to inform, support and promote all aspects of the Interiors & Textiles industry for the mutual benefit of the industry as a whole. We link our members with suppliers, customers and services including: relevant associations, affiliations and governing bodies, in the UK and beyond. BITA is dedicated to the prosperity of this exciting industry.

Recently BITA appointed a new Chairman and Vice Chairman to help with the continued important work of BITA  and with 62 years experience in the industry between them – they have a lot to offer.

Chairman – Bill Fisher of Tulip Blinds

Bill FisherBill Fisher has been in the industry since 2000 and is currently the director at Tulip Blinds Ltd – which was established in 2010 and has since grown to become a very reliable and quality brand.   This was proven at the BITA Gala Awards Dinner in March 2017 – where the industry awarded them – not only one – but two awards, ‘Best Supplier for Customer Service’ and ‘Best Blind Supplier’. Before working in the interiors and blind industry Bill worked in professional grass machinery sales from 1979.

Earlier in his working life Bill was a farmer and although he may not be a full time farmer now he has many farm animals including horses, chickens and pedigree ‘Duro’ pigs which have won numerous awards themselves!

Bill is really enthusiastic about the Interiors industry and believes we should all work together to help each other achieve growth and success. He loves the work BITA does to bring the industry together through various means such as Social media, Events and Emarketing.

Vice Chairman – Andrew Hoyle of Edmund Bell

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Andrew Hoyle has been in the industry since leaving school. Most of his family have worked in textiles and he was born in Barnoldswick – which was a Cotton Weaving town with 13 mills, all long since gone. Andrew started work in 1972 (45 years ago) in Textile Printing. He trained in design, as a colourist and product development then eventually moved into Sales. Throughout his career he has always been involved in the Soft furnishing industry and has worked with Fabrics, Curtains, Blinds and Curtain Hardware.

He now works for Edmund Bell & Co. Ltd as Sales and Marketing Director where he has been for the last 8 Years.  Andrew is very passionate about our industry and textile heritage in the UK and the work of the British Interior and Textiles Association. He believes that we have a great industry with lots of brilliant people working hard to deliver the best products for our customers. He also thinks it is vitally important that we all work together to promote our products to ensure the success of our business and the people who make it all happen. Andrew Hoyle has been in the industry since leaving school. Most of his family have worked in textiles and he was born in Barnoldswick – which was a Cotton Weaving town with 13 mills, all long since gone. Andrew started work in 1972 (45 years ago) in Textile Printing. He trained in design, as a colourist and product development then eventually moved into Sales. Throughout his career he has always been involved in the Soft furnishing industry and has worked with Fabrics, Curtains, Blinds and Curtain Hardware.

For Further information or images please contact Cherish.King@interiortextiles.co.uk

Tel 01908 410598

BITA Soft Furnishings Masterclasses 2017

BITA Soft Furnishings Masterclasses
Birmingham, Sunday 9th July 2017 and London, Tuesday 11th July 2017
The British Interiors and Textiles Association (BITA) have organised some exciting Soft Furnishings Masterclasses with a handful of excellent, qualified and experienced speakers including, Victoria Hammond, Jane Warren, Sallyann Rolfe, Elizabeth Pegg, Mandy Hayes and Sharon Samuel.

Aiming to advise, present and teach anyone interested in soft furnishings many skills from ‘Measuring and calculations’ to ‘Cutting loose covers’ from experienced individuals within the industry.

Birmingham Sunday 9th July
With many years of experience of bespoke curtains and soft furnishings Sharon Samuel (Owner of the Sewing Lounge) will be demonstrating her skills in two different classes. Her first class will be ‘Triple Pleat interlined curtain making’ she will explain and demonstrate the techniques used including hand sewn. Her afternoon class ‘Roman blind making’ will include how to make a fully operational hand sewn roman blind, calculation and much more.

Elizabeth Pegg (Owner of Silkworm and Cottontails) and Mandy Hayes (Owner of Francis House Design) will be teaming up to cover more skills. They both worked very hard to get where they are today and now both have their own business, Elizabeth has a lampshade business and Mandy has a cushion covers business, they will be doing one morning class focusing on ‘Lampshade making’ including trimmings and how to attach them. In the afternoon they will be focusing on ‘Cushion making’ where they will explain the different styles you can produce and other techniques.
London Tuesday 11th July
Jane Warren (Owner of The Lampshade Loft) has over 10 years’ experience within the soft furnishings industry, she will be presenting a ‘Hard drum lampshade making’ class in the morning and afternoon, both of these classes will be practical, so you will be able to make your own lampshade while Jane shows and explains how this is done, she will be showing many amazing techniques including how to position and adhere your fabric to your shade laminate accurately and smoothly.
With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Victoria Hammond (Owner and Director of Victoria Hammond interiors) Will be presenting two very important classes ‘An introduction to interior design’ which will include how to interpret a client’s brief, how to advise clients and present style mood board and much more she will also be teaching about ‘Measuring and Calculations’ this 3 hour class is very thorough taking you through step by step.
With over 30 years’ experience and over 20 of those running her own business Sallyann Rolfe (Owner of House of Robinson) is passionate about her class ‘Cutting loose covers workshop’ She will explain and demonstrate how to understand pattern placement and many more helpful tips and techniques.
You can join a class for as little as £45, bookings are coming in thick and fast so don’t miss out – contact Cherish King at cherish.king@interiortextiles.co.uk or by phone on 01908 410598 ext. 5 ASAP to book or find out more.