Events

The events, seminars and workshopslisted below are usually open to all. They are delivered by Nigel Rust unless otherwise stated.

Forthcoming Events & Workshops

A new series of workshops entitled ‘The Business of Fashion’ is being planned in partnership with Fashion Enter. Based on the popular ‘Be Business Ready’ series, the workshops are aimed at fashion designers (and students) at whatever stage their business may be – established, start-up, or just an idea. They are designed to be practical – giving you simple tools to help you manage your business well.

Date: 2013 dates to be announced shortly.
Title: The Business of Fashion
Workshop 1
‘Getting The Most Out of Your Manufacturer’
This workshop covers finding and selecting a fashion manufacturer and how to get the best out of them..…read more
Venue: The Fashion Studio, Knowledge Dock, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD. (DLR Station: Cyprus)
Price: £75 (Discounts for Fashion Capital members and students)
Booking: Book through Nigel Rust (via Contact page or email nigel@nigelrust.co.uk).                                     Further details: www.fashioncapital.co.uk (click on ‘Learning’, ‘Seminars’)
Date: 2013 dates to be announced shortly.
Title: The Business of FashionWorkshop 2 ‘Making It Happen’

Do you have a ‘big vision’for your fashion business? Ever wondered how successful fashion businesses get where they are?read more

Venue: The Fashion Studio, Knowledge Dock, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD. (DLR Station: Cyprus)
Price: £75 (Discounts for Fashion Capital members and students)
Booking: Book through Nigel Rust (via Contact page or email nigel@nigelrust.co.uk).                                     Further details: www.fashioncapital.co.uk (click on ‘Learning’, ‘Seminars’)
Date: 2013 dates to be announced shortly.
Title: The Business of Fashion
Workshop 3
‘How Much Are You Really Making?’
“Do you want to be in control of your own business finances?” – this workshop takes owners(or would-be owners) of youngfashion businesses through the basic principles of profit & loss and how to keep track of your finances…read more
Venue: The Fashion Studio, Knowledge Dock, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD. (DLR Station: Cyprus)
Price: £75 (Discounts for Fashion Capital members and students)
Booking: Book through Nigel Rust (via Contact page or email nigel@nigelrust.co.uk).                                     Further details: www.fashioncapital.co.uk (click on ‘Learning’, ‘Seminars’)
Date: 2013 dates to be announced shortly.
Title: The Business of Fashion
Workshop 4
‘How Rich Are You Going To Be’
This workshop helps fashion designers to look at costing, pricing and financial planning – so that they get it right!…read more
Venue: The Fashion Studio, Knowledge Dock, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD. (DLR Station: Cyprus)
Price: £75 (Discounts for Fashion Capital members and students)
Booking: Book through Nigel Rust (via Contact page or email nigel@nigelrust.co.uk).                                     Further details: www.fashioncapital.co.uk (click on ‘Learning’, ‘Seminars’)
Date: 2013 dates to be announced shortly.
Title: The Business of Fashion
Workshop 5
‘Sales and Marketing’
Aimed at young fashion designer businesses – covers the elements of a good, practical, sales and marketing plan…read more
Venue: The Fashion Studio, Knowledge Dock, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD. (DLR Station: Cyprus)
Price: £75 (Discounts for Fashion Capital members and students)
Booking: Book through Nigel Rust (via Contact page or email nigel@nigelrust.co.uk).                                     Further details: www.fashioncapital.co.uk (click on ‘Learning’, ‘Seminars’)
Date: 2013 dates to be announced shortly.
Title: The Business of Fashion
Workshop 6
‘Selling and Negotiating’
Finding buyers in the fashion industry, getting their attention and what to say when you meet them…read more
Venue: The Fashion Studio, Knowledge Dock, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD. (DLR Station: Cyprus)
Price: £75  (Discounts for Fashion Capital members and students)
Booking: Book through Nigel Rust (via Contact page or email nigel@nigelrust.co.uk).                                     Further details: www.fashioncapital.co.uk (click on ‘Learning’, ‘Seminars’)

Past Events & Feedback

The events, seminars, workshops and in-house training sessions listed below have been run in the recent past and are listed here, together with feedback, to illustrate the type of group coaching that can be delivered.

If your organisation is interested in running similar programmes please contact Nigel Rust (nigel@nigelrust.co.uk) to discuss your requirements.

Date: Feb and March 2012
Title: ‘Lean Manufacturing for Designer-Makers’ Run in partnership with Cockpit Arts (www.cockpitarts.com)

Part 1 – How to Apply Lean Principles to Increase Your Productivity (or How to Make More for Less)

Part 2 – Practice and Inspiration

Venue: Cockpit Arts Studios, Holborn, London, WC1
Date: April and May 2011
Title: ‘Going Into Manufacture’ series:Run in partnership with Cockpit Arts (www.cockpitarts.com):1. Finding and Selecting a Manufacturer
2. Getting the Most from Your Manufacturer.Aimed at the creative industries – young companies that are ready to expand their business through greater out-sourcing of their designer products. Sectors such as Ceramics, Interior Design, Jewellery, Glass, Textiles, and Fashion.
Venue: Cockpit Arts, Holborn, London, WC1
Feedback: Quotes from the Manufacturing sessions:“Nigel’s session gave me a more detailed understanding if the planning involved for working with manufacturers along with useful communication tips and hints.”“Nigel’s session provided an informed insight into how to communicate with manufacturers and other businesses and an awareness of the legal responsibilities and implications.”“Nigel’s session gave me the confidence to go into manufacture.”“Nigel’s talk provided a lot of useful tips on how to go about manufacturing. I was very impressed with the relevant background research that went into this session. It was very useful.”“Nigel’s session gave me a better understanding of dealing with
manufacturers and what details are important to clarify.”
Date: Various dates in March and April 2011
Title: Leadership and Management Training – Bespoke, In-House.

  • Managing Teams
  • Mentoring Individuals
  • Effective KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
  • Team Leadership (for Supervisors)
Venue: In Plant
Feedback:

I found that conducting the course on a one to one basis meant that I could ask many questions that were relevant to my job without feeling as if I was holding up the rest of the class. I also feel more confident in my role within the company due to this training. Katie, Team Leader

Date: Various dates in Autumn 2010– Autumn 2012 (6 full series)
Title: ‘Be Business Ready’ Workshops: Run in partnership with Fashion Enter (www.fashioncapital.co.uk):               1. How Much are You Really Making?
2. How Rich are You Going to Be?
3. Getting the Most Out of Your Manufacturer
4. Making It Happen
5. Sales and Marketing
6. Selling and Negotiating
Aimed at fashion designers who are either just starting out or have been running for a while and want to improve their business.These workshops are designed to be practical – giving you simple tools to help you manage your business as well as an understanding of the principles behind them.  Delegates can attend the whole series to get a good rounded set of business skills or just the ones you need to get a specific insight on the subjects of your choice.During the workshops you get a chance to apply your new-found knowledge through a few exercises. You will also get the chance to discuss your own particular needs both during the workshops and in one-to-one surgeries immediately after.Each Workshop lasts about 5 hours, starting at 9.30 a.m
Venue: Fashion Enter, The Factory, Vale Road, London, N4, and The Fashion Studio, University of East London, E16.
Feedback: “At long last I feel I’m getting the knowledge I’ve craved + I’m in the right place – Thank You.”
Suzy Reed, Suzy Reed Ltd. www.suzyreed.com                                                                                                                                                                  “Nigel is a great teacher. He has a great way with his students. He doesn’t teach us ‘parrot fashion’. We are made to think about planning every aspect of our business.”          Belinda Chorley, Beyond Burlesque. www.beyondburlesque.co.uk                                                                                                              “Really great course, extremely informative, useful, interesting. Highly recommended” Anja, BettyLicious, www.bettylicious.co.uk“Over the past two courses with Nigel it has been very informative and I feel more prepared for 2011. I would recommend the course to any individual that requires support in helping make his or her small business become a great business.”“Nigel is great! V. helpful, supportive & encouraging. I found our 1:1 meeting extremely useful & insightful – thank you Nigel.”“Have learnt so much + now feel ready to put everything I’ve learnt into action. Thank you Nigel.”
Suzy Reed, Suzy Reed Ltd. www.suzyreed.com“I have found the workshop (‘Making It Happen’) very useful and it will definitely help me in preparing to start my business.”“I have enjoyed the course and also understand the break-even analysis (covered in the finance workshops), which before now has been a bit confusing no matter how I was taught. I am really glad I took the course……. I enjoyed the one-to-one sessions also.”