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Conversations in Creativity at BOB North

For Best of Britannia (BoB) North, we present a special Conversations in Creativity with some of the best established and emerging brands from UK design and manufacturing.

Time & Date: 6-8pm, Thursday 14th May

After successful events in London we are thrilled to announce the arrival of Best of Britannia (BOB) North (15-17 May)

The event will profile a range of products reflecting the region alongside the best from across the UK, shocasing established and emerging talent from textiles, menswear, womenswear, childrenswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery, cycling, motoring, home furnishings and much more.

For BOB North, Creative Lancashire present a special Conversations in Creativity with some of the best established and emerging brands from UK design and manufacturing.

Antony Wallis – Best of Britannia
Barry Jackson – Hivehaus
Claire Norcross – Luminosity
David Chadwick – Carradice
Fiona Candy – a-brand

Is the provenance and heritage of UK-made product persuading the British to Buy British?

Why is it that Made in Britain means more abroad than it does here?

The panel of experts will cover issues of sustainability, provenance and the sourcing of good quality, good value suppliers here in the UK versus abroad, as well as what lies behind the British consumer purchase decision.


This special Conversation in Creativity event is FREE to attend however places are limited. Pre-registration is essential by completing the form on the opposite side of this page.


L-R: Antony Wallis, Barry Jackson, Claire Norcross, David Chadwick, & Fiona Candy

Antony Wallis - Best of Britannia
25 years of working with brands and being fortunate enough to work with some of the most compelling brands that the UK has had to offer, ranging from British Airways Concorde to Ben Sherman, has culminated in Antony co-founding Best of Britannia, which is essentially about British design, people and their skills, specifically those with heritage and craftsmanship as their key values. He sees BOB  as an opportunity for these great brands to showcase themselves to the British public and to engage with the home market, British brands building their futures at home for the World to enjoy.

Barry Jackson - Hivehaus
Barry Jackson is the creator of Hivehaus - a unique “flat pack” style house that is cheap, modern and quick to assemble. Hivehaus buildings are made up of rooms in a honeycomb shape, which means they can slot together in different ways. Rooms can be made and paid for individually, so that the property can be as big or as small as required, and a standard building with all necessary rooms can be set up within a working day. Dalton-based Barry launched the product at Grand Designs 2014 in London. Hivehaus has appeared on Channel 4's "George Clarke's Amazing Spaces' and was shortlisted in the Prefabricated Home of the year category at the Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards.

Claire Norcross – Luminosity
Claire Norcross is an award-winning lighting designer based in Preston. Making is at the heart of Claire’s studio practice and while she has produced bespoke designs and exhibitions pieces, she is best known for the commercial lighting designs she produced while she was the in-house designer for Habitat. Claire currently works as a freelance designer for companies such as Plumen, and John Lewis. She also has her own company, Luminosity, with business partner Rob Payne and they design and supply their own range of sculptural paper shades to high street and design retailers.

David Chadwick - Carradice
David Chadwick was born in Nelson, Lancashire. After University her worked in Industry  before returning  to take on the family firm, Carradice, an established small business manufacturing  bicycle touring  luggage. Over  the next 20 years David grew and diversified the business. A  firm believer in the “Made in Britain” ethos, he resisted the temptations of outsourcing everything to the Far East and instead expanded through the retention of staff and experience with slower but sustainable growth.  David enjoys working closely with local suppliers to develop the best raw materials. His hands on approach helps to stimulate new designs and ideas. David is also a director of Enterprise Lancashire a not for profit organistaion that encourages small business start ups and growth through training and grants. Carradice , now a well established heritage  brand, is sold in over 30 countries and in 2014 won the coveted Queens Award for International trade. Recently, Carradice has enjoyed collaborations with brands including Fred Perry, Brompton Bicycle, Tate Modern and Ally Capellino

Fiona candy – a-brand
Having designed for several UK brands, including her own, and overseeing products being sampled and manufactured in factories in the UK and Europe; Fiona is passionate about the benefits of linking design and production within the UK. A former textiles lecturer at UCLan, Fiona is currently finishing a project with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery about footwear, movement, sound and ‘presence’ by recoding the sounds of footfall that has grown out of her research. Interested in issues around provenance, supply chain, brand and cultural identity, particularly in the domain of fashion and textiles, Fiona was a founding contributor to the Global Denim project at University College London. She is also a member of the UK Textile Society organising committee.

Conversations in Creativity
Launched in 2011, Creative Lancashire's Conversations in Creativity is a series of talks and presentations where leading figures from across the world of art, crafts, design and other creative disciplines explore how inspiration from around the world informs process. Previous events have featured Wayne & Gerardine Hemingway and Gary Aspden (Adidas Originals), Pete Fowler (Artist & Film Maker), Donna Wilson (Designer), Nick Park (Aardman), Lemn Sissay (Poet), Jeanette Winterson (Author), Simon Aldred (Cherry Ghost), John Robb (journalist/musician)and Dave Haslam (Author).


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