M&S attend The Factory Uncovered Workshop

On 23rd August Marks & Spencer visited the Factory for the CPPD Factory Uncovered workshop.

The group consisted of buying assistants and technical admin assistants and their objective was to understand how a factory operates in the UK to improve their communication and relationships with suppliers.

The workshop began with CEO Jenny Holloway talking openly and candidly about the UK garment manufacturing industry, what really make a factory ethical and the dirty tricks to look out for on factory visits.

Caroline Ash, Director of Production also gave the group a tour of the Factory. Caroline gave valuable information about; how factories calculate standard minutes, how garments are costed and even the procedures set in place to guarantee The Factory is ethical and sustainable.

As well as the tour of the factory reviewing the policies and procedures in place the group also spent time with a Julia our senior pattern cutting tutor who spoke about the implications of unclear fit comments in fit sessions and how this can impact an order for the factory.

Overall another successful workshop, a few feedback comments included

‘Having no previous experience of a factory I have now learnt how different machines operate and ways of working can increase efficiency and productivity. Seeing first-hand the processes such as cutting and metal detection was invaluable’ Francesca, Technical Admin Assistant

‘I have learnt how fast garments are produced and the processes involved. I also learnt what issues may arise in a factory that I may not have considered in my role.’ Holly, Technical Admin Assistant

‘I have learnt all the different roles and responsibilities within a factory environment which was very insightful and interesting! I have learnt terminology and ways of working with factories to gain better cost price and turnarounds’ Louise, buying assistant