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Live on Dec 2 at
  • 10:30 AM London
  • 11:30 AM Central European Time
  • 5:30 PM Hong Kong

SMART SKILLS BEYOND 2020 PANEL The New Learning Mentality

After a year of seismic change, the ASBCI presents a new webinar series focused on the future of the fashion industry – Beyond 2020: Survival of the Smartest. 

Kicking off the series, The Smart Skills Beyond 2020 online session on 2 December, organised with event partner MOTIF, will open with a presentation by Jackie Lewis from MOTIF on the findings of the State of Skills in the Apparel Industry 2020 report, followed by a debate with a panel of experts including Jenny Holloway from Fashion EnterKate Hills from Make it British, and Lindsay Clarke from Planet Personnel and moderated by Dr Julie King from ASBCI.

As Covid-19 continues to cause disruption around the globe, and the threat of a climate crisis looms ever closer, smartification has become the watchword of a new era. This is not just about adopting the latest technologies and accelerating the digitalisation of the whole supply chain, it is also about adopting a new mindset and a reassessment of traditional ways of working.

The businesses that survive and thrive in the post-Covid era will be those that can adapt to the rapidly changing ‘new normal’. But it goes beyond the immediate pandemic response. As the digital revolution gathers pace, businesses need to be more agile, prepared to experiment, to invest in the people, skills, and technologies that will deliver long-term business resilience. People are key, now and in the future. 

The Smart Skills Beyond 2020 panel will consider how to identify essential skills, the importance of upskilling and investing in existing staff, and recruitment strategies to fill those vital new roles.


picture of Jackie Lewis, MOTIF Director of Course Development
Jackie Lewis
Course Development Director, MOTIF
Jenny Holloway
Founder, Fashion Enter
Kate Hills
Founder, Make it British
Lindsay J Clarke
Director, Planet Personnel Recruitment

Moderated by Dr Julie King, ASBCI Events Director

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About the Organizers

The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ASBCI) is a not-for-profit UK-based organisation with a membership that represents all key sectors of the clothing and textile supply chain. Formed in 1973, it is the only forum of its kind where component suppliers and fabric producers can exchange ideas and knowledge with designers, retailers and garment cleaning specialists. It operates without commercial preference and its impartial stance makes it a unique organisation within an intensely competitive industry where members can meet, discuss issues, and share their experiences – all together, at one time, in one place.

MOTIF is the apparel knowledge hub that connects professionals around the world with the skills and industry expertise they need to transform their businesses, lives and careers. Launched in 2018 by parent company Alvanon, MOTIF tackles the industry need for evolving skill sets and continuous professional development. provides a unique online learning experience with education on important industry topics across the supply chain and training on fundamental, technical, business and creative skills. MOTIF is working with top industry practitioners from around the world to develop world class courses, for apparel professionals and corporates, that can be accessed from anywhere, at anytime.

Course Community BETA Connect & Exchange with Learning Peers

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