Today, the textiles technologies project (ttp, based at Carmarthan College) were at WISE, conducting a series of seminars on wool and the British wool industry. Between 35 and 40 people attended from different parts of the wool and textile industries, largely hoping to take advantage of the networking opportunities presented. There were talks from key figures in the industry, such as Tim Booth, product development manager at the British Wool Marketing Board, and Simon O’Raffery from ECO design Centre Cardiff.
The project is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Regional Development Fund as part of a 5 year Campaign for Wool, backed by HRH Prince of Wales, who has had an ongoing concern over the state of the British, and in particular Welsh, wool industry.
Present were a diverse selection of people, from artists, to suppliers, spinners, knitters, etc, all taking advantage of the opportunity to meet others involved in the industry.
One of the important parts of the day was seen as being the one-to-one networking sessions. These were like a cross between interviews and speed dating, where those attending could arrange appointments with others in advance to add a structure and efficiency to otherwise chance meetings.
So there’s been lots of interesting stuff going on today at CAT, and hopefully lots of happy people leaving with new knowledge and new contacts.