School of Sport and Service Management

Fieldtrip to Clothes Show Live

In December retail students took a fieldtrip to Clothes Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham.

On route the coach stopped off at Bicester Shopping Village which is home to more than 130 top-name boutiques. Miranda Markham, the Shopping Village’s Community Relations Director, gave a presentation to the retail students and everyone was given a VIP card with an extra 10% off their shopping. The voucher was put to good use by one student who treated themselves to a Mulberry Bag!!

Many of you are interested in fashion and the Clothes Show Live is a great way to understand the industry and why it is important to retailers.

Emily said of the experience: “During your final year there is a lot of work and pressure, which meant that having the chance to escape for a few days on a course trip was fantastic. I especially loved the talk at Bicester, which was not only extremely interesting but also helped us make contacts within a different type of retail industry.”

“The clothes show was a great day out, some of the stands were very helpful with careers advice, and the catwalk was a fantastic end to the day. Overall I would definitely recommend going on all of the course trips available to you, as they are a great way to interact with your fellow course mates and your tutors as well as always being interesting, relevant and fun!”

And for Becky: “This years trip to Bicester Village was amazing. As a final year student it was the perfect place to witness the retail theory we have learnt over the past few years and to understand retail operations within Luxury Fashion better. Having a talk with a member of the management team was really interesting and helped us to understand the reasons for the location and set up at Bicester Village.”

“The Clothes Show Live was good fun and very well received, bringing together the end of a very busy semester. Many retailers were represented across the fashion and beauty industry and many celebrities were at the show too. Students from local universities also showcased their collections and there was a chance for students in sign up to employment agencies, to begin building a future career within this industry.”

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Kerry Burnett • January 1, 2014

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