The third Business Beyond Borders (BBB) matchmaking event took place on 18-21 September 2017 at Texworld Paris. Companies and clusters from all over the world brought new business opportunities to potential partners in the textile, apparel and fashion industry.
After its success in Genera and Africa Utility Week, BBB keeps on giving a much greater added value to its participants than just a regular session of than B2B meetings. Besides the 200 matchmaking meetings between 558 companies (representing 42 COSME and non-COSME countries), BBB organised several technical workshops which participants could attend throughout the course of Texworld Paris. Topics covered included IPR protection, Market Access, Eco-labels and the Circular Economy’s impact on textiles and fashion.
(You might be interested in our previous blog posts on IPR protection, Skills mismatch in Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear Sector and Market Access)
Texworld Paris’s opening press conference featured high-profile personalities from third market countries – including the Cambodian Minister of Trade and the Sri Lankan Ambassador to France – and gave an overview of the BBB initiative to all attendees. At the same time, officials from Cambodia, China, Sri Lanka, and Morocco outlined their countries’ potential in the textile and fashion industry, highlighting the business opportunities national SMEs were seeking to achieve with their European counterparts.
Dirk Vantyghem, Director of Operations at Eurochambres, introducing Business Beyond Borders at the Texworld Paris press conference
Over the course of three days, participants benefited from productive matchmaking meetings, between potential partners from Europe and all over the world. The event received a fair share of positive feedback from the participants. For instance, Olusola Mckenzie, Creative Director Learn to Re-Create (UK), stated that she would recommend the BBB initiative, with an important recommendation for other SMEs to take benefit from the platform “which is provided to meet other businesses, trying to explore interests in common, which can be very engaging”.
BBB participant: Olusola Mckenzie, Creative Director Learn to Re-Create (UK)
The BBB event at Texworld Paris also crowned another winner on our Social Media Competition (see our previous winner FinnZa, which won the competition during the BBB event at African Utility Week). By tweeting about their matchmaking meetings using the #EUBBB hashtag, Billoomi Fashion, an Indian company focusing on clothing manufacturing, earned its place in BBB history.
Billoomi Fashion, winner of the BBB Social Media Competition
All the pictures from the BBB event at Texworld Paris are already available on Flickr. Keep checking our website and social media channels for BBB Participant Profiles, videos and other post-event content – and, of course, don’t forget to register your SME for the next BBB event at HOST Milano, taking place on 20-21 October.