New Designers 2016 – taking place at the Business Design Centre, Islington from 29th June to 2nd July (Part one) and 6-9th July (Part two) – has announced an extensive programme of talks, tours and events for its 31st edition.

The sessions address current issues and topics pertinent to the design sector, offering invaluable support and advice to anyone in the design industry or with a love of design.

The broad programme considers topics such as entrepreneurship, the effect of the current economic climate on design, the role of design in education, micro-manufacturing, cross-disciplinary collaborations and sustainability in design. Contributing organisations include notonthehighstreet.com, The Design Trust, Sky, Design-Nation, Just Got Made, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the Design Museum, The Poundshop and Design Council.

The programme features insights from established designers including, Ella Doran, Shelley James, Rachael Taylor, Imogen Belfield, Michael Wolff and Ben Wright as well as senior industry figures including Simon Belsham, CEO at notonthehighstreet.com, Clive Grinyer, customer experience director at Barclays, John Mathers, chief executive at the Design Council, Ruth Wassermann, head of design at Made.com and Annie Warburton, creative director at Crafts Council.

New Designers also presents Thursday Lates, staying open until 8pm on 30th June and 7th July, giving the opportunity to attend after work and meet this year's exhibiting designers whilst enjoying events including tours led by The Goldsmith’s Company and John Lewis.

All talks and tours are free to attend with a valid New Designers ticket. Spaces are limited, so it is recommended to book places in advance.