Position last year: New entry
Source: Tom Evans
Standing on the global political stage in knee-high patent leather boots, Theresa May is not only a fan of fashion when it comes to her personal style – she also recognises the industry’s value to the economy. To kick off London Fashion Week, the first international fashion event in the UK after the European Union referendum, the prime minister welcomed the industry’s top brass to Downing Street.
It was a public show of support for fashion businesses. Guests included the British Fashion Council’s Natalie Massenet (number 38), as well as apprentices and winners of scholarships.
Whether or not you like her style, May has turned the spotlight on fashion. And her policy decisions over the next few years, as we negotiate our exit from the EU, will have a significant impact on how British fashion businesses run their daily operations.