The British Fashion Council has unveiled a new report calling on the government to support the fashion sector in five key areas in order for it to grow as a global force.
As London Fashion Week kicked off for this season, the BFC’s chief executive Caroline Rush and chairman Harold Tillman unveiled the report, entitled: Future of Fashion: Strategic Considerations for Growth.
In it, the BFC brings together the key areas of focus for growth within fashion and outlines what the industry needs to focus on as well as calling for ministers to:
· Protect funding for colleges
· Ease tourist visa application process to help the UK compete with other international shopping destinations
· Make resources available to grow UK manufacturing base
· Pledge public funding for LFW and the promotion of British designers abroad.
· Support UK fashion by championing it abroad as a vital part of brand Britain.
The report also highlights what the British fashion trade needs to do as an industry to help it grow including:
· Support colleges and scholarships and develop skills programme to train new recruits
· Develop UK production
· Understand and optimise the power of ‘Made in Britain’
· Work with government to attract investment and make the most of sponsorship opportunities
For more on the report, see Drapers, February 24