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Letters to February 21, 2009

The round-up of Letters to the Editor

Join the BCIA’s credit insurance campaign

What can be done to maintain the level of credit insurance we have all been used to operating with for many years, and which in the difficult trading circumstances is more vital than ever for the industry?

Many believe that the responsibility lies with the insurance companies, as it is in times like these that people expect the insurance companies to deliver. However, from the response so far this seems unlikely to happen.

Perhaps the insurers would be encouraged more if the government took the same approach to home trade as it does to export markets via the Export Credit Guarantee Department, which insures UK exporters against non-payment by their overseas buyers.

I hope you will share your credit insurance experiences with me either through Drapers or by directly contacting the British Clothing Industry Association (BCIA) as I endeavour to raise the profile of this issue within government.

  • Peter Lucas, chairman, BCIA, London

Editor’s response

Join Drapers’ LinkedIn network to discuss the issue of credit insurance with other wholesalers and manufacturers. Sign up to LinkedIn and join the Drapers Wholesale Forum to network with your peers. For more information, email

An invitation to trends seminar

Jaana Jätyri, chief executive of online trend analysis company Trendstop, is hosting a trend seminar for professionals in the fashion and retail industries.
Jätyri will share her insight into the global catwalks with a key trends presentation on autumn 09, aimed at time-poor professionals in the fashion industry and media.

For those who are not familiar with how trend analysis works, this is an opportunity to tap into trends and find out how they can enhance business prospects. For those who already use trend information, the seminar will provide accurate and condensed readings of the world’s leading fashion weeks.

The event is also a chance to network and takes place on March 25 at The Quadrant, 135 Salusbury Road, London NW6.

For more details, telephone 0870 788 6888.

  • Elena Garcia, owner of womenswear brand Elena Garcia, London

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