The British Clothing Industry Association is to rebranded to the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and a raft of leading industry players have been appointed to the new board.
Simon Berwin, chief executive of supply group Berwin & Berwin, Nigel Lugg, managing director of supplier Prominent Apparel (Europe) and Richard Craig, managing director of designer brand Margaret Howell have been appointed to the board of UKFT, which is designed to bring together trade associations in the fashion and textiles sectors to give the industry a single and more powerful voice.
“The new board comprises members who are passionate about their sector and want to help companies to trade more effectively both in the domestic market and overseas.”
Peter Lucas, UKFT
BCIA director John Wilson has been appointed director general of UKFT. BCIA chairman Peter Lucas, who is also chief executive of Baird Group, has led the creation of the new body. Earlier this year Lucas led a high profile campaign to help get suppliers government support with credit insurance
The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry and The Savile Row Bespoke Association have already committed to joining UKFT. UK Fashion Exports had already been integrated into the BCIA and will also be part of the larger group.
Lucas said: “We have made tremendous progress and have begun working with almost every trade association that covers the sector and the response has been extremely enthusiastic. I am delighted, too, that the new board comprises members who are passionate about their sector and want to help companies to trade more effectively both in the domestic market and overseas.”
Berwin added: “Being able to help shape the future of the UK fashion and textile industry is a privilege. I am looking forward to working closely with both large and small companies to make sure they receive the support they need – whether that be through lobbying government or providing opportunities to assist in their day-to-day business life through the provision of expert advice and guidance.”
The new board will meet for the first time in June to develop UKFT’s strategy, so new initiatives can be announced in the autumn.
UKFT will be based at the BCIA offices in 5 Portland Place in London.
Actress Joanna Lumley will host the UK Fashion Export Awards 2009, which take place on June 4 at The Landmark London. Tickets to the lunch costs £125 for members of UK Fashion Exports/British Clothing Industry Association and £155 for non-members.
For more information or to book seats email Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7636 5577.
HRH The Princess Royal will present the Awards.