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BFC names 2017 grant recipients

The British Fashion Council has named the 11 designers that will split a £450,000 grant as part of its annual Fashion Trust financial and mentoring support scheme.

New recipients for 2017 are Edeline Lee, Georgia Hardinge, Isa Arfen, Sharon Wauchob, and Teatum Jones.

Previous recipients who continue to receive funding this year are Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Huishan Zhang, Marques’Almeida, Osman, and Rejina Pyo.

Set-up in 2011, the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded over £1.5m to 33 designer businesses to help with critical business support such as developing websites, ecommerce platforms and bricks-and-mortar stores.

The grant has steadily increased over the last few years from £215,000 in 2014, £300,000 in 2015, and £350,000 last year.

As part of the structured mentoring programme in 2017 designers will get legal advice from Taylor Wessing, and Livia Firth, founder and creator of Eco-Age will mentor on sustainability and industry best practice.

The programme is developed in partnership with co-chairs Tania Fares and Sian Westerman, along with the BFC, and the Fashion Trust Advisory Committee.

Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council, said: “The generosity of the BFC Fashion Trust supporters is always remarkable, and I am delighted that we are able to support these eleven deserving designers for the year ahead. By providing financial as well as mentoring support the BFC Fashion Trust continues to help secure the future stability of these designer businesses in contributing to our growing industry.”



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