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 more than £1.5m to 33 designer labels to help with critical business support such as developing websites, ecommerce platforms and bricks-and-mortar stores.
The grant has steadily increased for the last few years. It was £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 law firm Taylor Wessing, and Livia Firth, founder and creator of Eco-Age will mentor on sustainability and industry best practice.
The philanthropic programme is developed in partnership with co-chairs Tania Fares and Sian Westerman, along with the BFC and the Fashion Trust Advisory Committee.
Fares and Westerman said: “Supporting the development of such a strong group of designer businesses reflects the core aim of the BFC Fashion Trust, and is the most rewarding part of the initiative. We are incredibly proud of what the BFC Fashion Trust, with the help of its wonderful members and partners, has achieved so far, and look forward to continuing to nurture the incredible pool of talented designers in the UK.”
Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council, commented: “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.”
In addition to the grant awards, the BFC Fashion Trust operates a Graduate Traineeship Programme, which offers graduates 12-month paid placements with a UK-based designer.