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Fashion heavyweights sign up to Creative Industries Federation

A new independent body has been launched to represent the UK’s cultural sector, uniting more than 200 companies and organisations across the fashion, broadcasting, film, music, publishing, architecture and arts industries.

Companies and organisations lending their support to the Creative Industries Federation include Alexander McQueen, the British Fashion Council, Burberry, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Issa, Liberty of London, Mulberry, Net-a-Porter and Selfridges.

Supporting individuals include Liberty managing director Ed Burstell, Whistles chief executive Jane Shepherdson, Nicole Farhi owner Maxine Hargreaves-Adams and Issa chairwoman Camilla Al Fayed.

The federation will be officially launched at an event at London’s Central St Martins tonight (November 24), followed by a national membership scheme that will commence from December.

The group will lobby government to focus on issues such as education, finance and funding, diversity and digital development across the sectors represented by the group.

It will also work with universities, business schools and other institutions to create an annual report that will assess the current position of the UK creative industries, in addition to identifying opportunities and threats.

Finally, it will provide a platform for discussion and dissemination through a series of meeting, events and conferences.

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