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‘The creative industries are as vital as financial services’

I read with interest Drapers’ exclusive with Vince Cable (Drapers, April 14) although I found his understanding of our industry a little disappointing. 

Fashion is the centre of gravity for the creative industries and although he says he is heavily involved, he does not understand the major part that fashion education plays in a number of universities up and down the UK.

 The creative industries are as important to the country as financial services but don’t get enough attention. It is a global business and students from more than 80 countries are prepared to pay very high fees to receive a British fashion education.

Looking back, Margaret Thatcher did a great job in trying to give a much higher profile to the fashion and textile industries, and the Princess Royal has given her time, energy and support.

It is extraordinary that with all this activity, fashion seems to have missed Cable’s attention.

As an industry, we must recognise that the House of Commons and House of Lords are on the receiving end of lobbying from other industries and we should push harder. We should do a lot more briefing, as well as inviting politicians to events.

We need to do more lobbying and think more creatively in order to engage our politicians.

  • Terry Mansfield, Former chairman of Graduate Fashion Week 

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