The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has secured “significantly increased” export funding from the government for international trade shows.
The funding from the Department for International Trade for the Tradeshow Access Programme comes after a considerable lobbying from the UKFT.
Grants will be available to help designers and manufacturers with the costs of exhibiting at fashion and textile trade shows around the globe. For 2018, additional shows include kidswear show Pitti Bimbo in Florence, CIFF, CIFF Kids, CIFF Raven and Revolver in Copenhagen, and menswear show Chicago Collective.
Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT said: “Not only does export funding via the programme provide vital financial support to companies, it also provides a significant return on investment for government – every £1 of support generates a return on investment of between £40 and £70. We are delighted that with these additional shows we will be able to offer TAP support to an even wider range of British brands and designers who are keen to get their collections in front of the right international buyers.”