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UKFT launches manifesto

Industry body the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has launched its manifesto calling the Government to action in supporting the fashion and textile industry.

A preview of the manifesto was presented at a House of Commons reception where businesses from across fashion and textiles were given the opportunity to speak to MPs and ask for their support.

The UKFT has called for a commitment from ministers to engage regularly to keep the industry high on the political agenda as the value of fashion exports alone is estimated to be more than £6.5bn a year. It has also asked for action to make it simpler for UK fashion businesses to bid for UK Government contracts.

As part of its manifesto the UKFT is campaigning to help fashion and textile graduates gain the basic understanding of running a business so that their creative talents can be transformed into a commercial success.

Chairman of the All Party Group for Fashion and Textiles Damian Collins said: “The fashion and textile industry is still growing 20% year on year and this is a truly remarkable achievement. It is an industry that young people particularly are inspired to be in and is one that we can be truly proud of. Our job should be to look at what barriers and limits there are to growth and see what we can be doing to help.”

UKFT chairman Peter Lucas has urged MPs to keep supporting this thriving industry stressing that investment “is needed in the industry to secure jobs now and create them in the future.”

Last month business secretary Vince Cable told Drapers that the fashion industry was not always taken “seriously enough” and that the Government had an “obligation” to support it.

To see full details of the manifesto visit, www.ukft.org/ukft-manifesto/ukft_manifesto_advert.php

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