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Young talent invited to sign up to Fashion Bootcamp

The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) at the London College of Fashion is to hold a Fashion Fast-track Bootcamp to provide budding young entrepreneurs with advice from a panel of industry experts.

The CFE, which supports and nurtures emerging designers and has in the past worked with designers including Erdem, Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, said in the current climate it was essential that small businesses should be smarter and better informed.

The course, taking place over two days at the college on High Holborn, London, on July 9-10, is headed by Toby Meadows, director of contemporary womenswear brand Belle & Bunty and author of How to Set Up and Run a Fashion Label.

Other industry experts scheduled to talk at the Bootcamp include Stephanie Firth, who is licensing and accessories co-ordinator at Ted Baker and has previously held roles at retailers including Jigsaw and White Stuff; Sanjeev Davidson, head of design for men’s lifestyle brand Hackett; and Kate Green, a supply chain expert who has previously worked for luxury labels including Matthew Williamson and Aquascutum.

During the course, delegates will be given advice on how to make their business commercially viable, how to finance their business and identifying routes to market. They will be given information on marketing and social media and be taught how to pitch their ideas effectively. Participants will also have the chance to win £1,000, with the best idea pitched to the experts winning the prize.

The fee for attendees who book before June 20 will be £195 plus VAT; after that date it will be £245 plus VAT. Call 020 7514 2295 for details.

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