Our industry is revered as a world-leader in fashion education, and we consequently produce some of the world’s most innovative designers, from Sarah Burton to Vivienne Westwood, and every year talent creation schemes launch new stars on their way to global recognition.  Our designer sector is defined by a large number of SMEs, many of which aspire to develop into global fashion brands alongside the likes of Burberry, Dunhill, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Jimmy Choo.

There is increasing support from the industry to assist these aspirations for growth through shared knowledge and mentoring. However, a key challenge common with many developing businesses is access to finance.  There is poor understanding within the retail banking sector around the challenges and cash flow cycles of these growing fashion businesses, poor understanding within many designer businesses in terms of clear routes to finance and lack of knowledge on both sides regarding relevant government-led schemes that could be of use.

The British Fashion Council has put building blocks in place to assist designers and the investment community to mutually understand the opportunity around future partnerships.  This programme will be developed over the next three years; with the aim that there is as a transparent understanding around how to gain investment as there is in the technology sector.  As these businesses develop and prepare for investment it is important that other routes to finance are made available to them.


Funds and Investors for Fashion

BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

Fash/On Film

The Fashion Trust


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