Fashion Business Network

The Fashion Business Network is a curated group of expert mentors and partners from across industries who work with the British Fashion Council to support British fashion designers and their businesses.
The British Fashion Council (BFC) aims to promote British fashion design worldwide. Created in 1983, the BFC is a non-profit making limited company and is financed by industry sponsors.
Support types
  • Business Strategy
  • Funding
  • Sales
  • Showcasing
The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) is an innovative business support programme that grows new, exciting and sustainable London based high fashion businesses by reducing the risks inherent in establishing them. The CFE aims to provide the support that compliments the creative talents of new designers.
Support types
  • Business Strategy
  • Funding
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) provokes, challenges and questions the fashion status quo. Through collaboration we design transforming solutions that balance ecology, society and culture.
Support types
  • Positive Fashion
Cockpit Arts is the UK’s only creative business incubator for designer-makers. Renowned for being a ‘hotbed of creative talent’ the studios are brimming with hand-crafted cutting edge fashion, jewellery and interior products.
Support types
  • Business Resources
  • Business Strategy
  • Sales
Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; we do this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. 
Support types
  • Education
  • Funding
The Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) is a network of designers, businesses and organisations focusing upon social and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry.
Support types
  • Positive Fashion
The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery as well as the Academy which runs courses for creative students and businesses.
Support types
  • Education
Each season Fashion East gives 3 winning designers the chance to present a catwalk collection to international press and buyers attending London Fashion Week.
Support types
  • Business Strategy
  • Funding
  • Sales
  • Showcasing
Fashion Enter is a not for profit, industry based specialist that is here to make your designer business work. It offers real support from industry experts, mentoring and seminars but also has facilities to make sales and business for you such as selling to asos.com and Debenhams on your behalf.
Support types
  • Business Strategy
  • Manufacturing
  • Sales
  • Showcasing
The Fashion Business Resource Studio (FBRS) at London College of Fashion (LCF) has been set up as a single point of contact for sharing the creative, business and technical expertise of the college with the fashion and lifestyle industries.
Support types
  • Business Resources
  • Education
LSBC actively helps new fashion businesses to start up and existing fashion/accessories businesses to survive and grow.
Support types
  • Business Resources
  • Business Strategy
NESTA has developed three initiatives, providing business support to creative entrepreneurs across the UK. Working closely with experienced partners nationally, our programmes provide the business training, mentoring and expertise needed to turn promising ideas into successful business ventures.
Support types
  • Business Resources
  • Business Strategy
Own-it provides intellectual property advice and support for creative businesses.
Support types
  • Legal
Scottish textiles continue to be recognised around the world for their quality, diversity and design. It is at this higher end of the market where Scotland continues to punch above its weight. Scotland continues to nurture globally recognised fashion designers such as Graeme Black, Jonathan Saunders and Christopher Kane.
Support types
  • Manufacturing
  • Product Development
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