Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council and Professor Christopher Moore, Director of the British School of Fashion at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have launched the British Fashion Council’s British High-End Manufacturers Database.
The national database of UK-based manufacturers aims to make it easier for designers to form supply chain relationships and reach production units.
The British High-End Manufacturers Database is the first milestone of 2017 for the BFC’s Positive Fashion initiative.
In March 2015, the BFC and a working group comprising of M&S, UKFT, Creative Skillset, The Alliance Project and Centre for Fashion Enterprise worked alongside independent specialists in the sector to launch the High-end and Designer Manufacturing Report. The need for a database of audited UK manufacturers was highlighted as a direct result of this report, for which research was undertaken by GCU and Oxford Economics.
The Database is free to use and will sit as part of the BFC Designer Fact File, a dynamic designer business learning platform providing insights and training across a wide spectrum of topics. The topics covered are tailored to a range of business stages, from start-ups to established brands, and content is provided by leading industry professionals.
The 2015 report revealed how, with the right support, sales could increase by £400million by 2018 and support an additional 1700 jobs.
Professor Moore said: "This was a significant investigation of capability and capacity within the high-end and luxury goods manufacturing sector in the UK. GCU British School of Fashion was pleased to undertake all of the interviews with the country's leading design and manufacturing companies for the study.”
The Database can be found at http://www.designerfactfile.com/Manufacturers