Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council and Professor Christopher Moore, director of the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University, launched the British Fashion Council’s British High-End Manufacturers Database today.
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 collaborated 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 Glasgow Caledonian University and Oxford University.
The database is free to use and will sit as part of the BFC Designer Fact File, a 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 initial manufacturers recommended for the British High-End Manufacturers Database were sourced through designer recommendations as well as through research done for the HEDM Report. Moving forward, the BFC will conduct a full audit of all manufacturers listed and the database will grow organically as designers and BFC partners recommendfurther manufacturers, and as suppliers come forward to submit themselves for listing.
For more information visit www.designerfactfile.com/Manufacturers