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Everything you need to know about BSO


Everything you need to know about BSO


The LFF has conducted extensive research to identify Business Support Organisations (BSO) for the clothing and textile sector

Support agencies


British Apparel and Textile Confederation


waiting for confirmation 21.12.2004

British Clothing Industry Association


waiting for confirmation 21.12.2004

Business Link


– funding and grants

– employment and related regulations

– starting a business

– contacts

– conferences and workshops

British Fashion Council



– the designer manufacturing handbook

– the designer fact file

Business Technology Support Centre



waiting for confirmation 21.12.2004

CIDA Cultural Industries Development Agency



– specialist support for development of creative and cultural enterprises in East London

– provide a wide range of essential services to the creative and cultural industries

– to promote a culturally diverse and sustainable creative industries sector

– to promote access to cultural and creative industries

– to sustain and increase economic prosperity through supporting entrepreneurial activities of individuals

– to support policy, planning, urban regeneration, creative hubs, clusters and cultural quarter initiatives

Centre for Fashion Enterprise


– based at the London College of Fashion

– help to improve the success rate of fashion start-ups by reducing the risks in building a new fashion company

– provides access to critical resources including funds to develop a collection, PR, marketing and sales support, manufacturing links, strategic advice, business planning, accounting and access to potential investors

Cutting Edge



waiting for confirmation 21.12.2004

Creative London



– a showcase for London’s creative businesses

– a directory for small companies active in architecture, advertising, art and antiques, crafts, design, electronic publishing, fashion, film and video, games software, music, publishing, performing arts and TV and radio

Design Business Association



– trade association for British design

– information on how to choose a design consultancy

– directory of design companies

Design Council



– advice on use of design as a central part of your business strategy to increase commercial success and competitiveness

– events on how design can boost competitiveness and quality of life

Design Directory



– information and support for businesses who require design services

– database of UK designers

– advice on choosing the right designer

Designer Forum

Tel: 0115 911 5339



waiting for confirmation 21.12.2004

Ethnic Minorities Enterprise Programme for Tower Hamlets



– support for ethnic minorities to undertake business development in newly emerging sectors

– provide customer-led business management advice targeting specialist sectors such as clothing design and restaurants

– pilot initiatives to develop business concepts and marketing plans for implementation by ethnic minority youth and women entrepreneurs

– support the development of business networks and associations as the voice of the local business community

– develop Town Management initiatives to promote key business districts in Tower Hamlets through festivals, visual merchandising and branding

Fashion Capital








website managed by the London Fashion Forum to provide information on:

– daily industry news under the newsbite section on the homepage

– company finder to find the right supplier

– online boutique to sell your collection online

– profiles on designers – here you can advertise yourself for free

– presszone to advertise your products

– events, like the LFF’s Profile Fashion Show and others

– trends section for mood boards, colour, fabric, silhouette and trimmings

– newswire, a free weekly email directly to you to keep you posted on the latest news

– who’s who of the fashion industry

– the London Fashion Forum Newsletter

– chat with likeminded people

– diaries for news from the LFF boutiques and more

coming soon:

– document library to download publications on business support

– online museum – fashion through the ages all on page!

Fashion Works



waiting for confirmation 21.12.2004

London Apparel Resource Centre



sister company of the London Fashion Forum

– sampling and production support

– CAD/CAM training

– prestigious showroom facilities

– extensive resource library

– business skills advice and mentoring

– online trend forecasting

– marketing and PR support

– business seminars

London Fashion Forum


– dedicated and ongoing mentoring by industry professionals

Profile Fashion Show for new and established labels

Necessary Accessory Show for new and established labels, now amalgamated into Profile

boutiques at Kingly Court Carnaby Street and Bluewater for designers to retail their collections

www.fashioncapital.co.uk website

– community projects e.g. Karrot and Dulwich Youth Club

Dealing Direct – networking manufacturers to deal directly with retailers

Stepping Up – upgrading CMT units to become manufacturing sources e.g. includes design process and selling/marketing

Delivery Day seminar for students and graduates to have an overview of industry interactions.

Asian Dreams Fashion Show promoting Asian culture – originated by LFF

Creative Skills Studio – a networking event held with The Register of Apparel and Textile Designers

Make It Happen seminar including “Making appointments with buyers” – the next one is held on January 19th 2005 at the London Development Agency, 58-60 St Katherines Way, London E1, topics include: production process and buyer contacts

Newsletter with reports on trade news and all latest developments

LFF website with valuable information and documents to download from the Archives Extra on:

– confidentiality agreements

– quality control reports

– 1st make sample reports

– body measurements chart

– dockets

– specification sheets

UK sales invoice template

– style file progress sheet

– order forms

London Fashion Week



– the London Fashion Week advisory committee

– the international and UK buyers committee

– the press committee


New Media Knowledge



– resources for individuals and companies working in interactive digital media

– research and consultancy services for public and private sector clients, offering analysis and market intelligence about UK’s interactive media

– courses to develop professional skills to achieve business goals

– events to gather information on how to win more business, how to understand the latest technology trends and how to devise a strategy for success

Midlands Fashion Showcase Ltd



– network of clothing manufacturers

– use of CAD/CAM

– have 1st patterns and grades made

– have first samples made

– national and international information on trends, fabrics, merchandising, funding, sales and marketing, events and fashion shows

Own it


advice, events and information for London’s creative people on:

– copyright

– design rights

– patents

– trademarks

– branding

– confidentiality agreements

– licensing

– royalties

– contracts

Regional Development Agencies


or: www.dti.gov.uk/support/textile.htm



– sourcing funding in their local area

– co-ordinating inward investment

– raising people’s skills

– improving competitiveness of business

– promoting sustainable and economic development and social and physical regeneration

– discretionary grants for projects which will create or safeguard employment

(most manufacturing businesses are eligible)

– devising strategies to improve regional economic performance

Portobello Business Centre



– business consultancy

– training in business skills including marketing, finance and exporting

Nottingham Designer Forum


– manufacturing incubator units

– trends and forecast publications

– business development seminars

– workshops and graduate events

Scottish Enterprise Business Support



– London Fashion Boutique (through London Fashion Forum) for designers to showcase and retail their collections

– HR 4 HIRE – help with recruitment, induction and training

– advice and contacts for trade shows and trend forecasts

– Textile trend library

– WGSN Textile Intelligence resource

– trade show support for textile businesses

– training in the workplace programme

Small Business Service


– the small firms loan guarantee scheme

– the ethnic minority business forum

– the small business research initiative

– the phoenix fund

– the SBS business incubation fund

The Prince’s Trust


for 18-30 years old

unemployed or work less than16 hours a week

have a good business idea

– a low interest loan up to £ 4,000

– a grant up to £1,500 in special circumstances

– a test marketing grant of up to £250

– ongoing business support and specialist advice

– ongoing advice from a volunteer business mentor

– patent, copyright and trademark advice

– free legal helpline

The Textiles and Clothing Industry Forum


– supply chain management

– support with technical textiles, design and


– training and development

– e-commerce

Trade Partners UK



– research international markets

– support for exhibitions and seminars abroad

– outward missions to promote your business abroad

– export promotion advisors

UK Fashion Exports



– independent trade association supported by its members

– practical help to British exporters and to overseas buyers, agents and press

– export marketing services and information

– free sourcing of merchandise from the UK for buyers and agents

Waltham Forest Fashion Design and Exhibition Centre



– computer aided design training, software and equipment

– exhibition and display facility




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