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CEO Informal Roundtable at the House of Commons


As an award winning, sustainable social enterprise, Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) is regularly invited to discuss new ways forward and proposed policy agenda’s with industry and political leaders. 

FEL CEO, Jenny Holloway and Creative Director, Beth Davy-Day, recently joined Catherine West MP, Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) alongside; Gareth Thomas, Shadow Minister for International Trade, Nick Beighton, ex-CEO Matches, Simon Platts, CEO Recomme, Paul Kerssens, CEO United Repair Centre, Emma Watkinson, CEO SilkFred, John Lyttle, CEO Boohoo and Hilary Marsh, Garment Policy Advisor Transform Trade, for an informal roundtable discussion at the House of Commons.

The core purpose of the meeting was to discuss current market dynamics effecting the UK fashion and manufacturing sector. Key topics included: Tariffs, barriers to trade and retail policy, the impact of large importing companies paying no corporation tax and French legislation on a fast fashion tax. Other key topics included; sustainability and the circular economy, production pressures such as the rise in UK minimum wage and new technologies, along with touching on the need for tax breaks for R&D.

FEL CEO Jenny Holloway commented: “Our glorious fashion industry is responsible for 1.3m jobs in the UK and raises more than£23bn in tax revenues, it’s an industry with clout that needs support and incentives at government level. Thank-you to Catherine West and all that attended this informal discussion. Everyone contributed with concerns and ideas to support ethical, UK fashion and the FEL team and I look forward to further meetings to support positive change.”  

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