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Fashion – Enter and the CRF Program to Support Leicester’s Textile Industry


On the 8th November 2021 Fashion-Enter, in partnership with Leicester City Council and De Montfort University, successfully gained Government Community Renewal Fund (CRF) support. The three partners have worked together to create a program of practical initiatives that will offer guidance and best practice information for textile factories and workers in Leicester.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a Government programme which aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK, investing in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

Fashion-Enter Ltd CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “Following on from the launch of the Fashion Technology Academy, the CRF program is brilliant news for Leicester’s manufacturing sector! The CRF revenue will allow for a wider range of training initiatives that will offer further wrap-around support to factories and workers. It’s time to really establish Leicester as a major quality ethical manufacturing centre of excellence.”

Fashion-Enter’s FCFTA Leicester

Fashion-Enter has swiftly commenced with the program by providing stitching training to local residents. The first cohort of learners have just completed the accredited stitching course and have passed their IQA. Now, from the 26th January 2022, Fashion-Enter will launch a series of masterclasses, tailored advice and training initiatives for up to 25 factories in the area.

Fashion-Enter’s CRF Program Agenda includes:

Wednesday 26th January – The launch and group business overview of the CRF program plus review of what business diagnostics are available for individual factories. To be held at the FCFTA (Leicester).

Throughout February – May 2022– Weekly masterclasses and training sessions on:

To be delivered by the Fashion-Enter team and leading industry professionals. These will include: Jenny Holloway, Caroline Ash, Jill Banga, TJ Hussein, Jenni Sutton and Jackie Bertram.

Guest speakers from industry to include Fiona Lambert, Managing Director of Jaeger at Marks & Spencer.

Individual reviews of participating factories and one-to-one factory visits incorporating compliance (81 steps), significant findings and action plans.

This program aims to provide lots of practical support to manufacturing businesses to ensure ethical compliance and best practice, support innovation and workforce development. A review of the programs aims and objectives will take place in May 2022.

More on this initiative will follow in due course.

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