Newsletter 6th January 2021
The Fashion-Enter team would first and foremost like to wish you all a Happy New Year! With the roll out of vaccines across the UK we are optimistic that 2021 will become a better year for all of us.
Lockdown and Fashion-Enter
In the meantime however, following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4th January 2021 the Fashion Technology Academy will revert to all classes being held online. Garment production in our factories in both London and Newtown (Wales) will continue subject to orders and fabric deliveries and the Fashion Studio will continue as normal. Strict measures have been put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and we encourage regular testing. If you need to contact us for any reason please find all of our contact details here.
Please keep safe and well – this time will pass.
Fashion-Enter Secures Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan from HSBC UK
We have secured a £250,000 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS) from HSBC UK which will help safeguard and protect all jobs during our expansion program which includes the new factory in Newtown, Wales and will help protect 77 local jobs.
Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion-Enter, said: “Our experienced stitchers will become a key asset for the business moving forwards. Not only will they play an important role in our growth plans in Wales but they will also assist the learning and development of new apprentices over the next year. Thanks to the support from our Relationship Manager at HSBC UK, Amran Miah, the business has become even stronger and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
What a FashionCapital Membership Can Do For You
Over the past year we have seen an increase in the number of individuals wanting to start their own business and receive mentoring, business advice and manufacturing support. Lockdowns and furloughs have given people time to think, create and the desire to start their own brand. Since 2001 we have nurtured, developed and supported new and emerging designers through every step of launching a brand from initial idea to garment production to generating those all-important sales.
Utilising our years of experience and expert industry knowledge we have been working hard on a new annual membership that will equip you with the tools and confidence to forge ahead and build a successful brand.
You will have access to a series of business bundles, one-to-one mentoring and four downloadable masterclasses to watch in your own time. To find out more about the package please tap here. We can also offer the yearly membership fee of £299 plus VAT in four instalments of £75.74 plus VAT every three months. If you would like to take this option please email email@example.com to set up your payment plan.
Gain Industry Insight with Caren Downie
Former Topshop Buying Director, ASOS Buying Director, Finery London Brand Director, ByOcular Brand Director and Founder and now Fashion Director of Lemonade Dolls, Caren Downie has been at the forefront of fashion for over twenty years. With an instinctual knack for knowing what works her keen style credentials are backed up with her excellent understanding of business and sales.
Caren will be joining Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway on the black sofa to discuss her career and pass on invaluable advice on the fashion industry and how to start your own brand. Over 2-hours she will also cover what buyers are looking for, how to successfully build up a brand, generate loyal customers and sales and how to overcome fundamental difficulties.
Join Caren and Jenny on 21st January 2021 15:00 – 17:00 via Zoom, free for FashionCapital members and £50 plus VAT for non-members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Learning Stitching And Pattern Cutting Online
In line with current COVID restrictions to ensure our learners are receiving the best possible training we have moved our Stitching and Pattern Cutting courses online with our expert tutor and technician Leyla!
A Big Thank-You
We have just received an anonymous donation that will allow four people to obtain new skills at a Level 2 qualification. These skills in turn lead to jobs. Thank-you so much.
In the Press…
Keeping busy in the press department we have recent mentions on Just-Style.com ‘Fashion-Enter nets funding to secure Welsh factory’ along with ‘Why UK clothing sector must work to bridge the skills gap’ and FESPA.com ‘Slowing Down Fast Fashion’. Plus designer Louisa Parris gives us a lovely shout out in The Telegraph.
Masterclasses and Courses January
(Members receive a 20% discount)
Learning from Home eTelestia Online Courses
Fabric Swatch of the Week
Did you enjoy the Christmas and New Year editions of The Great British Sewing Bee? This week we are channelling The Vivian’s party dress with this stunning gold satin in a beautiful luxurious weight. To view and buy this fabric from the FCFabricStudio at £6 per metre tap here.
This Week on FashionCapital
Fashion Roundtable has issued a short briefing note on the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the impact of Brexit on the fashion sector. This concerns us all and contains key suggested points where we can all get proactive:
Looking for a new career direction in 2021? Please tap here to check out our current apprenticeship positions on offer.