Newsletter 7th August 2019
We are delighted to be working with Barbara Burton, Founder and David Jones, Head of Fashion on the BehindBras Fashion Foundation, an initiative that supports and provides opportunities for serving and former female prisoners. BehindBras helps to close employment gaps in fashion and the creative industries helping to build an inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed. A crowdfunding launch event will take place in September and our CEO Jenny Holloway will be there as a guest speaker.
Jenny comments: “I have been working with Barbara for over several years to establish BehindBras Fashion Foundation and I have to give credit to Barbara for her absolute commitment and steadfastness to create a new form of social enterprise that provides stitching skills primarily for women prison-leavers that then leads to career to creating lingerie. It is not easy finding the funding for any new business but Barbara has been successfully canvassing and we are now almost there! We look forward to being the accredited training provider to support Barbara on her journey and wish her lots of success.”
To find out more about the BehindBras initiative watch this short YouTube video.
Fashion Enter’s Non-Executive Board
We are pleased to confirm that we are creating a non-executive board that will bring an independent and objective viewpoint to our Social Enterprise. The board members are:
Caren Downie – Former Topshop Buying Director, ASOS Buying Director, Finery London Brand Director and now Brand Director and Founder at ByOcular.
Chris North – Principal at Permira, Investment Strategy
Heather Powell – Accounts Executive
James Stewart – Director of Lean at Burberry
Lord Young of Norwood Green
Sam Hook – Partner at Druces, Business and Private Client Legal Services
The first meeting is scheduled for the end of August and we warmly welcome each member and thank them sincerely for their time and support.
The Latest on Securing Skilled Machinists on the Occupational Shortage List
Our Production Director Caroline Ash attended an important meeting yesterday to discuss the future of our skilled machinists from the EU. Caroline comments:
“Yesterday I had a meeting with Paul Regan and Mathew Dine from the Home Office and Tim Thomas the Head of Employment and Skills from EEF. It was an interesting and worthwhile meeting, but the chances of us securing skilled machinists on to the Occupational Shortage List with a reduced cap of £20k from £30k does not seem very likely. There is the opportunity to bring in skilled staff from the EU for a year – but actually that does not help. Who is going to relocate from their homeland stay and year and then go back again? We are still working closely with Tamara and the Fashion Roundtable. Let’s hope our prime research puts us in good stead to keep fighting so we can gain the recognition we need for machinists to be highly regarded as skilled workers.”
Apprenticeship Post of the Week
Just in…a new position for a Technical Apprentice with the high end London based designer Roksanda. The team are looking for a proactive and driven individual, who is eager to learn and become part of a team producing luxury womenswear. To find out more and apply click here.
We are Recruiting…
We are currently looking for an Apprenticeship Tutor and a Textiles Care Operative Tutor to fully support students throughout their learning journey and provide them with a high quality learning experience at the Fashion Technology Academy. Click the links to find out more about each job position and how to apply.
Summers Careers Festival – Hackney
Members of the team will be at The Summer Careers Festival on Friday 23rd August at the Hackney Town Hall. Taking place the day after GCSE results day the festival provides free advice and guidance for Year 11 students that want to look for an alternative pathway to the traditional sixth form route.
Summer Careers Festival Friday 23rd August, 12pm – 3pm at Assembly Halls, Hackney Town Hall, Reading Lane, London E8 1EA.
An Enthusiastic Crowd Attend the New Designers Open Day
On Friday 2nd August we held an Open Day at the Factory and Fashion Studio to showcase the array of services that we undertake for start-up and scale-up brands. The Open Day was originally scheduled for 1.5 hours but extended to over 2-hours as we had such an innovative group with lots of questions and comments to express.
Feedback included: “Extremely in-depth discussions about the Factory and production. It was extremely interesting to learn about producing and selling goods. All my questions about garment production were answered well. Thank-you.” – LC
Jenny Holloway added: “We are always delighted to hold this events as we provide much needed information and advice about starting their own collections and what to look for with ethical manufacturers; we are always trying to do the best we can irrespective of whether they use our services or not. Good luck to all that attended and great to meet you.”
Sign Up for September
We are now recruiting for all of our courses commencing in September from Stitching to Pattern Cutting – find out more about the courses we offer by clicking this link.
Fabric Swatch of the Week
Looking for something a bit different? How about this striking, multi-coloured, coral digital print composed of 96% viscose and 4% elastane available now at the FCFabricStudio online at £10 per metre.
Our Belles of London best seller this week is…the Poppy off shoulder, monochrome floral Bardot dress!