Shaping the Future Sustainable Development of the UK Fashion Textiles & Technology Industries – National Ecosystem Survey

July 25, 2019

The UK Fashion industries contributes over £32 billion to the UK economy, growing at a faster rate than the economy as a whole – and employs 890,000 people across design manufacturing, retail and related sectors - from agriculture to advertising.  This wide range of activity is increasingly driven by new technology – ‘fashion tech’ including VR/AI in consumer experience and retail, to e-sizing and advanced design & manufacturing. Fashion is therefore not limited to designer-fashion and catwalks, however the treatment of fashion in the creative industries (e.g. by DCMS, NESTA) is limited, and this breadth of creative activity needs better measurement and understanding in terms of the fashion ecosystem and how innovation can be nurtured and creative SMEs be better supported in order to grow. 

As part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, several Creative Industry Clusters have been supported over 5 years to develop R&D with industry to help create growth. The Business of Fashion Textiles & Technology Creative R&D Partnership has been established to develop a range of R&D initiatives from sustainable materials development, new business models, to a £2m+programme of R&D funding for SMEs to develop new products & services. Led by the London College of Fashion, at the University of the Arts London, the first step is to respond to this knowledge deficit on the FTT sector through a nationwide survey which will help shape the future sustainable development of the fashion industry. Aimed at creative business owners/founders up and down the country working in all aspects of fashion, textiles and related technology – from designers/makers, workspace providers, textiles producers, to fashion publishers, stylists, photographers and specialist retailers. 

Take the Survey

This online survey is an important first step in assessing business R&D needs as well as exploring the barriers and opportunities for sustainable growth. By completing the short survey, responders will play an important role in informing and future research, policy and R&D funding in the industry. You will also join the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) network, as well as be the first to hear about Partnership events, and future rounds of R&D funding, as well as gain full access to the survey findings. 

Find out more about the BFTT here.

Survey closes 30th September 2019.

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