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A third of the capital’s fashion SMEs are already in east London, making the most of speedy connections to Essex, Kent, Liverpool, Manchester, and Leeds. In 2017, there were 135 new manufacturers in London – many less than five years old – with more springing up each year.

But there still aren’t enough UK manufacturers who can remain competitive and designers are often forced to go offshore to satisfy demand. With current economic uncertainty our world-leading fashion industry is looking for ways to make in Britain. Our east London Fashion District is boosting UK fashion manufacturing, for the long term. Our investment fund will continue to discover and invest in the next big fashion technologies. Making fashion SMEs more visible, and more successful. SMEs, manufacturers: you can help us keep building it.