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. Plus, new manufacturers keep springing up. There are 135 of them in London – many less than five years old.
But there still aren’t enough UK manufacturers who can remain competitive and designers are often forced to go offshore to satisfy demand. With economic uncertainty on the horizon, this is becoming an even trickier issue. So what’s next? The future of our world-leading fashion industry will be Made in Britain. Our east London Fashion District will boost UK fashion manufacturing, for the long term. Our investment fund will discover and invest in the next big fashion technologies. Making fashion SMEs more visible, and more successful. SMEs, manufacturers: you can help us build it.