BFC launches manufacturers database
(Above: A database of UK high-end manufacturers has been launched. Image: BFC)
The British Fashion Council (BFC) has launched a national database of high-end UK manufacturers to make it easier for designers to build supply chain relationships with manufacturers and reach production units.
The need for the British High-End Manufacturers Database was identified in the High-End and Designer Manufacturing Report launched in 2015.
The database was launched as part of the BFC's Positive Fashion Initiative by (pictured above) Caroline Rush CBE, CEO of the British Fashion Council, and Christopher Moore, Director of the British School of Fashion at Glasgow Caledonian University, which together with Oxford University undertook research for the 2015 report.
The database is free to use and will sit as part of the BFC Designer Fact File, a dynamic designer business learning platform providing insights and training across a wide spectrum of topics.
For the first stage of the database, manufacturers were sourced through designer recommendations as well as research done for the high-end manufacturing report. Moving forward, the BFC will conduct a full audit of all manufacturers listed and the database will grow organically as designers and BFC partners recommend further manufacturers, as suppliers come forward to submit themselves for listing.
Throughout 2017 and beyond, the BFC looks to celebrate Positive Fashion best practice in the industry by direct example and through facilitating processes for change. The BFC has thanked M&S, its Positive Fashion lead partner, for commitment to the initiative and passion for developing and celebrating best practice in the fashion industry.
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