Centre for Fashion Enterprise

  • The New Market Entry Programme empowers London-based designer labels with essential knowledge and tools to develop their business infrastructure and growth strategies, enabling them to support their creative abilities

The fully subsidised programme consists of 12-hour advice across two consecutive days, with a series of back-to-back workshops taking place each day. Industry experts will cover topics including:

  • Business Planning
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Legal
  • Range planning
  • Costing & pricing
  • Production
  • Sales strategies
  • Marketing & PR

A one-on-one diagnostic session with our fashion business consultant will be available for each designer business, completing the 12 hours of support.

  • The New Fashion Pioneer Programme nurtures emerging London-based designer labels, identifying and providing solutions for some of the issues that may be stifling growth in the early stages of business.

The fully subsidised programme supports designers for the length of a season and provides regular one-on-one mentoring sessions and experts workshops on:

  • Business Planning
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Legal
  • Range planning
  • Costing & pricing
  • Production
  • Sales strategies
  • Marketing & PR
  • Branding
  • Digital

A diagnostic review of the business takes place at the start of the season in order to tailor the programme to best suit and benefit the business.

  • The New Fashion Venture Programme fast tracks emerging London-based designer labels, identifying and strategising areas for growth and subsidising the running costs of a developing business.

The programme supports designers for upto four seasons and provides regular one-on-one mentoring sessions and expert workshops on:

  • Business Planning
  • Finance
  • Range planning
  • Costing & pricing
  • Production
  • Sales analysis
  • Marketing & PR
  • Digital strategies
  • Studio space
  • Wholesale production software
  • Accountancy
  • Legal

A diagnostic review of the business takes place every season in order to assess progress and tailor the programme to best suit and benefit the business.

  • The Building Brand Equity Programme works with London-based designer businesses to strategically develop tactics to scale up their businesses, opening up opportunities to market themselves as attractive investment propositions to the growing number of angel investors and venture funds that are looking to invest in the creative industries and consumer goods sector.

The programme provides workshops and mentoring sessions with the CFE team, industry experts and investors on:

  • Business Planning
  • IP strategy
  • Legal issues
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Consultancy options
  • Investment readiness
  • Financing options
  • The CFE FrontRow Fash-Tech Programme supports fashion technology entrepreneurs who want to redefine the future of the industry. Bridging the gap between fashion, technology and digital industries, our tailored programme will provide successful applicants with the necessary support to validate, launch and scale tomorrow’s big ideas.

We will give you with the necessary skills and tools to develop your startup idea, including:

  • Expert workshops on branding, marketing and PR, business planning and financial management, IP & legal issues, production, costing and pricing, personal and commercial skills and pitching for investment.
  • One on one support from a highly experienced pool of industry advisors and mentors who will provide regular and bespoke business support.
  • Access to the deep industry expertise and phenomenal network of the Centre for Fashion Enterprise. Over the last decade, CFE has played a central role in launching the careers of some of fashion’s most exciting new talent.

A diagnostic review of every business will take place at the start of the programme in order to tailor the programme to best suit and benefit your startup. The FrontRow programme will run over a 3 month period between April and June. It is fully subsidised and no equity is taken.

At the end of the programme, all businesses will have a chance to pitch in front of a panel of investors and serial entrepreneurs in order to win a £5,000 cash prize.

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