The Sussex Fashion Trust

London Olympics 2012

Promoting British Fashion around the World

Visit Britain, the UK’s national tourist agency has recruited Victoria Beckham, to act as an international ambassador for the  GREATS campaign, helping to promote the best of Britain around the world, whilst under the spotlight this year, with the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Victoria’s ready-to-wear range is now sold in over a credible 300 stores globally. Photoshoot taken with Vogue’s supremo Anna Wintour at New York’s Grand Central Tube Station before the start of AW 2012/2013 NY Fashion Week.

The Sussex Fashion Trust ‘Made By’ Product Marketing Campaign

The Made By Campaign  – Made By Britain – Made By Sussex – Made By Brighton & Hove. With an anticipated change in tourist profile across Sussex during the Olympic buildup starting with The Torch Relay landing in Britain 18 May 2012, and continuing over the summer months, businesses were being urged during Autumn 2011, and continually, to consider their domestic marketing strategies and buy British manufactured products to retail, wherever possible, for tourists visiting the UK and regionally across Sussex, to take home with them souvenirs and mementos made from the region.

Summer 2011, Julius Arthur Quinn, a post-graduate designer from Brighton University, nominated in the MP’s ‘Made By Britain’ Hove & Portslade entry, designed a portfolio of Olympic inspired designs for fashions for the UK, Sussex and Brighton & Hove on behalf of The Sussex Fashion Trust. Designs were versatile and translated into graphics which could be used for various business 2012 promotional projects highlighting the diversity of designs and of course, promoting the various regional products on offer.  Read more > ‘Made By’ project

Saving Our Famous British High Streets

The heavyweight retail experts are starting to pile in with their sector’s overview of what can be done to regenerate business across UK high streets including Justin King, boss of Sainsburys, reported to be highlighting the need for schooling to be integrated into high streets, along with Harold Tillman, boss of Jaeger & Aquascutum, Chair of British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week, whose talking a relaxation of visas for Chinese visitors to the UK, highlighting the enormous growth by this sector and the value of their three times spend compared to other overseas tourists. With a bumper year of mega events – The Torch Relay across the UK, The Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations and London 2012  – the debate appears to be starting on how sectors view development of the famous British High Street.

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Mary Portas Pilot

Mary Portas High Street Review 

Made By Britain Campaign

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Design and Innovation with the APPG for Manufacturing, at parliament, put together a project for all MP’s to discover creative and manufacturing talent in their constituency during 2011. Across Sussex, various businesses have been nominated and Hove & Portslade is represented by the Fashion Sussex submission.

Julius Arthur Quinn, ex graduate of Brighton University Fashion & textiles course produced a number of 2012 Olympic inspired prints celebrating International Olympics, The Paralympics and regionally, The Torch Relay which were submitted as Hove and Portslade’s entry and manufactured and produced lifestyle product ranges.

“ I’m delighted that The Fashion Trust in Sussex, can support this campaign for promoting British fashion manufacturing, particularly with the Olympics less than a year away and so many global businesses and consumers observing the UK” … stated Mike Weatherley MP and Sussex Fashion Trustee,  July 2011.

British Fashion Council – Fashion 2012 – Britain Creates

Created and managed by the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Mayor of London, Britain Creates is an exciting project which is highlighting London 2012 Festival, the UK festival being staged 21st June – 9 September 2012 and is the culmination of the four year Cultural Olympiad.
The Britain Creates 2012 project will be the start of an ongoing artistic project and bursary to support and encourage further collaboration between fashion and other art forms. The money for the bursary will be raised through the auction of the pieces and through the proceeds of a Gala event. To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, prestigious and renowned fashion designers are collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art.

These commissions, focusing on an Olympic and Paralympic value, will be showcased to a broad UK and international audience. 5 July – 20 July 2012  V&A Musuem London Read More > BritainCreates 

The UK’s most prestigious and renowned fashioned designers collaborating with leading visual artists on specially commissioned one-off works of art   ‘Britain Creates 2012’ include Sarah Burton, Christopher Bailey for Burberry, Hussein Chalayan, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Stephen Jones, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Paul Smith, who will collaborate with leading visual artists including Jeremy Deller, Jess Flood-Paddock, Marc Quinn and Gavin Turk, Michael Raedecker and Cerith Wyn Evans. Fashion connecting with art celebrating London 2012. Part of The London Cultural Festival running throughout the summer 21 June – 9 September London 2012 Festival

‘Sussex Fashion Shopping is Great’

‘The Greats’ Campaign has been especially launched to promote ‘all things British’ in time to celebrate for The Queens Diamond Jubilee and The London 2012 Games including a dedicated ‘Shopping is Great’ poster.

Great British companies and organisations including fashion supremo Mulberry are supporting the campaign and top British figures in fashion including Sir Paul Smith and Dame Vivienne Westwood.

The Fashion Trust is a keen promoter of fashion British manufacturing and has been encouraging local businesses to look at these possibilities wherever possible with never a better time to look at possibilities of British manufacturing in preference to overseas markets for bespoke and short run fashion manufacturing.

The Queens Diamond Jubilee

The Queens Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday takes place 5 June 2012. Exhibitions and events are now starting to be staged across the UK including portraits of Queen Elizabeth II by royal photographer Cecil Beaton at The V&A Musuem, London. This exhibition celebrates Her Majesty in her roles as princess, monarch and mother and coincides with the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne. 8 February – 22 April 2012.

Fashion businesses across Sussex can also take this opportunity to learn how they can celebrate this event at the forthcoming Brighton & Hove Business Days presentations being held free for business visitors at The Holiday Inn 26 January 2012. Read more > Brighton & Hove Business

Design and Manufacturing Wins Sussex Awards

The ‘GREAT’ campaign was released during September 2011 showing off what’s great about Britain – a series of posters highlighting creativity to heritage, music to shopping and more.

The hope that the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year, to mark 60 years of her reign, will boost tourism, attracting an additional four million visitors,aided by a further billion pounds of free publicity.

Initial criticism was made whether Britain should have the reference ‘Great’ but clearly London now recently voted the capital of EU shopping provides every reason why.

London has been ranked as the best European city for shopping with competition from 33 other cities including Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in a research report, The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe,* published during November 2011.

London was described by the researchers as ‘a globe shopper’s paradise’The UK’s tourism minister, John Penrose, welcomed London’s top ranking, saying

…“The capital’s shopping experience – whether at Christmas or any other time of year – is second to none. Next year the eyes of the world will be on us as we host the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – this award once again shows that London really has something for everyone.” …

The Sussex Fashion Trust promotes regional fashion raising the profile of fashion across Sussex and is delighted to see in its first year, 6 of the 8 design & manufacturing product sectors as winners of the 12 awards up fo grabs in The Sussex Fashion Trust Awards 2011. Fashion and accessories strictly designed and manufactured from the Brighton & Hove, Sussex region as well as other areas across the UK.  – clearly highlighting that fashion elite are spread all across Great Britain.   Read more > Fashion Sussex

Shopping across Sussex

The ‘GREAT’ campaign was released during September 2011 showing off what’s great about Britain – a series of  posters highlighting creativity to heritage, music to shopping and more.   The hope that the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee next year, to mark 60 years of her reign, will boost tourism, attracting an additional four million visitors, aided by a further billion pounds of free publicity.Initial criticism was made whether Britain should have the reference ‘Great’ but clearly London now recently voted the capital of EU shopping provides every reason why.London has been ranked as the best European city for shopping with competition from 33 other cities including Paris, Barcelona and Madrid in a research report, The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe,* published during November 2011.

London was described by the researchers as  ‘a globe shopper’s paradise’The UK’s tourism minister, John Penrose, welcomed London’s top ranking, saying

…“The capital’s shopping experience – whether at Christmas or any other time of year – is second to none. Next year the eyes of the world will be on us as we host the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – this award once again shows that London really has something for everyone.” …

And Sussex …

The Sussex Fashion Trust , the regional fashion charity trust, from its conception has been particularly instrumental in promoting products and services designed and  made from the local region, wherever possible.

The Fashion Trust recently ‘designed’ 12 regional fashion awards, during 2011, where hundreds of the public nominated their favourite businesses. 12 Awards were won in its first year, a staggering 6 of the 8 winning manufacturing businesses designed and made their products not just in Great Britain but across Sussex and also the city of Brighton & Hove. 

Furthermore, The Trust was nominated during 2011, in the Policy Connect APMG nominations, by local MP,  Mike Weatherley representing  Hove & Portslade, promoting design and manufacturing within their parliamentary regions.

Read more >  APMG

Read more > Sussex Fashion Awards

Read more > Made By Britain local campaign 

*The first ever Globe Shopper City Index Europe was compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and ranked the cities on the quality of their shops, affordability, convenience, hotels and transport, culture and climate.

New President at The Sussex Fashion Trust

Congratulations to trustee, Jake Leith on his recent appointment as President of the Chartered Society of Designers, Past Chair of the CSD Fashion & Textiles Group and leads Business & Professional Practice in Fashion & Textiles at the University of Brighton, having over 20 years’ experience of successfully running his own design practice and 12 years as a teacher-practitioner.

Jake has generously donated time to judge the 2011 awards and help create the second 2012 Sussex Fashion Awards.

Read more > Fashion Sussex

The Hilton Brighton Metropole Launching the Sussex Second Year Fashion Awards 2012

A great location for the shoot of The Second Year Fashion Awards 2012 launch, The Hilton Brighton Metropole Sussex UK,  including art deco interior inspired features and icons, perfectly complimentary to the beautiful couture range provided by International designer, Suzie Turner, winner of The Sussex Fashion Designer 2011 Award.

Photography Sarah Bird Photography, winner of The Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2011.

Read more > The Second Sussex Fashion Awards 2012

The Face of 2012 Sussex Fashion Awards

With thanks to Sarah Bird for the second year Sussex fashion awards photographic launch campaign – Winner Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2011 – Suzie Turner for fabulous couture outfits – Winner Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year 2011 – and Tess Georgiadimos Sussex Model of The Year Award 2011  who is seen wearing the fabulous outfits from the bespoke collection of Suzie Turner – Campaign shot on location at The Hilton Brighton Metropole –  read more > about Tess here

Fashion judging panel 2011 – The Sussex Fashion Awards

Fashion judging panel 2011

Our professional judges for the First Sussex Fashion  Awards including Brighton & Hove are from a number of fashion related disciplines and high profile industries including member of parliament, university heads of fashion, retail stores director, press and media, with backgrounds in design, manufacturing, retailing/e-tailing.

Our judges include Jake Leith, Brighton University, Mike Weatherley MP representing Hove & Portslade ,
Claire Arksey European Retail Operations Director REISS stores, Eric Musgrave, former editor of,
Bethania Matheus of BM Models, Frances Tobin professional colourist, Claire Wallace, editor of ETC magazine, Rachel Boyle and Dawn Gracie of ABC magazines.

The first Sussex Fashion Awards public nominations closed during February 2011 and the finalists were announced during May 2011. Judging has taken place and the winners will be announced shortly.

See Click here to view more about our industry panel of judges

Brighton & Hove Sussex Business – fashion creatives and digital industry

There’s plenty on offer for fashion creatives and digital media industries at Brighton & Hove Sussex Business Show this Autumn 2011 including seminars and workshops.

We’ve teamed up with The Intellectual Property Office

The IPO offer your firm FREE information about the right protection for your intellectual property; offering IP awareness, seminars, advisors and support, IP health checks, patent information, centres and more and thus, offering you the opportunity to grow your brand. Click here for more information about the Intellectual Property Office

We’ve teamed up with Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis are one of the UK’s top visual merchandising consultancy businesses. Click here for more
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The team will be providing presentations on how to project your British manufactured / Sussex manufactured / Brighton & Hove manufactured products and services ready for 2012.

Simply click on today and register for your free online admission to The Business Show.

  • FREE park & ride for Business Show visitors operating for A27
    and A23 at Withdean Stadium – traffic from Crawley – Horsham – Haywards Heath –
    Burgess Hill – Lewes – Eastbourne – Hastings and Worthing -Littlehampton –
    Chichester – Steyning – Lancing – Shoreham by Sea – Portslade  – Hove.
  • Second FREE park & ride operating from Jubilee
    Street Brighton for digital and creative industries based in central

    Brighton and City College, Brighton University students who wish to

Brighton, Hove, Sussex, Business Show – brand advice & free information

Brighton, Hove and Sussex Business Show – FREE Visitor online registration is now open.

Date for your diary – 27 October 2011 – don’t miss the largest networking City Business 2 Business event with special creatives help –  growing brands – protecting brands – displaying brands – great opportunity for the creative and digital media  industries servicing the fashion industry and related suppliers and services.

FREE  to attend – registration online only

Meet hundreds of businesses in one day – click here

The Visitor Registration is kindly sponsored by The Holiday Inn Hotel Brighton – seafront


have the added chance to win the use of a FREE conference meeting room  for your business for the day at The Holiday Inn Hotel Brighton Seafront, along with coffee and tea for up to 12 people!  An offer that will be awarded to one lucky visitor attending The Business Show, on the day. *

The Holiday Inn is situated on Brightons Seafront at 137 Kings Road Brighton BN1 2JF

For all business needs simply call 01273 828253 or email

*terms and conditions apply

The Brighton & Hove Sussex Business Show  has moved to new venue at The Hilton Brighton Metropole

Location Map of The Brighton & Hove Business Show Autumn 2011

Sussex Fashion Model Award 2011

Sussex Fashion Model Award  2011

Sponsored by BM Models  Fantastic opportunity to sign up with
Sussex’s leading model agency (contracts permitting) and  4 hours private tuition with the owner.

Finalists 2011 for the first year Award of Sussex Fashion Model Award 2011 included

Alicia Moss

Tess Georgia

Judging is nearly finalised and the Award finalists will shortly be announced

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The Sussex Fashion Trust and Awards 2011 including Brighton & Hove

The Fashion Trust

The Fashion Trust has been created to link both academics and professionals alike, it’s primary focus of the UK regional fashion industry, creativity and design, business mentoring, and associated industries linked to it.

Its current primary emphasis being on helping designers to start their businesses, manufacturing, and exporting from the Brighton & Hove and Sussex region.

The First Year –  timeline –

Fashion Trust Timeline - August 2011

The Sussex Fashion Trust – new audio slideshows – The First Sussex Fashion Awards

The Sussex Fashion Trust new audio slideshows – The First Sussex Fashion Awards

Audio/slideshow from The Sussex Fashion Trust with MP Mike Weatherley representing Hove & Portslade,  and Jake Leith Chair of The Institute of Chartered Designers and Head of Fashion, Brighton University discussing their roles as trustees including the Creative Industries, Intellectual Property Rights, Brighton University and future growth of fashion acrosss Sussex.

and  audio/slideshow with judges, trustees, nominees and visitors at the finalists announcements held recently at The Grand Hotel Brighton. Audios from judges including the retail director of REISS Fashion Stores, BM Models, Frances Tobin, ABC Magazine executives,  ETC Magazine and trustees Mike Weatherley MP and Jake Leith.

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Brighton Hove Sussex UK Fashion Business – The High Street Fund charity

Moving on from the recent disturbances, The High Street Fund is a national charity, working to help small businesses in England damaged by the riots.

The fund is registered with the Charity Commission and administered by a group of trustees who are senior business figures with very wide experience.  It depends on voluntary contributions and was created with generous donations from the large businesses, many of which have given the time of their staff or other resources.

The charity has benefited from significant grants from public authorities, including £500,000 from the Mayor of London, and £230,000 from London Boroughs. The Kirsh Foundation has also donated £100,000.

To continue the work to get our High Streets up and running on behalf of small businesses and England’s high streets, the charity welcome funds from all who would like to contribute. Please view for further information

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Brighton Hove Sussex Business – Mary Portas High Street Property Review

Thinking about a business startup? With London 2012, Olympic year just around the corner, it could be the ideal opportunity to look closer again at the High Street again… 

The Mary Portas’ High Street review ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron, has highlighted some interesting data released by British Property Federation (BPF)

  • A third of new leases on high street shops have break clauses compared to
    just 3.9 per cent in 1999
  • The average lease length is now just 5.7 years
  • More than 47,500 rental tenancies included in the study
  • Research largest of its kind
  • Inflation has risen 94 per cent since 1989 – rents for standard shops have
    risen just 24 per cent (a fall in real terms of 37 per cent)
  • Regional fluctuations –  as little as ten per cent south east region
  • Leases are in a mix catering for industry’s office, industrial and retail

Since the early 1990-s recession periods,  leases have become considerably more flexible, where they were often assigned for 20 years, and usually only upward rent reviews.

*The research was conducted by the Investment Property Databank on behalf of the British Property Federation (BPF)

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Brighton Hove Sussex – Fashion business help and advice

Moving from David Cameron, The Prime Ministers announcement on the aftermath of the August disturbances …

Big retail firms are simply getting on with matters, but smaller firms often end up counting the cost of such actions, particularly by failing to have insured themselves for such events, loosing their incomes and businesses; failing to insure for additional BUSINESS INTERRUPTION Insurance.

It’s a timely reminder for all Sussex (fashion) business to review their insurance practices and re-valuate their needs, adhere to the terms of those insurance policies, making them effective at all times, whilst councils must ensure their retail and business crime practices are in place, effective, and work, hand in hand especially with the police.

Clearly hotspots across Sussex towns and City should be earmarked with full, working, and regularly serviced 24/7 CCTV, which not always is every consumers preference in today’s business lifestyle; helping to restore order in the recent disturbances and proved essential worth this month.

The impending London Olympics 2012 and the Torch Relay across Sussex clearly warrants retail outlets to be trading well and looking their best ever.

Our (fashion) high streets are crucial to our Sussex towns, villages and City existence” stated Michaela Walker, Trustee…

“ Whilst sales remain sluggish here, other areas of retail sales through online marketing mediums keep retailing moving forward at a fast pace, with an estimated 8% * total retail sales now being taken online.

This can compliment regionally based SME high street businesses, keep them trading through difficult and tough times and for those who haven’t taken the opportunity to trade online based in Sussex, this perhaps is the time to now do so without any further hesitation”…

Lord Harris of Peckham, CEO of Carpetright, experienced 16 stores with problems from the disturbances and saw the Art Deco property at Tottenham knocked down after the arson attack. There were 26 properties above leaving 26 homeless families. He spent time with those families and pledged to help them get their lives back.

Our sympathies are extended to those who lost everything, their homes and possessions and became homeless through no actions of their own, especially living above retail outlets.

About the Fashion Trust

The Sussex Fashion Trust has been created to help young design talent, increase manufacturing and export from the region.

Our Trustees also include Jake Leith, Head of Business Development and Fashion at Brighton University and Mike Weatherley MP, Chair of the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on Retail & Business Crime

For more insurers information check British Insurers website

**Sales over the Internet account for around 8% total retail sales source British Retail Consortium

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Business Innovation & Skills  – ADVICE FROM VINCE CABLES OFFICE for those affected



  • Businesses which have suffered loss should obtain a crime number from the police and contact their insurers immediately. We are working closely with the insurance industry to make sure that all claims from affected businesses are dealt with swiftly and satisfactorily. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) have confirmed that insurers’ priority is to help business through this traumatic period. Insurers are working as quickly as they can to deal with claims and most have 24 hour call centres.
  • The ABI advise us that their member companies will be on hand to answer any questions that affected businesses may have. Most commercial insurance policies will cover businesses for damage to their premises, including the interruption to their business as a result of fire, looting and the other damage caused by the recent riots. Some policies will also cover those businesses which are not damaged but whose trade has been affected by the aftermath.
  • Any uninsured individual, homeowner or business that has suffered damage to or loss of their buildings or property as a result of rioting, can seek compensation from their Police Authority under the Riot Damages Act. It is normally the case that claims must be received within 14 days but to give people more time to submit these claims the Home Secretary is extending the period to 42 days.

To claim forms available from BIS website

Online information and advice

  • Online resource for business,, has already been updated with practical advice and information on business continuity, risk management, and safety guidance. The business link national helpline number is 0845 600 9006.
  • This is in addition to advice issued by local police forces and specific information circulated by relevant trade associations.

High Street Support Scheme

  • Affected businesses will also be able to call upon help from the new £20 million High Street Support Scheme
  • This flexible scheme will be aimed at supporting the specific streets and areas where businesses have suffered most as a result of the disturbances.
  • Authorities will be able to use it to:
    -fund the proportion of hardship relief from business rates that would otherwise fall to them.
    -help affected firms to get back up and running quickly, for instance if assistance is needed with business clear-up, replacement of equipment, or costs of temporary accommodation.
  • The steps  taken will be kept under review.

Business Rates

  • Central government will fund three quarters of the cost of hardship rate relief to give businesses in need relief from business rates. Through the High Street Support Scheme we will also cover the proportion normally borne by local authorities.
  • Seriously damaged business properties will be taken off valuation lists, and the Secretary of State for Communities has strongly encouraged the Valuation Office Agency to do so as promptly as possible. This removes any liability for council tax or business rates.

Access to Finance

  • Working closely with the British Bankers Association to ensure that affected businesses of all sizes, but especially small businesses, receive help.
  • Where businesses have been affected by the recent rioting banks have put in place special arrangements to make sure that emergency enquiries from affected customers can be dealt with simply and quickly.
  • Banks have put in place numbers for customers to call, teams are available inside the banks to help and business relationship managers are getting in contact.
  • The banks will sympathetically and sensitively consider the problems of each business. Additional financial support will be available should it be required to provide solutions for the affected businesses.
  • These include for example, where necessary making available short to medium term finance arrangements for repairs and to replace stock, and repayment holidays until insurance claims are settled.
Bank Business Contact Number
Bank of Scotland 0845 300 0268
To make an insurance claim call – 0844 893 9582.
For general enquiries call – 0800 048 4363
Barclays 0845 605 2345
HSBC 08457 606 060
Lloyds TSB 0845 072 5555
To make an insurance claim call – 0844 893 9580
For general enquiries call – 0844 893 9560
NatWest 0800 158 5977
RBS 0800 092 3087
Santander 0800 056 1991


HMRC will delay tax payments for businesses needing help through Time to Pay and will offer other practical support.

They have announced a single, Civil Disorder Help Line number – 0845 3661207 to provide comprehensive advice. Matters will be dealt with sympathetically with problems currently faced by businesses and individuals, including:

  • Agreeing payment schedules, including short tem deferrals, with those who are unable to pay their tax bills due to temporary financial difficulties.
  • Practical solutions where businesses and individuals cannot meet their other obligations – for instance, if their records have been lost or destroyed in the disturbances.

Companies House

If any affected business will be unable to file accounts or other documents on time as a direct result of the disturbances, Companies House will agree an extension and ensure that companies do not incur the usual penalties which apply for late filings.


Acas have issued advice on good practice regarding management of employees in these circumstances.

This includes advice and information about the legal position for employees and employers especially where there is disruption to normal working hours.


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Sussex Fashion Trust including Brighton & Hove – Retail & Business Crime

Our sympathies to all those who have suffered losses in the clothing and textile, fashion industry over the past few days especially small independents who really didn’t need these kind of actions or losses.

It’s being estimated that one in ten UK businesses have been impacted by riots –

Over 10% of the UK’s retail and leisure businesses have been directly impacted by riots and looting with 48,404 businesses impacted.

It’s estimated that UK shops have lost more than £80 million in missed sales due to the disruption to trading hours caused by the riots across the country. 

*** Once the cost of looted stock, an estimated £17.4 million, and the bill for repairs to damaged property, another £43.5 million, are taking into
consideration, shopping & price comparison firm ***Kelkoo predicts that the current overall cost to the industry is around £141 million so far…..

Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled measures this morning in Parliament, aimed at getting businesses back trading swiftly.

The period in which businesses can claim for compensation after a riot attack has been increased to 42 days from the previous 14, and some leeway has been allowed on tax payments on those affected.

Local councils are to be given the ability to offer business rates relief for affected premises and the liability for council tax and business rates on the worst affected premises will be stopped.

Cameron stated … “I give the people affected this promise – We will help you repair the damage, get your businesses back up and running; and support your communities.

“On repairing the damages, I can confirm that any individual, homeowner or business that has suffered damage to or loss of their buildings or property as a result of rioting, can seek compensation under the Riot Damages Act, even if uninsured.”

He further stated that a fund of £10 million is being put aside to help fund repairs to shops and businesses and there will also be another £20 million invested in a high street support scheme.

High up on the agenda is restrictive and unnecessary planning procedures that will be removed to help businesses with repairs, with the Prime Minister highlighting regulations which make it difficult to install security shutters as one such measure which will be scrapped.

“These steps are clearly very practical and funding of the high street is an unprecedented step in retail and possibly the first we have ever
experienced in retail history”…

“What’s clearly needed is the public support in the high street more than ever”…

“Retail Crime must now be put at the top of most council agendas, particularly with impending 2012 round the corner” stated The Sussex
Fashion Trust director Michaela Walker

About the Fashion Trust

The Sussex Fashion Trust  has been created to help young design talent, increase manufacturing and export from the region.

Our Trustees also include Jake Leith, Head of Business Development and Fashion at Brighton University and Mike Weatherley MP, Chair of the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on Retail & Business Crime

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