The Sussex Fashion Trust

Low Carbon Economy

Retailers Environmental Impact

Retailers have found that reducing waste, energy and water provides their businesses with increasing recognition and makes good business sense according to a new report out from BRC The British Retail Consortium. The BRC-led project, A Better Retailing Climate was launched in 2008 committing businesses who represented the majority of the UK retail market to sector-wide environmental ambitions. Despite the current economic austerity and price volatility, retailers seem to manage continuing to build resilience reducing environmental impact.

Waste: Exceeded target. Retailers committed to reduce waste sent to landfill to below 15 per cent by 2013. Signatories beat that target two years early, sending just 14 per cent of waste to landfill in 2011 (down from 45 per cent in 2005).
Transport: Exceeded target. Retailers committed to reduce delivery emissions by 15 per cent by 2013 (compared with 2005 levels). In fact they achieved a 23 per cent reduction by 2011.
Buildings: On target. Retailers committed to cut energy-related emissions from buildings by 25 per cent by 2013 (compared with 2005 levels and allowing for growth). By 2011, these emissions were down by 20 per cent.
Refrigeration: On target. Retailers committed to halve emissions from refrigeration by 2013 (relative to floor space to allow for business growth). By 2011, these had already been reduced by 37 per cent.

BRC’s report read more >  A Better Retailing Climate


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

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

Sussex, Brighton & Hove Fashion – eco bags

Carriers bag useage – on the rise again across the UK

Consumers having for three years reduced their dependence on single-use plastic bags are back, out in force, packing away their shopping.

Bag use declined since 2006 from a staggering 11bn to 6.5bn during 2009 – a massive 40% fall.

2010 has seen a marked shift upwards, away from eco credentials as shoppers forgot their environmentally friendly alternatives and figures recorded at more than 6.8bn, a rise of approximately 5% according to government figures published. Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap).

“This isn’t good enough. Retailers need to take responsibility and lift their game to cut down on the number of single use carrier bags they hand out. If results do not improve we will consider additional measures to make this happen, including legislation.” Stated the Minister for Recycling, Lord Henley

It’s time again that renowned handbag fashion designer Anya Hindmarch whose legend “I’m not a plastic bag” stylish cotton bags which sold in Sainsbury supermarkets during 2007, and allegedly reported as helping this campaign save billions of plastic, design another new version for UK consumers …     follow us on