Celebrating Apprenticeships with a week packed full of activities. If your fashion business feels that it can employ an apprentice, take the opportunity to have a look at the range of training apprenticeships offered by local Sussex colleges where courses and apprenticeships differ between campuses providing a wider choice of subjects taught including business support courses and administration. Help your business grow and provide young people with a better start in employment. Read more > FashionSussex
The University of Brighton has produced talented artists and designers to follow in the footsteps of past graduates including the legendary Biba designer Barbara Hulanicki, Julien MacDonald – voted British Designer of the Year 2001 – and Gresham Blake, Brighton’s modish tailor to the stars.
Fashion Courses available 2011-2012 Brighton University Sussex include
· BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)
· BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion with Professional Experience (Four year course with sandwich year)
· MDes Fashion with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)
· MDes Textiles with Business Studies (Undergraduate Masters) (Four year course with one term in industry)
Updated information now available – fashion agencies, jobs & training information; cv tips; apprenticeships Read more > jobs page Fashion Sussex
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.
news from Fashion Sussex www.fashionsussex.co.uk
Our supporting partner with The Sussex Fashion Trust and awards, Metamorphis have created comprehensive, retail skill
enhancement packages designed to maximise retail performance, backed by Sussex Downs College.
Taught by Retail Specialists, the bespoke retail course covers all key retail skills, and comprises a combination of flexible study methods based
at either Sussex Downs Eastbourne campus, or within your own store.
Designed as an intensive one year programme, it can also be delivered as blended learning over a bespoke timeline designed around your individual needs. Each course is tailored to suit your needs and is supported by In Store Challenges, Mentored 121’s, a Retail Forum and Online Study Resources and tools.
More information from Sussex Downs by emailing email@example.com or call Karen Gillespie on 0845 2302 007
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 http://www.abi.org.uk/Information/Riots/Riots_August_2011.aspx
**Sales over the Internet account for around 8% total retail sales – source British Retail Consortium
- 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, www.businesslink.gov.uk, 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.
- 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.
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.
The Fashion Trust are contacted regularly by top leading fashion firms that have vacancies available for professionals from the Susssex region including Brighton & Hove.
We currently have a superb part-time job offer – leading top fashion name.
The Fashion Trust have introduced a new FREE Fashion Business directory to help the fashion industry engage with each other across Sussex.
If you haven’t registered already – then do take the time – its takes 3 minutes – details only provided to our registrants.
The Purpose of the Register
- Sussex based designers have the opportunity to showcase their business
- Trade enquiries received, are passed onto contacts,where appropriate
- Jobs are circulated free or passed onto appropriate businesses
- Organise and/or support private fashion and design related events
- Offer (discounted or free) professional services provided by top industry
- Other special fashion related opportunities
- Easy to fill in – takes 2 minutes at www.fashionsussex.co.uk
Student one week placement to help with Fashion Awards 2011
Fashion Sussex engage with colleges and universities by offering from time to time, internship positions, work placements, and job experience opportunities to our local students. Currently there are vacancies for work placements in media and marketing subjects. If you wish to apply, please send CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following reference in the subject bar: :
- student application – fashion awards