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Sussex Fashion Charity – @FashionSussex

UK’s current clothing & textiles manufacturing position – £21 billion net – £37 billion gross and £1.5 billion worth of clothing and accessories manufactured in the UK /2010 Figures. Essential to our economy and essential to all of us everyday. The Fashion Trust – Sussex Fashion Awards – is a charity and it’s simply disappointing to find @FashionSussex twitter feed hacked. Many homegrown fashion professionals are donating their time to help other young people across Sussex achieve higher status. You may not like fashion but there’s millions of people that do. We’d appreciate the service restored.

Professional Accreditation Under the Spotlight

The Great British Campaign in New York

New York’s Grand Central Station saw British Fashion Greats gather including Victoria Beckham, Anna Wintour and Cover girl Karen Elson helping to raise overseas awareness of British fashion talent, focusing on reasons for investment and visiting the UK. Victoria acting as an ambassador for this initiative being photographed in front of a subway train covered in a Union Jack flag.

The ‘Greats’ campaign is promoting aspects of UK culture; including technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, knowledge, green, heritage, sport, shopping, music and the countryside and now being unveiled around the world for 2012 UK tourism.

New Fashion/Film UK Initiative

Fash/On Film is a new British Fashion Council initiative sponsored by the retail store group River Island. The scheme aims to support and develop relationships between fashion designers and film makers, providing a showcasing opportunity at London Fashion Week. It recognises the ongoing growth of fashion film as an important creative product of the industry and London’s position at the centre of this film revolution.

Launching this new initiative, River Island will produce a short film showcasing their new Design Forum collection designed by Royal College of Art graduate Julian J Smith; it’s premiere being during London Fashion Week.

As part of this new  Fash/On Film showcase there will be special filming presentations during the late Spring in London. It sees the launch of its first nationwide search for emerging film making talent, inviting up-and-coming creatives to submit film ideas in response to a brief set by a leading British designer in conjunction with Fash/On Film.

One filmmaker will be selected to receive professional support and mentoring through the production process, offering a unique opportunity to gain insight into and experience of the fashion film industry. This film will be shown at London Fashion Week September 2012, creating a prestigious launch pad into the fashion and film industry.

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National Apprenticeship Week

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 Queens Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at The V&A London

8 February – 22 April 2012

6 February 2012 is the anniversary of the day 60 years ago that Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. It’s the official start to her Jubilee – a year packed with celebratory festivities including a fantastic selection of photography highlighting the 60 years reign and following the fashions through the decades. A start to several exhibitions not to be missed across the UK.

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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

Diamonds – celebrating The Queens Diamond Jubilee

A spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace is planned to be staged later in the year at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace including the special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration. Showing the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years, the exhibition includes an unprecedented display of a number of The Queen’s personal jewels – those inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign.  The exhibition will reveal how many of these extraordinary stones have undergone a number of transformations, having been re-cut or incorporated into new settings during their fascinating history.

Lord Sugar debates the new funds for British Advance Manufacturing Supply Chain

Vince Cable recently announced the allocation of £125 million Advance Manufacturing Supply Chain Fund for British manufacturing.

Lord Sugar debated British manufacturing in the House of Lords calling for more support for British Manufacturing not just by the government but also by consumers.

In his address to the House of Lords on the 8th December, Sir Alan Sugar, highlighted two key points calling for the government to allocate some of its fund to finance incubator factories, left empty in industrial units, to help start up businesses to manufacture their products in the UK.

Lord Sugar was quoted as saying ” low cost merchandise can’t be manufactured (in the UK) but high quality can be” …

Remember when Made in Britain was a very proud statement for manufacturers… and I do believe that we are still capable of producing quality products in this country…”

He stated that the lack of patriotism from consumers could be addressed by a nationally recognised ‘Made in Britain’ logo which the government should ‘dip their hands in their pockets’ to fund.

Earlier 2011, a ‘Made in Britain’Marque was launched and profiled by Stoves, the renowned Aga manufacturers,  who conducted research and designed an updated British Marque – highlighted by Fashion Sussex.  Read more >

See more of Lord Sugars address on > you tube

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

Export help for Sussex fashion firms

There’s a new pdf issue for those fashion firms considering exporting from Sussex, UK –  Your export opportunity: an insight. Your guide to getting started in exporting.  A guide that outlines the points your business may need to consider before venturing into international business. The guide explains the benefits to a company with case studies and provides  contact information within UK Trade & Investment and sources of help and guidance and elsewhere. Read more >
Business Innovation Skills

The Fashion Industry celebrated in Sussex

The First Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 –  in print – The Argus

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The IPO is visiting to help growing Sussex brands

The Intellectual Property Office will be visiting the Brighton & Hove Business Show 27 October 2011 helping fashion businesses and services to protect their brands whilst growing their brands.

The Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox recently stated … 

“UK design has an excellent reputation. From fashion to aerospace and from graphic design to technology, the UK design industry is held in high regard across the world. However, we must maintain that excellence and the Government is committed to doing more to support the design industry. I urge the business community to participate in this call for evidence and help shape the future of design in the UK.”

Take this opportunity to visit  – and even exhibit in the special ‘MADE BY’ exhibiting zone – an area dedicated to highlighting the products designed and made in the region of Brighton, Hove and Sussex.

Simply complete the 3 minute exhibit enquiry form at

Fashion Awards 2011 Sussex including Brighton & Hove

The final announcements have been made of the First Sussex Fashion Awards 2011 including the city of Brighton & Hove, recognising regional talent across Sussex. View our special emagazine at about the trustees, judges, finalists and winners.

Free advice and support for the creative industries in Sussex

Date for your diary – 27 October 2011 – don’t miss the largest networking City Business 2 Business event with special creative industry help for fashion and support services including

  • growing your brand advice
  • protecting your brand advice
  • displaying your brands and advice

Top organisations offering free advice and seminars through out the day.

Great opportunity for the fashion, supporting services, creative and digital media industries to meet across Sussex, meet new contacts, suppliers and network.  

The Brighton, Hove Sussex Business Show  – FREE  to attend – registration online only

Meet hundreds of businesses  in one day – click here

Brighton, Hove, Sussex, Business – Unique Speed Networking – Last few spaces remain!

GET IN QUICK –  Last few spaces available  – Take a front row seat with one truly unique speed networking session at The Brighton & Hove Business Autumn 2011 

Meet new suppliers – hear about new products or services – get your business information out to new sources.

To ensure you grab the last few seats –  book now  –  enjoy the best of some of UK’s  speed networkers.

It’s essential to register to gain admittance at The Brighton & Hove Business Show to be able to book your speed networking session.

Book your visitor registration here to visit and speed networking 

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

Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2011

The first Sussex Fashion Awards including Brighton & Hove 2011

This award is sponsored by Star Communications org. uk, South Coast Fashion Agency, providing top regional fashion emarketing services and support for autumn/winter 2011 season to the winner.

The Sussex Fashion Trust are pleased to announce the following finalists 2011 for the Award of

Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2011

Brighton Fashion Week

Miyala Jewellery

Dress for Excess – Brighton Museum

Cyclodelic –White Night Fashion Visibility event with Brighton & Hove
City Council and Safer Roads Partnership

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

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The Sussex Fashion Awards at

The Sussex Fashion Awards - The Sussex Fashion Trust

Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2011

This award is sponsored by Wire World Media who will provide a fabulous slideshow for the lucky winner with accompanying music for the photographers promotional needs for their website.

Finalists for  The Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2011

Garage Studios/Kevin Mason

Sarah Bird

Tony Curtis

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

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Sussex Fashion Awards 2010

Sussex Fashion Best Place to Shop 2011

The first Sussex Fashion Awards including Brighton & Hove 2011

The Sussex Fashion Trust are pleased to announce the following finalists 2011 for the Award of

Sussex Fashion Best Place to Shop 2011

The Best of Brighton & Hove are sponsoring this award and offering a fantastic 6 months special package of their 17 Essentials Marketing Package to the winner, currently worth £850.00 + VAT

The 17 Essential Tools comes with our time and expertise, helping businesses to generate local awareness of their activities and the ability to Track Business Leads to show what is working for them.

Finalists 2011 for the first year Award of Sussex Fashion Best Place to Shop Award 2011  included

Walk in Wardrobe Hove

Brighton Fashion Week

White Mischief Boutique

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

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Sussex Fashion Awards 2010

Brighton Hove Sussex – Fashion meets corporate responsibility

The Corporate Responsibility sector for business startups, during 2010, has seen extraordinary growth, estimated at a reported 13% of all businesses currently trading in the UK – and this year seems to be continuing the trend.

The fashion industry has been for many years, since mid 1990’s,  engaging with corporate – and  – responsible – relationships.

Large fashion corporate businesses have for years been tying up with charities across the UK, and indeed, globally, in their search to partnership their businesses with ‘responsibility.’ These partnerships are becoming more  important and strategic as consumer demands businesses to continually demonstrate their sustainable and ethical business practices.

Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo had as far back as 2001 started collecting used garments from customers and since 2006 Uniglo has collected more than 11.51 million items of clothing, brought back into its stores by customers, and passed onto independent agencies helping with survivors of disasters, refugees and others in need. It is expanding its ‘All-Product Recycling Initiative’ to all its stores in Great Britain from 1 September 2011.

Stores such as Marks & Spencer have worked for a number of years with the charity Oxfam, on a voucher exchange programme, where customers bring back their unwanted ‘M&S’ clothing and pass these onto Oxfam in exchange for a monetary voucher, whilst TK Maxx have held twice yearly special events for their customers, to provide donated clothing to Cancer Research UK generating additional income of 2.5 million.

Your firm in Sussex can help not only reduce waste going to landfill but also participate in ” Corporate Responsibility.”

The Charity Retail Association has 325 member charities, operating about 7,000 charity shops in the UK, which most are reporting their now urgent need for quality donations, after seeing a rise in charity shop sales during 2010.

If your firm hasn’t considered a Corporate Responsibility policy, then this can be an identifiable project this year to consider in Brighton & Hove and Sussex with many individual charities appealing for help and donations and businesses helping to reduce the UK’s landfill obligations further.

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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 Awards at

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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

The Fashion Trust at