The British Fashion Council (BFC) is pleased to announce that its charitable initiative BFC Fashion Trust is allocating £400,000 to the 2019 grant recipients. This year’s designers will receive financial grants and business mentoring tailored to specific business needs and awarded to fund key areas of expansion.
BFC Fashion Trust Grant & Mentoring Recipients 2019:
ROBERTS | WOOD
Designers who will receive mentoring for 2019:
Mother of Pearl
The BFC Fashion Trust is a British Fashion Council charity that offers financial awards and business mentoring to UK based fashion designers. Since its inception in 2011, the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded over £2 million to 42 designer businesses to fund the implementation of practical solutions such as introducing new capsule collections and producing additional samples sets and to enable long term strategic plans involving as e-commerce, intellectual property, merchandising and finance. The BFC Fashion Trust is part of a group of BFC business support initiatives and charities aimed at supporting British talent from college to fashion start-ups through to future global fashion houses. Last month, the BFC announced that in 2018 it raised over £2.3million for its charities and business support initiatives out of which £1.1million will be allocated directly to scholars and designer businesses. The BFC is committed to developing design excellence and growth by nurturing, supporting and promoting British fashion talent on the global stage in an industry worth £32.2 billion to the UK GDP.
The BFC Fashion Trust’s fundraising and philanthropic programme is led by co-chairs Tania Fares and Sian Westerman who have formed a formidable network of more than 100 dynamic philanthropists, entrepreneurs, investors and business people with a shared interest in nurturing creative talent.
In addition to the grants, the BFC Fashion Trust supports a graduate traineeship programme which offers graduates 12-month paid placements with a British based designer. The programme has the dual benefit of allowing graduates to gain insight and experience and for the designer’s business to benefit from additional support. Previously partnered brands include E.Tautz, Erdem, House of Holland, JW Anderson, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda.
The BFC Fashion Trust’s Official Partner is HSBC and today Revlon Professional confirmed that they will be continuing their support throughout 2019.Taylor Wessing support the BFC Fashion Trust through pro bono legal service. With thanks to Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Eco-Age Farfetch, Google, Launchmetrics and the rest of our Fashion Business Network.
The BFC Fashion Trust would like to thank Megha Mittal, Founder Patron, for her generosity in hosting the BFC Fashion Trust Grant Recipients event at Sushi Samba, Covent Garden.