We are in the business of fashion & textiles. We are the UK voice and meeting place for suppliers of fashion & textiles providing: practical support, export advice, information exchange and a voice - to government - to retailers.
The triggering of Article 50 is a significant milestone in the UK’s journey towards leaving the EU.
UKFT is already working across government to help secure the best possible outcome for our sector in the negotiations that lie ahead. Since the EU referendum, UKFT has been actively and regularly engaging with the Government. From The Prime Minster, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP to HM Treasury, the International Trade Select Committee and the Departments for International Trade, Exiting the EU, Culture Media & Sport and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy respectively.
Additionally we have and continue to collaborate closely with organisations such as the Engineering Employers Federation and the Creative Industries Federation. UKFT has given interviews regarding the potential impact of Brexit on the fashion and textile industry to a variety of news outlets and presented at numerous events.
In the months ahead UKFT will continue to:
Push the industries key requirements around talent, trade, regulation IP protection and access to funding.
Lobby the government for support to help the industry seize the opportunities that leaving the EU may bring, including significantly increased funding for exports, more support for skills and training and meaningful support for UK manufacturing.
Work to secure the status of EU citizens working in the UK as soon as possible.
Demonstrate how an industrial strategy will help increase growth.
UKFT’s aim is to help fashion and textile businesses to navigate the rapidly evolving environment surrounding Brexit, enabling them to respond to the issues that are pertinent to their continued business success.
We are steered by the views of our members; businesses of all sizes covering the breadth of the fashion and textile sector. Together we are the voice of the industry. Join us and have your say.