UK based brands and businesses of all sizes can apply to join the largest network of companies in the fashion and textile industry
Access to industry-specific business advice and information
One-to-one support on developing an export strategy and routes to market
Networking opportunities to raise your profile and make contacts with potential collaborators and business contacts
Advice on access to financial support for international tradeshows through government funding
Free promotion on showcasing your brand via the UKFT newsletter, website, social media and members’ directory
Exclusive invitations and discounts on UKFT’s annual programme of events, including free entry to practical seminars and roundtable events on business related topics such as IP protection, working with agents and distributors, licencing, production cycle management, marketing and specific market roundtables such as Japan, China, USA and Scandinavia
Licence to use the care symbols which are protected by international trademarks, registered in 70 countries
Advice on sourcing and UK manufacturing
Save money with exclusive deals through UKFT Associate members, covering foreign currency exchange, international logistics, payment terms, export documentation and legal advice
Retailers selling their own label outside the UK can join UKFT through the Retail Partner Programme (RPP), which provides the right to use the care symbols worldwide without incurring any further costs.
The licence to use the symbols also includes the following benefits:
Technical booklet with detailed information on the symbols meanings and use
Uncapped access to our expertise on labelling advice and compliance in your target markets
Additionally, our Retail Partners gain access to:
Advice on working with UK manufacturers
Free entry to all of our seminars
Networking opportunities with our other members and contacts
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UKFT is committed to ensuring the next generation is equipped with the very latest skills, enabling the UK fashion and textiles industry to thrive. This membership is designed to bring industry and education closer together by inviting academic institutions to join UKFT.
As the government appointed Sector Skills Body for fashion and textiles, UKFT plays a crucial role in delivering a pipeline of skilled entrants into employment in the sector.
Membership offers academic institutions the opportunity to access unique benefits including:
Discounted rates for UKFT training, including the UKFT Academic Masterclasses programme
Access to UKFT’s production internship programme
Access to UKFT’s Associate Members including specialists in areas such as fashion law, logistics, intellectual property and fashion production software
Online member-only assets including colour forecasting for textiles
Regular industry news together with multiple colleague sign up
Academic bulletin covering the changing landscape of qualifications and apprenticeships, Brexit updates and calendar of industry shows and events
Exclusive rates for consultancy services from the UKFT Skills and Training team including Levy advice, information and advice on national and regional skills gaps, advice on industry recognised qualifications, development days re short courses and bootcamps, advice for new providers or those new to the industry
Opportunities to influence our conversations at UKFT’s regular Awarding Organisation forum
OFSTED inspection support
Select promotion to wider UKFT membership
Advice on industry engagement with a local focus
Links to UKFT members e.g. for industry speakers or placement opportunities
The key trade associations and organisations in fashion and textiles are Federated Association Members of UKFT. This strength and depth of contacts and experience gives us an unrivalled ability to comment on all issues relating to our industry. Our combined membership is in excess if 2,500 companies throughout the UK. A full list of our current Federated members is included at the end of this document.
The Federated members meet four times a year to discuss and agree industry positions on the key topics. Over the past year the issues we have discussed the following:
Lobbying/Political issues including
Industry Manifesto for General Election
Living Wage/Minimum Wage
Skills & Training
Developing a national skills strategy for the industry
An overview and co-ordination of apprenticeships
Developing a national export strategy for the industry
An update on exhibitions, funding, a general overview of key markets etc.
Discussion/update on key developments within BSI/CEN/ISO
HR/Union Relations Updates
Update on wage negotiations, HR developments etc
The Federated Group is currently chaired by David Breckenridge, the CEO of Textiles Scotland. The Chair of the Federated Associations is given an automatic seat on the UKFT Board.
In addition to discussing the broader industry issues becoming a Federated Member of UKFT gives your members an automatic 50% discount on attending UKFT’s annual programme of events, including practical seminars and masterclasses on business related topics including IP protection, working with agents, licencing, production cycle management and specific market roundtable discussions on markets such as Scandinavia, Russia and Japan. Your members also get access to exclusive deals through UKFT Associate members including, foreign currency exchange, logistics, payment terms, insurance, accounting, legal advice and several other services.