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Why join UKFT?

Grow your business and help build a stronger UK fashion and textile industry

In addition to actively contributing to the growth of our industry, your UKFT membership offers access to many unique benefits, alongside some specific features that relate to your area of activity. Core benefits include:

  • One-to-one business advice and support
  • A meeting place to grow your contact base through belonging to the most inclusive network of companies in fashion and textile industry
  • A voice to both Government and industry
  • Access to industry-specific business information
  • Guidance surrounding Brexit and the opportunity to inform UKFT’s advice to government
  • Networking opportunities to raise your profile and make contacts with potential collaborators and business contacts
  • Opportunity to showcase your brand via the UKFT newsletter, website and social media 
  • Free access to UKFT’s annual programme of events and seminars on business-related topics including IP protection, working with agents and distributors, licencing, marketing and specific market roundtables such as Japan, China, USA and Scandinavia
  • Exclusive discounts on masterclasses on topics such as production and sourcing, fabric and fabric sourcing, product lifecycle management
  • Benefit from exclusive deals through UKFT Associate members, covering foreign currency exchange, international logistics, payment terms, export documentation and legal advice
  • Apprenticeship, skills and training advice and help
  • Assistance on employment and HR
  • Discounted rates on central London space for use as a showroom, board room and/or meeting space to conduct client visit/fittings
  • Financial grants for parents and carers with children aged 0-18 years. More info here

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UKFT Membership Rates

 

Member Category Turnover Annual Membership Annual Membership Plus*
Starter Up to £250k £415 £515*
Starter Premier £250k – £1m £780 £975*
Small £1m – £5m £1,550 £1,935*
Medium £5m – £15m £2,060 £2,575*
Large £15m – £35m £3,100 £3,875*
Very Large £35m+ £5,150 £6,435*
Associate £1,500 Flat rate
Retail Partner £2,500 Flat rate
Education Partner Private Provider £750 Flat rate
Education Partner Further Education £1,000 Flat rate
Education Partner Higher Education £1,500 Flat rate
All prices exclude VAT *including Care Labelling Licence

What our members say

UKFT are not only the pre-eminent voice and advocate for the British fashion and textile industry, they also offer the widest and most in-depth advisory and business development service for brands looking for global growth. TM Lewin are proud to work with UKFT in the development of its international partnership programme.

John Scott, TM Lewin

UKFT are my ‘go-to’ for considered, dynamic and insightful knowledge on the full 360 of all things Fashion and Textiles. Their network knows no bounds, with a wealth of highly informative seminars, meeting and networking opportunities, not only in the UK, but also overseas at the vast number of fashion shows and exhibitions. UKFT represent our industry with great aplomb.

Bill Leach, John Smedley

Ted Baker is an integral part of the UK fashion and textile industry with exports extending to 53 countries around the world; it is therefore appropriate that Ted should be a member of UKFT. From supporting and informing members of industry standards, engaging with government around the negotiations surrounding Brexit, and other important issues, UKFT represents the wider industry ensuring that the industry’s voice is heard. UKFT encourages and supports us and the next generation of British brands and designers at key international tradeshows and fashion weeks, whilst offering ongoing business advice to companies finding their way through the complexities of growing a business. UKFT also supports UK manufacturing with initiatives such as ‘Let’s Make It Here’ and helps companies to access funding and support for training and apprenticeships. This is a wonderful industry and we at Ted are proud to be a part of it.

Ricky Green, Ted Baker

Exporting our jewellery overseas has always been an intrinsic part of our business at Alex Monroe and UKFT has helped us achieve this for a long number of years. UKFT offer invaluable support that we have never found elsewhere. This could be in the form of advice, opportunities or sometimes just a much-needed friendly face at an overseas tradeshow.

Emma Burgin, Alex Monroe

UKFT has offered support and guidance for specialisms outside our company; seminars led by industry professionals provide structured advice while allowing the opportunity to connect with peers from different sectors about their experience within similar markets. Their reputation as offering practical business advice precedes them, supplying up to date news and information on the economic climate and its impacts on trade – invaluable to helping expand our international sales.

Nina Sivyer, Bamford

We strongly believe in supporting UKFT to ensure that the fashion and textile industry not only prospers but gets the publicity and voice that it deserves.  I wholly commend the UKFT team and the organisation gives companies opportunities to come together. I am especially proud of the work that UKFT has undertaken with Apprenticeships, which I am confident will assist those of us in manufacturing to address skill shortages and give hundreds of people an opportunity to work in this exciting industry. Well done UKFT, your efforts do not go unnoticed!

Lee Dawson, Samuel Brothers

I have found the support from UKFT to be amazing. I have asked for advice on several occasions on a variety of issues and UKFT’s knowledge of the industry at home and abroad is extensive. The seminars run by UKFT have been invaluable and most importantly they offer a great networking opportunity.

Helen Moore, Helen Moore

Having been a member of UKFT for over a decade now, it is my ‘go-to’ for all aspects of my export business. The team at UKFT are an encyclopedia of knowledge. If you are a first time exporter needing trade show advice or want more specific information on a foreign market, then this is the place to go. In addition, I love the range of seminars and events that bring so many members of our industry together at one time.

Simon Carter, Simon Carter

Need help applying?

If you need help with applying, have any more questions or would like to gain a better understanding how your business can benefit from membership please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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