The UK Fashion & Textiles Association has assured British fashion brands, including underwear labels, that it will continue to strive to secure “the best possible outcome for our sector.”
While describing the triggering of Article 50 on Tuesday as a significant milestone, the organisation revealed that it has already been actively engaging with the Government and the International Trade Select Committee to ensure that the needs of the fashion sector are taken into account.
“The UKFT’s aim is to help fashion and textiles businesses to navigate the rapidly evolving environment surrounding Brexit, enabling them to respond to the issues that are pertinent to their continued business success,” says the UKFT’s chairman Nigel Lugg.
The organisation has now committed to:
- Pushing the industries’ key requirements around talent, trade, regulation IP protection and access to funding.
- Lobbying 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.
- Working to secure the status of EU citizens working in the UK as soon as possible.
- Demonstrating how an industrial strategy will help increase growth.
The UKFT provides a voice and meeting place for suppliers of fashion and textiles providing practical support, export advice, information exchange and a voice – to government – to retailers.