Since the EU referendum, the BFC has engaged directly with government and organisations including the Creative Industries Council (CIC) and Creative Industries Federation (CIF), whose remit is to represent the whole of the creative industries to ensure that challenges and opportunities are presented to government in one coherent message around four priority areas:
1. TALENT It is an essential part of the fashion industry to be able to source, retain and move talent and workers across the EU.
2. TRADE Understanding the impact of Brexit on movement of goods, particularly as the industry relies on movement of components and samples. Reaching workable trade agreements, particularly in our key markets: EU, USA, Japan, South Korea etc.
3. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Protection of Intellectual Property is a key issue for the fashion industry, which relies on creativity, design and brands. The industry relies on Unregistered Community Designs, however in the EU this relies on disclosure in the EU first, which would present series consequences for designers showing in the UK.
4. FUNDING The fashion industry has benefitted from European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) for development of the industry and businesses within in, enabling the industry to work collectively to test new showcasing platforms and support emerging talent.
The below timeline outlines the BFC’s engagement with the government on behalf of the fashion industry.