Centre for Fashion Enterprise

CFE offers a four-level programme to London based businesses, which provide expert guidance in the fields of finance, legal, manufacturing and marketing. All our programmes are fully subsidised and range from a two day workshop to a two year programme offering designers highly sort after studio space. Each level has a different set of eligibility criteria which must be met by the business in order to be considered for each programme.

Market Entry
Market Entry Programme: empowers emerging London-based designer labels with essential knowledge and tools to develop their business infrastructure and growth strategies, enabling them to support their creative abilities. This programme consists of a series of back-to-back workshops taking place across two consecutive days.

30 businesses x 3 times a year

The Production workshops empowers fashion and jewellery businesses with the best tools and practices to successfully navigate their way through the production process – from finding the right manufacturer to meeting that delivery date.

Fashion P1 – 25 businesses x 2 times a year

Fashion P2 – 6 businesses x 2 times a year

Jewellery P1 – 15 businesses x 2 times a year

CFE’s Pioneer Programme nurtures designer labels, identifying and providing solutions for some of the issues that may be stifling growth in the early stages of business. Supporting designers for the length of a season (6 months) and providing regular one-on-one mentoring sessions and expert workshops. A diagnostic review of the business takes place at the start of the season in order to tailor the programme to best suit and benefit the business.

Fashion/Fashtech Pioneer: 6 businesses x 2 times a year 

Jewellery Pioneer: 8-12 businesses x 2 times a year=


Market Entry Programme:

The Market Entry programme has been designed to empower new businesses with industry expertise to unlock growth for their brand. Join us for 2 days of business expertise in areas such as protecting your brand, range planning, costing and pricing, selling and the fundamentals of finance, managing your production, and sales strategies.
The programme will run on 19th and 20th July with a 1-2-1 diagnostic exit session to follow.

Eligibility Criteria:
To qualify for this programme businesses must be registered and based in a London Postcode. Fashion, Jewellery and Accessory businesses need to have been trading for at least 12 months and demonstrate potential for growth. FashTech businesses need to be operating for up to 6 months but not necessarily trading.

Application deadline: 11:59 pm, 23rd June 2017

 The Accelerate 2 year programme fast tracks designer labels, identifying and strategising areas for growth and funding towards developing a new product process or service. The programme supports designers for up to four seasons and provides regular one-on-one mentoring sessions and expert workshops. A diagnostic review of the business takes place every season in order to assess progress and tailor the programme to best suit and benefit the business.

1-3 businesses per year over next 2 and half years

Building Brand Equity
The Building Brand Equity Programme works with designer businesses to strategically develop tactics to scale up their businesses, opening up opportunities to market themselves as attractive investment propositions to the growing number of angel investors and venture funds that are looking to invest in the creative industries and consumer goods sector. The programme provides workshops and mentoring sessions with the CFE team, industry experts and investors.

15 businesses x 1-2 times a year

All seminars, lectures and workshops etc. that CFE offer are incorporated within our programmes and therefore only successful applicants on those programmes are able to participate. Any business wanting to attend a CFE programme is required to apply through the application process.
Market Entry Programme


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