A dedicated centre uniting the British fashion industry in one hub
- The UKFH will bridge science, fashion, technology, manufacturing and sport
- To create a genuine legacy from the Press and Broadcast Centres at the Queen Elizabeth Park
- To facilitate economic growth, employment and regeneration of the immediate and surrounding area, creating employment from entry to executive level jobs
- To provide a platform for manufacturers, importers and exporters
- To connect education with industry by encouraging training programs, both within the direct fashion and manufacturing industry, and in the surrounding facilities on the site
- To address the skill shortage faced by manufacturers
- To embrace new technology and innovation, connect with Tech City, and become part of the emerging creative quarter of London
The UK Fashion Hub connects the four main sectors and activities of the fashion industry
The do sector will house designers and makers, both established and emerging. A series of incubator units and mentoring programmes offer support and nurturing, to develop future brands and manufacturers.
The UK Fashion Hub’s show section offers a world class arena for events and launches, allowing designers and manufacturers to show their products and ranges.
Sell centres around a large business-to-business area, making it a destination of choice for the world’s buying market. It also includes broadcasting facilities, a media centre, and business-to-consumer electronic retailing.
In education, technology and innovation will ensure students are learning the key skills they need. Manufacturing will be enhanced by technology and innovation, assuring the UK’s position as a world leader.
The way manufacturers show and sell their product is changing. A ‘Bricks-and-Clicks’ approach will ensure our manufacturers and designers get maximum exposure, embracing both traditional and emerging technologies.
Technology is what underpins the ability to connect, communicate and compete on the world stage, it is the driving force of the fashion and textile manufacturing industry and it is technology will link our industries.
The UK Fashion Hub unites the four main areas of design and manufacture. Making connections and forging alliances between these discrete sectors will strengthen the UK fashion industry and provide lasting economic growth.
Manufacturers will work with colleges to ensure students are graduating with the right skills. Exhibition and sales specialist will ensure our designers and manufacturers are being given maximum exposure.
Making sustainable and meaningful connections will lead to students graduating with appropriate skills and commercial understanding.
‘It has always been challenging to place fresh fashion graduates, because their technical skills are often not strong enough. Universities and colleges seem to encourage graduates to be creative, and many individuals are enthusiastic and passionate, but this is not enough to tempt an employer. They need practical or commercial experience as well.’
Elizabeth McNabb, Divisional Manager of Four Seasons Recruitment
The UK Fashion Hub will help produce graduates tailored to the industry, ensuring that traditional skills are retained and emerging skills nurtured and this will help to promote the UK fashion industry and establish us as a world leader.