Programmes

Fashion pioneer programme

What is it?

CFE’s Fashion Pioneer Programme nurtures emerging London-based designer labels, identifying and providing solutions for some of the issues that may be stifling growth in the early stages of business.

What does it include?

The fully subsidised programme supports designers for the length of a season and provides regular one-on-one mentoring sessions and experts workshops on:

  • Business Planning
  • Finance
  • Accountancy
  • Legal
  • Range planning
  • Costing & pricing
  • Production
  • Sales strategies
  • Marketing & PR
  • Branding
  • Digital

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.

Who can apply?

  • All businesses must be operating in a London Borough
  • All businesses must have been operating for a minimum of 12 months
  • Designers must have a minimum of £10,000 sales

Designers may be receiving showcasing support from Fashion East, Fashion Scout, MAN, NEWGEN or similar schemes. The business may consist of a small team of freelancers and interns. The brand will have strong press interest.

SUPPORTING EVIDENCE TO BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION

Limited company

  • Proof of operating for 12 months. Please submit:
    • Companies House Registration document.
  • Proof of Current Business Address. Dated up to 30 days prior to application date. Please submit:
    • Companies House Registration document.
  • Proof of 10K Sales. Please submit one of the following pieces of evidence:
    • Sales invoices confirming receipt of successful transactions
    • Bank statements showing sales income
    • Accounts

* If current business address is different to the registered address, please submit proof of current business address dated 30 days prior to application date with one of the following:

  • Invoice
  • Rental Agreement
  • Bank Statement
  • Utility Bill

Sole Trader 

  • Proof of operating for 12 months. Please submit one of the following pieces of evidence:
    • Invoice
    • Rental Agreement
    • Bank Statement
    • Utility Bill
  • Proof of Current Business Address. Dated up to 30 days prior to application date. Please submit one of the following pieces of evidence:
    • Invoice
    • Rental Agreement
    • Bank Statement
    • Utility Bill
  • Proof of 10K Sales. Please submit one of the following pieces of evidence:
    • Sales invoices confirming receipt of successful transactions
    • Bank statements showing sales income
    • Accounts

WHEN TO APPLY?

The programme is currently open for application. Click the button below to download the application form and send the completed form to fashion.enterprise@fashion.arts.ac.uk before the deadline.

Fashion Pioneer