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Limited company directors need more support: Gosha London

Jun '20
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Creative entrepreneurs and risk-takers who start limited companies in the UK need more support from the government, because that is what fuels the industry and makes it one of the best in the world, according to Mustafa Fuat, the founder of Gosha London. Gosha London is a high-end womenswear manufacturer producing samples and garments for luxury brands.

As a director of a limited company, Fuat falls into what UKFT is referring to as ‘The Forgotten Middle’ and feels left behind when it comes to the government support packages.

Speaking about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business, he said, “In a normal year, we would be flat out right now working on samples and small production runs for some of the UK’s most exciting luxury designers but instead, most of my employees are furloughed, orders have dried up and we’re working at about 25 per cent of capacity.”

“Without rapid assistance, many small businesses like mine will fold, costing jobs today and crucially those we could have created in the future. We had a great year last year and were winning new business from designers and brands that had previously been predominantly sourcing overseas. It felt like our ‘made in the UK’ message was really being heard, with labels rediscovering the benefits that sourcing here can offer. We’ve been working closely with UKFT to change the perception of manufacturing in this country and build awareness of our sector among new people coming into the industry, both as a positive career choice or to work with UK manufacturers as a designer or brand,” Fuat said in a UKFT press release.

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