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UK Fashion Exports moves under BCIA umbrella

Dec '08
In the first phase of his plan to create a single voice for the fashion and textile industry Peter Lucas, chairman of the British Clothing Industry Association (BCIA) announced in London that UK Fashion Exports (UKFE) has been brought into the organisation and talks are progressing well with representatives of the textile sector.

“My aim is to use BCIA's structure and financial strength to bring the industry together in one streamlined organisation operating from 5 Portland Place and supporting the British fashion and textile industries,” explained Lucas.

The combined expertise of BCIA and UKFE will provide members with a wide range of services covering legal, technical, health and safety and employment issues; exporting, importing, sales and marketing, shows and exhibitions and training and development.

“There are many other organisations that do a number of these things, but it would be more efficient if we did a lot more of them together, so that when we, the industrialists get together, there are a significant number of us at the same place and time to share our experiences, rather than us participating in a series of smaller gatherings,” added Lucas, who has already received strong support for his concept from a number of these organisations.

In particular, BCIA executives are working closely with the export promotion body for textiles and UKTI to ensure that the programme of trade fair support is carried forward next year, as the former's organisational structure changes to reflect the ending of the statutory levy which has applied in the wool textile industry for many years.

Speaking at the six-month landmark of his appointment as chairman of BCIA, Lucas paid tribute to the retired industrialists, including James McAdam, his predecessor, who had served BCIA for many years.

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