London’s fashion industry is growing, generating £32 billion for the economy and supporting 890,000 jobs. I believe all young Londoners should have the chance to pursue a career in culture and the creative industries.
I have invested £2m in Fashion District in East London to ensure that our next generation of designers and entrepreneurs are equipped with the skills and workspace to thrive. I have also funded Poplar Works, where London College of Fashion’s Making for Change programme is supporting local Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) women.
This month, I Iaunched Fashion London in partnership with London College of Fashion and UAL. This free new classroom resource for young Londoners will give more insight into the industry and to help improve diversity. The British Fashion Council also runs free Fashion and Business Saturday Clubs, supporting young people, 62% are from underrepresented backgrounds which includes BAME young Londoners.