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Closing UKFT Rise

UKFT has been supporting start-up fashion brands through UKFT Rise since 2012 and in that time, the industry has undergone a seismic shift. It is continuing to evolve and so too are we.

After careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our resources and priorities, we have decided to close our active start-up support initiatives through UKFT Rise.

As a small organisation, we remain committed to supporting the sustainable growth of our sector but we are taking the time to refocus our efforts to better meet the changing needs of the UK fashion and textile community. We remain dedicated to supporting new entrants into our sector and will be promoting opportunities through our newsletter, events and other projects and programmes. We also recommend start-ups sign up to Enterprise Nation – an extremely useful resource.

Membership services

UKFT continues to offer practical advice and technical support to help companies grow through our membership services, which include one-to-one assistance with business plans and strategies, compliance, market trends, logistics, IP protection, labelling, standards, range planning and pricing, employment and more.

Networking, collaboration and events

We bring together brands, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, educators and retailers to promote their businesses and our industry, both in the UK and throughout the world. We host a wide range of events, webinars and seminars, as well as offering a platform for members to share best practice and forge relationships across the industry.

Exciting initiatives

For a small team, we deliver impactful results. We also:

  • Champion the industry on a global stage and support UK companies to trade internationally
  • Develop industry-led solutions to address critical skills gaps and help our sector attract, train and retain the best talent
  • Promote ‘made in the UK’, combining a fresh approach to cross-industry collaboration with over 100 years’ of experience in supporting manufacturers
  • Lead large-scale innovation projects to tackle some of our industry’s biggest challenges and drive meaningful action in the transition to a circular economy


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Visit www.ukft.org or contact info@ukft.org with any questions.