Fashion professionals master commercial skills for business growth
Ashridge Business School in its 2015 report on leadership and management in the UK Creative Industries, highlighted the complexity of leadership in the creative sector. It flagged the urgent need to provide creative leaders with the support they need for continued success. In particular, it highlights the demand creative businesses face 'as they attempt to secure commercial success whilst fostering creative freedom'.
With this in mind, UKFT and Creative Skillset have developed a series of specialist masterclasses designed for those working in the fashion industry. The Commercial Fashion Masterclasses are led by industry experts and are invaluable to businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Book your place on our upcoming 2016 masterclasses
- Friday 11 March – Technical Fit and Sample Development with Nadia Constantinou, a highly regarded pattern cutter and fit specialist who has put together a masterclass to help businesses become more efficient, cut costs and better satisfy their customers through improving their fit and sampling processes.
- Friday 18 March – Leadership and People Management with Niki Pountney, who has over 23 years experience delivering leadership, team building and change management solutions within the workplace.
Click here to book your place on an upcoming masterclass, or email Alice Burkitt / Adam Mansell. Also please speak with Alice/Adam about group bookings.
Coming in the Spring...
Production Cycle Management (NEW)
Featuring sourcing consultant and product lifecycle specialist Daliah Simble, this masterclass will give you an in-depth look into the entire production cycle from sales through to the customer. With an intensive look at processes and structures in fashion businesses, this masterclass is invaluable for small and growing brands, as well as businesses with many departments and teams to manage. This is an ideal partner to Design Project Management course delivered by Daliah.
Commercial Fabric Sourcing
Hosted by Anne-Marie Ng, Luxury Menswear Designer, this masterclass will help businesses of all sizes make the best fabric sourcing decisions. Anne will pass on her expertise in the areas of fabric selection and design decisions, printing, washing and dying techniques, sourcing and global market considerations, as well as fabric sampling and production considerations.
This masterclass is hosted by Chris Scott-Gray, Head of Marketing & PR for Chester Barrie, Richard James Mayfair and Simon Carter Menswear. Chris will pass on his wealth of experience to help you analyse your market and competition, client needs and behaviours, use strategic and tactical marketing techniques, construct a marketing strategy, allocate resources and explore your growth potential.
Design Project Management
Hosted by Daliah Simble, brand and sourcing consultant to the Fashion Industry, formerly Head of Production and Sourcing at Roland Mouret. Daliah will use her extensive knowledge of the industry to help you understand the importance of managing project timelines, internal resourcing, achieving project objectives and the use of programmes and tools within your business.
There's so much value in training
Independent London label, Lazy Oaf, have sent a few of their staff members on our commercial fashion masterclasses. For Lazy Oaf the training was a valuable tool in helping staff to see the bigger picture. Here's what they had to say:
As a small business, attending courses like this adds a lot of value to the way we run our business as we get the opportunity to receive insight from industry insiders who have years of experience within their fields.
Interested in more fashion training courses?
Creative Skillset is supporting the following courses:
- Ethical Fashion Forum's How to Build a Sustainable Fashion Business
Free online course explores the issues which face entrepreneurs when growing a fashion business with a social or environmental ethos.