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  • Next steps for the

    British fashion industry -

    intellectual property,

    manufacturing and talent

    15 th

    October 2013

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  • Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for the British fashion industry - intellectual property, manufacturing and talent

    15 th

    October 2013

    © Westminster Media Forum Important: note conditions of use on front page Page 2

    Contents

    About this Publication 3

    Agenda 4

    Session Chair’s opening remarks

    Baroness Young of Hornsey, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion (transcript) 6

    The value of fashion

    John Miln, Chief Executive, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) (transcript) 7

    What next for the British fashion industry?

    Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council (transcript) 10

    British fashion, international opportunities - making the most of the competitive edge

    Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya (transcript) 13

    Ian Maclean, Managing Director, John Smedley (transcript) 15

    Barbara Wilson, Fashion Sector Specialist, UK Trade & Investment (transcript) 17

    Questions and comments from the floor with John Miln, Chief Executive, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and

    Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council (transcript) 19

    Session Chair’s closing remarks

    Baroness Young of Hornsey, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion (transcript) 28

    Session Chair’s opening remarks

    Damian Collins MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Fashion and Textile Group (transcript) 29

    Talent and skills in British fashion

    Kate O’Connor, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset (transcript) 30

    Fashion talent - internships, models and diversity

    Hilary Hadley, Head of Live Performance Department, Equity (transcript) 37

    Katia Elizarova, Model, Actress & Brand Ambassador (transcript) 39

    Karen Dennison, Principal, Fashion Retail Academy (transcript) 41

    Ben Lyons, Co-Director, Intern Aware (transcript) 43

    Questions and comments from the floor with Kate O’Connor, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer,

    Creative Skillset (transcript) 44

    Case study - rights protection, design and fashion

    Julie Deane, Founder and Owner, The Cambridge Satchel Company (transcript) 46

    IP challenges for the fashion industry

    Annabelle Gauberti, Founding Partner, Crefovi 48

    Dids Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, ACID (Anti Copying in Design) (transcript) 50

    Varinder Rehal, Senior Commercial Lawyer, Asda Group (transcript) 52

    Questions and comments from the floor with Julie Deane, Founder and Owner, The Cambridge

    Satchel Company (transcript) 54

    Session Chair’s and Westminster Media Forum closing remarks

    Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya (transcript) 59

    Thomas Raynsford, Senior Producer, Westminster Media Forum (transcript) 60

    Comment

    Bruce Montgomery, Professor in Design Craftsmanship, University of Northumbria 61

    Dr Alistair Knox, Chairman, ASBCI 62

    Julian Wilkins, Solicitor, Devereaux 63 Linda McPherson, Senior Director, Scottish Enterprise 64

    List of Delegates Registered for Seminar 66

    Contributor Biographies 72

    About the Core Sponsors of the Westminster Media Forum 75

  • Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for the British fashion industry - intellectual property, manufacturing and talent

    15 th

    October 2013

    © Westminster Media Forum Important: note conditions of use on front page Page 3

    About this Publication

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    British fashion industry - intellectual property, manufacturing and talent held on 15th October 2013. The views

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  • Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for the British fashion industry - intellectual property, manufacturing and talent

    15 th

    October 2013

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    Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar:

    Next steps for the British fashion industry - intellectual property, manufacturing and talent Timing: Morning, Tuesday, 15

    th October 2013

    Venue: Rutherford Theatre, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT

    8.30 - 9.00 Registration and coffee

    9.00 - 9.05 Session Chair’s opening remarks

    Baroness Young of Hornsey, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion

    9.05 - 9.15 The value of fashion In the context of the CMS Select Committee inquiry - ‘Support for the creative industries’ - what are the emerging options for the British fashion

    industry to demonstrate its value to the economy as well as its contribution to culture and the UK economy?

    John Miln, Chief Executive, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)

    9.15 - 9.30 What next for the British fashion industry? With British fashion highly regarded internationally but with increased and renewed competition as emerging markets begin to create their own

    brands and designs, how can the UK stay ahead? What steps can industry and Government take to secure continued domestic and export

    growth? What part can the fashion sector play within the Government’s wider growth agenda?

    Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council

    9.30 - 10.20 British fashion, international opportunities - making the most of the competitive edge Is the British fashion industry making the most of its competitive advantages in the international fashion market? How is British fashion design

    perceived internationally - particularly compared with France, Italy and the US? In the context of strong sales of, particularly, luxury brands in

    Asia, how well placed are UK fashion houses to exploit the emerging opportunities that exist? What are the options for supporting apparel

    manufacturing in the UK? In the context of concerns regarding the use of sweatshop labour and poor working conditions, what are the options

    to derive competitive advantage for goods manufactured in the UK? With increasing standards of living driving up labour prices in India, China

    and other international apparel manufacturing centres, what does the UK need to do to compete for business?

    Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya

    Ian Maclean, Managing Director, John Smedley

    Barbara Wilson, Fashion Sector Specialist, UK Trade & Investment

    Questions and comments from the floor with John Miln, Chief Executive, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and

    Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council

    10.20 - 10.25 Session Chair’s