These organisations offer funding and support.
These organisations provide funding and support for designers seeking to export abroad.
LONDON JEWELLERY EXPORTS
London Jewellery Exports was set up in 2007 by the British Jewellers’ Association in conjunction with industry consultant Aldyth Crowther. The initiative was provided with funding from the London Development Agency’s Jewellery Sector Investment Plan, but this ran out on March 31, 2009.
In the two years it had been running, London Jewellery Exports had assisted London-based jewellery designers with export by providing travel grants and organised subsidised joint stands at various overseas trade events, including Livingroom in Tokyo and Kara in France.
When the funding ran out, the BJA took over London jewellery Exports. As it has no government funding, it has had to scale back its operations but in February this year the BJA subsidised a group of up-and-coming London designers, branded as London Jewellery Exports, to exhibit at trade show Inhorgenta in Munich, and there is talk that this may be repeated in 2011.
As part of the deal to take over London Jewellery Exports, the BJA pledged to keep the project’s website up and running for five years and the site contains a wealth of useful information on global jewellery markets. As part of the deal to join London Jewellery Exports, designers had to agree to file reports from their trips abroad. This library of peer reports can be accesses by applying to the BJA for a password. Countries reported on include Europe, the US, Japan and Dubai.
For more information, visit londonjewelleryexports.com
BRITISH JEWELLERY EXPORTS
This summer the BJA is planning to widen its export assistance programme to the whole of the UK with British Jewellery Exports. The scheme will be run in a similar fashion to London Jewellery Exports but as it is not restricted by London council funding, designers from outside the capital can apply to be part of the scheme.
British Jewellery Exports will have a similar website to London Jewellery Exports that will contain peer reports on overseas markets and profiles on British jewellery designers, although this is yet to be created. The BJA will also use the site to promote the work of British jewellery designers to foreign journalists to help them get established in overseas markets.
UK FASHION EXPORTS
The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has been set up to help fashion businesses in this sector flourish, including jewellery and watch retailers and brands. The UKFT has a dedicated export division called UK Fashion Exports.
UK Fashion Exports provides British businesses with advice on creating an export strategy and adapting for overseas markets. It also organises exhibition visits and trade missions worldwide, some of which are subsidised by the government. It also gives members access to a library of commercial information on overseas markets and runs regular seminars, conferences and networking events.
The association also holds an annual awards ceremony to celebrate the best of Brirish exports, called the UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards. The ceremony includes an award for accessories and this year jewellers Alex Monroe and Anna Lou of London made the shortlist.
Membership of UKFT is open to all manufacturers, designers, retailers and wholesalers, but comes at a price. Membership fees are based on a sliding scale related to turnover and subject to VAT, but are allowable as a tax-deductable expense.
For more information, visit ukft.org
PASSPORT TO EXPORT
Passport to Export is a new scheme for first-time British exporters run by the UK Trade & Investment organisation (UKTI).
The scheme has been designed as a one-stop shop for inexperienced exporters and offers a full service of assistance.
Businesses that sign up to Passport to Export will receive free capability assessments, support in visiting potential markets, mentoring from a local export professional, free action plans, and customised and subsidised training. The UKTI will continue to offer support to businesses that have used the scheme once they are up and running to ensure a smooth route to export.
For more information, visit uktradeinvest.gov.uk
GATEWAY TO GLOBAL GROWTH
Gateway to Global Growth is another UKTI scheme, but this time it is a free service for experienced exporters. The free service is designed to help established exporters keep on top of changing global markets.
The scheme helps businesses to maintain international growth by offering a strategic review, planning and support. UKTI will look at what’s best for each individual business and based on this will suggest its own services or those of public or private sector organisations.
UKTI will help to drive businesses in the right direction by encouraging them to get the right kind of support by acquiring new skills, garnering up-to-date information and by sharing problems and experienced with other established exporters.
For more information, visit uktradeinvest.gov.uk
Fashion Enter, part of Fashion Capital, is a not-for-profit organisation that offers support from industry experts, mentoring, information resources and learning activities.
The organisation helps fashion-related businesses with a range of issues concerning the day-to-day running of a business and also offers advice and support on export.
Its website also has a section on how to secure Government grants and funding, such as The Enterprise Finance Guarantee, Small Loans for Business and Finance for Business.
For more information visit fashioncapital.co.uk