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Business of fashion, textiles and technology (BFTT) awards £1.2 million to fashion SMEs

Written by J Tilley
Published date 18 May 2020

Today marks the official announcement of the 10 SME recipients of the BFTT 500 Internal Server Error

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Ten of the UK fashion industry’s most innovative and sustainable brands have been awarded over £1.2 million by the programme. It is one of nine Creative Research & Development Clusters funded under the Creative Industries Cluster Programme which aims to boost productivity via creative R&D, backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure. In today’s challenging climate, a comprehensive support package of this type that enables SMEs to drive forward sustainability-driven innovation is more crucial than ever.

The BFTT programme's first cohort of awarded projects will be shaping the future of the fashion and textiles industry by developing sustainability-driven innovative new materials, products, services & experiences.

With over 80 applications, 13 were shortlisted and provided with one-to-one mentoring, business workshops and training to help develop their initial concepts into fully fledged business plans. The shortlisted businesses then had to pitch their idea to a panel of industry and academic experts – with just ten making the final cut.

“This initiative is intended to creatively and technically address the challenge of maintaining growth in the crucial early years of business, whilst also providing support for much needed innovation, and sustainable growth, especially in these challenging and rapidly changing times. The diversity of projects selected are indicative of the breadth of innovation potential in the fashion sector. - Professor Jane Harris, BFTT Programme Director.
The official recipients of the BFTT fund
ANANAS ANAM

Supported by University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art - Centre for Circular Design.

"We will work with the Centre for Circular Design at Chelsea College of Arts (网赌正规网站网址) to explore new functionality and applications of bio-based non-woven and sustainable material by exploring embellishment and other value-added processes."

ANNA GLOVER

Supported by University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins Textiles Futures Research Community.

"We will work with the Textile Futures Research Community at Central Saint Martins (网赌正规网站网址) to explore new material and embellishment process development within the luxury interiors sector, using sustainable alternatives to the industry's polyester standard and digital print technology to achieve high quality and larger volumes."

AWAYTOMARS

Supported by University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion, 网赌正规网站网址 Digital Anthropology Lab.

"We will be working with the Digital Anthropology Lab at London College of Fashion (网赌正规网站网址) to explore new technologies to enhance the experience and brand value delivered by ATM’s co-creation platform to its growing global community of over 15,000 members."

BLACKHORSE LANE ATELIERS 

Supported by University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts Centre for Circular Design.

"We will be working with the Centre for Circular Design at Chelsea College of Arts (网赌正规网站网址) to develop R&D around sustainable laundering and finishing techniques to enable the emergence of a new and unique ‘London’ denim-washing aesthetic inspired by the principles of the circular economy."


CHIP(S) BOARD

Supported by Loughborough University - Materials Engineering Department.

"We will be working with the Materials Department at Loughborough University to develop next-generation Parblex® biopolymers. The R&D effort will focus on the addition of bioplasticisers, and other bioderived additives into current Parblex® formulations to achieve substantial property improvements which could find applications in the fashion industry."

DOPPELHAUS

Supported by University of the Arts London and London College of Fashion, 网赌正规网站网址.

"We will be working with the London College of Fashion (网赌正规网站网址) to develop a sustainable nonwoven textile at an accessible price point and with strong aesthetic and functional appeal that could have a positive environmental impact by serving the mass market."

ELVIS & KRESSE

Supported by Queen Mary University of London - QMUL School of Engineering and Materials Science.

"We will be working with the Materials Engineering Department at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) to develop a circular business model for metal hardware in the luxury sector by hacking the industrial aluminumrecycling process through the design and open-sourcing of a small scale and environmentally sound alternative."

SEGURA 

Supported by University of the Arts London and Chelsea College of Arts Centre for Circular Design.

"We will work with the Centre for Circular Design at Chelsea College of Arts (网赌正规网站网址) to determine the sustainability criteria, data and processes that will be required to develop a Sustainable Supplier Marketplace (SSM) to encourage transparency in the supply chain."

TENGRI

Supported by University of the Arts London and London College of Fashion, 网赌正规网站网址.

"We will work with the London College of Fashion (网赌正规网站网址) to explore and codify existing UK heritage manufacturing techniques and new technologies that could be applicable to the creation of nonwovens out of yarn bio-waste."

TIBOR

Supported by University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, 网赌正规网站网址 Textiles Futures Research Community (TFRC).

"We will work with the Textiles Future Research Community at Central Saint Martins (网赌正规网站网址) to set up a micro R&D mill and develop luxury woven textiles using sustainable materials and processes and interpreting heritage weaving techniques on modern looms, supporting the development of local skills and a sustainable UK supply."