Fashion Enter Social Business Incubator

Project information

Index: 1083R4
Acronym:PLUSTEX
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location UNITED KINGDOM LONDON Inner London Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2006
End: In progress

Topic of the practice

Foster eco-innovation and social responsibility in the T&C industry

Good Practice Information

Fashion Enter is a not-for-profit social enterprise, which strives to be a centre of excellence for sampling, grading and production, and for learning and developing skills within the fashion and textiles industry. The business invests profits back into training young people. A major achievement for Fashion Enter has been The Stitching Academy, backed by online fashion retailer ASOS;
the launch of the Stitching Academy is a first in the UK. It followed reports that between January and March 2013, 1.09m 16 to 24-year-olds (15.1%) in the UK were classified in the NEET category (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

Evidence of success

Fashion Enter went from a workshop employing 15 people to a factory with 84 staff providing an apprenticeship programme.
In 2013-14, 120 young people will complete a Level 1 qualification in ‘Stitching Skills’ after a six-week internship.
At least 40 young people are going on to employment, further education or additional apprenticeships.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Jenny Holloway, CEO

Fashion Enter and Fashion Capital

jenny@fashion-enter.com / stitching.academy@fashion-enter.com

www.fashion-enter.com

Annex completed on: 03-01-2015

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