David Watts has joined the British Fashion Council as Business Support Manager. His appointment underlines the BFCâs ongoing commitment to nurturing and supporting designer businesses. The BFC provides business support and mentoring as an integral part of all of its designer support schemes including BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund; BFC/ELLE Talent Launch Pad; NEWGEN, sponsored by Topshop; NEWGEN MEN, sponsored by TOPMAN and Fashion Forward, sponsored by Coutts & Co and The Mayor of London.
David will meet these supported designers on a one to one basis and will assist in co-ordinating access to the BFCâs consultants, BFC team members, professional services and the broader industry to provide more specialist support. Going forward, David will also seek to develop broader networking and knowledge sharing opportunities.
Davidâs career, spanning twenty five years in the fashion and creative sectors, has focussed on building sales, marketing and creative development brand strategies in the UK, USA and Japan. Most recently, David was responsible for running an ERDF funded fashion contract for the East London Small Business Centre, providing one to one business advice to fashion designers and UK fashion brands helping them develop tailor made business plans for sales growth in new markets.
Simon Ward, BFC COO, commented âDavid is a welcome and important addition to the British Fashion Council team. He has a track record of working with designer businesses and, through the BFCâs broader industry network, will be able to broaden access to knowledge and expertise for Londonâs leading emerging fashion designers.â