British Fashion Council have not published their reports to the London Development Agency before, but a request under the Freedom of Information Act now puts them on-line. Previous responses have sketched the terms of contract between government and the British Fashion Council.
"Question by Darren Johnson
Would you support changes to the conditions of funding for the British Fashion Council in order to support British shoe manufacturers and encourage designers to work closely with them?
Answer by Boris Johnson
The objectives of the funding agreement between the London Development Agency and the British Fashion Council are to support the development of the designer fashion industry, provide business support to London fashion designers and to strengthen and raise the profile of London Fashion Week internationally.
Under the terms of the grant agreement the British Fashion Council is delivering against a series of milestones and activities in order to achieve the project’s objectives. It would not be possible to make significant changes to these at this stage.
There are already a small number of shoe designers who exhibit at London Fashion Week. The LDA will ask the British Fashion Council to brief you on their involvement with shoe designers and explore how they can work further with British shoe manufacturers. "
"The London Development Agency (LDA) awarded the British Fashion Council a three-year grant agreement of £4.2 million in December 2007 to achieve two objectives: to provide business support to London's emerging designers and to raise the profile of London Fashion Week to international markets"
"We do not hold information relating to the statistical method used. However we have been informed by the British Fashion Council that the evidence and statistics they report to the LDA are gathered though a variety of methods, including detailed follow-up with buyers and press who have attended London Fashion Week, typically by way of a telephone interview, in order to establish the value of the orders placed and media coverage generated."
Now that the biannual report is public, no new details is available about "value of orders placed" to textile employees in the UK; the clearest figures are about London Fashion Week promoting itself and no estimates of job creation are provided in the document's sixteen pages.