Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry

Launched: 13th of May, 2019

Access and representation to and within the fashion industry is lagging behind other industry areas. As well as hindering people’s ability to develop professionally and fulfil their potentials, it limits the growth of the industry by restricting the talent pool. In the ‘Representation in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper’, Fashion Roundtable aims to map the opinions of industry insiders and consumers to understand the cause of these discrepancies and propose and assess potential solutions.

Call for evidence: have your say and contribute to the policy paper

Deadline: 21st of November

As part of the research for the APPG for Textiles and Fashion’s ‘Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry’, Fashion Roundtable is initiating this call for evidence to the public. Fashion Roundtable aim to understand the experiences of people who work in the fashion industry or are consumers of goods and services produced by the fashion industry in relation to access, inclusion and representation. Evidence will be reviewed and analysed to suggest policies for improving access, inclusion and representation within the fashion industry.

Aim: to understand discrimination and exclusion within the fashion industry, with consideration of different aspects of identity:

  • Whiteness and non-whiteness

  • Gender identity and expression

  • Mental and physical abilities

  • Religious faith and expression

  • Age

  • Body image

  • Socio-economic status and identity

How to respond

  • To respond as an individual, please click here. In your attached statement, please feel free to share any experiences, datas and stories about your experiences as part of or as a consumer of the industry.

  • To respond on behalf of an organisation, please email you submission to, with the subject line “APPG Inquiry Response” and include the organisation name, and your job title.

Confidentiality and data protection

In submitting evidence, you agree to allow Fashion Roundtable to process your response and include it in the ‘Representation and Inclusion in the Fashion Industry Policy Paper’.

  • All individual responses will be used anonymously.

  • Submissions made on behalf of organisations will be made publicly available, unless otherwise agreed.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Visas and Employment in the Garment Manufacturing Sector

Launched: 8th of July, 2019

Immigration changes resultant from Britain’s divorce from the EU can be challenge growth in the UK garment manufacturing sector. Fashion Roundtable’s research explores ways in which the immigration system can accommodate for the needs of the sector. The garment-manufacturing sector is in a unique position: it is the fastest growing manufacturing industry and adds £9bn GVA to the country’s economy. Manufacturers identified a lack of skilled labour as the most significant factor impeding growth, which is has been motivated by a shift in sourcing practices from many retailers, which are now looking at lean and fast production that can be sourced locally. Employers are struggling to employ local locally and are heavily reliant on EEA migrants, who have the right to work in the UK given the EU’s freedom of movement.

If you are involved in textiles manufacturing sector, please answer our survey before the 6th of October.




Fashion makes over £32.3bn for the UK economy, if it was a nation state it would be the seventh richest global economy. We are an international hyper-connected industry, leading in innovation, technology and e-commerce. Fashion Roundtable's papers offer fresh thinking across key issues with data and policy. Our Brexit and the Impact on the Fashion Industry paper was our first and widely read report and with each of our surveys, there will be subsequent white papers to highlight all of these important topics.

Fashion Roundtable, working with leaders and representatives across the creative industries, have put together ‘Fashion’s Brexit Manifesto'.The aim of this report is to put our marker in the sand and to set the policy agenda we will be working towards over the coming months. Within the manifesto, we set three key policy objectives: 

  • Maintain the Single Market

  • Continue our Involvement in EU Cultural, 
    Educational and Business Programme

  • Provide Legal Guarantees for EU Nationals