Fashion Roundtable's Launch Advocacy
We have worked hard to best advocate for awareness of the sector and ensure that the changing needs of the consumer, in light of Brexit and political uncertainty, both behind the scenes in Whitehall and Westminster and amongst the fashion sector.
Tamara organised two Parliamentary roundtables, one by herself and the second in conjunction with The British Fashion Council, during her work at the House of Commons, for the fashion industry stakeholders to meet Parliamentarians. The first included the Minister of State for Digital and Culture (now Secretary of State for Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport ) Matt Hancock MP, Kevin Brennan MP, Shadow Minister of State for Digital and Culture, and Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the new Exiting the European Union Select Committee. This was a vital opportunity for the sector to share their concerns about Brexit with cross-party politicians, to better understand the unique nature, concerns and opportunities of the fashion industry as the UK leaves the EU.
The white paper created in response to Tamara's Brexit and the Fashion Industry Questionnaire was taken as written evidence by the DCMS Brexit Select Committee and fed into several Whitehall departments, to highlight the concerns of the industry around Brexit and advocate for the best outcomes for the sector.
Tamara has written and spoken extensively on fashion around the topics of Brexit, creative education and innovation, to highlight the need for joined up, integrated thinking between business and policy makers. Fashion Roundtable has held meetings with MPs at Westminster, with DIT, DCMS and the Shadow DCMS team, attended and spoken at Parliamentary debates, joined creative lobbyists at BEIS to meet civil servants working on policy, attended Fashion Revolution's roundtable, as well as held talks at UK fashion colleges and The V&A. The team are all leaders in their areas of expertise, across fashion, retail, policy, politics and economics.
We regularly meet with industry leaders to best understand their concerns and those of their consumers to maintain focus on the industry through the framework of political integration.
Since launching in November 2017, we have hosted a series of packed Brexit focused roundtables, spoken at stakeholder events and attended Whitehall briefings and roundtables. Our survey data and minutes from our meetings, is being collated into a white paper to then go out to Government and policy makers.