BFC calls on government support to save fashion industry

Rishi Sunak summer statement

The British Fashion Council has warned the government of the “stark reality” of the pandemic on the sector, wiping out all growth from the last decade and costing hundreds of thousands of jobs.

The BFC said the coronavirus pandemic could “hit the fashion industry twice as hard compared to the UK overall” and warned that an “entire generation of creative talent is threatened to disappear”.

Based on data from Oxford Economics, the BFC warned the government that 240,000 jobs could be lost in the industry with that number to exceed 350,000 if supply chains and consumer spending roles were taken into account.

The data also predicted sales being slashed from £118bn to £88bn in 2020.

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