London College of Fashion (LCF) announces launch of the Fashion Business School

Professor Frances Corner, OBE – Head of London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion (LCF) has announced the launch of the Fashion Business School, a pioneering centre for fashion business and management research, teaching and learning. The Fashion Business School aims to bring the College’s existing business, management and enterprise functions together, to offer students and industry a fashion business offering.

The Fashion Business School is a response to the recognition that the link between fashion, business and education has never been more important to the UK and its creative economy. The British Fashion Council (BFC) has stated that fashion’s contribution to the UK economy is worth £26billion and recent UK government policy statements claim that economic growth is reliant on universities, and in particular Business Schools, engaging with micro, small and medium enterprises. LCF, UALproactively engages with companies of varying sizes through curricular opportunities for students, knowledge transfer, enterprise, training, research and consultancy. Between 2012 and 2014, LCF, UAL’s enterprise activity supported 798 UK fashion SMEs and 248 international fashion SMEs with 11% of those UK SMEs being LCF, UAL graduates.

Caroline Rush, CBE, Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council addressing attendees at the launch event in London

LCF prides itself in the development of ideas. Its forward-thinking business and management portfolio, and relationship with the global fashion and lifestyle industries, reinforces the College's mission to "Fashion the Future”. By nurturing talent and providing support for enterprise and entrepreneurship LCF, UAL aims to create the next generation of fashion industry leaders.

Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice Chancellor of UAL says: “By launching the Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion we can contribute to the development of the UK business schools and be a leading player in the global business school market. Our unique focus across the fashion industry sets us apart and means we can push boundaries across creative management research and practice.”

London College of Fashion, UAL is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). As of January 2015, the College is accredited to deliver Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications. The CMI is recognised by Royal Charter as the professional body for managers in the UK and this will help to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding they will need in order to develop a successful career in senior management within the fashion industry.