Fashion Enter Gains Funding to Open a State of the Art Tailoring Academy

For immediate release: 16th March 2018


Fashion Enter, the award winning social enterprise that is focused on training and growth in the fashion production sector, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding to develop a state of the art Tailoring Academy. 


Thanks to ‘The Good Growth Fund’, Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new £70 million regeneration programme to support growth and community development in London, the London Borough of Haringey Council and the not-for-profit organisation Fashion Enter Ltd. will work in partnership to establish a Tailoring Academy that will train over 600 individuals per year. The Tailoring Academy is one of 27 to win funding from over 200 applications and has secured £430,000 from the Mayor’s investment pot.


The educational division of the company began with Stitching Academy, which launched in July 2013 with funding from, Haringey Council and Jobcentre Plus. have long supported Fashion Enter’s initiatives including the development of The Factory, which now produces up to 10,000 garments per week and the highly successful apprenticeship programme, which works with well-known UK brands and retailers.


With a major skills gap affecting the UK fashion manufacturing sector Fashion Enter expanded its learning facility in April 2015 to include the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA). Situated alongside the Factory in Haringey, the FTA offers qualifications across the entire garment life cycle incorporating pattern making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, quality control, machine maintenance and stitching.


In 2017 Fashion Enter was named as the preferred training provider for The Savile Row Bespoke Association and now implements Bespoke Tailoring training from Levels 2 & 3 as well as the ABC Level 5 Diploma. The bid to develop a state of the art Tailoring Academy situated a few doors away from Fashion Enter’s main hub in North London seemed like the next logical step. 



The Tailoring Academy at Unit 5, Crusader Estate, Haringey, will comprise of a 11,500 square foot space (pictured above) that will be fully equipped with the latest tailoring machinery to train and develop new skills and standards for the sector.


CEO of Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway comments: “Everyone at the Fashion Technology Academy is ecstatic at the news that we have been awarded funding for a Tailoring Academy. 


“I was a tailoring selector at M&S many moons ago and I always loved tailoring and the complexities of fit and construction. Now we are in a position to invest in new machinery to fill a 11,500 sq. foot space and we can build up skills for bespoke tailoring such as handmade buttons holes, canvasing a coat by hand, understanding the construction of floating chest pieces etc.


“Today marks the start of a new generation of master tailors!”


Fashion Enter, and its associated companies, is committed to supporting British manufacturing by providing skills and job opportunities to the next generation who will take it into the future.


The opening date for the Tailoring Academy will be revealed in due course.



Editor's Notes - About Fashion Enter: was set up in 2001 by government as a portal for the fashion industry in 2006 amalgamated with Fashion Enter Ltd.


Today Fashion Enter Ltd has a 7,500 square foot Factory in North London which manufacturers 7,500 - 12,000 garments a week for leading retailers such as, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis and a Fashion Studio for sampling and small production runs for London Fashion Week designers and new business start ups. 10% of the work force at The Factory and The Fashion Studio are differently-abled and have been retrained as machinists, pressers and packers. 


Fashion Enter offers a range of business support options for fashion companies and new start-up businesses from one to one mentoring, group workshops and seminars with leading industry experts, sampling and production in the UK and exposure to key industry contacts. 


Fashion Enter is also England's largest Creative Skillset accredited provider for the Fashion & Textiles Apprenticeship Programme offering multi-level pathways in Fashion and Textiles. Retailers for the apprenticeships include M&S, River Island, New Look, House of Fraser, Topshop, Topman and as well as many smaller fashion companies such as Caramel Baby and Lipstick Boutique.


In 2013 Fashion Enter launched the Stitching Academy with financial support from which is also based at The Factory. The academy provides accredited qualifications for a six-week intensive qualification where students can learn a range of stitching skills and production methods. Additional education and training became available with a fully equipped Fashion Technology Academy, a collaboration between Fashion Enter, and Haringey Council, which opened in January 2015.


Contact: Fashion Enter & FashionCapital Head Office, Unit 14, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London, N4 1LZ


T: 0208 809 3311




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