Black Designers

Fashion Industry

The fashion industry is one of Britain’s most significant industries. Focused around designer fashion, but spanning across textiles, media, retail, and leisure, it contributes billions to the UK economy and is responsible for 797,000 jobs. Fashion’s total contribution via both indirect.

With these significant statistics, why is there a disproportionate amount of these statistics in the U.K of workers who are BME, only working in retail? We acknowledge a vast amount of BME talent within a variety of roles in fashion across Britain. Although so much more needs to be done. As an organisation 85% of our service users are BME as well as our senior management and board members. We are proud to be a BME lead organisation serving a vibrant sector in Britain.

As an organisation 85% of our service users are BME as well as our senior management and board members. We are broad to be a BME lead organisation serving a vibrant sector in Britain. Caramel Rock additionally prides itself in providing a platform, and a place where people can come and network and build new skills. Bringing high skill and high growth to underprivileged communities, creating an area of entry into the fashion space.

Vibrant business sector

The fashion industry is one of the most vibrant business sectors in the UK and directly contributed £32.3 billion to the UK GDP in 2017, representing a 5.4% growth since 2016 (a growth rate 1.6% higher than the rest of the economy). As such, the fashion industry remains a major employer with 890,000 jobs in the UK – almost as large as the financial sector.

The fashion sector creates a vast amount of creative opportunities and we want to continue to expand on our work.

Black Community Commitment

Caramel Rock is supported by Nike in addressing systemic racism. Urgent actions and sustained engagement is needed – and NIKE Inc. is committed to both. In 2020, Nike, Converse, Jordan Brand, and Michale Jordan committed a combined $140 million over 10 years to invest in and support organizations focused on economic empowerment, education, and social justice to address racial inequality for Black Americans. Our investments will go toward developing strategic national partnership, as well as supporting local community organizations, and we’ll engage our employees as partners throughout.

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