British Fashion Council announces KPMG Enterprise as its latest patron

To mark the start of London Fashion Week 2015, KPMG, the professional services firm, has announced that it has become the latest patron of the British Fashion Council (BFC).

As part of the patronage, KPMG’s Enterprise practice, which works with privately-owned businesses from start-up through every stage of their development and growth, will support the BFC via a mentoring programme, which will see mentors from across KPMG Enterprise providing pro-bono advice and expertise to some of the UK’s brightest designers and fast-growing fashion businesses.

In addition to designers benefiting from the mentors’ wide range of skills and expertise, the BFC will also provide its members with access to KPMG’s Small Business Accounting service, offering the service to designer brands as part of its business support function.

Iain Moffatt, Head of Enterprise for KPMG in the UK, commented:”Our partnership with the British Fashion Council is a platform for KPMG Enterprise to support budding designers in their desire to run successful businesses,helping them to grow and develop, and maybe even rise to become the international catwalk brands of the future.”

Caroline Rush CBE, CEO at British Fashion Council, commented: “We are truly delighted to announce that global professional services giant KPMG has committed to become a patron of the British Fashion Council. As part of the BFC’s Business Pillar KPMG will bring its incredibly talented advisory teams to work closely with some of the UK’s most promising designers to help support their business growth”.

Bivek Sharma, Head of Small Business Accounting at KPMG, commented: “Our Small Business Accounting offering will give talented designers access to an easy-to-use finance platform and ‘virtual FD’ service, taking away some of the stress that comes with running a business and freeing up time for them to focus on their creative designs. Our work will also span across the BFC Business pillar, including the Fashion Fund and Fashion Trust and we look forward to seeing this partnership develop and progress in the future.”

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