Norwich Fashion Week becomes a Community Interest Company
Norwich Fashion Week (NFW) has been successfully approved as a Community Interest Company, ensuring it can continue to use its profits and assets to meet its social objectives of celebrating and developing the diversity of fashion and style in the city.
NFW16 is now underway, with the sell-out launch event of the Mercedes-Benz of Norwich Retailers Show taking place on Thursday 10 March. The city’s largest annual fashion event will continue throughout the week with five more core shows taking place at OPEN, plus supporting events all over the city.
Since its inception in 2010, NFW has always aimed to not only highlight Norwich’s fashion and textile heritage and promote the future of fashion in the city, but also to support local fashion retailers and to nurture up-and-coming fashion talent.
All those behind NFW already organise the annual event on a voluntary basis. They are committed to ensuring it helps to educate local and fledgling designers and makers, and that it gives them a platform to showcase their designs. The event also provides work experience opportunities for students of all ages in fashion, beauty, textiles, retail and the arts, helping to aid work and education progression within the region. Being approved by the Community Interest Company regulator as a CIC will further strengthen NFW’s position of providing this valuable support.
Emma Harrowing, Director of Norwich Fashion Week, said: “Being awarded CIC status means that NFW can consolidate its aims and ensure that the organisation can support the growing fashion industry in Norwich and Norfolk across a broad range of disciplines. It also secures the future of NFW, which has become a main event on the Norfolk calendar every March, helping it grow into a year round event.”
As the newly formed CIC, NFW has four directors: Emma Harrowing, Kerry Curl, Fiona Muller and Alex Hill, plus secretary Alison Gamble. It also has a board of members that include Norwich University of the Arts, City College Norwich, Costume and Textile Association, Jarrold, John Lewis and Hairsmiths.
Alex Hill, Director of Norwich Fashion Week, said: “Establishing ourselves as a CIC will allow us to move forwards positively to promote, support and provide valuable opportunities for the wider creative community of Norwich for many years to come”
Stefan Gurney, Executive Director at Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), said: “We have supported NFW since it first began. We’re delighted it has been able to take another step forward in creating a voluntary organisation that is not only a fantastic opportunity for local businesses, and which helps to increase footfall in the city, but that is now also officially recognised as a social enterprise committed to community support.”
The core shows still to take place at OPEN throughout the week are the new Dipple and Conway Hair Show on Friday 11 March, The Vintage Show, sponsored by Zaks Authentic American Diner, on Sunday 13 March, The Designers Show, sponsored by Canaries Official, on Tuesday 15 March, the Design and Enterprise Day on Wednesday 16 March and Fashion Excess, sponsored by Dr. Martens, on Thursday 17 March.
Tickets for shows are available via the box office at OPEN on www.opennorwich.org.uk or 01603 763111.