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£5.4 million Future Fashion Factory launches in style

Date: 15/08/2019

UK Research and Innovation’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is investing £645,000 in the first nine projects to be funded under its £5.4 million Future Fashion Factory programme, an industry-led initiative supporting collaborative R&D in the UK fashion design and textile industry.

The new R&D cluster links the textile design and manufacturing centres within the Leeds City Region with the creative design and retail centre of London. It will create exciting innovation opportunities and new products coupled with shorter product development and design lead times. It will also help to reduce costs and lead to increased global industrial competitiveness and productivity.

Future Fashion Factory is funded through the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, an £80 million initiative led by AHRC and part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. The programme is led by the University of Leeds in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and Royal College of Art.

Dr Paul Meller, Associate Director at UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see the range of businesses working with Future Fashion Factory in response to the first funding call. These pioneering partnerships between industry and universities will drive innovation in this vibrant and rapidly expanding sector and underpin economic growth in the region.”

Find out more about the programme, the projects and how you could get involved on the Future Fashion Factory website.

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