Sustainable fashion support for SMEs in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire  

NBS are providing support for fashion businesses in the D2N2 region to help them become more sustainable. The Sustainable Fashion Accelerator (SFA) is part of The Big House Accelerator Programme supported by the European Regional Development Fund and The Midlands Engine. The programme helps small to medium sized businesses overcome the difficult technical and commercial challenges of adopting a sustainable strategy.

The SFA is made up of workshops in collaboration with colleagues in Fashion and Textiles and external experts. They include: expert mentoring; networking and pitching opportunities with potential advisors, clients or investors; and exploring sustainable business models and alternative materials or ways to market sustainable fashion. Participants are also offered grants and access to student expertise and consultancy projects. The outcome helps businesses to utilise different materials and manufacturing, identify new dyeing and finishing techniques, reduce waste and transport, make products easier to recycle and adopt leading edge technologies.

The SFA builds on NTU’s active research in sustainable fashion, including the Durability Dozen Toolkit and clothing longevity research. Participants include small businesses that range from designing sustainable socks, to offering design services for Licensed brands, and clothing upcycling.

Colleagues including Rachael Hobbs and Stella Claxton are helping to deliver the SFA.

SFA cohort at a kickstart event