Industry News

BFA Update: Guidance on how to access the Government backed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan

I have just received information on the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) which has been introduced as a temporary measure by Government to support the continued provision of finance to UK SMEs during the COVID-19 outbreak. The scheme is live from TODAY and members can find full details here Stay safe, look after yourselves […]

BFA Update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme BFA Guidance for Employers

Rishi Sunak announced on 20th March 2020 that the Government will establish the ‘CoronavirusJob Retention scheme’. This means that: • All employers can contact HMRC for a grant to cover 80% of a furloughed (i.e. laid off) employee’s wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month; • Employers must designate the employee to be […]

Treasury advice for COVID-19 financial support 

Dear Members, Andrea Leadsom has sent out some good, clear and concise information from The Treasury regarding financial support that the Government intends to provide UK businesses affected by COVID-19. You can access this information through the BFA member’s area here. I will of course send you any further information as soon as we receive it. Stay safe, look […]

Important FREE Information and help from BFA partner Croner 

 Dear Members, Whether you’re an an employer or an employee, these coming weeks will be a challenge in many areas, including Human Resources I’d therefore like to remind you that through your BFA  membership, you have access to free advice for Coronavirus-related matters as well as any other wider business queries from Croner who are experts in employment […]

Fashion Law – Coronavirus and your business

By Stephen Stephen and Lucy Coffey an associate at Fox Williams LLP With the news of Selfridges and Fenwicks shutting up shop, the question must be asked, how many will follow? The impact of closing retail to the face-to-face public will be felt, no doubt, throughout the supply chain. Suppliers to Pavers Shoes have […]

Update on Government’s promise to provide grants to help small businesses 

Update on Government’s promise to provide grants to help small businesses  Dear Members, I have been in touch with colleagues at the Department of Business, Energy and Industry for and am now able to tell you that plans are underway to quickly release the £10,000 cash grant (increased from £3000 in yesterday’s announcement) promised to 700,000 of the UK’s smallest businesses. The […]


Dear Members As we await further news from Rt Hon Alok Sharma, Home Secretary at 5pm today, I want to assure members that the BFA is lobbying hard on your behalf insisting that government provides real support for you and your staff at this critical time. I have written to the Home Secretary demanding a […]

BFA Update on Covid-19 from Government 

Dear member, This is the latest  we have received form our colleagues in Whitehall regarding the Government’s position on the Corona virus. I appreciate there is a lot of information being released by the press, but I hope this update, which comes direct from Government, helps you with the decisions you need to make for your business. […]

International Recruitment Company Seeks Product Manager Men’s Shoes m/f/d

Our Customer For our customer, an established western European shoe and accessories manufacturer on a middle-high price level, we are looking for the above-mentioned candidate for a fix contract. The nearly worldwide acting and well-known company with focus on casual and fashionable men shoes and accessories is expanding. The ideal candidate will manage the men’s […]

The Retail Mutual Offers Support to Independent Businesses in Light of Coronavirus

In the latest Budget on March 11th, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, warned that up to 20 per cent of the UK’s workforce could be off at any one time due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), which will disrupt businesses and consumer cashflow. In response to this, the Chancellor announced a £7 billion support package for small businesses […]