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Business Support Programme


The fashion, textiles and jewellery industry is a highly competitive, fast-paced environment. Staying up to date with the latest developments in technology, business practice and creative thinking can make all the difference between a company surviving and thriving.

Through our business support programme, the Academy @ FTM can help your business succeed and stay ahead of the rest. Our programme includes professional short courses, workshops, seminars and networking.

We can also create bespoke solutions for your specific needs. Call our Customer Support Centre on 0845 650 42 44 or email call.centre@newham.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

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Training for industry

Gaining skills, knowledge and training shouldn't stop when you leave college. Topping up your knowledge or getting a quick injection of fresh thinking can have a significant impact on your commercial success.

Whether you want to develop your practical garment production skills, get to grips with using computer software, or learn more about business and commercial practice, The Academy at the Fashion and Textile Museum is the place to come bring your professional skills and know-how right up to date.

Our range of professional short courses includes:

  • Business development courses such as business planning, supply chain management, trend forecasting, and lean manufacturing
  • CAD/CAM courses such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and specialist Lectra courses including Kaledo Style and Prima Print
  • Practical courses such as pattern cutting, tailoring, and garment construction

Courses are scheduled at times to suit you and your business - including evenings and weekends. They take place in specialist learning centres at The Fashion and Textile Museum and The London Apparel Resource Centre.

'Finding new staff with the appropriate skills has been a serious issue for some time. Initiatives like these being delivered by FTM promise to be the long-awaited solution for the industry' - David Sassoon, Couturier.

We're continually updating our courses to reflect industry needs, so if you have a professional development need that isn't covered by one of our existing courses, we'd love to hear from you. Please call our Customer Support Centre on 0845 650 42 44 or email call.centre@newham.ac.uk.

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