Boris Johnson announces £1.8m fund to create fashion hub in East London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, awarded nearly £1.8 million to Poplar HARCA to create a new fashion hub in E14. The initiative is part of Johnson’s London Regeneration Fund, which will provide businesses and communities in London with a total of £20 million to re-energise high streets.

The plans for the fashion hub, called Fashioning Poplar, are being developed by Poplar HARCA (Housing and Regeneration Community Association) and the London College of Fashion. The scheme will transform 81 underused garages and surrounding land into a garment manufacturing unit, a number of commercial studios and an incubation space for designers, as well as an exhibition space and a café.

The Mayor of London and Chair of the LEP Boris Johnson MP said: “High streets and town centres the length and breadth of London are a hive of economic activity fuelled by creative minds. It’s important that we make sure they continue to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving city and the talented people who are key to its future success. It’s fantastic to see so many applicants to this fund, offering innovative ways to nurture and support the dynamism and creativity that will power our economy in the years ahead.” 

The £3.9 million development will form an integral part of the Mayor's East London Fashion Cluster ambition, which recognises the longstanding heritage of the garment industry and recent growth in the fashion sectors in east London.

Steve Stride, CEO, Poplar HARCA said: “The Fashioning Poplar project will create a unique end-to-end opportunity for the fashion sector, combining design, enterprise, tech, making and manufacturing and selling.  It will be embedded in the community providing jobs, training and workspace locally, ensuring talent is created and nurtured in this hugely exciting part of East London”.

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