The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to further the interests of the British fashion industry and its designer businesses by harnessing and sharing collective knowledge, experience and resources of the sector. Based in London and formed in 1983, the BFC is funded by industry patrons, commercial sponsors and the government including the Mayor of London and the European Regional Development Fund. It leads the industry through creative influence and is strategically repositioning British fashion in the global fashion economy. The BFC has four strategic pillars; Business; Reputation; Education and Digital & Investment, and has appointed pillar presidents to help drive each element forward.The BFC showcases the best of British fashion design to an international audience including press and buyers. London Fashion Week, its biannual showcase of womenswear occurs every February and September. London Fashion Week Men's, its biannual menswear showcase was established in 2012 and occurs every January and June. Each season LONDON show ROOMS takes emerging designers to Paris giving them the opportunity to promote themselves overseas. It has also taken designers to international key markets including LA, New York, Brazil and Hong Kong. The BFC also organises The Fashion Awards, the UK’s annual celebration of creativity and innovation within the industry and London Fashion Week Festival, a biannual event open to the public.Furthermore, the BFC helps designers at various stages of their businesses through its support initiatives. The Colleges Council offers support to students through its Foundation, BA and MA scholarships and facilitates links between the fashion industry and fashion graduates through design competitions and Graduate Preview Day. NEWGEN, the internationally celebrated talent identification scheme, includes womenswear, menswear and accessories. The BFC also runs and owns charities including the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, the BFC Fashion Trust, the Fashion Arts Foundation and the BFC Education Foundation. The BFC has published the Designer Fact-File, an online handbook for designers, and the first ever in-depth statistic-based reports on the fashion industry, most notably, The Value of Fashion (2018) and The Future of Fashion (2012) and Commercialising Creativity (2014).