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Communications Assistant

British Fashion Council
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
22 May 2022

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PR & Communications
Entry Level / Assistant
Contract Type
Full Time
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The British Fashion Council (BFC) is a not-for-profit organisation that strengthens British fashion in the global economy as a leader in responsible, creative businesses. It does this through championing diversity, building and inviting the industry to actively participate in a network to accelerate a successful circular fashion economy. The BFC is a membership organisation, funded by industry patrons, commercial partners and the government. It convenes the UK fashion industry through three strategic pillars: Supporting Excellence in Design; Empowering Growth; Communicating to Activate Positive Change.




The BFC encourages a culture which empowers, values, nurtures, supports and rewards its employees and promotes a positive environment with a focus on team collaboration and open communication.

The BFC is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. They’re more than just words. We are inclusive. We celebrate and champion multiple approaches and points of view. We believe diversity drives innovation. So together we’re building a culture where difference is valued. Our commitment to inclusion drives us forward every day internally and externally.

Everyone is welcome, as an inclusive workplace the BFC encourages our employees to bring their true self to work and we commit to develop your skills and advance your careers in a culture of creativity.




  • We are forces of change: We challenge ourselves and inspire others to be responsible and take action for positive change We are united: We champion diversity and inclusion and work together to deliver our mission to strengthen British Fashion We strive for excellence: The designers are at the heart of everything that we do. We are purpose led and make the right choices to deliver excellence We are innovative: We are committed to creativity and innovation to deliver growth




Business Skills

  • Delivering individual tasks whilst maintaining focus on overall objectives Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through on all tasks and admin duties Research, develop and support on projects as directed Comprehensive external and internal liaison and relationship management Demonstrates best practice in managing communications and quality standards Works as a team to meet BFC’s objectives to maintain integrity and reputation Represents the BFC and acts as an ambassador at events, corporate initiatives, networking, etc.

Expertise Skills

  • Responsible for media monitoring and evaluating all BFC initiatives and events, as well as additional activities as required
  • Producing evaluation reports for all LFW and BFC initiatives, making seasonal and annual comparisons
  • Collating and formatting key articles for internal use and external newsletters for sign off by Senior Communications Executive & Communications Executive
  • Researching and collating key articles and maintaining news sections of   Workplace up to date
  • Assist in the creation of a PR calendar, helping to identify monthly events and deadlines
  • Supporting team with drafting press releases, quotes and answers to interview questions
  • Supporting in drafting briefing packs, messaging documents and presentations; liaising with BFC departments for supporting documents, facts and figures and creative content where needed
  • Main point of contact for press requests, responsible for picture edits and information for press
  • Responsible for photographers’ accreditation: main point of contact for photographers at LFW, overseeing the accreditation process, liaising with photographers and PRs
  • Responsible for the accreditation and registration process for press, bloggers, photographers and broadcasters for LFW Manage LFW influencer & press gifting with the support of the Communications Executive
  • On-site management of press, VIPs, Influencers at LFW Maintaining the CRM up to date, managing CRM send outs, assisting with database queries and keeping server folders organised and up to date
  • Update and maintain internal comms plans
  • Managing guest lists and compiling RSVPs for events, working on door as required


Key Relationships

Maintain and develop positive and strong working relationships with:

  • UK & international press and broadcasters at a junior and mid-level
  • BFC Patrons, partners, consultants, agencies, PRs, designers, BFC Senior Management Team, BFC internal teams


Person Specification

  • Results driven with a commitment to working to high standards
  • Excellent communications skills both face-to-face and on the telephone
  • Highly organized with ability to manage multi-tasks
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Team player with a hands-on, can do approach
  • Diligent, conscientious with high attention to detail
  • Pro-active and sociable with a positive outlook
  • Level-headed, personal energy, enthusiastic and engaging
  • Promotes a positive, professional image in the office, and out with clients and contacts



Requirements & Key Attributes – Skills & Requirements


Role Model Behaviours Required:

  • Presents positively and professionally
  • Practices ‘brilliant basics’
  • Confident in ability
  • Takes ownership
  • Supportive & helpful
  • Embodies a 'we' culture
  • Makes connections beyond their department
  • Respects others' time
  • Wants to make a difference
  • Brings a fresh perspective
  • Shows passion


Person Specification


  • Graduate with at least 12 months assistant experience in office environment
  • Good relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Great communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Pro-active and sociable
  • Level-headed, driven, enthusiastic and engaging
  • Promotes a positive, professional image in the office and out with clients and contacts
  • Advanced IT skills in Microsoft applications essential

Salary & Benefits

  • Job type: Full time
  • Salary Band: Dependant on experience
  • Standard company benefits, including 25 days annual holiday
  • Standard company working hours, flexibility required during events, exhibitions, etc.
  • Confirmation of appointment and eligibility to benefits, subject to successful completion of a 3-month probationary period


How To Apply


  • Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Successful candidates will be notified by email and invited to a first-stage interview
  • Upon application, please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments for the interview
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to provide specific feedback should your application be unsuccessful



The British Fashion Council 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. The BFC is funded by industry patrons, commercial sponsors and the government including the Mayor of London and the ERDF.

The BFC has five strategic pillars; business, reputation, education, digital & innovation and investment. 

The BFC showcases the best of British fashion design to an international audience with London Fashion Week, its showcase of womenswear and London Collections: Men, its menswear showcase was established in 2012. Each season LONDON show ROOMs takes emerging designers to Paris giving them the opportunity to promote themselves overseas. The BFC also organises the British Fashion Awards, the UK’s annual celebration of excellence within the industry and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, a biannual shopping event open to the public. 

The BFC helps designers at various stages of their businesses through its support initiatives. These include the Colleges Council, BFC Fashion Film, Rock Vault, Headonism, Estethica; and its menswear and womenswear talent identification schemes NEWGEN, NEWGEN MEN and the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund. 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 Princess of Wales Charitable Trust. 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, The Value of Fashion & The Future of Fashion (2012)

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