A new project to improve relationships between designers and manufacturers has been launched by Industry Forum, the sector-specific initiative set up to deliver a sustainable supply chain improvements.

The new programme extends the scope of the Industry Forum, which over the past 18 months has successfully completed five projects and currently has 14 live, working with major retailers and their suppliers to improve supply chain performance.

The team will now assess existing designer-manufacturer relationships, process map their business procedures and identify and implement potential areas for improvement.

Ken Watson, director, explains: "Industry Forum provides the perfect platform to assist designers in improving their current business processes. We are pooling all our resources, including contribution from our regional partners to build an effective improvement programme for all the designers. Findings produced through the projects will be shared at a series of forums, the first of which takes place in March at London College of Fashion."

According to Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, Industry Forum project manager, the designer programme is "a focused, continuation of previous work."

"Following the success of initiatives such as the 'Meet the Designer' workshops we ran last year, we felt we could go more in-depth, working with a select number of designers and their suppliers."