The UK Fashion and Textile Association’s international business manager, Laurian Davies has been named in the Queen’s annual Birthday Honours.

Davies, who has been helping designers and brands for more than 38 years, has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to young fashion entrepreneurs and exporters.

Commenting on the honour, Davies said in a press release: “I am surprised and delighted to have been awarded an MBE. It’s wonderful to help young designers to find their place in our ever-changing industry; talking them through the possible pitfalls and helping them to grow.

“They don’t all necessarily go on to be household names, but their contribution to the UK economy is immense. I’ve calculated that I’ve travelled over 500,000 miles so far on my journey to export British fashion and textiles and it still gives me a massive buzz to see our companies writing orders!”

Nigel Lugg, chairman of the UKFT, added: “Laurian has a passion for helping fashion companies make a success of exporting and for sharing her knowledge and experience. I am thrilled that her dedication to the industry has been recognised.’’

The beauty industry was also honoured with Charlotte Tilbury stating that she was “very proud” to be awarded an MBE for her services to the beauty and cosmetics industry, while Jo Malone, will receive a Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the British economy and the Great Britain campaign.

In addition, president of the Cosmetic Executive Women UK association, Caroline Neville was named an MBE for her services to female entrepreneurs and to charity.


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