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ACID speaks out to MPs, Peers and the Prime Minister

Accompanied by ACID members Dan Black of Black & Blum, Phyllis Cohen of Face Lace and Angus

Gardner of Caroline Gardner Publishing Ltd., ACID CEO Dids Macdonald, OBE met MPs and Peers to

spell out what’s needed in Brexit negotiations to ensure that UK designers don’t lose out when Article 50 is

triggered. Why? Because the majority of the UK’s 350,000 designers rely on unregistered UK and EU design

rights and the potential loss of protection in 27 member states could be calamitous.

ACID sees Brexit as a new opportunity to further support UK designers and for government to introduce a

new unregistered design right which mirrors EU law. Unregistered Design Rights in the UK only offer design

protection for the shape and configuration of a design, but EU unregistered rights protect a combination

of colours, ornamentation, lines, texture or surface decoration as well as shape and configuration, on which

thousands have relied to protect their designs.

ACID also reinforced the argument for the introduction of criminal provisions for the intentional infringement of an unregistered

design right. Why? Because the vast majority of UK designers don’t register design rights and rely on unregistered design rights.

Dids Macdonald OBE, CEO of ACID said, “I’m urging the Prime Minister, as a dedicated supporter and follower of design to ensure

there’s communicated respect, ethics and compliance of intellectual property within Corporate Social Responsibility. After all, design

punches well above its weight in the UK economy and is a key driver of growth. Design mustn’t be further eroded by unlawful copying,

much of it still emanating from well-known retail names whose success has been built on design innovators, many of whom are

ACID members.”

For more information on intellectual property in design, visit

Isabella Queen founder

wins Entrepreneur of the

Year award



the founder and

Creative Director

of Isabella

Queen has been

crowned winner of

the Natwest Business Boost Creative

Industries Entrepreneur of the Year

at the Great British Entrepreneur

Awards 2016.

Regarded as the benchmark

for entrepreneurial success in the UK, the Awards celebrate the

contributions and innovations of British entrepreneurs, and their

impact on the economy, celebrating entrepreneurs who embody a

spirit of disruption, innovation and enterprise, recognising business

leaders from multiple industries across the 20 awards

categories. The awards highlight the wonderful stories that

entrepreneurs have, helping them on their journey to success.

As the founder of a made-in-Britain brand offering luxury

leather accessories handcrafted in London, Isabelle is rapidly

growing in industry reputation for her outstanding designs. Her

notable networking skills and charisma have enabled her over time

to build up through discrete professional relationships, a non-

executive board of directors for Isabella Queen, boasting

several global fashion and business elite whom most young

businesses would long for. As a consequence, Isabella Queen has

been noticed and is being endorsed by prominent industry

influencers, enjoys frequent press, is experiencing great growth and

in a short time-frame has rapidly become a recognised luxury label

on its way to achieving its goal of growing a global brand of luxury

British-made leather accessories renowned for its originality within

the industry.

Previous winners have included Julie Deane MBE, founder

of the Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt, co-founder

of Brewdog and Alexander Solomou, founder of Lad Bible.

To view the full Isabella Queen story, visit



Source British is a new

trade show dedicated

specifically to British

brands, which will take

place in Los Angeles,

California at the LA

Fashion Market from



- 14


March, 2017.

The show has many British

brands confirmed – such as

Nadia Minkoff, pictured –

and is co-located with LA

Fashion Market, offering

a springboard to British

heritage and contemporary

brands across categories like

apparel, gifts, crafts, home,

footwear and accessories to

access the US market and meet 4,000 buyers and distributors from

across the West Coast, Mid West and wider USA.

California Market Center hosts a number of prominent, large

industry trade shows during Market, attracting targeted resources

for buyers to shop. In a recent survey to its LA Fashion Market

database, 97 per cent of the respondents showed a strong desire for

a British trade show, and would attend. “Many US buyers want to

trade in sterling post Brexit as the rates are more in their favour – a

great benefit for businesses wanting to export to the US right now.

They want British brands with provenance and a strong brand story.

This is why we’ve created Source British,” says Event Director,

Olivett Asare.

Research from entering the US retail market by Martin Harrison

shows, “US consumers are hungry for British style, though

awareness of most British brands is still low.” Paul Alger, Director

of International Business Development – UKFT confirms, “The

US is a major market for UK companies but many US buyers do

not like to travel. It is, therefore, vitally important for UK brands to

invest time and attention on the US market.”

For more details on the show, visit