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Accelerated Reboot Classrooms for Fashion Businesses: 2022

The Cape Town Fashion Council is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Accelerated Reboot Classrooms (ARC) for fashion businesses. The programme is designed to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) specifically in the fashion industry. This course will offer essential business assistance from various consultants, who would usually charge a fee for their services.  ARC offers the opportunity to rebuild, restructure, and reassess your business operations post the pandemic. 

The ARC business incubation program will offer 3 months of free consulting, incubation, and mentorship to small businesses, as well as the opportunity to interact with 9 other small businesses. This will take place online using designated digital platforms from April-June 2021. 

This will offer the opportunity for information sharing, idea-generating, and future collaborations. ARC will combine theory with practical work, which will provide small fashion businesses with fundamental business information, documentation, and general business structures. A total of six topics will be covered in partnership with the following industry experts: 

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Date: 27 March 2022

Programme Outline


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Business Development

Facilitator: Diane Boorman – founder of Business Enabler & Growth Accelerator

Overview: Help business owners define their target markets and put together a business strategy for campaigns & understand business requirements to fulfil increased orders.

This component of the course aims to assist designers with growing their businesses through tactical decision-making  which can influence employment, profit and Growth

Class Outline

  • Strategy Building; Taking the idea of business and building into a strategy to grow the business /  Understanding what is needed to focus and gain traction in a business of growthBusiness Trends;  What are you known for – what legacy are you leaving / Business trends and how it has changed since 2020

    Decision Making;  Adding practical business knowledge to make better business decisions / Only know what you know until you know more – looking at your barriers to making decisions

    Goal Setting; Setting goals forward until now and then putting action plans, delegating and having time frames / Step by step to become more focused on growth

    Product/Offering; Understanding your product pyramid, volume, quantity, pricing / Where else can you earn without being involved

    Product Launching; The launch cycle – how long it takes, what the action steps involved / Delegation of the launch

    Intellectual Property;  Understanding the rights to own, build a business of value / What the difference between design, trademarks and patents – where to apply for financial help

    Target Market; Who is the real customer, building your customer pyramid

    Niche Market; Narrow the search – this allows clients to come to you, rather than a huge marketing budget

    Automation;  Processes, what and why to automate / The choices of when and how

    Collaboration; Building a virtual board and making your circle bigger

    Total Financial Forecasts; Developing a deep dive, future financial plans that include stages of growth – need for investors, grants and opportunities.

    Productivity; How to ensure you are using your staff wisely – where and who. Outsourcing and stakeholders

Number of sessions: 15

Fashion Law

Facilitator: Nicolene Schoeman-Louw founder of Shoeman Law Inc.

Overview: Understand business law (SLA’s, MOU’s, Contracts, Copyright, Trademarks, etc).

Class Outline:

  • Legalities of the companies Act; Important legal aspects for growing businesses – pitfalls and tips
  • Resources: Memorandum of Incorporation / Shareholders Agreement /JV Agreement
  • Legalities of Corporate Governance for Small Businesses; Establishing clear frameworks and contracts
  • Resources: Board Policies / Director SLA / Employment Contract / Approval of Remuneration Resolution
  • Effective Team Building: Employment matters, alternatives and dealing with issues
  • Resources: / Project Plan / Indefinite Employment Contract / HR Policy / JV Agreement / Supplier Agreement / Independent / Contractor Agreement / Agency Agreement / Distribution Agreement
  • Protecting your Brand, Ideas and Reputation: Managing outsourced providers, confidentiality, and Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Resources: Client Terms and Conditions / Privacy Policy and NDA
  • Procurement and Pricing
  • Breaking down costs, profit, and pricing

Number of sessions: 5

Tax & Accounting

Facilitator: Cheron Roggen – Owner of Canvas Compliance accounting firm since 2017, with over 18 years of experience in finance. 

Overview: To ensure that the mentored business has been registered for all Compliance required for their specific business, and to ensure that the company is up to date with all taxes resulting in a valid Tax clearance which it can use to grow its business. 

Class Outline:

Companies Act; CIPC responsibilities / Companies Act / Director/Member agreements / Director Responsibilities 

Record Keeping 1;  Bank Reconciliation / Understanding Record keeping / Accounting systems / Filing / Sales 

Record Keeping 2;  Debtors / Creditors / Petty cash / Procedures for workflow / How to account for reimbursements / Value Added Tax 

Costing; Costing for a product / Costing systems 

Payroll and Human Resources; Accounting systems for payroll / Tax for Payroll / Directives – retrenchments / Seta / Coida / UIF / Emp201 / Emp501 / IRP5/IRP3a 

Number of sessions: 12

Range Development

Facilitator: Alex Harris founder of AH Consulting

Overview: One-on-one capsule collection and seasonal planning consolation with retail expert Alex Harris”. This component of the course offers an in-depth perspective into building and establishing a successful range for retail along with providing insight into the necessary questions related to this. Assistance and guidance will be offered to each participant in understanding the fundamentals of developing a balanced and profitable range.

Two one-hour classes along with two 30 minute one-on-one sessions with participants.

Participants will be guided through the methodology to best satisfy the business opportunity with their own brand and facilitate appropriate questions to help students understand how they can use the input to build their own range.

The detailed range building process is facilitated by appropriate questions that help participants use the input to create their own ranges.

To guide each participant through their range build to ensure balance and saleability

Class Outline:

  • Brand Positioning
  • Range Development
  • One on one classes

Number of sessions: 2 Classes / 20 one on one sessions


Garment Costing

Facilitator: Derek Geddes – As a fashion consultant, Derek brings a wealth of experience in fashion education and mentoring young designers through the production process. His qualifications include 30 years of experience teaching at a leading design school, as well as providing support and guidance to new designers starting their own businesses.

Outline: Learn the relationship between Creativity and Numbers so you can express your ideas and get paid.

Class Outline:

Financial realities of selling designs. Aspects to consider when calculating costs.

Understanding your market’s price range and covering your costs. Pricing items fairly based on the market, cost of goods, and customer expectations

Calculate your Cost of Goods with this work here is an in-depth look at the factors that affect the price and how to COST effectively.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions in the forum. There will be plenty of follow-up resources, such as book recommendations, simple techniques, and strategies for developing a sustainable design strategy that will elevate your studio.

Number of sessions: 3

Fit for Target Market

Facilitator: Derek Geddes of The Apparel Report

Overview: Perfect sizing for returning and following back customers. How sizing your garment affects your sales.

Course Outline:

Global Sizing Systems: Origins and Comparisons. Are the current widely used sizer charts appropriate for all demographics, and how can we use them effectively.

Create a size list for your target audience. Identify the key fit between your ideal customer and your real customer.

Fabrics, sizing, and labelling. Consider fabric economy, customer need, and reality when sizing a garment.

We encourage all participants to bring their questions to the forum. There will be ample follow-up resources, such as book recommendations, simple techniques, and strategies to develop a sustainable design strategy that will elevate your studio.

Number of sessions: 3

Minimum Requirments for Application


Be a South African registered businesses

Be operational for more than 1 year

Have enough time to attend 1 hour lessons on weekdays during lunch hour

Have a turn-over of less than 2million per year

Be producing for and supplying the local market

Be a fashion clothing related business that manufactures in SA

Course Overview


Qualifying applicants: 10

Total Subjects: 6

Classes per week: 3 / 4

Hours per class: 1h – 1.5h

Time:  12h00 – 13h30

 Months: 3

Total: +- 40 hours

Tips For Application


All applicants must be fully registered members of the CTFC to apply for the ARC Program. (Designer membership application will need to be completed once)

Only Complete applications will be considered.

Please have the following documentation on hand before starting your application.

  • Company registration date & number
  • BEE Level
  • Annual turn over

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