Next up in the Industry Partner Awards 2015 is the Long-Term Partnership Award where we recognise the industry partners who support our graduates and students throughout their degrees and after graduation. The Long-Term Partners provide lectures to courses, funding, they help students and graduates with C.V. building workshops, running competitions and creating relationships beyond graduation.

This year’s winner is major international fragrance house CPL Aromas, founded over a century ago by John Pickthall after he experimented with ways to improve crude toiletry products of the time. CPL Aromas have now flourished into an international brand, operating from seventeen key locations worldwide, serving over 100 countries and ranking around 10th in the sector’s global league. CPL Aromas and London College of Fashion are about to celebrate their 15th year as partners.

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CPL works exclusively with LCF as fragrance industry partners exploring the close relationship between fragrance and fashion. They support LCF’s MSc Cosmetic Science – providing expertise for its validation, lecturers in perfumery, and funds for the laboratory which was named after co-founder Michael Pickthall. They also sponsor course projects for fashion design technology and fashion photography, and panels of fashion or beauty students test out fragrance product concepts. They were also co-sponsors of our recent annual fundraising gala Fashion Matters.

Highlighting the wide breadth of work CPL do with LCF, they recently ran a competition with our School of Media and Communication, where students were briefed to ask students to create an image to convey, evoke and conjure up the colour and feel of a scent or fragrance. Two BA (Hons) Photography students won the competition, the winner’s image will be printed in the CPL Aromas 2016 calendar.

Runner-up in the Long-Term Partnership Award 2015 is House of Fraser, LCF News spoke to Lynne Morgan, Regional Visual Manager following the announcement to talk about their partnership with LCF.

The merits of working with LCF has been potentially working with visual merchandisers of the future! Being part of the students journey on their road to a career I love and being an advocate for House Of Fraser as a retailer of choice.

I see a lot of C.V.s in my role at House of Fraser and it’s how to make yours stand out from all the rest. Work placements are a crucial part of a persons experience to help work out if visual is right for you. So LCF has been a really good partnership in not only supporting the visual teams in store but also being part of the students journey to success.

In Lynn’s position she sees many C.V.s and knows what a huge industry brand is looking for in students and graduates. LCF News asked her what her top tips would be to students and graduates?

Enjoy what you do

Be reliable

A team player

Be committed to the company you work for

Have a go at anything you get asked to be involved in

Be the best you can be

Stay tuned for more Industry Partner Award 2015 winner announcements next week.

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