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Marks & Spencer has joined FutureDotNow, a coalition of organisations looking to accelerate the UK’s workplace essential digital skills at scale.

According to its own words, FutureDotNow “is coordinating industry action to get working-age adults across the UK equipped with, at least, the essential digital skills for life and work”.

Despite digital transformation being key to the UK’s economy, 17 million people are without the essential digital skills for work and only 23 percent have had any digital skills training from their employer, according to FutureDotNow.

Marks & Spencer said it “recognises the importance of digital skills across its entire organisation, whatever colleagues’ roles happen to be”.

The retailer said it joined FutureDotNow “because it is keen to pass on its workplace digital skills training successes to the coalition for the benefit of the entire economy and to learn how other members of the coalition identify their digital skills needs and how they address them”.

Suze Howse, head of enterprise data at Marks & Spencer, said in a release: “Building the digital and data analytics capabilities of our colleagues is key to the Marks & Spencer digital transformation.

“We’ve already made some great progress with the launch of our BEAM learning academy and continued investment in data-education programmes. Fostering a digitally-enabled culture is crucial to the success of Marks & Spencer and the wider retail industry, which is why we’re proud to join the FutureDotNow Coalition, to share insights that will help others and learn from some of the other fantastic organisations in the coalition.”

Liz Williams, FutureDotNow’s chief executive, said: “It’s great news that Marks & Spencer, one of the biggest names in retailing, has joined the FutureDotNow coalition to help digitally upskill the UK’s workforce.

“We are building a coalition that is not only making clear there is a job to be done digitally upskilling the nation, its members are helping each other do this.”

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Fila collaborates with Flock Together initiative on capsule

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Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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Sportswear label Fila has unveiled a collaboration with birdwatching initiative Flock Together in the form of an apparel and footwear capsule, to be exclusively sold through LN-CC.

In a range of hike-wear gear made for urban exploring, the collection intends to bring people into nature and engage with their community. The selection includes a reinvented version of the Fila Trailblazer hiking shoe and two shearling fleece designs.

The colourways of the line are inspired by the Kingfisher bird, with a scannable near field communication (NFC) tag present in the hiking shoe that takes buyers to a dedicated page outlining the best places in the UK to spot a Kingfisher.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

15 percent of all sales of the collection will go towards the Flock Together community fund.

Buying and creative director at LN-CC, Reece Crisp, expressed his enthusiasm over the collaboration in a release, stating: “We’re super excited for LN-CC to be part of this project.

“Flock Together encompasses everything that’s great about community and wellness, two driving forces that are integral to LN-CC too.

“Flock Together’s growth has been both a reaction to, and antidote from, a difficult eighteen months by bringing people together and encouraging outdoor consciousness, so we are honoured to share our platform in amplifying its much-needed positivity while working with Fila in creating this tribute to the Kingfisher.”

Flock Together, founded back in the 2020 covid-19 lockdowns, brings BIPOC together to engage in birdwatching and other nature-oriented activities.

It has previously partnered on an event with Timberland, hosting a range of spoken word presentations at the nature reserve, Woodbury Wetlands. Sponsored by the apparel label, the event aimed to promote the voices in its growing community adjacent to guiding guests through the nature reserve.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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