Terence Conran and Richard Rogers are demanding a post-Brexit boost for design industry

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The government is being urged to protect the design sector by some of its leading lights (Source: Getty)

Leading lights in the British design industry have demanded the government extend more support for the sector in the aftermath of Brexit.

Retailer Sir Terence Conran and architect Richard Rogers are among the figures to have leant their support to the campaign, which is backed by almost 150 of the market's biggest figures, as well as industry body the Design Business Association.

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All are backing the “Brexit Design Manifesto” calling for extra support in education, recruitment and manufacturing, which was launched this weekend at London's Somerset House.

According to the campaign group, design and architecture generate £10m an hour for the UK's economy, and the market is responsible for more than 1.1m jobs.

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And the manifesto argues that the sector has benefited form the UK's EU membership, with the continent providing an export market for services, and a substantial talent pool.

“As the UK prepares for Brexit, the design sector is concerned that these competitive disadvantages would be lost,” it says.

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