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E&Y sponsors V&A innovation exhibition

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London: Ernst & Young is to sponsor the exhibition British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age at the in London, a celebration of the best of British creative design and talent from the past six decades.

The exhibition, which will run from 31 March — 12 August 2012, will bring together over 350 well-known British designs from fashion, furniture, fine art and graphics to architecture and industrial products, including a 1961 E-Type Jaguar and garments by Vivienne Westwood.

This is Ernst & Young's third collaboration with the V&A. The firm sponsored the highly acclaimed exhibitions Maharaja in 2009 and Art Deco in 2003. They see this as another exciting collaboration between business and the arts.

Martin Cook, UK & Ireland Commercial Leader at Ernst & Young, said, "Businesses that are entrepreneurial and innovative can excel even during economic downturns, especially with great design. This exhibition is a timely reminder of the UK's design brilliance.

We have been sponsoring the arts in the UK for 17 years about as long as we have been championing entrepreneurs through our Entrepreneur of The Year programme. Through sponsoring this exhibition we can bring these two passions together, as well as give the public access to great exhibitions even in the face of Government cuts."

As part of the sponsorship, Ernst & Young will also be hosting events linked to the exhibition for its clients, business contacts and its employees and their families. Ernst & Young employees throughout the UK will be given free access to the exhibition.