Luxury leather fashion and accessories brand Mulberry last week celebrated the opening of its second British factory in Somerset with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
The new factory, named The Willows after the area’s history of basket making in Somerset, will double Mulberry’s UK production capacity. The latest addition to Mulberry’s burgeoning fashion empire was funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, which also provided a £2.5 million grant to help recruitment and training costs. Once it’s at full capacity, the new site will employ more than 300 full time craftsmen.
Commenting at the launch, Clegg, said: “This new Mulberry factory is a major boost to the economy of the area, creating hundreds of new jobs thanks to this Government’s Regional Growth Fund. Mulberry is an international fashion brand based in Somerset and I am pleased that the Government is able to offer assistance to help them expand.
“This is the second time I have met apprentices from Mulberry, who always impress me with their drive, enthusiasm and skill. Companies like Mulberry and the people who work here are helping us to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for this generation and the next.”
The opening came at the end of a turbulent week for Mulberry, which saw the departure of its chief executive Bruno Guillon. Former chief executive Godfrey Davis, the company’s non-executive chairman, has taken over from Guillon on an interim basis while the brand looks for a successor.
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