Boohoo unveils new factory and training facility in Leicester
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//The site will employ 180 garment workers at full capacity, working on two shifts
Boohoo has opened the doors to its first manufacturing facility in Leicester as it seeks to reintroduce skills in garment manufacturing that have been lost in the UK over time.
The new 23,000 square foot site includes office space and will be used to train Boohoo’s own product teams in responsible sourcing and the technical aspects of apparel production.
The retailer is also in talks with local education providers to welcome students and other groups who want to learn more about clothing manufacturing and the UK fashion industry.
The factory represents a multi-million pound investment by the fast fashion group and will be used as a ‘centre of excellence’.
Production at the factory is already underway and has created approximately 180 new jobs for locals and, breaking with the traditional way of operating a garment factory, this facility will operate on two shifts, creating double the job opportunities and greater flexibility for the team. .
All site workers will receive the full range of Boohoo Group employee benefits, including private medical care and training and development programs. Other employee benefits include:
• Guaranteed 40-hour contracts
• 33 days of paid vacation
• Free shares in the Boohoo group
• 40% employee discount on all brands
The opening of the new factory took place in the presence of the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, as well as other local dignitaries and NGO representatives, including Kevin McKeever, Chairman of the Garment & Textile Workers’ Trust and Tim Nelson , CEO of Hope for Justice.
Boohoo Group CEO John Lyttle said: “This is a historic moment for us and a very visible demonstration of our commitment to Leicester and clothing manufacturing in the UK.
“By using the site as a center of excellence, we want to revive skills lost over time and help our suppliers diversify their product offerings, which will enable them to win business with other retailers who we hopefully, will be tempted to get started. source from the UK again.
“The past few years have been difficult, but I am confident the future is bright and today marks the start of a new chapter for the apparel industry here in Leicester.”
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