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boohoo Group begins production at new Leicester factory
The boohoo Group has begun production at its new 23,000 sq ft factory in Leicester, creating up to 180 new jobs.
The state-of-the-art site is the company’s first-ever manufacturing facility and will operate two shifts, creating double the job opportunities and greater flexibility for the team. All workers at the site will enjoy the full range of benefits for boohoo Group employees, including private medical care and free allocation of company shares.
The site will also be used as a training facility for product teams across all 13 brands operated by the boohoo Group. In addition, the site will be used to provide guidance to suppliers, with a focus on supporting them to improve their operational and production efficiencies. The company is also in talks with local education providers about hosting students and other groups who are keen to learn about garment manufacturing and the UK fashion industry.
Two weeks paid training has been carried out for the first group of new employees, and the on-boarding of recruits for the second shift will begin in February. Colleagues will also be offered additional training opportunities later in the year, covering key areas including health and safety and product quality.
John Lyttle, boohoo Group CEO, said: “The Thurmaston Lane site reinforces our commitment to UK manufacturing and our long-standing partnership with Leicester. It is more than just a factory, it’s a hub of learning and collaboration, as it gives our own teams the chance to work onsite and an opportunity to see a working factory first-hand. We welcome the opportunity to share that knowledge with the amazing education institutions in the city and strengthen our collaborative working relationships with our approved suppliers. It’s an exciting new chapter for the boohoo Group.”
In October 2021, the new Leicester Garment and Textile Workers Trust was launched with boohoo Group founding trustees. The Trust’s mission is to create positive and lasting change for the benefit of the wider industry – providing guidance, advocacy and remedy to anyone working in the garment industry in Leicester. The Trust has also been supported by a donation of £1.1m by the boohoo Group. The Trust has commissioned Nottingham University’s Rights Lab to research the needs of garment workers in Leicester and the findings will shape the Trust’s programme of work. This research will be published so that everyone involved in advocating for garment workers can share the learnings.