Premium glove brand Dents has opened a new UK factory after rocketing demand from overseas territories helped it more than double its like-for-like sales.
The 45,000 sq ft site in Warminster, Wiltshire, will house Dents’ 70 UK factory workers over two floors, and has an empty mezzanine level to “future-proof” the business for further spikes in demand. The factory will also house back-office functions for hosiery brand Corgi and jewellery brand Gaby’s, Dents’ sister companies
under parent Dewhurst Dent.
According to Dents director Deborah Moore, sales are about 160% ahead of this time last year thanks to two cold winters in a row in the UK and an increase in orders from Asia, the US and Italy.
She said: “Korea has rocketed and even Japan, with all the terrible things that have happened there, has been very strong.” Dewhurst Dent turned over
£13.2m in the year to January 31, 2010, according to its last results lodged with Companies House.
Operating profit was £189,200. The Dents brand accounted for most of this, a source said. Moore added that Dents made 10% of its product in the UK and
aimed to increase that figure, but has been unable to do so because of a shortage of skilled workers.
“The Warminster factory is at capacity until the end of the year. We have had huge orders from the US but we’ve had to tell them we can’t deliver until December [because] we can’t get the staff. People don’t want to sit behind a machine. They want to sit behind a computer instead.”