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Mustard Ties ups UK manufacturing

Men’s accessories business Mustard Ties plans to ramp up its British manufacturing after buying a factory in Kent.

The firm, which makes private label ties and scarves for high street retailers and brands, has until now made its products in different workshops.

The new factory, in Chatham, Kent, will now be home to the company’s entire manufacturing base.

Director Chris Waldron said he was inspired by Mary Portas’s knicker factory in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

“We can do much smaller runs than the larger Chinese factories,” he said. “Plus we want to give people jobs in their area and help grow the economy.”

The factory, which employs 10 people, can make about 1,200 ties a week but Waldron hopes to grow this.

“It’s still early days but we definitely want to expand and have the capacity to do so,” he told Drapers.

“One of the notable names on the high street did a pilot run on ties last year and then their second order was 60% bigger because their sell-through was so great,” he said.

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