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Asos plans to double UK manufacturing

Asos plans to double its UK manufacturing and will open more manufacturing plants over the next three to four years to support its expansion, chief executive Nick Beighton has said.

“There is manufacturing capacity in the UK but the skills aren’t quite as available as they once were,” Beighton told Bloomberg.

The company currently makes around 4% of its products at two factories in London.

Fashion Enter in Haringey was established in 2010 with funding from Asos and now supplies firms including Marks & Spencer and John Lewis.

Director Jenny Holloway told Drapers that Asos has been forecasting for future growth with Fashion Enter, which is one of two factories that has passed the retailer-led audit system Fast Forward that was introduced last year.

“We are now producing 8,000 garments a week from our factory which proves that mass manufacturing in London is a commercial reality.

“We’re getting so many enquiries and we’ve never been busier, both as a consequence of Brexit and the new Modern Slavery Act and a need for greater transparency.”

Asos declined to comment further.

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