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Clarks closes UK factory

Clarks has closed UK factory in Street, Somerset, following a consultation period, resulting in 35 job losses.

The state-of-the-art factory was originally scheduled to open in 2017, and Clarks hoped to make 300,000 pairs of desert boots a year at the facility, and create up to 80 jobs.

However, the opening was delayed and the factory only started production in summer 2018.

In January 2019, Clarks announced a proposal to cease production and close the manufacturing facility in Street after failing to meet manufacturing and cost targets.

A spokesman for the business said: “Despite our best efforts, the levels of production and cost targets we hoped for could not be reached in the short-to-medium term, and, following a period of consultation, the proposal has been accepted and the factory will close.

“We have a strong duty of care to all our employees and have been supporting them through this process, offering outplacement support, and identifying alternative roles at Clarks. We’re pleased that 10 employees have taken up a new role within our business, but regrettably the remaining 35 employees will be leaving us. They leave with our thanks and best wishes for the future.”


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