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Douglas & Grahame to shut Birmingham warehouse

Supplier Douglas & Grahame – the business behind menswear brands such as Remus Uomo and Douglas – is closing its Birmingham distribution centre as its UK managing director departs.

The “ageing” Fortnum Close warehouse is set to in the next couple of months, with the business planning to focus more of its Midlands operations on the sales office in Shenstone.

The closure will see two redundancies and a further two members of staff moved to the Shenstone office. Douglas & Grahame employs 12 people in total.

Commercial director Donald Finlay said: “We have been operating the Shenstone sales office in tandem with the distribution centre at Fortnum Close for several years. However, commercial demands are not static and we constantly look at ways to run the business more efficiently and cost effectively.

“As a result of changes over time in the supply chain, more garments are being distributed from our state-of-the-art facility at Carrickfergus outside Belfast rather than through the ageing Fortnum Close warehouse.

“As a result, we have taken the sensible decision to concentrate our operations in Birmingham at Shenstone and to close the Fortnum Close facility. We are mindful of our customers and customer service and any change will take into account that priority.”

Finlay told Drapers the team was “sad” to be losing two members of staff. “They’re very good folk there, but there’s a very strong business case to do what we’re doing.”

Meanwhile UK managing director and sales director Dave Snowdon is “moving on to pastures new” at the end of February, having been in the role since May 2011.

“It’s been great working with Dave and we’ll be sorry to lose him,” Finlay said. 

The business is now looking to hire a replacement and a further announcement is expected soon.  

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