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Dress brand Tempest invests in British factory build

Womenswear label Tempest Fashion has completed a £250,000 six-month factory build project at its head office in Bridgend, south Wales, creating 35 new jobs in the area.

The new facility brings all of the brand’s manufacturing processes and staff under one roof, including in-house designers, pattern cutters, garment technologists, sample hands and sewing machinists.

It is staffed mostly by those made redundant following the closures of Jigsaw’s manufacturing facility in south Wales earlier this year and Burberry’s factory in Treorchy in 2007.

Dan O’Connell, co-founder and director of Tempest, said: “With this in mind, it is increasingly important for the company to maintain its ‘Britishness’ and over the next year we hope to see an increase in the number of jobs available to local people as the company grows.”

The move will allow Tempest to expand its production schedule from four collections a year to six, adding prom and red carpet dresses to its existing spring, high summer, autumn and Christmas collections. It will also produce mini collections on an ad hoc basis.

Tempest has more than 100 stockists in the UK and 50 in Ireland, made up largely of independent retailers. Online it is stocked by Asos, Designer Desirables, Vestry and Celebrity Closet.

It is looking to grow its stockists in the Midlands, the South and the southwest of England, where it has not had agent coverage to date. In total, the company hopes to grow its UK stockist base to 200.

The brand retails online and is also said to be in discussions with a “well-known” department store chain to set up concessions.

Dresses wholesale at about £46, retailing at £125.

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