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Fielding Group mulls restructure and job cuts

Supplier The Fielding Group has put 34 members of staff into consultation, as it considers a restructure to prepare for future expansion.

The consultation at the group, which supplies businesses including John Lewis, Burton, Tesco, Nike, Marks & Spencer and Bolongaro Trevor, is taking place in its offices in Motherwell in Scotland, Manchester and Dunstable in Bedfordshire.

In August, investment vehicle Ellestone Apparel acquired a significant stake in The Fielding Group’s holding company Monitane Holdings. At the time it was believed the investment would help the group expand its UK business and manufacturing capacities.

Ellestone director Dominic McVey told Drapers: “We are potentially going through a restructure with the group and looking at areas that haven’t performed as well as they should have.”

McVey would not be drawn on which departments were affected, adding that the process would not interrupt orders.

He said: “It’s a strongly performing business but areas do need investment and looking at.”

Future areas of growth could include international expansion, he added, with schoolwear earmarked as a particular focus. The Fielding Group employs nearly 7,000 people and generates turnover of almost £100m a year.

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