UK casualwear brand Cotton Traders has announced that it has bought its warehouse out of administration, saving 130 staff jobs.
Cotton Traders has taken over operations at its Nottingham-based warehouse after its fulfilment partner, Promotional Logistics Limited (Prolog), went into administration last November.
The brand has agreed a long-term lease with the landlord of the Sherwood Park warehouse, which was previously operated by Prolog. It has also purchased all of the site’s contents and technical equipment from the administrators.
It has taken fulfilment operations in house by migrating IT systems and transferring 130 warehouse staff under transfer of undertakings (protection of employment) (TUPE) regulations.
The deal was agreed with the joint administrators of Prolog, Rebecca Dacre and Simon Chandler of auditing firm Mazars.
Caroline Allerton, supply chain and logistics director at Cotton Traders, said: “We’re very pleased to have completed the transfer of our Sherwood Park facility into the Cotton Traders business. Since Prolog went into administration last November, we’ve been working closely with the administrators to ensure our business continues as normal without any adverse impact on customers.
“The smooth transition is a great credit to the resilience and hard work of the warehouse team, and we’re delighted they have now become part of the Cotton Traders business. By controlling all of our warehousing and fulfilment in house, we can ensure we have a strong platform for stability and growth in what remains a challenging retail environment. Having operational control of our own facility also enables us to pass on the service benefits to our customers.”
In addition to its home shopping and online channels, Cotton Traders has more than 100 stores in the UK and an expanding international presence that delivers to 25 countries.