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Mulberry to receive government support for new factory

Luxury British brand Mulberry is to receive government support for training staff at a new factory.

It has been announced today that as part of the second round of the government’s £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund (RGF) Mulberry will receive funding for its new factory.

Earlier this month it was reported that Mulberry wants to open a second factory near is existing site in Somerset to cope with rising demand. Mulberry was reported to be seeking £2.5m from the government and chief executive Godfrey Davis said it was very unlikely Mulberry would be able to open the second factory without the financial backing.

The factory will manufacture luxury leather goods.

Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The Government is investing in companies and projects to help them grow and create new jobs.

“Mulberry’s plans for a new factory will enable the company to expand and build-upon their existing success here and abroad.”

The government’s RGF will support 119 bids from business and local partnerships.

Mulberry receiving government support highlights the importance of UK manufacturing skills echoed in Drapers  SOS campaign, which launched in March and aims to promote and support UK manufacturing. The campaign was launched due to the lack of manufacturing skills in the UK as clothing production in recent years has moved abroad.

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