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Globe-Trotter buys second UK factory

Luxury leather goods company Globe-Trotter has increased its UK production capacity by 50% with the purchase of a second factory.

The 5,500 sq ft factory in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, is near its original 11,150 sq ft facility in Broxbourne. The new site will produce soft leather goods including handbags, with the Broxbourne factory continuing to manufacture suitcases.

Creative director Gary Bott said the acquisition had been needed largely to satisfy growing demand abroad. The main factory’s capacity was limited to 12,000 cases a year.

In the past five years the company has expanded from only selling in the UK and Japan to distributing throughout Europe, Asia, the US and Australia. Bott said: “There is a lot more potential for growth with the second factory and we’re seeing this as a future for expansion.”

Globe-Trotter, which has a standalone store in London and five UK stockists including Harrods and Browns in London, is planning to open a second store in Tokyo next year with another London store planned within the next three years.

As a company that makes all its products in the UK, it sees managing quality, production schedules and margins as key. “We were struggling to find a UK manufacturer that would make to the level we require so buying [a second UK factory] became more about control,” Botts said.

The factory employs 17 people but will look to recruit as manufacturing increases.

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