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Tuesday February 17 2015

Clothes2order aims to create 30 jobs as part of expansion plans for 2015




Clothes2order aims to create 30 jobs as part of expansion plans for 2015

Clothing supplier Clothes2order has unveiled expansion plans for 2015 which include creating 30 jobs, a search for new premises and a six-figure investment in equipment to help meet soaring demand.
The company, which supplies customised clothing for uniforms, promotions and events, says its workforce is expected to reach 100 this year, up from 70.
More state-of-the-art printing and embroidery machinery is on order, and Clothes2order is seeking additional production sites after reaching capacity at its headquarters in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester.
Clothes2order prints and embroiders logos and slogans on to clothing for more than 20,000 businesses, clubs, charities and societies as well as individuals.
It is the fastest-growing division of Quayside Group, which saw revenues rise 50 per cent in the year to December 31, from £4.4m to £6.6m.
Managing director Michael Conway, pictured, said: “The investment, innovation and service improvements we have implemented at Clothes2order over the past two years are really bearing fruit.
“We’ve substantially increased our market share by upgrading our website to make ordering easier, and by introducing one of the fastest turnaround times in the industry, with orders dispatched within 24 hours and no minimum quantity.
“Along with other initiatives, such as a click and collect service at Trafford Park, we have forged a reputation as the market leader in our industry and we aim to continue our progress with further substantial investment this year.
“During 2014 we recruited across the board, from warehouse staff and machine operatives to our customer support, sales and web development teams, and this programme of job creation will continue during 2015.
“We will soon double our printing capacity and we are targeting group revenues of £9m for the full year.”
During 2014, Clothes2order passed the two million mark for the number of customised items of clothing it has supplied since its inception in 2002.
It reached one million in September 2013 and the current figure stands at 2.2 million, underlining its rapid expansion over the past 18 months.
Mr Conway said sales of t-shirts and polo shirts to retailers, bar and restaurant operators grew particularly strongly amid a trend for more casual staff dress codes.
Increased demand from marketing agencies for promotional and event clothing also drove the company’s record performance.
American Apparel was the firm’s fastest-growing clothing brand, highlighting increased demand for premium, high street styles for workwear.
Clothes2order’s clients range from start-ups to household names such as Google, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz and Kellogg’s.



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