49 jobs at risk as Clarks eyes Somerset factory closure

2022
Clarks factory
// Clarks factory in Somerset to close down less then 2 years after it opened
// 49 factory staff at risk of losing their jobs
// Factory is retailer’s last British-based facility after moving Cumbria factory to east Asia in 2005

Clarks is poised to close down its factory in Somerset less than two years after it opened, placing 49 jobs at risk.

The footwear retailer has commenced a 30-day consultation with the factory’s employees after failing to meet manufacturing and cost targets.

The factory first opened 2017 and is one of the last British-based facilities for the heritage retailer after it moved its Cumbria factory to east Asia in 2005.

It still has its head office in Somerset.

“Despite best efforts, we have determined that the levels of production and cost targets we hoped for will not be reached in the short to medium term,” a Clarks spokesman told The Times.

“We are therefore proposing to cease production and close the facility.”

Clarks operates 533 stores around the UK and Ireland and nearly 1000 globally.

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