ASOS plans to double its UK manufacturing capability

ASOS has revealed ambitious plans that will allow its UK manufacturing output to double. The scheme will involve the creation of more factories over the next three years to support the planned expansion.

Nick Beighton, ASOS Cheif Executive said: "There is a manufacturing capacity in the UK but the skills are not quite as available as they once were."

ASOS currently manufactures around 4% of its products at two of their factories which are located in London. The company also chose to fund Fashion Enter, who were established in Haringey. They now supply major brands such as Marks & Spencer and John Lewis.

ASOS Director, Jenny Holloway, spoke out recently saying that the company has been forecasting their future growth with Fashion Enter, which is one of the two factories that has passed the retailer-led audit system Fast Forward introduced last year.

She said: "We are now producing 8,000 garments a week from our factory which proves that mass manufacturing in London is a commercial reality. We're getting so many enquiries and we've never been busier, both as a consequence of Brexit and the new Modern Slavery Act and a need for greater transparency."

This new plan means the company will create 1,500 new jobs across the UK, signalling their growth intentions despite the impending departure from the EU. ASOS also plan on creating an extra 40,000 sq ft of space in their building, which will cost an estimated £40 million to build.

"ASOS customers are 20-somethings and so are most of its employees," said Nathan Lonsdale, one of the architects behind the redevelopment.

"ASOS gets that a smart, young workforce needs a workspace that celebrates their needs and their talents. Flexibility and mobility are incredibly important when maximising collaboration in a dynamic working environment like at ASOS.

"The space will reflect the personality of the company and its bold ambitions for the future."

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