John Lewis announces two-year UK manufacturing target
John Lewis today outlined its support for UK manufacturing by setting a two-year 15 per cent growth target for all sales of goods in its shops that are made in the UK.
Sales of UK-sourced products at John Lewis totalled £480m in 2012, which is an increase of 9 per cent on the retailer's 2011 baseline. 10,500 products currently feature John Lewis's 'Made in UK' identifier - a small union flag symbol to highlight products made by British suppliers. The two-year growth target will be supported by the identifier; its aim is to further promote UK design and quality and allow customers to more easily identify UK manufactured products.
The commitment comes on the 60th anniversary of John Lewis's manufacturing arm, Herbert Parkinson in Lancashire. With over 250 staff who are all Partners in the John Lewis Partnership, Herbert Parkinson manufactures a range of home textile products including woven fabrics which sees the factory produce over 7,000 metres of fabric a week, of which, 80 per cent are John Lewis's own designs and bespoke home furnishings such as the John Lewis seven day curtain and blinds service as well as duvets, pillows and cushions. To compete with lower-cost, overseas manufacturing, Herbert Parkinson emphasises unique design, quality and speed of service.
Stuart McDonald, managing director of Herbert Parkinson, said: 'UK manufacturing remains a key focus for John Lewis so it’s apt that we are able to launch this target at a time when we are celebrating 60 years as Partners of John Lewis, and our commitment to UK manufacturing. At Herbert Parkinson we strive to set ourselves apart by delivering innovative products to our customers, along with quality, service and design which is why we hope the new target, as well as the Made in UK identifier, will allow us to generate awareness and further support UK manufacturing.'
John Lewis aims to support UK business and encourage entrepreneurship. The retailer increased its number of UK suppliers from 132 last year to 207 currently. Herbert Parkinson is a key supplier of UK manufactured goods to John Lewis shops.
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The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 39 John Lewis shops across the UK (30 department stores and nine John Lewis at home), johnlewis.com, 292 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £9.5bn. It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 84,700 staff are Partners in the business.
John Lewis - John Lewis, 'Retailer of the Year 2013'* 'The Nation's Best Retailer'** and 'Best Retailer 2013' ***, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores. The website stocks over 200,000 products focused on the best of fashion, beauty, home and giftware and electrical items including online exclusives. johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. (www.johnlewis.com). John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the usual values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.
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