Blog: Leonie BarrieBurberry being checked out

Leonie Barrie | 3 January 2007

It seems the high profile campaign to stop Burberry closing its factory in Wales has   caught the eye of a parliamentary committee which wants to quiz bosses at the fashion label about plans to move UK jobs overseas. Last month I concurred that the adverse publicity was making it more and more difficult for the company to abandon its British roots – exactly the effect the ‘Keep Burberry British’ campaign hoped to achieve – but I wonder if anyone had expected John Peace, Burberry’s chairman, and Angela Ahrendts, the chief executive, to be summoned before the House of Commons to justify their actions?

The two executives will be questioned as part of a parliamentary committee’s inquiry into globalisation, a move that will force Burberry to reveal figures showing whether the factory is profitable or not, as well as its redundancy proposals. Burberry maintains that its decision to shutter the plant with the loss of 300 jobs and relocate production to China came after a year-long review found that the site was no longer financially viable. The official company-union consultation on the closure is due to finish on Friday – but it’s more than certain that the furore surrounding its plans will be very much in evidence for some time yet.


BLOG

Industry welcoming move to renegotiate NAFTA

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement....

BLOG

Cutting edge technology defining apparel industry

Cutting-edge textile processing products including a new technology for dyeing yarns in a more sustainable manner and a digitalised sewing machine set up via a touchscreen or app, were among the most ...

BLOG

Ethiopia apparel and textile industry making massive gains

just-style's editor Leonie Barrie recently visited Ethiopia to see for herself the massive developments taking place to elevate this East African nation into a compelling new garment and textile sourc...

BLOG

Collaboration remains a challenge

Collaboration between retailers, brands and their suppliers is a mission critical element in developing a slicker and more cost-effective supply chain. But in an increasingly complex fashion environme...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?