The company will be launching a 12-month apprenticeship programme at the new factory, enabling up to 30 local apprentices to develop their skills

The company will be launching a 12-month apprenticeship programme at the new factory, enabling up to 30 local apprentices to develop their skills

Training and technical skills provider Fashion Enter has secured GBP250,000 (US$339,797) to help safeguard and protect all jobs during its expansion programme which includes opening a new factory in Newtown, Wales.

Established in 2006, Fashion Enter offers multiple training and technical skills development services, encompassing the entire design to production cycle.

It has secured a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBILS) from HSBC UK which will help safeguard 77 jobs at its recently purchased 15,000 sq ft facility in Newtown, which was previously occupied by retailer Laura Ashley. The factory has been home to local textile workers for the past 40 years who were at risk of losing their jobs but have been recruited by Fashion Enter to sample, grade, and produce its own garments for online fashion retailer Asos.

As well as being a centre of excellence for sampling, grading and producing garments, Fashion Enter supports the development of apprentices as part of its commitment to help nurture future talent in the British fashion and textiles industry. The company will be launching a 12-month apprenticeship programme at the new factory, enabling up to 30 local apprentices to develop their skills alongside some of the most experienced stitchers in the industry.

"You can create all the business plans in the world but sometimes it's just about taking your 'business hat' off and helping people," says Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter. "After visiting the factory for the first time in the lead up to the purchase, I was taken aback by the kindness and generosity of the people. One of our principle motives behind expanding the business into Wales was to protect the jobs of so many highly-skilled workers. We couldn't just say goodbye to people who have dedicated up to 40 years of their lives to the industry and local economy.

"Our experienced stitchers will become a key asset for the business moving forwards. Not only will they play an important role in our growth plans in Wales but they will also assist the learning and development of new apprentices over the next year."

All of Fashion Enter's raw materials are sourced from Leicester before being developed into fashion garments at its four factories in the UK. The company only supplies to British retailers to ensure it is able to maintain a sustainable and ethical business model in the future.