Clothing manufacturer SR Gent is to close two more of its factories in the United Kingdom.

Gent's will not say whether the work will be transferred to plants overseas, but this latest announcement will leave just two factories in Britain - at Barnsley and Rotherham in South Yorkshire - together with a nearby distribution centre at Carlton.

The factories due to close are at South Kirkby and Mexborough in South Yorkshire. South Kirkby will close at the end of January; the Mexborough factory at the end of March. Total redundancies are expected to amount to 175.

A spokeswoman for SR Gent, which is a major supplier to Marks and Spencer, said: "The decision has been taken because of the current climate. It will secure the business for the foreseeable future and enable us to remain competitive."

She said the company had consulted representatives of the textile section of the GMB union. Some staff would have the opportunity to transfer to the two remaining plants, she said.

"SR Gent is a company that used to manufacture exclusively in the UK. It had about 10 factories and employed thousands of people. Since Marks and Spencer abandoned its 'Made in Britain' label, it has been moving manufacturing abroad," said a spokesman for the union. "Manufacturing is now being done in countries like Sri Lanka and Indonesia."

By Clive Hinchliffe.