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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GMB Say Burberry Leeds Jobs Announcement Is “Bitter Sweet News” As Castleford Is Set To Lose Up To 750 Jobs

We will work positively with the company to ensure this safeguards existing and also creates new quality jobs so desperately needed says GMB

GMB, the union for clothing and textile workers, commented on the announcement that Burberry is to invest over £50m in new trench coat manufacturing and weaving facility in Yorkshire. See notes to editors for copy of company press release.

Tim Roache, GMB Yorkshire Regional Secretary representing Burberry workers, said 'This is bitter sweet news.

GMB welcomes Burberry committing it's future to Yorkshire by announcing this relocation to Leeds.

We will work positively with the company to ensure this safeguards existing and also creates new quality jobs so desperately needed.

However this will be a major blow to the town of Castleford and surrounding areas as Burberry has been the largest employer linked with the town for over 100 years.  Between 700 and 750 workers are employed at Castleford site.  They are all offered to be relocated to Leeds.

This is also early evidence that devolution through the so called Northern Powerhouse will lead to major cities benefiting at the devastating expense of smaller towns and communities."

Darran Travis, GMB Regional Organiser for Burberry said: "Obviously GMB members have concerns over the transition of jobs and the relocation to the new Leeds site. We will be meeting with Burberry over the next few days to ensure these fears are resolved. 

GMB has met with local GMB workplace representatives. The purpose of this meeting was to evaluate the impact this news will have on the GMB membership.  Further meetings are planned to ensure there is a smooth transition of our member’s jobs to the new site."


Contact: Tim Roache 07961 719545 or Darran Travis 07984 570654 or 01484 720088 or 01924 4882255 or GMB press office 07921 289880.

Notes to editors

Copy of Burberry press release: 03.11.2015

Burberry to invest over £50m in new trench coat manufacturing and weaving facility in Yorkshire

British global luxury brand Burberry has announced plans to develop a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and weaving facility in South Bank, Leeds. The proposal represents an initial investment of over £50m in the heart of Yorkshire and is expected to provide permanent employment for more than a thousand people. Work on the new site is due to begin in 2016 with a current completion date of 2019.

The proposed site will allow Burberry to continue to produce its most iconic product, the heritage trench coat, in Yorkshire where the brand has been manufacturing for over half a century. The proposal is divided into phases of development. The first one, announced today, will see an area of the South Bank site redeveloped to create a new facility that will offer increased capacity for trench coat production, more sustainable and efficient ways of manufacturing, and the potential to develop and produce other products at the site.

Subsequent phases of development contain plans to restore and renew the Grade I listed Temple Works building.

Announcing the landmark project, Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey said:

“I am delighted to announce that the next chapter of Burberry’s manufacturing story will be right here in Yorkshire. Burberry is a proudly British brand and we are so excited that our plan for a new site in South Bank, Leeds, means that we will continue to produce our most iconic product – the trench coat – in this wonderful part of the country for many years to come.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said:

“This is wonderful news for Leeds which has its own rich heritage of cloth making and weaving. Burberry is a truly global British brand and it is an honour that the trench coat, an icon that is sought after around the world, will be made in Leeds’ South Bank. We welcome this significant investment in Leeds and are proud that Yorkshire will continue to be the manufacturing home of this great British business, bringing jobs, training and regeneration to the area.”

The new facility will replace the two existing manufacturing and weaving centres in Castleford and Cross Hills, Yorkshire. As part of the proposals, Burberry will be facilitating their regeneration for the local communities. The plan is for all current teams from Castleford and Cross Hills to relocate to the new site, bringing all employees together under one roof.

Working with local and national government, the proposed production facility will provide:

State-of-the art facilities to enable increased production of the iconic trench coat

Capacity to produce expanded outerwear categories

Improved efficiency and sustainability within the production process

A bespoke apprenticeship programme designed to preserve unique textile manufacturing skills in Yorkshire

Notes to editors

About production at Burberry

The Burberry trench coat is currently handmade in Castleford, Yorkshire, by expert craftsmen and women.

The gabardine fabric is woven in the Burberry Mill at Cross Hills, also in Yorkshire.

More than 100 highly skilled processes are completed to make each individual trench coat.

Further information on the history of the Heritage trench coat can be found here.

About Burberry

Established in 1856, Burberry is a British luxury brand with a heritage of innovation, craftsmanship and design.

The Burberry business comprises five divisions: mens, womens, childrens, accessories and beauty.

Burberry is headquartered in London and listed on the London Stock Exchange (BRBY.L.)

Burberry is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index.

Visit for further information.

About Temple Works

Designed by architects, the Bonomi Bros and built by Victorian industrialist John Marshall in 1836-1840, the Temple Works was renowned for its innovative engineering techniques and was used as a flax mill in the 19th Century.





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