In pictures: Boohoo unveils ‘model factory’ to reinvigorate Leicester rag trade

Garment worker demonstrating a machine at Boohoo model factory, Leicester

Boohoo has opened the doors of its first clothing production factory, which boss John Lyttle says is a commitment to Leicester’s “great future” as the hub of the UK textiles industry.

Boohoo’s ‘model factory’ spans 23,000 sq ft and currently has 100 employees, who are producing 6,000 garments per week, primarily for the group’s Dorothy Perkins and Oasis brands.

The site will employ 180 garment workers at full capacity, working across two shifts. It aims to produce 20,000 items of clothing per week, as well as up to 40,000 graphic printed T-shirts using high-tech painting machines, which could allow Boohoo brands to offer customers more personalised clothing items in the future. 

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