024 – Is the UK Manufacturing Revival Over?
Is the news that Clarks may close its brand new footwear factory in Somerset a sign that the UK manufacturing revival is over?
Up to 300,000 pairs a year of the footwear firm’s iconic desert boots were to be made at the semi-automated facility, creating up to 80 technical and managerial jobs.
But Clarks have recently announced that it may have to close the factory only a few months after it opened.
Clarks started making shoes in Somerset in 1825 but production was moved to the Far East in 2005.
The last remaining Clarks factory in the UK – Millom in Cumbria – closed in 2006.
In this episode I look at why this may have happened, and what it means for the future of UK manufacturing.
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