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Is the UK Manufacturing Revival Over?

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.

BBC News article about the closure of Clarks Factory


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Comment on this episode


  1. Mr Colin Springthorpe on January 25, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Hi what are reasons behind closer, is it cost or sales or again Brexit. Regards Colin Springthorpe textile trade UK.

  2. Mark Edwards on February 1, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    If the government wants to encourage UK manufacturing ,they should incentivise it now through tax relief for brands that manufacture part or all of their production in the UK.

  3. DOnna on February 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Please bring manufacturing to Slough, it is supposed to be the best place to work.

    I am yet to find local work here, I would love to work in manufacturing preferably in Slough.
    It is my goal to work for a UK made brand.

  4. Marcia on February 1, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Kate, I do hope you get Colin to listen to your podcast about Clarkes’ factory closure where he will get the answers to his questions.
    I also hope you can speak to the CBR who are very negative about UK after Brexit.

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