Published on July 29th, 2013 | by The GC Team0
John Lewis announces 2-year UK manufacturing target
John Lewis today outlined its support for UK manufacturing by setting a two-year 15% growth target for sales of all goods that are made in the UK.
Sales of UK-sourced products at John Lewis totalled £480m in 2012, which is an increase of 9% on the retailer’s 2011 baseline. 10,500 products currently featureM2040-725 the retailer’s ‘Made in UK’ identifier – a small union flag symbol to highlight products made by British suppliers. Its aim is to further promote UK design and quality and to enable customers to more easily identify UK-manufactured goods.
The commitment comes on the 60th anniversaryM2050-238 of John Lewis’s manufacturing arm, Herbert Parkinson in Lancashire, which produces a range of home textile products and has over 250 staff who are John Lewis Partners.
Stuart McDonald, managing director of Herbert Parkinson, said: “UK manufacturing remains a key focus for John Lewis so it’s apt that we are able to launch this target at a time when we are celebrating 60 years as Partners of John Lewis and our commitment to UK manufacturing.”
John Lewis said it aims to support UK business and encourage entrepreneurship. The retailer currently has 207 UK suppliers, up from 132 last year.