John Lewis plots 15% growth for UK-made goods

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Retailer works with 207 UK-based business including jewellers.

John Lewis has announced plans to support British manufacturing by setting itself a two-year 15% growth target for sales of all UK-made goods sold in its stores.

John Lewis’ sales of UK-sourced products totalled £480m in 2012, an increase of 9% on the retailer’s 2011 baseline. Some 10,500 products are currently listed at Made in UK at John Lewis’s, represented by a small union flag symbol. Its two-year growth target aims to further promote UK design and quality and allow customers to more easily identify UK manufactured products.

The company works with a number of British producers as well as British jewellery brands including Alexis Dove, Martick, Dower & Hall, Alex Monroe, Claudia Bradby and London Road.

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The retailer’s commitment marks the 60th anniversary of John Lewis’s Lancashire-based manufacturing arm, Herbert Parkinson, which produces home textile products including woven fabrics for the company.

Herbert Parkinson managing director Stuart McDonald 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 increased its number of UK suppliers from 132 last year to its current figure of 207.
 

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