14 February 2020

Luxury fashion brand Burberry has launched a new Centre for Manufacturing Excellence in West Yorkshire.

The new Castleford facility has been supported by the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT), which provided training to the team at Burberry. This enabled the development of a new, formalised industrial sewing machinist development programme, as well as providing practical techniques to refresh and expand the skillset of workers.

Lise Edwards-Warrener, vice president of internal manufacturing at Burberry, said: "We have created some of our most iconic products in Castleford and Keighley in Yorkshire for over 100 years.

"We firmly believe in protecting artisanal skills, nurturing talent and investing in British fashion manufacturing through programmes including the Burberry Centre for Manufacturing Excellence.

"Partnering with UKFT has been key in bringing this initiative to life and we are proud of the impact the programme is already having, and will continue to have, on our local community."

Celia Thornley, skills and training manager at UKFT, added: "We are delighted to partner with this iconic British luxury brand, which is committed to manufacturing here in the UK. Improving the training skills on the factory floor is key to ensuring that our industry remains competitive against global competition."

Burberry has manufacturing operations in Castleford and Keighley, as well as a shared services centre in Leeds.