Northern Clothing Company (NCC), based at the Tyne Tunnel trading Estate, will produce high quality sports clothing for adults and children, aiming to surpass imports from the Far East.
The company was thought up by former Newcastle Falcons player and MD at Orion Teamwear, Richard Metcalfe, and Paul Varley, a North East LEP Board Member and former MD at Carillon Energy Services.
The pair identified a gap in the market for onshore production, and believe they can match the quality of existing products, whilst improving on delivery time.
The company was formed by Richard Metcalfe and Paul Varley who identified a gap in the market for onshore production, and believe they can match the quality of existing products, whilst improving on delivery time.
Between ten and fifteen seamstress jobs are currently on offer, with hopes of creating further roles in the future.
Managing director at NCC, Richard Metcalfe, said: “Our aim is to re-shore the manufacturing of sports clothing from the Far East and re-establish this lost industry in the North East of England.
“In our first few weeks of operation the response we have had from prospective customers has been incredibly positive and as a result we are looking to hire 10-15 experienced seamstresses across the next few months and would welcome applications.”
NCC received Let’s Grow funding in order to help launch the business.
Mr Metcalfe added: “We are grateful for the help from Let’s Grow and North Tyneside Council in establishing our state of the art premises in the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate and in procuring leading edge equipment to automate the manufacturing processes.”
Let’s Grow project advisor Andrew Frost said: “We’re delighted to have supported Northern Clothing Company with a Let’s Grow grant, and have been extremely impressed with the progress the company has made since the grant was awarded in early February this year.
“It’s really refreshing to see clothing manufacturing coming back to the Northeast after many years of off shoring to the Far East.”
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