Perry’s uniform move into new headquarters

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SCHOOL uniform manufacturer and online retailer Perry Uniform has expanded its Leeds operation with a move to new premises.

The business, which employs 42 people, has moved into new premises in Armley, which is where it originated in 1946.

Before the move, the firm had a site in Bramley and a warehouse in London, both of which have been consolidated into the new, larger operation. Perry Uniform said it has achieved 31 per cent average growth per annum in each of the last three years, with order volume projected to reach £3.5m in the next year. Its current turnover is £3.2m.

A £10,000 grant from Leeds City Council’s business growth fund will be used to expand and equip the new premises, which will include a total of 30,000 sq ft of manufacturing and storage space, and create four new full time jobs – two machinists, a financial controller and a customer services team leader.

A total of £110,000 has been invested in relocating to new premises and equipping the warehouse. It forms part of an investment package worth £810,000, supported by HSBC Bank in Leeds.

Managing director Bernard Bunting said: “Our business plan projects turnover to increase to £4.5m by 2013/14. The new site is capable of accommodating growth to a turnover of £6m, with the potential to double the workforce in the longer term.”

Mr Bunting bought the company out of administration in 2007. It had been struggling following the death in 2003 of Peter Franklin, who built up the business.

Specialists in uniforms for independent primary and secondary schools, Perry Uniform diversified into supplying blazers to sporting clubs and societies, with Harlequins and Northampton Saints rugby clubs among its customers.

Perry Uniform also developed the uniform for the musical Matilda.

The company is now exporting to the United States to support the Broadway edition of the musical.

The company recently moved its London office to Brompton Road, Knightsbridge.

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