M&S Revival Gives Boost to Factories; TEXTILES: Rise in Sales Proves Good News for Workers at Welsh Clothing Plants as Order Books Fill

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M&S Revival Gives Boost to Factories; TEXTILES: Rise in Sales Proves Good News for Workers at Welsh Clothing Plants as Order Books Fill


Byline: CERI JONES

MARKS & Spencer's stuttering rise from the ashes has brought fresh job hope to Wales.

A shadow hung over hundreds of textile workers in Wales as the High Street giant went through a huge slump and sourced more supplies from abroad.

It led to the closure of the Dewhirst factory in Lampeter, while its sister plant in Goodwick near Fishguard was put under notice of review.

Now as 2001 comes to an end, a revival in its fortunes has had a knock on effect on Dewhirst's fortunes.

Although Lampeter closed in the spring with the loss of 165 jobs, the threat hanging over Fishguard has been lifted. Its 200 employees are working to full capacity - as are the 550 workers in its Swansea factory and 400 in Cardigan.

With full order books Cardigan and Swansea are looking to recruit an extra 20 machinists each with Fishguard aiming to take on another 10.

"It was a very difficult time, " said Cardigan manager Julie Griffith.

"It was probably the hardest time we have ever had. We were having weekly and monthly reviews.

"It was a very hard time but people were very committed. We worked very hard to prove that we could do it.

"Now the future is looking good.

We are very proud to work for Marks & Spencer. They are still the best retailer out there."

The link between Dewhirst and M&S stretches back more than 100 years, and today the three Welsh factories work solely for the retailer.

M&S's problems were first felt in 1998 when the company recorded its first fall in profits. The same year the company told its major suppliers to make greater use of cheaper foreign labour.

Dewhirst's factory at Ystalyfera in the Upper Swansea Valley was an early casualty closing with the loss of 250 jobs the same year.

Two years ago M&S appointed new chairman and chief executive Luc Vandevelde.

He has overseen a major restructuring of the group, including the sell off of its foreign stores, closure of its mail order catalogue and the appointment of new designers to freshen up its somewhat outdated image. …

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