David Nieper Reports Post Brexit Expansion

Derbyshire fashion house, David Nieper has this month experienced strong post Brexit demand and has taken the decision to increase production to help meet sales demand. Customers from the UK, EU and further afield are still ordering and the company is investing in the future with more equipment and creating more local jobs.

The majority of the new jobs will be sewing machinists who will join the David Nieper sewing school to hone their skills during an intensive 6 month training course.   The new recruits, once trained will target a 10%-15% increase in production for the company, which produces 3,000 garments every week.

The business is also making a substantial investment in a new high speed mailing line at one of its Derbyshire factories. David Nieper currently mails 9 million fashion brochures to its private clients, one third of which are in French, German or Dutch language for its private clients in Europe, the new line will double the productivity.

Christopher Nieper, Managing Director of David Nieper commented: “The weaker GBP is a shot of adrenalin for British exporters and I hope this will encourage more companies to manufacture in Britain and develop British skills. This might be the opportunity to reverse the ‘offshoring’ trend and bring fashion production back to the UK.

“One month on from the referendum, there is still a tremendous appetite for quality British fashion. Our European customers account for one third of our sales and we will shortly be launching our new collections for Autumn/ Winter 2016. The new range will be supported with television advertising in both France and Germany and we have assured our European customers they can purchase the same beautifully tailored styles at the same prices, irrespective of Brexit.

David Nieper is a family run business and this year celebrates its 55<sup>th</sup> anniversary. The company employs 250+ staff in Derbyshire with offices in France, Germany and Holland. David Nieper buys fabrics in Europe, employs sales staff in Europe, has one third of its customers in Europe yet manufactures everything at its factories in Britain with the best of British skills.22