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Schoolwear firm broadens horizons

A high-end schoolwear company in Magherafelt has signed deals to supply a number of major retailers in Great Britain.

K.K. Bespoke Schoolwear is working with specialist retailers including WD Coes of Ipswich, Hewitts of Croydon and The Schoolwear Company in Norwich on uniforms required by students at around 200 schools.

The company accessed support from Invest NI to accelerate its sales outside Northern Ireland. It has already lined up eight new accounts and is negotiating with another 10 customers.

The firm, which was founded in 1954 and currently employs 20 people, did not say how much the new business was worth.

Mona Houston, K.K. Bespoke’s marketing director, said: “The new business will see us supplying uniforms to many of the most highly regarded secondary level and private schools in England.

“I believe we secured the contracts because all our products are designed and manufactured in Northern Ireland. This allows for stringent control of production and ensures continuity in quality, fabrics and reliability of deliveries.”

She added: “Our vision for the future is one where we continually strive to develop a close partnership with both suppliers and customers in order to build a strong business foundation which benefits all parties involved.”

Invest NI’s north west regional office manager Des Gartland said: “K.K. Bespoke is an excellent example of how a Northern Ireland company operating in an intensely competitive marketplace can succeed through focusing resources to become a key provider of quality products and quick response services to customers in an important market niche.

“Our support has been geared to enable the company to market its expertise professionally and aggressively.”