Faringdon's Simply Schoolwear leaves pupils waiting

An Oxfordshire-based company that makes school uniforms has failed to meet its orders in time for the start of term for the second year running.

Simply Schoolwear in Faringdon blamed delays with its Chinese supplier for its problems.

The company supplies about 318 schools across the country and has between 1,200 and 1,500 affected orders.

Managing director Paula Stockton has apologised to anyone caught up in the problem.

The firm affixes embroidery, names and logos to uniforms manufactured in the Far East and Mrs Stockton said this year it had been "severely let down" by the supplier.

'Really difficult'

Last year, she said delays had been caused by a successful promotion followed by an "avalanche of orders" that it was unable to meet.

An affected parent from Oxfordshire, who did not wish to be named, said the company should have kept customers better informed.

She said: "I'm very lucky because I can go out and buy my son a uniform to put on to wear to school but there are some families in Oxfordshire that would have had to buy for more than one child.

"It must have been really difficult for them especially if they haven't budgeted for it and didn't have any money to go and buy the uniform."

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