Mulberry submits plans for new Bridgwater factory

Mulberry model
Image caption Some Mulberry handbags can sell for more than £3,000

Luxury goods company Mulberry has submitted plans for a new factory in Somerset which it says would create about 300 jobs.

The factory would be in North East Bridgwater and the plans have been welcomed by Sedgemoor District Council.

Council leader Duncan McGinty said they were working with Mulberry to ensure the plans include an employment and skills agreement.

Outline permission for employment use of the site has already been granted.

The detailed planning application, which has now been submitted, will be considered by councillors in July.

Mulberry - best known for its handbags - has already expanded its factory at Chilcompton, Somerset, by almost a third, and announced last year that it intended to open another in the county.

It represents a £7.5m investment and the project has backing from the government's regional growth fund.

The factory would double the UK production of Mulberry which was launched as a fashion brand in 1971 and has expanded internationally.

Mr McGinty said: "We are naturally delighted Mulberry has chosen to consider Bridgwater for this important development and welcome the opportunities it will bring for employment and training.

"We believe it illustrates the considerable attraction our district has as a first class location for businesses ranging from start-up local companies to those with international reputations."

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