Orchard Clothing gearing up for growth and new jobs

Ben Truslove with Ray Eyre at Orchard Clothing, Hunt End, Redditch.

A Redditch clothing business is dressed to please after expanding into new premises.

Orchard Clothing moved to Unit 6, Hunt End Trading Estate, Dunlop Road, with the help of property agents John Truslove.

And the SME is now searching for extra staff.

Launched in 2012 by owner Ray Eyre, the business, originally based in the town’s Mason Road, supplies school wear, sports wear and work wear throughout the UK.

Customers include government agencies, local authorities, the armed forces, schools, universities and nurseries. The company manufactures its own Orchard brand in the UK and imports from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and China.

Mr Eyre said: “The new location has provided us with a larger showroom, increased stock capacity, our own in-house embroidery facility and improved free parking facilities.

“It started with me and one employee but we quickly took on two others.

“Growth has been 30 per cent in the first year, 20 per cent in year two and 20 per cent in year three.

“Since Christmas we have taken on another two members of staff and a contract book keeper. We are aiming to grow another 20 per cent this year and are looking for two more additional staff plus some temporary part timers for the summer period.”

Orchard Clothing sells to the majority of schools in the area, currently stocking uniforms for Beoley First School, Birchensale Middle School, Church Hill Middle School, Coughton C.E. Primary School, Crabbs Cross Academy, Henley C of E Primary School, Henley-In-Arden School, Ridgeway Middle School, St. Augustine’s Catholic High School, St. Bede’s Catholic Middle School, St. Luke’s C.E. First School, Studley High School, Vaynor First School, Walkwood C of E Middle School, Webheath First School Academy and Woodfield Academy.

And it caters for scouts and girl guides.

It sells work wear to local business and recently launched a new on-line work wear platform.

Offering screen print and design services, it also deals in corporate clothing and T-shirt printing.

Ben Truslove, a director of John Truslove, said: “It is great to see a small business doing so well.

“Particularly impressive is how it has tailored different operations for specific market sectors. I am sure it will go far.”

Orchard Clothing has taken the 1,189 sq ft unit on a five year lease.