Jobs for former Aquascutum workers at Corby

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Former Aquascutum workers in Corby, who lost their jobs in April, could be back at their machines as early as Monday.

Luxury leather and equestrian goods company Swaine Adeney Brigg of Fakenham, in Norfolk, has bought Aquascutum’s machinery and materials and is recruiting between 25 and 30 of the workers who were made redundant.

The company has been granted a licence to operate out of the factory in Princewood Road by the landlord, neighbouring adhesives company Chemence.

A total of 115 workers lost their jobs when Aquascutum closed in Corby after being in the town for 100 years.

Chairman of Swaine Adeney Brigg, Roger Gawn, said: “We produce luxury items and it is important to us that they are British-made.

“We are delighted to be coming to Corby where there is a highly-skilled workforce of former Aquascutum employees. “Their skill set, which we value greatly, is in material handling and we will be making our own trench coats and wet weather wear, umbrella covers and canvass and light leather goods.”

Mr Gawn said once the company has established a pattern or sales and growth in Corby more jobs could become available.

Swaine Adeney Brigg, which also makes luxury luggage, was visited in 1980 by actor Harrison Ford and movie director Steven Spielberg who asked the company to produce the iconic Indiana Jones hat.

Spielberg revealed that the hat would be pivotal to the character and the plot. After coming up with the design the firm received an order for 45 hats of assorted sizes, some for Mr Ford and the rest for the film stunt actors on the set of Raiders of The Lost Ark.

The company is appointed as whip and glovemakers to the Queen and suppliers of umbrellas to the Prince of Wales.

In May administrators announced that the majority of Aquascutum’s UK business and assets were sold to a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of YGM Trading Limited.

YGM is the owner of the Aquascutum brand across Asia and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

The sale included the UK stores, concessions and head office operations, and it saved the jobs of more than 100 employees elsewhere in the country.

When Corby workers lost their jobs they were told there was no money to pay wages and there would be no redundancy payments.