Potential Aquascutum buyer is in town

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A PROSPECTIVE buyer for clothing manufacturer Aquascutum has visited the town to speak to local politicians and workers.

The clothing retailer which has a factory in Princewood Road Corby and opened its first based in Kettering more than 100 years ago, went into administration last week.

Since then, administrators FRP Advisory LLP have confirmed that there had been a healthy interest in the firm from bidders across the world.

One of those hoping to table a bid is Salford-based Cooper and Stollbrand. Boss James Eden met local representatives, including Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Louise Mensch and Cllr David Sims yesterday.

Cllr Sims said: “There were also three people who came along from the company to speak to Mr Eden.

“What’s important to us is that they want to keep the manufacturing facility at Corby open.

“Our main priority is to protect Corby jobs.

MP Louise Mensch said: “The part that is vital to us is that this company is interested in bringing jobs back to Corby.

“Of course, we will let the bidding process play itself out but we’re interested in meeting anyone who wants to keep these highly-skilled jobs in the town.”