Burberry begins manufacturing PPE at Yorkshire factory

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Listed fashion brand, Burberry Group, has begun manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) at its trench coat factory in Castleford, West Yorkshire.

According to CEO Marco Gobbetti, the factory is manufacturing non-surgical gowns for use by frontline medical and care workers.

The group is also supply surgical masks through its supply chain and supplying them to the NHS and charities such as Marie Curie.

To date, it has donated more than 100,000 pieces of PPE.

The group has taken a number of key steps to reduce spend on non-essential areas – such as pay cuts for senior leaders – and redirected to vital areas of the business.

Monies will be going towards procuring and distributing PPE, helping foodbanks and supporting healthcare charities around the world, the group said.