We are com­mit­ted to re­gion, says Burberry as of­fice opens

North hub will house 100 more staff than planned

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LUX­URY FASH­ION brand Burberry opened its new of­fice in Leeds on Mon­day and re-it­er­ated its com­mit­ment to York­shire with the news that the site at 6 Queen Street in the city cen­tre will house over 400 staff, 100 more than was orig­i­nally planned.

The firm said Burberry Busi­ness Ser­vices (BBS) will bring to­gether staff from Burberry’s fi­nance, HR, pro­cure­ment, cus­tomer ser­vice and IT teams to sim­plify pro­cesses and team­work across func­tions. It has taken over four floors in the build­ing.

Burberry aims to have over 400 roles in the Leeds of­fice by the end of 2018. A small num­ber of th­ese roles have moved from Horse­ferry House in Lon­don, whilst some will be com­pletely new.

Burberry is now propos­ing to move a num­ber of roles in its IT teams to Leeds and this is still un­der con­sul­ta­tion. The teams have been no­ti­fied and Burberry en­vis­ages th­ese roles will move to Leeds in sum­mer 2018, sub­ject to con­sul­ta­tion.

Ear­lier this year Burberry let an op­tion lapse on the Grade I listed Tem­ple Works build­ing in Leeds’s South Bank. The firm said it still owns land in Leeds and re­it­er­ated that it is com­mit­ted to York­shire.

The lux­ury fash­ion brand said it is con­sid­er­ing whether to de­velop the 10 acres of land it owns next to the build­ing or whether to main­tain the sites it cur­rently owns at Castle­ford and Cross Hills in York­shire. An­other op­tion would be to build a new green­field site.

Julie Brown, CFO and COO at Burberry, said: “We are pleased to an­nounce the open­ing of Burberry Busi­ness Ser­vices to­day in Leeds, deep­en­ing our ties with York­shire and re­in­forc­ing our com­mit­ment to the UK.

“Our choice of Leeds un­der­lines our be­lief in the strong tal­ent avail­able in the North of Eng­land and we see it as an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for our busi­ness.” Burberry said that one of the con­sid­er­a­tions dur­ing the of­fice lo­ca­tion de­ci­sion process was York­shire’s con­nec­tion with uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges. It said it needs a highly skilled work­force which it feels that Leeds of­fers, with op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ate roles and ap­pren­tice­ships. It added that the his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion with Burberry and its trench coat man­u­fac­tur­ing in York­shire mar­ries well with Leeds as a de­vel­op­ing cen­tre and a cul­tural hub.

It is now look­ing for tal­ent in the re­gion and sees the lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges as a very im­por­tant tal­ent pool in the fu­ture.

Burberry said that the de­ci­sion to cre­ate a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in Leeds will make it more pro­duc­tive and ef­fi­cient by sim­pli­fy­ing pro­cesses and fos­ter­ing team­work across func­tions.

It said con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween its Lon­don and Leeds bases will be of the ut­most im­por­tance and its head of­fice will re­main in Lon­don. The firm al­ready op­er­ates in a global en­vi­ron­ment and the firm said all teams will con­tinue to work ef­fec­tively in this pro­posed model.

Burberry said that as it al­ready has two man­u­fac­tur­ing sites in York­shire (at Castle­ford and Cross Hills) and a ware­house in Blyth, Northum­ber­land, it makes sense for Burberry to have an of­fice hub in the North of Eng­land.

In July Burberry un­veiled ris­ing first quar­ter sales, driven by strong per­for­mances in China and in the UK.

The com­pany re­ported a 3 per cent in­crease in re­tail sales to £478m in the three months to June 30, while like-for-like sales rose 4 per cent in the first set of re­sults un­der new chief ex­ec­u­tive Marco Gob­betti.

Rev­enue was helped by the UK, where the weaker pound lifted sales, although Burberry said it saw a “de­cel­er­a­tion” of this trend to­wards the end of the quar­ter.

Mr Gob­betti said: “We are pleased with our per­for­mance in the first quar­ter, while mind­ful of the work still to do.

“This is a time of great change for Burberry and the wider lux­ury in­dus­try.”

HEAD­QUAR­TERS: Fash­ion group Burberry said it is on the look­out for tal­ent in the re­gion as it opened its new of­fices at 6 Queen Street in Leeds, in­set.

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