Growing, the Boohoo brand wants to create 5,000 jobs in the United Kingdom

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August 12, 2021

British online clothing chain Boohoo has announced a five-year investment plan to create 5,000 jobs in the UK to meet growing demand.

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The company, created 15 years ago and headquartered in Manchester (northern England), plans to invest £ 500 million in the country, according to a statement. This money will go towards opening additional warehouses and new IT systems, so that we can serve more customers more quickly.

The company also achieves around half of its sales abroad, particularly the United States and Australia. “The investments we are planning will help us to continue to grow, to increase the number of customers,” said John Lyttle, Managing Director. “The growth of the company over the past 15 years has been phenomenal,” but “it has not been without challenges,” he admits.

Boohoo’s image has been tarnished since last year by a scandal over deplorable working conditions at suppliers. In addition to press information, the association for the defense of workers’ rights Labor Behind the Label had denounced the working conditions with suppliers in England, in particular a level of wages well below the legal minimums.

The company commissioned a report in the wake that found no evidence that Boohoo had committed any crimes, but felt the group had turned a blind eye to the practices of its suppliers. In December, the daily The Guardian made new revelations, accusing Boohoo of selling items made in Pakistan by underpaid workers.

The group had appealed in November to a former judge to guarantee its good practices with the mission of supervising the improvements made in the choice of its suppliers and the respect of ethical rules in its supply chain.

Boohoo, which reaped the full benefits of the online shopping boom with the pandemic, has bought out bankrupt UK retail brands, such as the Debenhams department store and several from the fallen Arcadia clothing empire.

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