Building on a thirty year commitment to the skills and expertise of the ceramics industry, Emma Bridgewater Ltd is investing more than £1 million in the Stoke-on-Trent based business as part of an ambitious three year growth plan, creating up to 70 new jobs and further enhancing services to customers.
Following sustained growth over the past three years, we will be increasing production of our distinctive handmade, hand decorated pottery by 40% by 2019 at our Victorian factory on Lichfield Street in Hanley.
Up to 70 new, skilled jobs in manufacturing, customer service and distribution, plus seasonal posts, will be created over the next three years to support our company’s growth plans. By 2019, 45,000 pieces of pottery will be made by hand each week here at the Emma Bridgewater Factory and to free up much needed manufacturing space, we have now opened a new 38,000 square foot distribution and customer service centre off Victoria Road, Fenton around 1/4 mile from the factory
“It is incredibly exciting to be expanding, creating seventy new local employment opportunities and be a part of rebuilding the community around our factory,” explains Emma Bridgewater. “Our state-of-the art distribution centre will dramatically improve service to our customers and I couldn’t be more proud and pleased.
“We’ve been having the mother of all clear outs at the factory and it’s very difficult to imagine now how we’ve been able to squeeze our warehouse inside it for all these years! We’re delighted to have found such a great facility just down the road from the factory.”
Operational from mid-September 2016, the Berryhill distribution centre is also the new base for the business’ Stoke-based, customer service team and various administration posts which support despatch operations. The £1 million investment will also go into further developing traditional skills and techniques used to produce Emma Bridgewater pottery, plus the upgrading of essential planning and communication software as the company continues to grow.
Emma Bridgewater is committed to developing the specialist ceramic skills of the pottery industry and has several partnerships with local schools and universities to encourage young people to work in the industry and consider careers in manufacturing and offers apprenticeships in all areas of the business.
A great success story of British manufacturing enterprise, Emma Bridgewater Ltd produced more than 1.3 million pieces of pottery in 2015 and despatched more than 140,000 orders to 40 countries.