It has been announced that following the retirement of directors Charles and Deborah Horton, Charles Kirk has ceased UK manufacture.
This announcement comes following disruption caused by Brexit and the demise of the textile industry. The Horton family made the decision as a result of reduced sales of UK made products and the cost of maintaining machines in Worthing, Sussex.
As of October 1, Coolflow Schoolwear will distribute the Charles Kirk brand from its business operation in Leicester, with the aim of achieving a shorter and leaner supply chain, allowing the products to remain competitive.
Charles Kirk was founded in 1939 and was run for many years by the Horton family.