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Now consultants are drawing up a financial rescue plan for the loss making company after it announced the closure of one of its three remaining British factories yesterday.
R Griggs, the family owned group behind the Dr Martens brand, is to halt production at its factory in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, and move some of the work abroad.
Some 94 of the company’s 1,400 British workforce will lose their jobs as a result.
Talks between management and union officials will begin on August 5.
The brainchild of German doctor Klaus Maertens,
who invented the revolutionary air cushioned sole while convalescing from a skiing injury, Dr Martens footwear has been making fashion statements for more than 30 years.
Some five million pairs of boots, shoes and sandals were sold worldwide last year.
Griggs, which closed a factory in Somerset last December and appointed new directors in an attempt to turn its performance around, has appointed accountancy giant KPMG to review its global operations.
Company secretary William Johnson said last night: ‘Trading conditions remain difficult. We very much regret the loss of jobs.’
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