Clitheroe schoolwear firm buys Rochdale business

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Clitheroe schoolwear specialist Trutex is set to maunfacture in the UK for the first time in a decade after acquiring a Rochdale business.

Trutex Limited, one of the best known and long established brands in the school uniform market, has announced the acquisition of John Hall Schoolwear, a Rochdale-based specialist school uniform manufacturing business.

The deal further increases Trutex’s share of the bespoke school uniform market and will see it return to manufacturing garments in the UK for the first time in more than a decade. In addition, it will allow the company to be more reactive to the requirements of its independent retail customer base, offering an improved service and shorter lead times on certain school-specific garments.

John Hall Schoolwear will continue to trade at its current location at Fieldhouse Industrial Estate, Rochdale, as an independent business within the Trutex group, and the founders – John and Maureen Hall – will remain in their current roles.

Trutex’s managing director, Matthew Easter, commented: “Despite the change of ownership, it is ‘business as usual’ for John Hall Schoolwear. We already have a longstanding and good relationship with John and Maureen and envisage no disruption to the everyday running of the business, with existing customers continuing to receive the same high quality garments and service they have come to expect.”

John Hall commented: “Being a family-run company since it was established in 1980, it was essential that any future partner understood the philosophy and strengths we have built up over the years. We are very comfortable that the management team at Trutex are on board with our aims and look forward to working together as part of the wider Trutex group.”

The purchase of John Hall Schoolwear by Trutex Ltd was approved by Endless LLP, which acquired Trutex in February 2010.

Trutex, which was established in 1865 as the Clitheroe Shirting Company, has been producing school uniform for generations. The organisation, which has just over 100 employees, supplies independent retailers throughout the UK. For more information on Trutex, visit: