A POPULAR schoolwear firm that provided uniforms for youngsters in Burton and South Derbyshire has been placed into liquidation.
In a shock announcement, directors of Imprint Schoolwear, based in Bretby Business Park, Ashby Road, revealed that the current economic climate had forced them to take the difficult decision.
Bosses also said that ‘increase in availability of school uniform from supermarkets’ had been a major factor in the move.
A statement issued by the firm said: “The directors and staff of Imprint Schoolwear would like to thank customers for their custom, support and encouragement over the past three years.
“Unfortunately, due to the current economic climate and the increase in availability of school uniform from supermarkets, we have taken the difficult decision to place the company into liquidation.
“While we are disappointed that we will no longer be able to serve parents and children, we are certain that our presence in the market has made a difference to the prices of schoolwear locally and to customers’ expectation to receive a friendly customer service when buying school uniform.
“We wish all the children we have served a wonderful education and hope that we have contributed to your comfort in school, if only for a short time.”
Despite attempts, the Mail has been unable to ascertain how many staff had lost their jobs as a result of the demise of the business.
The firm supplied uniforms for a host of secondary schools, including Abbot Beyne, John Port, John Taylor, Paulet, Pingle and William Allitt.
The firm’s slogan was ‘We offer a unique solution that addresses all of these challenges, saves parents money, generates funds for schools and raises awareness of pupils about the world in which they live’.
Imprint Schoolwear was renowned for a scheme that saw it sponsor the schooling of a Burundian youngster for a year for every school which recommended it as its main uniform supplier.