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Deputy PM opens Mulberry factory

Nick Clegg opens Mulberry factory Photo: ITV News West Country

The Deputy Prime Minister has been in Somerset to open a factory that's created hundreds of new jobs.

Nick Clegg went to handbag manufacturers Mulberry in Bridgwater where he met apprentices set to benefit from the new base.

More than 300 jobs have been created for people of all ages. The investment could have gone elsewhere the leather is largely Italian and when Mulberry was looking to expand it had factories in Somerset, Italy and Turkey, but £2.5 million from the government has ensured its stayed in the county.

More than 300 jobs created at Mulberry Credit: ITV News West Country

It's the thing that actually kept them here. In the long run if they were going to go to Turkey where they can make these bags more cheaply, it's absolutely critical that this sort of thing stays. We make things in this country."

– Tessa Munt MP Lib Dem, Wells

Mulberry is a Somerset success story. A British success story, a brand that is known around the world and that is now in partnership with the government helping to employ scores of people locally here who were otherwise struggling to find work."

– Nick Clegg

Mulberry's customers my be growing oversees, but the company believes its British craftsmanship and design that has become its strongest selling point in the luxury goods market.

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