Jobs joy at clothing company as business expands

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A GROWING manufacturing company is looking at taking on up to 12 extra people a month to swell its staff by almost 100 posts this year.

The AMA Group in Peterlee now has 55 staff working on contracts for Tesco, Fred Perry and many more national and independent brands. 

But the company, which celebrates its first birthday at the end of the month, is expanding and expecting to have a 150-strong workforce by the end of the year.

And they predict the prosperous times for AMA will continue, even after this year’s recruitment drive is completed. Joint managing directors Paul Watts and Julie Price explained more.

Paul said: “We will continue to increase the number of machinists we employ to meet the demand from our growing list of clients.

“The workforce does a tremendous job but we need to increase production levels by bringing in extra people meet the high levels of demand. 

“We are planning to recruit between eight and 12 people every month on permanent full-time contracts, to take our staff numbers to around 150.” 

Julie said: “The revival of clothing manufacturing in East Durham is firmly established and over the last eleven months our growth has been rapid.

“The response has been fantastic and we continue to receive requests from companies who want to work with us.

“Our plans, for 2015 and beyond, are ambitious and we do believe the 150 people we will employ by the end of the year will rise significantly as we progress into 2016.”

Peter Dawson, 55 from Peterlee worked in the industry and AMA director David Price was his first boss.

He said: “It’s just like the good old days and it’s so nice to be doing a job I genuinely love.”

Sharon Ayre, 47, from Shotton Colliery was unemployed until she was offered a job with The AMA Group.

She said: “I worked for Dewhirst when the industry was at its peak and I loved it so when I heard about the plans to bring clothing manufacturing back to the area, I really wanted to be part of it.

“The first year has been brilliant. It is such a nice working environment, much more relaxed than it used to be but we work hard and everyone enjoys it.”

The AMA Group is based at Whitehouse Business Park in Peterlee.