Jobs to be created at Alfreton clothing firm

Managing director of David Nieper Christopher Nieper inspects the company's latest catalogue. The firm is to invest �1.75million in building an in-house printworks.

Managing director of David Nieper Christopher Nieper inspects the company's latest catalogue. The firm is to invest �1.75million in building an in-house printworks.

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A £1.75 million new printworks at an Alfreton clothing makers is set to create 35 new jobs.

David Nieper, based on Nottingham Road, is to begin expanding into an 11,000 sq ft unit at Monk House Industrial estate to begin producing its own in -house catalogue.

The investment has been helped through a £245,000 grant from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund.

The Derby City Council-run fund was launched in December 2012 with the aim of creating 2,200 new jobs in Derbyshire by 2020.

Managing director Christopher Nieper, said: “Over a third of our sales are to overseas customers buying from foreign language versions of our catalogues.

“With the grant from the Derby Enterprise Growth Fund to help purchase the new printing press, we can now ramp-up our marketing overseas to expand our export customer base.

“More sales mean more local jobs, and thanks to the grant, we are on target to hire a further 35 new members of staff by the end of next year and will be able to reduce our printing costs.”

The eco-friendly new printing press will begin producing ‘Vogue’ quality catalogues from the summer 2014. Work is due to begin on the machinery in December.

Previously the company out-sourced the printing of between eight and ten million copies of its catalogue a year to outside printing firms.

The new facility, Mr Nieper said, will not only save the firm money in the long term, but will reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

He said: “It’s a very, very green way of doing things.

“Rather than getting paper grown in Scandanavia, which would then be shipped to China for printing and shipped back to the UK for distribution - this way all the printing, packing and distribution is done under one roof.”

So far the expansion has led to the employment of six new staff, including a skilled printer and print finishing team leader.

However Mr Nieper the plan will be to recruit the remainder of the jobs from the Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton area and intends to begin advertising the posts soon. Previous experience in the print industry is not essential as training can be provided.

David Nieper has been designing and manufacturing women’s fashion for more than 50 years and currently employs 230 people.