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News : VF Corporation Set to Bring 120 Jobs in Move into Nottingham
Feb 11, 2014 -- An American clothing giant will create 120 jobs in Nottingham when it moves into the city later this year.
VF Corporation, which already employs 200 people at Calverton, is opening new offices at NG2 business park.
It plans to create a customer service centre in a building known as The Curve, and will recruit significant numbers of people who can speak a range of foreign languages.
Expansion also mens an additional 30 new jobs at Calverton
At The Curve – a building formerly occupied by Halifax Bank of Scotland before it closed down – it will open a European customer service centre working with wholesalers and consumers shopping through its online stores.
Paddy Emmerson, VF Northern Europe's finance director, revealed that Nottingham had been competing with Prague in the Czech Republic as potential site for the new operation.
"Nottingham wasn't our only option, but we chose to come here because we already have a significant presence at Calverton and we knew we would be able to recruit the right kind of people," he said.
"The tram links to the NG2 Business Park were also a big thing. Good transport is important and the alternative sites that we looked at could not compare."
The Nottingham operation will not be a conventional call centre. Staff will be working on relationship management with wholesalers and with people who buy clothes from VF's growing online stores.
"If you look at all the countries we operate in then we need to have a team which can cover around 11 different languages," said Mr Emmerson.
"It is not a call centre. The kind of people we are looking for will be people who can develop and manage relationships with our customers, take charge of problems and solve them, not pass them on to someone else."
Mr Emmerson said that he anticipated that once recruitment and transfers were complete around 200 people would work in Nottingham and 200 at Calverton.
But he added that the numbers could grow.
"I have been with the business since 1993 and it never stays the same.
The deal to bring VF to Nottingham is also being hailed as a significant inward investment for the city which has filled prominent high quality office space.
Lorraine Baggs, trade and investment manager at Invest in Nottingham, the inward investment division of Nottingham City Council, said: "VF is a valued employer in the city and county, and is making a significant contribution to our economy. We've been working together for some time to find the right solutions for the company to enable them to remain and expand in the area.
"We're delighted to see them moving to The Curve and very much look forward to continuing to support them in the future."
The deal also brought work for two Nottingham property consultancies, with Innes England acting for the former occupiers of the building and FHP representing the building's landlord, F&C Reit.
Craig Straw, a director of Innes England, said: "This is a significant win for the city.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About VF Corporation:
VF Corporation is an American clothing corporation. VF corporation sells jeanswear, underwear, daypacks, and workwear. The corporate headquarters are in Greensboro, North Carolina, while the International headquarters were recently moved to Stabio, Switzerland.
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014