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Astleys Lands Huge Tesco Contract

A Coventry clothing firm specialist has stitched up a multi-million pound contract to supply clothing to staff at Tesco distribution centres throughout the UK.

Over the next five years workwear specialists John Astley and Sons will be providing at least 500,000 garments to 16 locations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The clothing will be worn by Tesco's drivers, including those at Crick and Hinckley, as well as staff working in warehouses and offices.

The contract includes a range of 40 items including trousers, skirts, jackets, polo shirts, high-visibility waistcoats and thermal underwear.

Jonathan Astley, sales director of Astleys' Industrial Consumables division, said:

"This represents the latest success in our rapidly-growing workwear business.

“By meeting the high standards of a national customer of this calibre, we are demonstrating that Astleys is a now a major player in the marketplace."

Before the contract was agreed, Astleys had to carry out extensive research into the methods used to produce the garments, enabling it to comply with Tesco's ethical policy on the traceability of garments.

Representatives from the firm based in Gosford Street even travelled to Sri Lanka to check the production processes of several manufacturers and to ensure that they were not using child labour or exploiting their workers.

Astleys also had to demonstrate that they could match the supermarket giant's tight specification for good quality clothing that was comfortable to wear and durable.

The firm arranged an extensive series of trials with Tesco staff to assess the performance of various fabrics and styles before identifying those that best met the requirements of different work roles.

Steve White, national sales manager for Astleys' Industrial Consumables, heads the team dedicated to managing the contract

Steve said:

"We took the decision to manage the entire contract from our headquarters in Coventry, enabling us to deliver a consistently excellent service to every Tesco location.  

"It's a round-the-clock responsibility that we take very seriously, because we are aware of the importance of being custodians of the customer's branded image.”

Nick Bond, project buyer in the Tesco corporate purchasing department, said:

"Astleys are giving us a first-class service and have proved that they really have their finger on the pulse of all our distribution centres.

“Astleys understand our need for ethical sourcing with full traceability and in ensuring that the garments meet our very tight specification. We now look forward to proactively developing our business relationships over the next five years."

The firm was established in Coventry in 1730 as a chandler and drysalter. It was incorporated as a limited company in 1892.

Today the company operates three main divisions: Astleys Industrial Consumables, Astleys Industrial Paints and Astley National, which sells products exclusively through a network of distributors.

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