The Mayor of Barnsley, Councillor James Michael Stowe, was on hand to help fashion brand Lucy and Yak open their new premises at the Gateway 36 Business Park earlier today.
Created by Barnsley-born Lucy Greenwood and Chris Renwick in 2017, the independent retailer has grown to become an incredibly popular clothing provider with more than 800,000 followers across their social media platforms.
While they have shops in major cities such as Brighton, Bristol, Nottingham and a new store which will open its doors in Manchester's Northern Quarter next month, the heart of the business remains in Barnsley.
The new 40,000-square-foot site in Hoyland will see the company move from their previous home, a 10,000-square-foot unit in Wombwell, where they manufactured scrubs, scrub caps and bags for frontline workers in local NHS hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Councillor Robert Frost, Cabinet spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “It's brilliant to see Lucy and Yak moving into a new site and staying in the borough. For such a well-known fashion brand to continue to operate from Barnsley demonstrates the potential and opportunities we can offer to businesses.
“Our award-winning Enterprising Barnsley business support team are proud to have paid their part by assisting the company in identifying local properties for their expansion as well as providing specialist business coaching support. We will continue to support the company for many years to come.
“It's clear that Lucy and Chris have not forgotten their roots and are investing in Barnsley, giving something back by providing skilled job opportunities for local people. We look forward to seeing Lucy and Yak continue to grow their business operations in the borough.”
Lucy said: “I still can’t believe how far we have come in six years from our first distribution centre being in my parent’s basement in Kendray to now having this beautiful new distribution centre and providing so many jobs to people from my hometown. It feels weird seeing my name on such a huge building!”
Chris added: “We’re really proud to continue growing in Barnsley, Lucy’s hometown, and creating more jobs for the wonderful Barnsley locals!”
For more information about Lucy and Yak, visit www.lucyandyak.com.
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