Lingerie firm says it will have to leave Britain because of Brexit
A lingerie company catering for women with voluptuous figures says it will have to leave Britain ahead of Brexit.
The Big Bloomers Company was set up in 2007 by Laura Murray, 53, and her mother, Dianne Mannering, 76.
It sold £3 million of extra-large knickers, bras and tights this year, mostly in the UK, but the products are made in Italy. Big Bloomers – which has ten employees in Penryn, Cornwall – is planning to shift operations to the European Union ahead of the UK leaving next March, with Ireland its most likely destination.
Warning: Laura Murray, centre, says her lingerie firm will have to quit Britain because of Brexit
Murray, who plans to move with her firm, said the switch would go ahead barring a ‘miracle’ in Brexit negotiations.
She believes a hard Brexit, and customs delays, would ‘sink’ her business within two months so it will be safer to move to Ireland, which would allow her to import stock within the EU and then post garments to customers in the UK.
Mannering said: ‘Sitting it out till the end of next March in the hope Theresa May negotiates favourable import terms is not an option.
We have to act now to secure an unrestricted flow of stock in 2019.’
The Government last week began issuing guidance on how to cope with a no-deal Brexit.
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