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Duo UK backs Manchester women looking to bag a job

Duo UK has teamed up with Dress for Success Manchester, a charity which helps disadvantaged women back to work by providing them with professional clothing, interview training and peer support.

Duo UK has used its expertise in retail packaging to design, manufacture and donate 2000 bespoke store carrier bags for Dress for Success Manchester, which has also been chosen as one of the official charities for Vogue's Fashion Night Out which will be held in Manchester next month.

Founder of Dress for Success Manchester, Anna-Louise Gilhooley, explained: "We are all about giving women who have had a tough time the confidence to go back to work -since we opened in July we have already helped around 100 women and as we grow we hope to help over 1000 women a year bag the job.

"Many of the individuals we see are long term unemployed; they may be ex-offenders, recovering drug addicts, or women who have suffered various health problems. Despite these issues just over 50% of our clients go on to bag themselves a job, thanks to the mix of interview training, careers advice and the professional styling we provide.

"Giving an outfit is a simple, but very practical way to help give job seekers the extra confidence boost to succeed. Clothing can be either end-of-line stock donated by retailers or high quality pre-loved items given by professional women. Thanks to Duo UK, we are able to give our ladies clothes in a quality bag akin to what you'd find in a high-end retailer. It really does make the whole experience complete."

Duo UK is a well-established supplier to the retail industry, counting the likes of ASOS, Land's End, JD Williams and Boohoo.com as longstanding clients and have used this knowledge to help Dress for Success, as Zoe Brimelow from Duo explains: "Thanks to our experience of working with retailers, we understand the positive impact high quality, branded packaging typically has on a customer's shopping experience. We want the women who visit Dress for Success to have a similar experience and leave feeling at their very best.

"As a business we provide employment and training to around 80 local people, including a number of apprentices, so we were delighted to be able to support a likeminded charity which is all about helping people get back on their feet by providing practical support to find employment."

Vogue's Fashion Night out will take place in Manchester on Thursday 10th October and involve the likes of Burberry, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Emporio Armani; it will be a celebration of all things fashion, with the aim of bringing retailers and shoppers together. Donation points for Dress for Success will be available in many stores taking part in the event; drop-off points include LK Bennet, Oasis, Long Tall Sally, and Simply Be.



Zoe And The Bag



Published: 27/09/2013

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