Around 80 new jobs will be created as world-wide brand Clarks opens a new manufacturing facility next year (subject to planning permission and other requirements). The new facility will be located in Street, where Clarks was founded in 1825 and it will produce up to 300,000 desert boots per year and it will feature "robot-assisted" technology.

Mike Shearwood, chief executive at Clarks, said: "Clarks has always led the way in shoe design and manufacture having developed a significant proportion of modern shoe construction technologies. This new facility will help us continue that tradition of innovation.

"We are delighted to be bringing shoe manufacturing back to the UK and creating a significant number of highly skilled jobs. Clarks is changing and as a global business we need to innovate and respond to the changing global economic order."

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