Firms to get royal approval

PRINCESS Anne will visit Alfreton-based fashion house David Nieper and Somercotes chocolate firm Thorntons on 12th September as part of her tour of Derbyshire businesses.

The luxury fashion house has been manufacturing lingerie, nightwear and women’s clothing in Alfreton for 50 years, while Thorntons is in its centenary year.

The Princess Royal will be taken on a tour of the family-run David Nieper business, which was founded in 1961 and now employs more than 200 skilled people from the region.

David Nieper is renowned for its use of the highest quality fabrics and its commitment to developing fashion talent within the UK.

All its collections are made in Derbyshire.

Christopher Nieper, managing director of David Nieper, said: “We are excited and honoured to be hosting the Princess Royal during her visit to Derbyshire.

“It’s a fitting way to mark our Golden Jubilee year and will be an event our staff will remember for a very long time.

“As long standing President of UK Fashion Exports, the Princess is known for her support of British fashion, so I hope she will enjoy seeing our products and learning about our constant efforts to nurture fashion and manufacturing skills in the East Midlands.”