Poundland’s PEP&CO hosts Fashion Retail Academy students
PEP&CO has given a group of fashion students an insight into the retail fashion industry through work placements.
Three students studying for a buying and merchandising degree at London’s Fashion Retail Academy were given the chance to spend three weeks at PEP&CO’s head office in Watford.
Renz Gagasa (pictured), 24, from London, Lizzie Norwood (pictured), 20, from St Albans and Amber Fisher, 19, from Harrow, were able to see first-hand how the 60-strong PEP&CO team designs, sources and merchandises the full range of clothing now sold in over 400 Poundland stores in the UK and Ireland.
A top-20 clothing brand in the UK by volume, PEP&CO has a long-standing relationship with the FRA on placements.
Maria Epaminondas, PEP&CO’s head of buying and design, said: “We worked closely with the FRA to support the great work they do in training students to join our industry and we hope these placements will help the next generation of buyers with their career plans.”
Having started life as a standalone store in Kettering in July 2015, PEP&CO’s growth was boosted substantially when it joined the Poundland family and its clothes were introduced in PEP&CO shop-in-shops at Poundland stores.
Since its launch, PEP&CO has made more than £500 million worth of sales and sold more than 142 million items.