A LUGGAGE manufacturer has relocated to Hampshire from China after receiving a grant from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS).

Patrona Luggage switched its production of travel accessories from its Chinese factory to a space in New Milton following a number of quality issues with its Asian partner.

The MAS grant enabled the firm to improve quality, profits and the total production time for their new product – the Shirt Shuttle, a specially designed case for transporting shirts.

Andrew Brundan, managing director and founder, said: “We have demonstrated that aside from the quality and speed of production, there can also be a significant cost advantage to manufacturing on your doorstep – if you can apply the right design approach.

“The support available from MAS is a real encouragement for companies to take the first step in re-shoring and will help UK manufacturers to have more confidence to compete in the global market.”