Nic Hailey visits Kenyan factory where British investment has created 4000 jobs

Hela factory in Athi River
The Hela factory in Athi River. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Yesterday, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey visited the Hela Clothing factory in Athi River where British investment has created 4000 jobs making top quality clothing for world markets.

Tweeting about his visit, the High Commissioner said the work of UKAid is “improving ease of doing business and trade is helping investments like this generate the jobs Kenya needs.”

Tottenham Hotspur supporting Mr Hailey also Tweeted his pleasure at seeing as quote from Spurs and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama on display in the factory.

Hela Clothing is a subsidiary of US clothing conglomerate Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, and between October and March exported clothing worth Ksh150 million for Calvin Klein, Victoria’s Secrets and other licensed brands.

The Ksh618 million factory was officially opened in March this year by Cabinet Secretary of Industry, Trade, and Investment Adan Mohamed who replied to the High Commissioner’s Tweet, saying: “UK’s support most appreciated. Looking forward to even more collaboration.”

On Tuesday, Mr Hailey hosted a meeting with British investors to discuss strategies for better collaboration and ways to improve the investor environment in the East African country.