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Cutting a fine figures at the tailors

PUBLISHED: 15:58 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:57 11 August 2010

IT HAS long been said: Clothes maketh the man and this is certainly the attitude of staff at the borough s only remaining bespoke tailors. Jack Bunney Limited, which is located in Longbridge Road, Barking, is in the running to win Retailer of the Yea

IT HAS long been said: 'Clothes maketh the man' and this is certainly the attitude of staff at the borough's only remaining bespoke tailors.

Jack Bunney Limited, which is located in Longbridge Road, Barking, is in the running to win 'Retailer of the Year' in the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards.

Launched in February by Barking and Dagenham Enterprise, the awards - the first of their kind in the borough - aim to celebrate the most pioneering, market driven and successful businesses in the area.

Jack Bunney's is a small family business, established in 1958 - and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

When Jack Bunney retired, the business was taken over by his two staff, Terrence Moore and Peter Staines.

Terrence has since retired, but Peter still works in the shop, along with his son Robert.

Terrence's son, Marc is the third staff member, so it really is a family business.

The skilled trade of tailoring also runs in the families - each one can make a suit from scratch, and is an expert on tailoring, alterations, design and fashion.

Director, Marc Moore says: "We are traditional bespoke tailors who cut and make suits on the premises.

"Obviously our business has evolved a great deal over 50 years."

Marc believes it is this ability to adapt which has allowed them to thrive where so many others have failed.

They have managed to combine the traditions of bespoke tailoring with modern concepts such as internet shopping.

The shop offers a wide range of services besides traditional tailoring, from hire of evening wear and wedding attire to selling ready-to-wear clothes.

They also have a store on Ebay where old and unused stock is sold..

Marc adds: "Our company policy is based on the traditional principles of bespoke tailoring, but it is our modern approach to a traditional trade that attracts customers to us.

"We believe that what makes people stay with us is our professional customer service."

When asked what it would mean to the company to win the award, Marc says: "We've never won an award before, so it would be justification for all the hard work people have put into the business over the years."

The Barking and Dagenham Business Awards are free to enter, and the closing date is Thursday, May 1.

For an entry form call (020)885 88889 or download it at www.boldanddynamic.co.uk

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