A CORPORATE clothing company started from the back of a van 21 years ago is making sure staff on the leading TV talent show have the X Factor.

Workwear Express, founded by managing director Andrew Ward when he was 17, has just completed branded clothing for the upcoming series of the ITV X-Factor show.

It is the second year the firm, based at Belmont, Durham City, has been contracted to provide the uniforms for staff working on the programme.

Other recent contracts for the company, employing around 45 staff and supplying more than 8,000 customers, include clothing for Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Nokia and Britains Got Talent.

It is the latest success for the firm, which recently expanded into adjoining premises to enable it to increase production and launched a new division, Printwearstore.com, for promotional wear used  by event organisers, charities and marketing departments.

Mr Ward said: “We have done it for a couple of years, we do it for a number of television shows such as Britain’s Got Talent.

“We have a very varied range of customers that we work for.”

Mr Ward started his business, which now has a multi-million pound turnover, in 1990 after buying an old van and travelling the UK selling workwear.

The firm won the X factor contract after being recommended by another client.

Our work is a mixture of both tendering and recommendations, with the X Factor coming to us. A lot of our customers come through recommendation, but we also have an active sales force, he said.

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