If football comes home this summer, the English stars may well be wearing T-shirts from an Isle of Wight company.
Teemill, a subsidiary of the island brand Rapanui, now counts the English skipper Harry Kane among its clients.
The Freshwater and East Cowes company also has stars such as fitness sensation Joe Wicks and YouTube’s Yoga with Adriene wearing their products.
The Teemill online platform is now used internationally by more than 100,000 brands, including BBC Earth, WWF, Google, Sea Shepherd and Cancer Research UK.
Such has been their success in the competitive industry, they are looking to hire an additional 50 Islanders to join their workforce in Freshwater and East Cowes.
The company is known for its unique circular products that come back to be remade when worn out, using only natural materials and renewable energies and making them affordable with smart software, robotics and digital marketing.
Read more: Rapanui launches a new range of sustainable materials.
Today, the island-born management team is led by Tobias Penner, of Ventnor, who said: “We have continued to grow and the original vision of the company remains unchanged: to build a digital business that makes something positive about sustainability here on the island. of Wight, our home.
“Continuing to invest on the island is what we want to do. This recent round of jobs is linked to our growth as more and more Teemill users are used internationally.”
Teemill recently won the Queens Award for Enterprise and Innovation for its real-time manufacturing systems.
The investment in jobs follows a recent expansion of the Albany Building in East Cowes, where 50 jobs were created in design, product development, warehousing, manufacturing and software engineering.
Teemill is able to ship one recycled / recyclable organic cotton t-shirt per second and uses renewable energy to power its island facilities and internet infrastructure.
It employs around 130 Islanders, many of whom have joined as graduate interns or through modern apprenticeship.
More than half of the management team was trained on the job by Teemill.
The company was first featured by County Press in 2008, interviewing teenage founders Rob and Mart Drake-Knight.
Mart said, “The business has matured as the team has grown with it.
“The success is due to them and the encouragement of many members of this community who have helped Teemill go this far.
“The latest investment in jobs is a testament to our shared belief that the Internet can enable the creation of businesses with sustainable growth here on the island.
“Teemill will continue to invest in the community. We are looking to build a new, larger, permanent home here so that the sustainable technology built on the island remains a hallmark of our island economy for years to come.
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