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Football enthusiast Jack aims to score more growth after UKSE support

A football fan is focusing on new goals after expanding his soccer-based endeavour.

Jack Adams has moved Football Shirts Jack into a Hartlepool-based workshop and office.

The venture – founded during the pandemic when Jack turned his hobby into a business – sells vintage shirts of teams from around the world.

And having been supported by UKSE – the Tata Steel business-support subsidiary – to make the move to its Hartlepool-based Innovation Centre, Jack says his venture is primed to score more success, with further expansion not ruled out.

The 30-year-old said: “Demand grows every month, and being at the Innovation Centre is a big help.

“The facilities are great, and the UKSE team is so supportive.

“My father and uncle are both helping out and we may need even more space soon.”

The company sells to customers across the globe, buying from suppliers in countries including Germany and the Netherlands, with its specialism lying in rare and obscure examples, such as a 1986-1988 Brazil home shirt.

Jack, an accounting and finance graduate, added: “A rare, £200 Juventus shirt recently flew off the shelf.

“Collectors can be fans of a particular team, but others are influenced by popular culture or artists they follow.”

Joan Cook, UKSE workspace manager, added: “We are pleased we could help Jack settle into the office and workshop space he needs.

“Our Innovation Centres are designed to support new and growing businesses, and Jack has got off to a great start.”