A MAJOR supplier of uniforms for schools in Flintshire has addressed concerns about stock shortages.

National chain Monkhouse Schoolwear, which runs out of the Forrester shop in Mold, has come underfire from local parents who have made school uniform orders. 

The company reportedly hasn't fulfilled many of its customer's orders - leaving children without school uniform and parents out of pocket. 

One concerned parent told the Leader: "I’m only one of what looks like over 50 parents who are still waiting on uniform from them. 

"It’s been spoken about on Facebook on a group for local parents and there are loads of parents still waiting. 

"You pay on order so we’re all out of pocket and none the wiser."

Monkhouse has apologised over the stock shortages, and says it is down to international shipping delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Peter Monkhouse, managing director, said: "We fully appreciate and share parents’ concern over receiving school uniforms in time for the start of school. 

"But like many other businesses in the UK, our stock supplies are being affected by international shipping delays caused by Covid. 

"Although we ordered stock earlier than ever to try and combat Covid complications, these shipping delays mean we are still waiting to receive a small amount of our stock and we sincerely apologise for the frustration this is causing. 

"We have been in close contact with schools that are affected since April to keep them fully aware of these challenges, and we are working double shifts seven days a week in our distribution centre to help fast track the delayed stock as quickly as possible."