N Brown Group

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N Brown Group plc
Public (LSEBWNG)
Founded 1859; 158 years ago (1859)
Headquarters Manchester, England
Key people

Angela Spindler (CEO)
Craig Lovelace (CFO)
Revenue £900.7 million (2017)[1]
£90.3 million (2017)[1]
£44.3 million (2017)[1]
Website www.nbrown.co.uk

N Brown Group plc (LSEBWNG) is one of the UK's leading online fashion retailers headquartered in Manchester, England. An expert in fashion that fits and flatters, N Brown's key retail brands are JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo. N Brown are all about democratising fashion and are size inclusive, focusing on the needs of underserved customer groups - size 20+ and age 45+.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The oldest company within the group was founded by James David Williams in 1859 when he started in business operating three mobile shops.[2]

In 1963, All Williams’ family shares were bought by Cooper-Taymil Ltd (a subsidiary of Alliance Brothers Ltd.) and placed in holding company N Brown Investments. [3]. In 1970, N Brown Group acquired JD Williams shares. [4]

In 1999, Simply Be was launched to cater for women aged 25 - 45 in sizes 12 - 32 and in 2007 Jacamo was launched, catering for 25 - 45 year old men of all body shapes, from small to 5XL. [5]

In 2007 the Company won the Manchester Evening News "Business Of The Year" title for businesses with a turnover exceeding £50m.[6]

The company bought online underwear retailer Figleaves for £11.5 million in 2010.[7]


N Brown offers an extensive range of products, predominantly clothing, footwear and homewares, which they design and source from their headquarters in Manchester. There are finance solutions available through customer accounts and a range of convenient delivery options.

Current brands include JD Williams, Simply Be, Jacamo, Fashion World, House of Bath, Ambrose Wilson, Oxendales, High & Mighty and Figleaves.


The business has its operational Head Office in Manchester's Northern Quarter and has warehousing and distribution centres in Shaw and Crompton, in Greater Manchester,[8] and Hadfield in Derbyshire. House of Bath is based in Bath while Oxendales is based in Dublin and Figlevaes is based in Welwyn Garden City.


  1. ^ a b c "Preliminary Results 2017" (PDF). N Brown Group. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Manchester Commerce, Businessmen and Entrepreneurs". manchester2002-uk.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "N Brown Corporate Site". 
  4. ^ "N Brown Corporate Site". 
  5. ^ "N Brown Corporate Site". 
  6. ^ Feddy, Kevin (6 November 2007). "Business of the Year Awards: N Brown joy". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. 
  7. ^ N Brown buys Figleaves for £11.5m The Independent, 16 June 2010
  8. ^ N Brown: Fufilment Logistics/Shaw Operations Centre

External links

  • N Brown Group official website
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