N Brown Group

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N Brown Group plc
Public (LSEBWNG)
Founded 1859; 159 years ago (1859)
Headquarters Manchester, England
Key people

Angela Spindler (CEO)
Craig Lovelace (CFO)
Rich Clark (International Director)
Ralph Tucker (Commercial Director)
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 an online retailer headquartered in Manchester, England. N Brown offers a range of products, predominantly clothing, footwear and homewares. N Brown’s three key retail brands are JD Williams, Simply Be, and Jacamo. Fashion World, Figleaves, Marisota, High & Mighty, Ambrose Wilson, Premier Man, Julipa and House of Bath are also operated by N Brown.

Group revenue for the financial year ending 4th March 2017 was £887.7m (52 week basis). 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]


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 Figleaves 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 Group official site". 
  4. ^ "N Brown Group official site". 
  5. ^ "N Brown group official 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 Archived 2007-08-18 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • N Brown Group official website
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