Next Plc

Next Plc

Next Plc

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Retail: Apparel & Footwear
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Company Description

The NEXT retail chain was launched in February 1982 and the first store opened with an exclusive coordinated collection of stylish clothes, shoes and accessories for women. Collections for men, children and the home quickly followed. NEXT clothes are styled by its in-house design team to offer great style, quality and value for money with a contemporary fashion edge. Today NEXT trades from more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire and almost 200 stores in more than 30 countries overseas. Over the last few years several larger format fashion and home stores have opened across the UK and, in August 2011, NEXT opened its first combined fashion, home and garden store at Shoreham-by-Sea. The groundbreaking mail order operation NEXT Directory launched in 1988 with a hardback book containing 350 pages, creating the blueprint for catalogue retailing. There are almost 1,400 pages in the Spring Summer 2012 book offering extensive collections for men, women, children and everything for the well dressed home. Online shopping was introduced in 1999 and the entire book became available to shop from on the internet, page by page – another first in home shopping in the UK. NEXT Directory now also serves customers in over 50 countries outside the UK through its international website, NEXT continues to improve customer service, introducing new initiatives such as next day delivery as standard for NEXT Directory orders placed before 9pm. Customers may collect or return items at any of our stores nationwide should this be more convenient, and a new in-house delivery service has been set up to deliver large Home items with the ability to deliver at weekends. As well as placing orders, customers are able to check their accounts and make payments online

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Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director, Group Finance Director

Executive Director & Operations Director

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing Director

Chief Revenue Officer

Chief Product Officer

Head of People

Company Secretary

Company Secretary

Senior Social Media Coordinator

Board of Directors

Former Chief Executive Officer & Non-Executive Director at Bunzl Plc

Chief Executive Officer at TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc

Executive Director, Group Finance Director at Next Plc

Vice Chairman-Corporate & Institutional Banking, Europe at Standard Chartered PLC

Former Chief Executive Officer at Land Securities Group Plc

Executive Director & Operations Director at Next Plc

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing Director at Next Plc

Partner, Consumer at APAX PARTNERS LLP

Former Chief Executive Officer & Director at Camelot (UK) Lotteries Ltd.

Chief Executive Officer at Next Plc

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FM Invest is an active, long-term, fundamentals-based manager which provides strategic and tactical advisory services to clients. They specialize in securities investments, including defensive equities and long European bonds, seeking to achieve returns during financial turbulence and instability.The firm constructs concentrated, high conviction portfolios based on in-house analysis of global financial markets and may make contrarian investments arising from short-term and unpredictable movements in the market.

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PCM is a global and international value equity manager. The firm employs an active, unconstrained (all countries, industries and market caps), value-oriented investment strategy. They employ a proprietary five factor global valuation model that produces a ranking of countries from the most undervalued to the most overvalued since country and industry factors have influences on security prices. The investment team conducts detailed fundamental research on the companies identified by the valuation screens. PCM’s research process is almost entirely driven by a world-wide search for undervalued common stocks of well-run companies with sustainable business models that are priced to provide their required rate of return. Most investments are held for three to five years resulting in low portfolio turnover. In the portfolio construction process, PCM seeks to include a broad range of market-caps in the portfolio but does not attempt to override the results of the bottom-up investment process.

Recent Transactions
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Next Plc purchases Marie Claire Beauty Ltd. from Ocado Group PLC

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Carnegie Holding Ltd. purchases Clydesdale Financial Services Ltd. from Next Plc

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Advised onCarnegie Holding Ltd. purchases Clydesdale Financial Services Ltd. from Next Plc


Advised onNext Plc, Ventura Holdings Ltd purchase First Retail Finance Ltd. from Bank of Scotland Plc

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Advised onCarnegie Holding Ltd. purchases Clydesdale Financial Services Ltd. from Next Plc

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