This morning, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visited Pentland Brands global HQ in London.
The visit showcased Pentland Brands as a great example of a British based business with global operations, investing in creativity and talent. Over the past five years, Pentland Brands has grown sales in the UK by 18% and 33% internationally. The company sells its products in almost 200 countries.
Pentland Brands plc is a private family owned British company and the name behind some of the world’s best-known sports, outdoor and fashion brands including Berghaus, Canterbury, Speedo, Ellesse, Mitre and Boxfresh.
Its research & development, product design and creative marketing are all originated in the UK. During the visit, both the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister spoke to a number of employees, including interns and recent graduates. They were also shown the 3D modelling used in the development of the Fastskin Speedo Elite goggle worn by Scotland’s Ross Murdoch when he took gold in the 200m Breaststroke at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games last night.
The Prime Minister said:”In Britain one of our great strengths is design, intellectual property and fashion. Pentland Brands is a business employing over 450 people, that’s grown substantially over the last few years, taking great brands and making them even greater. It’s a real value added industry and exactly the kind of business this government will continue to back as part of our long-term economic plan.”
Andy Rubin, chief executive, Pentland Brands, said: “We are proud that our innovations and designs, created by our talented teams here in the UK, are sold all over the world. As a third generation family company, our advantage is that we take a long-term approach to investing in talent, innovation and growing our business globally.”
In 2014, Pentland was voted Best European Family Business of the Year and was ranked the 8th best workplace in the UK and 18th in Europe by the Great Place to Work Institute.