Sanjay Vadera, CEO of The Fragrance Shop, awarded MBE and Joules founder, Tom Joule, awarded OBE in Jubilee Honours

Sanjay Vadera, CEO of The Fragrance Shop and chairman of Per-Scent, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours.

Sanjay Vadera said: “I’m very proud to have received this honour, particularly in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. It’s a reflection of all the hard work that my family and all the colleagues we work with have put into the business over the years.

“It’s very satisfying to know we have made a valuable contribution to the economy and I’m also very proud that we’ve been able to share in that success and support wonderful children’s charities such as Rays of Sunshine through our Spray a Little Happiness Foundation.”

Sanjay set up Per-Scent in 1990 and in 2006 bought The Fragrance Shop, both based in Manchester.

The Fragrance Shop now has 218 stores and an online shopping channel showcasing the best-known brands in the industry. Its annual turnover is £180 million and it employs 1,400 people.

Per-Scent Ltd employs 90 staff, rising to 140 during the peak season, serving retailers, distributors and wholesalers in the UK, Europe, US, Asia, Australia and South Africa, with exports running at around £25 million a year.

While many retailers are still recovering after two years of pandemic, Sanjay’s business has gone from strength to strength.

Alongside his commitment to growing the businesses, Sanjay has been dedicated to sharing in their success by giving something back.

The Fragrance Shop has raised more than £1.6 million for children’s charities through its Spray a Little Happiness Foundation.

It supports local and national children’s charities, including a long-standing partnership with Rays of Sunshine which brightens the lives of children living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

Among the many fund-raising events and campaigns, it has run was a two week “happiness takeover” in stores in 2021 in partnership with Rays of Sunshine.

Events included turning its Westfield White City store into “The Happiness Shop” and a visit by singer Pixie Lott to surprise the Rays of Sunshine Wish Choir.

During the year, The Fragrance Shop also raised £3,000 for the Mermaids charity, supporting gender diverse and transgender children.

In 2012 The Fragrance Shop was the first health and beauty retailer to partner with Pennies, giving customers the option to add a donation to their in-store card purchase, matched by a contribution from business.

In Summer 2022, The Fragrance Shop will move from its current headquarters in Acheson Way, Manchester, to a new bespoke central office and fulfilment centre at Metro 190 in Trafford Park, Manchester.

At more than 190,000 square feet, the new site is five times bigger than its existing premises and includes warehousing and state-of-the-art office space. The scheme has been developed by Legal & General’s Industrial Property Investment Fund (IPIF) and logistics and industrial property developer PLP.

Joule: OBE for services to business

British lifestyle brand Joules is very pleased to announce that Tom Joule, founder and non-executive director of the group, has been awarded an OBE for services to business within the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours List, which was announced today, 2nd June 2022.

Tom Joule founded Joules in 1989 in the fields of Great Britain when he began selling clothing on a stand at a country show in Leicestershire.  The business has since grown to a multi-channel lifestyle brand delivering annual sales of almost £200m, with more than 140 stores across the UK and a total active customer base of more than 1.9m.

Joules employs over 1,700 people and is the biggest employer in its hometown of Market Harborough, Leicestershire, where the business has operated since day one.

Having delivered significant growth over the past 30 years, Joules is still known and loved for its distinctive use of humour, colour and unique prints, each of which is hand-drawn by the brand’s talented in-house print design team at its headquarters.