From humble beginnings selling clothing on the Manchester streets to a massive multi-channel retailer with 4.2 million customers, the N Brown story is one of incredible success and heritage driven by a passion for fashion and an obsession with the customer. And it’s never been a more exciting time to join us. As well as providing fashion for all, we’ve branched out to offer homeware, beauty essentials and more choice than ever before. We’ve invested massively in technology; the way we buy, merchandise and market our products and services have never been better; and we’re really excited about creating the next chapter in our history. And speaking of which, here’s a quick look back …
James David Williams
three mobile shops
Our story began all the way back in 1859 when Manchester entrepreneur and innovator James David Williams started running three mobile shops and also took orders by letter. His business was so successful he founded JD Williams in 1875. Seven years later he revolutionised his business by becoming the first person to use the Post Office’s new Parcel Post service to deliver goods quickly and cheaply to a growing number of eager customers.
In 1921 JD Williams
became a private
In 1921 JD Williams became a private company, which took over from the original business founded in 1875. We enjoyed steady growth and attracted more and more customers until in 1963 the JD Williams family sold their shares to a subsidiary of the Alliance Brothers. This heritage continues to this day with Baron Alliance GBE serving as a non-executive director of our parent company, the N Brown Group.
Over the next
three decades we
continued to grow
In 1969 we acquired Ambrose Wilson – the biggest mail-order corsetry house in the world at the time. Over the next three decades we continued to grow, acquiring several more businesses. Up until 1990, our target market had traditionally been ladies over the age of 50; but that year we took the first big step into diversifying our portfolio by launching Fashion World – a new catalogue title designed to capture a younger age range.
We branched out into
other areas of the
Throughout the 90s we branched out into other areas of the retail market, including menswear and womenswear for the over-60s. Buoyed by the success of Fashion World, we launched Simply Be in 1999 and became industry leaders in on-trend, fashion conscious, plus size clothing for style-conscious younger women.
We make our mark
on the high street
In 2009 we made our first move onto the high street by purchasing the outsize retailer High and Mighty. Our portfolio grew again in 2010, when we acquired online lingerie specialist Figleaves to reinforce our market-leading position selling underwear on the internet.
Then in 2011 we expanded in an exciting new direction and made our mark on the high street with the launch of the very first Simply Be store in the heart of Liverpool city centre. We then introduced Jacamo to the high street with resounding success.
Now, we’ve 15 Simply Be and Jacamo stores across the UK and we’re also making waves across the pond with Simply Be USA.
We're more than just
With an £800 million plus turnover, we’re more than just a successful company – we’re a model of excellence. What makes us so successful is our uncompromising commitment to providing stylish, trend-aware fashion for women and men of all shapes and sizes. Proud to lead the way for plus-size fashion, we’re dedicated to quality, value for money and excellent customer care. From young to old, we offer something for everyone and embrace and celebrate the individuality of our customers across our fantastic brands.
Of course, we’re proud of our history, but we’re even more excited about our future.
- Contact Center Opportunities
- Assistant Buyer- Mens Own Brand Fashion
- Assistant Buyer- Home and Gift
- Buyer - Home & Gifts
- Join our entry level Marketing Talent Pool!
- Platform Engineers
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- Control and Reporting Manager
- Junior Buyer - Home & Electricals
- Assistant Buyer - Temp Role
- Collections Advisor
- Digital Pattern Block Developer
- Commercial Finance Manager (Financial Services)
- Senior Womenswear Buyer
- CRM Executive
- Assistant Buyer - Branded Lingerie
- Head of Compliance
- Continental Shift Engineer
- Assistant Buyer Branded Fashion
- Senior PPC Manager
- Commercial Finance Manager
- Credit Risk Analyst
- PPC Executive
- Technical Lead (AWS)
- Fraud Advisor (Financial Services)
- Marketing CRM Coordinator
- Assistant Buyer opportunities
- Head of User Experience
- Project Co-ordinator (Financial Services)
- Change Analyst - Customer Services (12 months FTC)
- Business Analyst (Financial Services)
- Senior Data Analyst
- Technical Lead (Java - Web)
- Head of Engineering
- Data Protection Officer
- Agile Coach
- Assistant Freight Manager
- Senior Modelling and Forecasting Analyst
- Modelling and Forecasting Analyst
- Buying Opportunities
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- Finance Opportunties
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