A unique alliance of 200 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, Walpole promotes, protects and develops the qualities of UK luxury: the long tradition, rich heritage, superior craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service at the heart of the industry – currently worth over £32 billion to the UK economy and a leading creator of jobs.
Dedicated to nurturing the next generation of luxury brands, craftsmen and leaders, Walpole connects Britain’s best up-and-coming talent with a network of senior mentors from within the established membership. Its programme of events, thought leadership activities and political and media engagement furthers the collective interests of Walpole’s members, ensuring the continued and future success of British luxury on an international stage.
Walpole is a not-for-profit organisation, funded entirely by a combination of annual member fees and corporate sponsorship.
Formed in 1990 as ‘The Churchill Group’ by top-tier British companies, including British Airways, Chewton Glen, Coutts & Co, DAKS Simpson, the Financial Times, The Savoy Group and William Grant & Sons, the aim of the organisation was to promote British excellence, providing a community for the exchange of best practice ideas to drive business development. In 1992, The Churchill Group became Walpole.
For the first time, British excellence was given a collective voice in the competitive global market: through Walpole, these companies aimed to promote and maintain the highest standards of British commerce and industry. In 2005, Walpole refined its mission statement from promoting British excellence to promoting, protecting and developing British luxury.
Walpole takes its name from the great statesman Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745). A highly regarded commercial minister famous for his promotion of overseas trade, he contributed to a golden age of craftsmanship and manufacturing. Continuing this tradition, Walpole increases awareness of its members, enhancing Britain's global reputation as a dynamic commercial and cultural nation.