DAKS Simpson
The Savoy Group
The Financial Times
William Grant & Sons
British Airways
Chewton Glen
History
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, and in 2005, Walpole refined its mission statement from promoting British excellence to promoting, protecting and developing British luxury.
What Walpole does
Walpole is the UK’s only business organisation for luxury brands. Effective and influential, it speaks on behalf of more than 250 of Britain’s finest and most famous brands across a wide range of sectors, collectively worth £48 billion to the UK economy, contributing 2.4% of the UK’s GDP, and employing more than 160,000 people throughout the country.
Walpole’s members include British luxury icons such as Alexander McQueen; Burberry; Bentley; dunhill; Farfetch; Fortnum & Mason; Gleneagles; Glenfiddich; Harrods; NET-A-PORTER; The Macallan; McLaren; Mulberry; Penhaligon’s; Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; The Savoy and Wedgwood. It also represents many prestigious heritage brands - Church’s; Henry Poole & Co; Johnstons of Elgin; Ettinger; Lock & Co Hatters; Turnbull & Asser, for example - as well as emerging high-end British brands like Chapel Down Wines; Biscuiteers; Miller Harris and Bremont Watches, many of whom have come through Walpole’s flagship development programme, Brands of Tomorrow. Member brands are united by a common focus on discerning and affluent consumers and a shared mission to deliver world-class products and experiences.


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Walpole’s mission is to protect, promote and develop a sector that is the jewel in the crown of British business and a global calling card for British creativity, quality, entrepreneurship and sustainability, representing the very best Britain can do. Walpole achieves this by representing its members’ interests at home and abroad, building networks and encouraging collaboration within our community, and providing members with knowledge, insight and expertise.

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Tourism Focus
Tourism Focus
16th Aug 2022
Why Sunday trading laws need to be reformed
For the UK to rebuild an even stronger tourism experience for high-value visitors post-pandemic, there are five recommendations that together will enable the UK to regain its place as a leader in luxury tourism. In this extract from Walpole's recent tourism report, 'What It’s Worth: Enabling the Return of the £30bn High-End Tourism Sector', we look at the third - and explain why loosening Sunday trading rules will level the retail playing field with Europe when it comes to our country's most profitable shopping districts: Oxford Street and Knightsbridge
Out of Office
Out of Office
12th Aug 2022
Anna Mason shares her Out of Office essentials
In our Out of Office interview series, we speak to Walpole member executives at the top of their game about how they live their lives away from their desks – the habits that help them decompress, the activities that re-centre their minds, and the little luxuries that they can't live without. This week, it's the turn of womenswear designer and brand founder, Anna Mason...
Book of British Luxury
Book of British Luxury
11th Aug 2022
Bright Sparks
Award-winning writer and Esquire UK journalist Will Hersey explores how the brains behind iconic motor brands are driving a seamless switch to more sustainable electric energy