About Walpole

OUR MISSION
Promoting, Protecting & Developing British Luxury
Walpole is the official sector body for UK luxury. Founded in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation, it counts more than 250 British brands in its membership and is recognised in both Westminster and Brussels. As the voice of British luxury, Walpole’s purpose is to promote, protect and develop a sector worth £81 billion to the UK economy, and destined to become a world leader in sustainability.

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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 £81 billion to the UK economy, contributing 3.7% of the UK’s GDP, and supporting over 450,000 jobs throughout the country.
Walpole’s members include British luxury icons such as Alexander McQueen; Burberry; Bentley; dunhill; Farfetch; Fortnum & Mason; Gleneagles; Glenfiddich; Harrods; The Macallan; McLaren Automotive; 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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Walpole Worldwide
Walpole Worldwide
23rd May 2024
Representing British luxury in Riyadh
Last week, Walpole's Charlotte Keesing was part of the luxury delegation at GREAT Futures 2024 in Riyadh – an event to mark the start of a year-long campaign between the UK and Saudi Arabia to promote cultural and business collaboration. Here, Keesing write about her key takeaways from the event and what British brands need to know about working in Saudi Arabia and the wider GCC
Brands of Tomorrow
Brands of Tomorrow
22nd May 2024
Meet the Brands of Tomorrow 2024 in our Instagram Live series
Join us over the coming weeks on Instagram as we introduce you to the founders of the emerging British luxury brands currently participating in this year's Brands of Tomorrow mentorship programme. Tune in on our Instagram channel on Wednesdays at 1pm
Member News
Member News
21st May 2024
Walpole celebrates Chelsea in Bloom
Chelsea in Bloom, London's largest free flower festival, has returned, giving a host of Walpole members the chance to express their botanical creativity for all to see – and, for the first time since we opened our Townhouse HQ in the neighbourhood, that includes Walpole too