DAKS Simpson
The Savoy Group
The Financial Times
William Grant & Sons
Coutts & Co
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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Walpole News

Editorial
Editorial
16th Sep 2021
Sure footed: The future of English shoemaking | By Aleks Cvetkovic
Aleks Cvetkovic's latest column exploring 'what is British about British luxury' takes a look at the noble tradition of English shoemaking, with a whistle-stop tour through Northampton - the historic heartland of fine English footwear, stopping off at Church's, Edward Green and Crocket & Jones along the way.
Walpole Programmes
Walpole Programmes
14th Sep 2021
Regent's University London Professorship | An interview with Michael Ward, MD of Harrods and Chairman of Walpole
Following last week's launch of the Walpole x Regent's Professorship - in which senior management from the UK's best-known luxury brands become visiting professors at Regent's University London - we speak with Michael Ward, the MD of Harrods and Chairman of Harrods, and one of the founding members of the professorship.
Walpole Events
Walpole Events
10th Sep 2021
Women in Luxury Dinner with Justine Picardie
In association with The Dovetail Agency.