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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Corporate Affairs
Corporate Affairs
30th Nov 2021
Member Input Needed - Tourism Recovery Consultation & Tax Free Shopping
A crucial element of Walpole’s work to protect the British luxury sector in a post-Brexit and, what we all hope will soon be a post-COVID world, is increased, strategic parliamentary engagement with the UK government, ministers and MPs to ensure that the luxury sector is acknowledged, understood and to make the case for a favourable legislative and business environment for brands to return to growth as quickly as possible. To do this effectively we need data and case studies from members that reflect real-world challenges and opportunities facing member businesses. 
Walpole Interview
Walpole Interview
18th Nov 2021
10 Questions. 10 CEOs. Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders: An interview with Jon Graham, Miller Harris
In this new interview series, Diane Metcalfe, Leadership Coach, puts 10 questions to 10 CEOs - many of whom are mentors or speakers on the Walpole Luxury Leaders of Tomorrow programme at London Business School - to discover their journey to getting and succeeding in the role, and any advice they have for the next generation. Here we meet Jon Graham to discover how he scored his first CEO role, and why it's not so lonely at the top when you work in small business.
Walpole Summit
Walpole Summit
17th Nov 2021
'Visionary' Anya Hindmarch CBE on Sustainability, Community and Innovation  
This year's Walpole Visionary Award was given to Anya Hindmarch CBE by guest presenter Richard E Grant, in association with The Times and Sunday Times. Anya was honoured for her work in tirelessly championing a more sustainable fashion industry - challenging the world to think about the way it uses plastic, not once but twice; her experiential approach to retail; and her ‘never say never’ mantra for life