The Flannels Group Limited
Flannels
FormerlyCleverjoin Limted (1988–2000)[1]
Company typePrivate
IndustryRetail
Founded1976; 48 years ago (1976)
FounderNeil Prosser
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Number of locations
50+
Products
Services
  • Flannels Elite+
  • Flannels Rental
Number of employees
700 (2024)
ParentSportsdirect.com Retail Limited[2][a]
Websiteflannels.com

The Flannels Group Limited, trading as Flannels, is a British retailer. The company currently has 50+ locations open in the United Kingdom. In 1976, Neil Prosser founded Flannels. He remained the managing director until the brand was acquired by Frasers Group (formerly Sports Direct International) in 2017. [6]

History

Neil Prosser, founded Flannels in 1976 with a menswear store in Knutsford, Cheshire.[7]

Neil Prosser’s friendship with retailer Jim Gibson led to a joint venture in 1995[8] with womenswear and menswear stores under the name, Cruise Flannels, being opened in Nottingham and subsequently in Birmingham and Newcastle in 1996.[citation needed]

In February 2000, Prosser and Gibson went their separate ways after their venture grew to 17 stores nationwide, and the Cruise Flannels shops in Birmingham and Nottingham were rebranded as Flannels sites.[8]

In 2012, Frasers Group bought a majority 51% stake in Flannels[9] and in 2017, they acquired the brand in full.[10]

Notes

  1. ^ Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited is a private limited company registered in the United Kingdom,[3] trading as Sports Direct.[4] It is wholly owned by Frasers Group plc.[5]

References

  1. ^ "The Flannels Group Limited overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Companies House. 17 November 1988. Retrieved 29 February 2024.
  2. ^ "The Flannels Group Limited overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Companies House. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2024.
  3. ^ "Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Companies House. 17 November 1988. Retrieved 29 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Sports Direct | The UK's No. 1 Sports Retailer". Sports Direct. Retrieved 29 February 2024.
  5. ^ "Annual return made up to 1 June 2016 with full list of shareholders". Companies House. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2024.
  6. ^ Laura Chesters (13 July 2012). "Sports Direct buys loss-making Flannels for 'a nominal sum'". The Independent. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  7. ^ Sarah Walters (15 February 2007). "Quiet gent who became world beater". Manchester Evening News. manchestereveningnews.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b Laura Chesters (19 May 2006). "Clothes maketh the man". Property Week. propertyweek.com. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  9. ^ George MacDonald (13 July 2012). "Sports Direct takes majority stake in Flannels". Drapers. drapersonline.com. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  10. ^ Frost, Richard (6 September 2017). "Flannels now wholly owned by Sports Direct". Insider Media Ltd.