Grattan Plc
TypeClothing
IndustryClothing catalogue
Founded1912[1] as Grattan Stores
1995 as Grattan Plc
FounderJohn Enrico Fattorini[2]
Headquarters,
Area served
UK, Ireland
Key people
Ann Steer (CEO)
ProductsClothing and household
OwnerOtto Group
Websitehttp://www.grattan.co.uk/

Grattan is an English catalogue clothing retailer based in Bradford, England with 18 stores and 2 main catalogues and a number of specialty catalogues. Grattan has approximately 2,600 employees.[1]

History

Grattan headquarters in Bradford.
Grattan headquarters in Bradford.

Grattan catalogues was founded in 1912 by John Enrico Fattorini, in Bradford, West Yorkshire after he fell out with his cousin while working at Empire Stores.[4]

The company was purchased by Next plc for 300 million pounds in 1986, a deal which saw Next outbid future Grattan owners Otto Versand. By the 1990s Grattan was the UK's fourth largest catalogue company with 13% of the mail order market.[5]

In 1991 Grattan was purchased by Otto Versand for 165 million pounds.[2] In 2000 its administrative department was merged with Freemans, under the banner of Otto UK.[6]

Grattan's celebrity campaigns have included model, Penny Lancaster-Stewart, TV presenter Nicky Hambleton-Jones.

In May 2009 the company announced plans to cut over 1000 jobs at their bases in Bradford, Sheffield, Peterborough and London in an effort to streamline the company and return the Freemans Grattan Holdings company back to profitability.[7]

In 2012 Grattan announced plans to open a new head office in Bradford.[8]

Sponsorship

The Bradford-based catalogue company sponsored Bradford City A.F.C. from 1989 to 1991. From 2006 to 2010, Odsal Stadium in Odsal, West Yorkshire, England, was named Grattan Stadium for sponsorship reasons. The venue is used for Rugby league games and is the home ground of Bradford Bulls.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b "Otto Group Companies: Grattan". Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Grattan Catalogue History". Archived from the original on 3 May 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  3. ^ Grattan Corporate Information
  4. ^ History of Grattan from the Bradford Telegraph & Argus
  5. ^ "The history of Grattan". Archived from the original on 3 May 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Grattan". Otto. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  7. ^ BBC report on the job cuts at FGH
  8. ^ Grattan new head office opening in Bradford
  9. ^ "Bradford Bulls bid farewell to 'spiritual home'". BBC. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.