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Smaller Multiple Retailer of the Year: SuperGroup, Nationwide

Brands include 77Breed, Superdry, SurfCo California

This business may be in the smaller multiple category (sales from its retail stores only are under £100m) but it operates like one of the big boys. Doing what some multiple retailers failed to achieve this year, SuperGroup’s biggest highlight was arguably its flotation on the London Stock Exchange, raising £125m in one of the toughest economic climates of recent times. As well as multiple new store openings across the UK with the Cult and Superdry fascias, the business has also enjoyed success overseas. A redesigned website also helped to drive overseas sales, with the retailer now delivering to 72 countries. The Superdry brand has doubled its core product ranges this year and introduced new categories such as footwear and underwear to help it fulfil its growth ambitions.

1. Fran & Jane

Brands include Charli, Fran & Jane, Regine, Tara Jarmon

Having only entered the UK womenswear market this year, Fran & Jane didn’t hold back on an impressive marketing push, launching a transactional website, developing an iPhone app and racking up 8,000 Facebook fans.

2. Hallett Retail - The Concessions People

Brands include AX Paris, Bukta, Ichi, Miss Real, Punkyfish, Vacant

A custom-built concessions sales system has seen Hallett Retail maximise sales via effective management of stock and sales information across its departments in Debenhams, New Look and the like. With investment in people and a CSR strategy too, all the boxes are ticked.

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