Position last year: 26
Brian Brick’s position this year is more a reflection of the strong newcomers above than his performance at the helm of menswear business Moss Bros.
Brick has put a lot of effort into improving Moss Bros’s internal systems, delivery proposition and refurbishing stores over the past year, and launched not one but three sub-brands for autumn 14 - Moss 1851, Moss London and Moss Esquire. All three are trading “very well”, Brick says. Moss Bros’s pre-tax profits were up 44% to £2.8m in the 26 weeks to August 1. Importantly, the struggling hire business has shown improvement - like-for-like hire sales were up 9.8%, compared to a 2.7% decline in the same period last year - demonstrating Brick can deliver on his promises.
Ecommerce sales continue to grow, up 64.9% on last year and now comprising 10% of total sales, and over the next few months Brick will focus on making Moss Bros fully omnichannel. The business has come a long way since he took over in 2009, and has a long way to go under his leadership yet.