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50 Nigel Lawson & Steve Sanderson

Owners, Oi Polloi

Where Oi Polloi goes, others tend to follow in its wake. It’s a testament to Lawson and Sanderson’s taste and eye for a product that so many retailers look to them for ideas and new brands. This year the pair developed their slick website with a well-rounded mix of shopping and content, building their reputation and demonstrating the indie’s personality beyond the four walls of their Manchester store. As if keeping ahead of the pack wasn’t hard enough (and it’s becoming harder – hence the duo’s Power List fall), Oi Polloi took on perhaps its biggest project since it opened 10 years ago by launching its own label, Cottonopolis. Here’s to more of the same in 2012.

What they say… “People should stop copying us and do their own thing”

Last year’s position 14

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