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70 Tony Brown New

Chief executive, Beales

If there’s one person who has seen the potential in the recession, then it’s Tony Brown, chief executive of indie department store chain Beales. He has rescued two local department stores this year with the acquisition of the Westgate store in Rochdale and Robbs of Hexham.

As well as bolstering Beales’ retail presence, Brown has been busy reinvigorating the business, with an overhaul of its brand mix to include more own labels and young fashion. He also opened Beales’ first standalone men’s young fashion store in Fareham, Hampshire, and launched a young fashion shop-in-shop offer in its Bournemouth store.

And under Brown’s leadership, Beales this year reported a 67% rise in profit to £909,000 for the 26 weeks to May 1.

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