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Top 100: 48. Philip Day

Group chairman and chief executive, Edinburgh Woollen Mill

It’s fair to say that Philip Day’s 2012 might have been even busier than his 2011. Not content with rescuing one ailing business from administration, in the form of young fashion retailer Jane Norman last year, Day went on to acquire value fashion retailer Peacocks from a similar fate in February this year, retaining 388 stores and safeguarding about 6,000 jobs in the process. Since the acquisition Day has focused on making the Jane Norman and Peacocks businesses more efficient, a move that will see Jane Norman close its London head office at the end of this year and relocate to Peacocks’ head office
in Cardiff.

Don’t mention… Sir Philip Green. Day doesn’t take kindly to the comparison.

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