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Who owns the high street: Pentland Group

Includes JD Sports Fashion, Speedo, Kickers, Berghaus

Third-generation family business Pentland Group started in 1932 as footwear retailer The Liverpool Shoe Company and has since evolved into a global operation with a slew of brands. The group comprises Pentland Brands, which owns or operates the licences for 12 footwear, sports and outdoor labels, including Ted Baker footwear, Speedo, Berghaus, Kickers and Red or Dead. It is also a shareholder in brands including Hunter, Butterfly Twists and Heidi Klein. 

Pentland is the majority shareholder of sportswear giant JD Sports Fashion, in which it bought a 57% stake in 2005. The business previously had a 55% stake in Reebok, which it sold for $770m (£556m) in 1991. 

Pentland Brands, run by Andy Long, the first CEO from outside the founding Rubin family, made around 100 roles redundant last year in a bid to simplify its structure.

 

 

 

 

 

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