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Philip Day

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

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CEO & Owner

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Philip Day
Philip Day is a retail entrepreneur and owner of the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM), which includes high-street brands Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Jaeger, Austin Reed, Jane Norman, Peacocks and Ponden Home.

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group is one of the largest employers on the UK high street, with more than 23,000 employees. Philip is also the owner of Days, an expanding chain of town-centre department stores.

Born in Greater Manchester, Philip acquires high-street brands and returns them to long-term profitability through investment, job creation and expansion.

He is a supporter of a number of cancer charities, including Cancer Research UK, local sports events and teams, including Carlisle F.C., and The Percy Hedley Foundation.

Through his agricultural and conservation work, Philip has planted in excess of half a million trees and carried out important research into the preservation and reintroduction of disappeared and endangered species at his wildlife sanctuary.

Personal Business Advice

Invest in your employees and the future of your company. Think about the long term and do not get distracted by short-term profits. Your employees and their jobs are more important than anything else.

Philip Day’s Newsfeed

23 Feb 2018
The Guardian
Can this man save our high streets?

Philip Day is the opposite of the brash entrepreneur, yet he’s quietly showing his retail rivals the way...Retail entrepreneur Philip Day is yet to become a household name but the owner of more than a dozen retail brands, including Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacocks, is quietly buying up swathes of the high street, with troubled electronics retailer Maplin the latest chain on his shopping list.

19 Feb 2018
Sky News
Electricals chain Maplin races to secure sale amid retail gloom

The emergence of EWM as a possible buyer of Maplin will surprise the retail sector, given its focus on high street clothing brands.  Under Philip Day, EWM's owner and chief executive, the group has become one of the biggest employers on British high street, sweeping up brands including Austin Reed, Jaeger, Jane Norman and Peacocks.

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Philip Day’s Background

CEO & Owner
2002 - Present
Langholm, UK
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM) is one of the largest employers on the UK high street, employing more than 23,000 people. The group of companies includes retail brands Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Jaeger, Austin Reed, Jane Norman, Peacocks and Ponden Home. The company is 100% privately owned and is therefore able to reinvest its profits into the high street.
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2017 - Present
Carlisle, UK
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group also operates a new chain of city-centre department stores in prime locations that bring together all the retail group’s brands under one roof. The first store was opened in Carmarthenshire, Wales.
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Other Business Interests

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Hayton Agriculture
2014 - Present
Carlisle, UK
Hayton Agriculture owns and operates one of the largest green energy Anaerobic Digesters in the world, the Greengill 2.4 MW AD in Penrith. The company grows wheat, maize and other agricultural feedstock with high caloric content for the production of green energy.
Jan 2011 - Present
Cupar, UK
A wildlife sanctuary set in the Fife countryside, The Scottish Deer Centre is home to more than 14 species of deer as well as other Scottish wildlife, including wolves and wildcats. Welcoming thousands of children every year, it promotes the preservation of endangered species through managed breeding, research and education.
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