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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.

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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

10 Jan 2018
Drapers Top 100 2017 – 16. Philip Day, Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Acquisitions over the past 18 months include Jaeger, Austin Reed, Country Casuals and Viyella...At the end of May, Day launched a new department store concept. The eponymous chain, Days, made its debut in Carmarthen, south Wales, and two more stores are due to open in Crawley and Bedford next summer.

05 Jan 2018
Blue and Green Tomorrow
4 ways to start thinking green at your small business

Some inspirational corporate leaders have been investing in renewables and natural energy for years...retail-chain owner Philip Day, the entrepreneur behind Edinburgh Woollen Mill, operates one of the largest Anaerobic Digesters in the UK.

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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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