Enterprise Pondering London winner: Lulu Guinness

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Subsequent its nomination as a London regional finalist and Imagined Exchange go to to the UAE, Lulu Guinness has been declared a regional winner in the HSBC Company Considering initiative.

Exports are the secret to the development of luxury purses and add-ons group Lulu Guinness and main government Martin Mason says the story has only just started.

“We’re exporting to 9 nations, but the crucial markets we want to get into in a large way are China, India, the Center East and South The usa,” he says.

“We’ve just started in Hong Kong and will be beginning in the Middle East in 2013. In India, Brazil and the rest of South The usa we’re undertaking study.

“Our turnover is £6.5m, which is double what it was three several years in the past. We foresee that it will double once more in the following eighteen months.

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“Exports are entirely driving our development. In two years’ time I would picture 75-80pc of profits will be exports.”

Established in 1989 by Lulu Guinness, the designer daughter of former Baring Asset Management chairman Sir Miles Rivett-Carnac, who nevertheless operates as innovative director, the firm is based in west London and has 27 employees.

Mr Mason suggests he was thrilled that Lulu Guinness experienced been chosen as a regional winner of Company Thinking, attaining accessibility to lending of up to £6m and a financial reward of up to £120,000.

“I am elated,” he claims. “It’s a real recognition of the difficult perform that absolutely everyone has place in more than the earlier few of years.

“Our organization has developed and it is down to our folks and the fact that everyone is empowered to provide and there’s real strength inside this company. We’re a genuinely entrepreneurial organization.”

He programs to invest the cash on a further exports drive, creating connections and financing investigation on new markets.

“It’s about receiving into marketplaces, knowing how these markets operate and making certain we have got the correct framework, the appropriate individuals to examine and supply a significant business proposition to enter these markets,” he suggests. “The bulk of the income will go into establishing our export organizations.

“We’re taking a dominant situation in British vogue, just like Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood.

“Japan is our biggest marketplace for retail profits, the second greatest is the British isles and the 3rd is the US. The usa is very essential to us. We’re seeking to produce a romantic relationship in the States which provides us a considerably increased footprint in phrases of the variety of shops we have.

“We have 8 shops in London, Japan, South Korea and New York. We want to have a whole lot a lot more than that.”