Bonmarché announces the appointment of Helen Connolly as its new Chief Executive Officer

Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

Wakefield, England, 2016-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/— The Board of Bonmarché is pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Connolly as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Helen will take up her position later in the year and a further announcement will be made at the relevant time.

Helen is currently Senior Buying Director for George at ASDA, where she is responsible for all women’s clothing, non-clothing and male and female essentials. Previously, she was Category Director for Buying and Design, and Buying Manager of Womenswear at George at ASDA. She was formerly Head of Sourcing for Womenswear and Girlswear from China, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka at Next plc and has also worked within Arcadia Group as Head of Buying at Dorothy Perkins.

Helen brings significant relevant experience from the value retail sector, with particular expertise in women’s apparel, which is Bonmarché’s core market.

There is nothing further to disclose in relation to the appointment under LR 9.6.13 of the Listing Rules.

John Coleman, Chairman of Bonmarché Holdings plc said:
“We are delighted to be appointing someone of Helen’s calibre and experience to Bonmarché. With a strong track record in delivering exceptional results, Helen is an ambitious, talented and passionate individual who will make an outstanding leader for the business.

“Helen’s expertise in buying, merchandising, sourcing, product, and business development is first-class, and she has demonstrated a dedicated focus on delivering a high quality consumer experience. We look forward to welcoming her to Bonmarché and working with her to deliver further progress for the brand and the Company.”

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Notes to Editors:
Bonmarché is one of the UK’s largest women’s value retailers, focused on selling stylish, affordable, premium quality clothing and accessories in a wide range of sizes via its own store portfolio, website, mail order catalogues and through the Ideal World TV shopping channel. Established in 1982, Bonmarché has more than 30 years of experience in this growing market segment, operating across the UK.

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Ethical Trading Initiative grants full membership to Bonmarché

Wakefield, England, 2016-Jan-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bonmarché joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) as a Foundation Stage Member in July 2013 and has now been confirmed as a Full Member.

The ETI promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe.

Full membership was granted because of Bonmarché’s commitment to ethical practice within its core business, for supporting suppliers to improve working conditions and for the company’s collaboration with other brands seeking to drive positive change in the work environment.

Speaking about this achievement, Wiebke Flach, ETI Head of Membership said, “When companies join ETI they are effectively making a statement that they are serious about ethical trade and that they want to be part of a leading community of socially conscious brands. Since it joined us, Bonmarché has engaged fully with working groups. By awarding full membership we recognise their clear commitment to ethical trade and to driving year-on-year improvements to working conditions.”

Ian Leader, Quality and Sourcing Manager at Bonmarché said, “This is an important milestone of recognition in how we operate as a business. Bonmarché takes great pride in ensuring our products are safe for customers and manufactured under safe, fair and humane working conditions. We look forward to working with the organisation to fulfil the commitments that ETI membership entails.”

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For further information regarding Bonmarché, please call:

FTI Consulting – Communications adviser
Jonathon Brill, Josephine Corbett
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Notes to Editors:
Bonmarché is one of the UK’s largest women’s value retailers, focused on selling stylish, affordable, premium quality clothing and accessories in a wide range of sizes for women over 50 years old, via its own store portfolio, website, mail order catalogues and through the Ideal World TV shopping channel. Established in 1982, Bonmarché has more than 30 years of experience in this growing market segment, operating across the UK.

About the ETI:
The ETI is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations with a commitment to ethical trade, who adopt the ETI base code, widely acknowledged as a model code of labour practice derived from the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that they expect all their suppliers to work towards. Since 1998, the ETI has been working in partnership with its members to improve the lives of workers in global supply chains. In addition to adopting the base code, members of the ETI must also agree to adopt the ETI’s Principles of Implementation.

SOURCE: Bonmarché

Bonmarché now a Full Member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

Wakefield, England, 2016-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bonmarché joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) as a Foundation Stage Member in July 2013 and has now been confirmed as a Full Member.

The ETI promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe.

Full membership was granted because of Bonmarché’s commitment to ethical practice within its core business, for supporting suppliers to improve working conditions and for the company’s collaboration with other brands seeking to drive positive change in the work environment.

Speaking about this achievement, Wiebke Flach, ETI Head of Membership said, “When companies join ETI they are effectively making a statement that they are serious about ethical trade and that they want to be part of a leading community of socially conscious brands. Since it joined us, Bonmarché has engaged fully with working groups. By awarding full membership we recognise their clear commitment to ethical trade and to driving year-on-year improvements to working conditions.”

Ian Leader, Quality and Sourcing Manager at Bonmarché said, “This is an important milestone of recognition in how we operate as a business. Bonmarché takes great pride in ensuring our products are safe for customers and manufactured under safe, fair and humane working conditions. We look forward to working with the organisation to fulfil the commitments that ETI membership entails.”

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For further information regarding Bonmarché, please call:

FTI Consulting – Communications adviser
Jonathon Brill, Josephine Corbett
+44 (0)20 3727 1109

Notes to Editors:
Bonmarché is one of the UK’s largest women’s value retailers, focused on selling stylish, affordable, premium quality clothing and accessories in a wide range of sizes for women over 50 years old, via its own store portfolio, website, mail order catalogues and through the Ideal World TV shopping channel. Established in 1982, Bonmarché has more than 30 years of experience in this growing market segment, operating across the UK.

About the ETI:
The ETI is an alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations with a commitment to ethical trade, who adopt the ETI base code, widely acknowledged as a model code of labour practice derived from the Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that they expect all their suppliers to work towards. Since 1998, the ETI has been working in partnership with its members to improve the lives of workers in global supply chains. In addition to adopting the base code, members of the ETI must also agree to adopt the ETI’s Principles of Implementation.

Bonmarché awarded one-star accreditation from Best Companies and shortlisted in the Top 25 Best Companies to Work For List

Bonmarché shortlisted in the Best Companies “Top 25 Best Companies to Work For”

Wakefield, England, 2016-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bonmarché has been awarded a one-star accreditation from Best Companies, the employee engagement specialists, and simultaneously has been shortlisted in the Top 25 Best Companies to Work For List. The winners of the award will be announced at an awards ceremony on 25 February 2016.

The recognition is due to Bonmarché achieving a high score on Best Companies’ survey, which examined the ins-and-outs of company life. As the survey reveals how employees perceive their work environment, Bonmarché was seen as an employer that creates a workplace environment which is engaging and uplifting.

Earlier this year, Bonmarché conducted its second Culture Survey which aimed to improve the understanding of areas of current strengths and possible improvements in the business. These findings were used to identify how to build a high performance culture and as a result, the employees feel better connected with the wider company and feel their opinions are valued as a result of such improvements.

Speaking of this year’s shortlist, the Best Companies’ CEO and Founder Jonathan Austin said, “I would like to congratulate Bonmarché on their outstanding achievement. We know that the main challenge for many organisations this year will be talent attraction and retention. For organisations like Bonmarché that have demonstrated their ability to create an engaged workforce and recognise the importance of caring about their employees, they are in a good position to retain and attract the talent they need.”

Paul Kendrick, Marking & Multi Channel Director for Bonmarché said, “We are so thrilled that Bonmarché has been shortlisted for the Best Companies to Work For in the UK and it is reflective of the passion, energy and drive of our colleagues across the business. It has been an exciting year for the business reflected not only by this accolade but also in our shortlisting in two categories for the Retail Week Awards 2016 as Employer of the Year and Speciality Retailer of the Year.”

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Bonmarché CEO Beth Butterwick won the Fashion Retailing Personality of the Year award

Bonmarché has won a coveted Drapers Award.

Wakefield, England, 2015-11-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now celebrating its 25th year, the results of the Drapers Awards 2015 were revealed on 26th November at the prestigious Old Billingsgate, London where the fashion industry elite came together for a night of recognition and celebration of the sector’s achievements.

Bonmarché CEO Beth Butterwick has won the Fashion Retailing Personality of the Year award and was praised by the Drapers’ expert judging panel.

With 19 targeted categories, the awards cover every aspect of the fashion industry, from Best Fashion Marketing Campaign to Best Store Design. This year saw the introduction of several brand new categories, including Best Innovation in Fashion Retail and Best Place to Work.

The Drapers Awards are the most admired and relevant awards in the fashion retail industry. The awards provide industry recognition and unrivalled networking opportunities.

Keely Stocker, editor, Drapers, said: “Since 1991 the best of the best in fashion retailing have been spotlighted at the Drapers Awards. The awards have evolved over the years but the essence of what they stand for remains the same – they celebrate the very best in fashion retailing. In the last 25 years, we’ve presented more than 400 awards since our early days when we were known as Drapers Record. It remains a real pleasure and honour for the Drapers team to identify, celebrate, reward and applaud the best of the brilliant work done by hundreds of fashion businesses across the UK and Ireland

For more information on the Drapers Awards 2015 go to https://awards.drapersonline.com/
EMAP media contact: Leila Widaa on 02030332893 or Leila.Widaa@emap.com

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Notes to Editors

About Drapers
The UK fashion sector is changing faster than ever before. New technology and innovation, coupled with increased consumer demands, now mean up-to-date information is essential to success in the thriving fashion sector.

The purpose of Drapers is to provide content that fashion businesses rely on to do their jobs better, delivering an edited-cut of relevant insight that answers the sector’s complex questions. It is the authoritative voice of the market, providing expert, honest & independent opinion every day. It is the place for the passionate people at the forefront of fashion to share ideas, network and learn from each other’s successes.

Drapers has been at the heart of the fashion industry since 1887, helping shaping next generation of fashion business and talent.

About EMAP
EMAP is a content, subscription & networking business. We connect influential people & organisations to a high-value network of decision-makers, data and ideas through our industry-leading portfolio of brands including Drapers, Retail Week, Health Service Journal, MEED and Architects’ Journal www.emap.com

SOURCE: Bonmarché

Bonmarche named finalist at the retail week awards with oracle 2016

Bonmarche has been named a finalist in The Deloitte Employer of the Year and The Island Speciality Retailer of the Year categories for at the Retail Week Awards with Oracle, to be held on 17th March 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Wakefield, England, 2015-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Acknowledged as the ‘Oscars’ of the retail industry, for over two decades the Retail Week Awards has repeatedly highlighted how critical retail is to the UK and celebrated the finest innovations and achievements in the sector.

On the 17th March British retail heavyweights are set to go head-to-head in what will be one of the most hotly contested awards yet. With a record number of entries, the shortlist will see 130 finalists compete across 14 categories. Each of the categories rewards the leading names in UK retail for standards of excellence and innovation in managing the ever-changing demands of today’s shopper. A further five accolades will be presented to businesses in non-entry categories, including the much anticipated ‘The Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co Retailer of the Year’ and ‘The Oracle Outstanding Contribution to Retail’.

The shortlist will be judged by a panel of leading industry authorities, including: Alex Baldock, Chief Executive Officer at Shop Direct; Richard Pennycook, Chief Executive at the Co-operative Group and Chairman at The Hut Group; Peter Ruis, Chief Executive Officer at Jigsaw; Nigel Oddy, Chief Executive Officer at House of Fraser.

Speaking of this year’s shortlist, Retail Week Editor-in-Chief, Chris Brook-Carter said, “This year we’ve been struck by not only the quality of the award entries, but the quantity of high calibre admissions – making it the hardest year ever to pick our finalists. This is testament to the standards of excellence demonstrated by British retailers’ and is the reason why British retail is such an asset to the UK economy, through both its contribution to GDP and as the largest private sector employer.

“As the UK retail industry continues to innovate, grow and respond to the challenges they face by the ever demanding consumer, the 2016 Retail Week Awards with Oracle is set to celebrate, toast and acknowledge the very best in our industry.”

Paul Kendrick, Marketing & Multi Channel Director for Bonmarché said “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for two categories at this year’s Retail Week awards. These awards are the largest and most prestigious in retail and making the shortlist is a fantastic achievement for us.”

Media Contacts
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Email: bonmarche.sc@fticonsulting.com
Call: +44 20 7831 3113

SOURCE: Bonmarché

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Bonmarche named finalist at the retail week awards with oracle 2016

Bonmarche named finalist at the retail week awards with oracle 2016