Pentland Group

We are a privately-owned family business that owns and invests in companies to create value for stakeholders.

Our business is changing rapidly, but our people and our values remain at the heart of what we do. Pentland Group employs over 50,000 people and has annual sales of £6.6 billion.

Our businesses

Our Pentland Brands division is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands. It owns Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Ellesse, Endura, SeaVees, KangaROOS, Mitre and Red or Dead.

Pentland Group holds a 51.89% share in JD, the UK’s leading retailer of branded sportswear, fashion and outdoor clothing and equipment. JD is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is managed as an independent operation by the JD Board of Directors.

Through our Pentland Investments division, we are a shareholder in other companies such as Tracksmith. We also invest in other businesses across a number of different industries.

Group history

The Liverpool Shoe Company is founded, selling fashion shoes to UK retailers.

We start to manufacture shoes and continue to grow the business.

We are one of the first European companies to source shoes in Asia, opening an office in Hong Kong, which allows us to accelerate growth.

In 1964, the Liverpool Shoe Company is floated on the London Stock Exchange.

The company name is changed to Pentland Industries Ltd and sells skateboards, shoes, handbags, luggage and sportswear.

We acquire a 55.5% stake in Reebok USA Ltd Inc for $77,500. The combined Reebok businesses are floated on the US Stock Exchange in 1985.

Pentland is appointed as the UK Distributor for Ellesse & Kickers.

Pentland Industries Ltd changes its name to Pentland Group.

We acquire an 80% share of Speedo (Europe) Ltd.

The Speedo International and Speedo Australia businesses are bought, and Pentland becomes the worldwide licensee for Lacoste footwear.

We sell our Reebok shares back to Reebok for $416 million, reducing the Group’s shareholding to 13%. By the end of the year we sell our remaining Reebok stake for $315 million.

We acquire the outdoor brand, Berghaus, a 75% stake of Brasher Boot and a 90% share of the Ellesse International business.

We acquire the remaining Ellesse International shares and we acquire Mitre Sports International.

We acquire a 75% stake in Red or Dead.

We re-purchases all publicly held Pentland Group shares and the business returns to being 100% privately owned.

We acquire the additional 20% share of Red or Dead, giving us a 95% stake in the business.

We sign a deal with Groupe Zannier’s Kickers International BV to form a new company (50% owned) Kickers Worldwide.

We sign an agreement to develop and market Ted Baker branded footwear. We also acquire the remaining 25% stake in the Brasher Boot Company Ltd.

Pentland Brands opens its new state-of-the-art head office in London, England.

We acquire a majority share of JD Sports Fashion plc, which operates the JD Sports, Size, Bank and Scotts retail chains in the UK.

We acquire Boxfresh and a share of Hunter Boot Ltd.

We acquire the ‘original’ rugby brand, Canterbury.

We acquire the Californian casual lifestyle sneaker brand, SeaVees.

We establish a 50/50 joint venture footwear business with The Lacoste Group to design and manufacture Lacoste footwear.

We also sell our Ted Baker footwear business (No Ordinary Shoes Limited) to Ted Baker.

We acquire the cycling apparel brand Endura.

We announce the acquisition of Speedo North America, uniting the global Speedo brand.

Awards & recognitions

We are proud to have received awards in recognition of what we do and the great work of our teams. Here are some of our highlights:

In 2018, Pentland Group was honoured to receive its sixth Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the International Trade category, which recognises organisations for their substantial growth overseas.

In 2019, Pentland Group was listed in the Sunday Times Fastrack’s Top Ten Private Businesses.

In 2017, Pentland Group was awarded the prestigious International Institute for Management Development Global Family Business International Award and recognised for its strong commitment to sustainability, human rights and environment throughout our value chain.

Pentland Group also won EY’s UK Family Business of Excellence Award 2017, celebrating the contribution it is making to the economy and the legacy it is building.

In 2016, the Great Place to Work Institute named our Pentland Brands division as one of the Best Workplaces in the UK. It was named as 11th in the ‘Best Large Company’ category, the highest-ranking family company and the only sports, outdoor or fashion brand-owner to make the list. It was also recognised as the 16th Best Large Workplace in Europe.