From first steps to great achievements
Pentland Brands Limited, a Pentland Group plc owned company, is a global family business bringing some of the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people around the world.
We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, Ellesse, Boxfresh, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the global licensee for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the UK and have a joint venture partnership for Lacoste Chaussures.
Building a family of brands for the world to love, generation after generation
Our brands are there in the moments that matter, from first steps to great achievements. In an ever-changing world, we want to be there for more people, in more of those moments. This drives everything we do.
Like the great athletes and ambassadors we have the privilege to work with, we’re a constant work in progress, an evolving story.
We are at our best when we’re bold in our decisions, focused in our actions and playing to our strengths.
As a family business, not a corporation, we believe in the power of the collective. Every individual has the power to help shape the Pentland of the future.
Your potential is our potential, and it’s our relationships that build and grow brands that last.
We are Pentland Brands and together we make brands matter.
Over the past year we’ve transformed our business and acquired new brands and licenses.
Our strategy is to grow our portfolio of brands, over the long-term, so that more people, see, buy and love our brands. We’ll do this by investing in our people, our platforms and our brand portfolio and continuing to look at new brand investment opportunities.
We believe that ‘good business is good for business’. This includes becoming a more sustainable organisation and building brands with a social purpose.
- We take our first steps selling shoes.
- We start to manufacture shoes and continue to grow the business.
- We’re one of the first European companies to source shoes in Asia, which allows us to grow faster.
- We open an office in Hong Kong, which remains at the heart of our sourcing business today.
- We start selling skateboards, shoes, handbags, luggage and sportswear.
- We buy a majority stake in a small athletic footwear brand called Reebok for $77,500.
- Reebok launches the world’s first shoe designed for aerobic exercise. A turning point for Reebok is the introduction of coloured running shoes.
- We’re appointed UK distributor for Italian tennis and ski brand ellesse and fashion footwear brand Kickers.
- We buy leading performance swimwear brand Speedo.
- We sell our share in Reebok for $770 million.
- We become the worldwide footwear licensee for the French tennis fashion brand, Lacoste Chaussures.
- We add outdoor brand Berghaus and ellesse to our family of owned brands.
- The original football brand, Mitre International, joins the family.
- We buy London fashion label Red or Dead and athletic fashion footwear brand KangaROOS.
- We become the worldwide licensee for London fashion brand Ted Baker footwear.
- We buy the London fashion brand Boxfresh.
- We buy rugby brand Canterbury of New Zealand and the Californian casual lifestyle sneaker brand, SeaVees.
- We buy the cycling apparel brand, and Movistar Team clothing partner, Endura.
- We’re appointed the global footwear licensee for Karen Millen.
Awards & recognition
You know you’re getting it right when others start taking notice. Here are some of our proudest achievements:
In October 2019 our in-house creative agency was shortlisted for two Inside Out Awards – ‘Best project’ and ‘Best example of internal collaboration’ – for their Canterbury ‘Be Part of it’ campaign.
In September 2019 we were shortlisted for the Drapers Best Place to Work Award.
In 2019, Endura won gold in the Outstanding Outdoor Award for Bike Equipment category at the ISPO exhibition.
In 2019, Kickers won Kids Footwear Brand of the Year at the Drapers Awards.
In 2017, Berghaus celebrated ‘Gold’ at the ISPO Awards for its innovative Hyper 100 Jacket. It also won the ‘Go Outdoors’ award in both 2017 and 2018.
Leading international enterprise
We are honoured to have won six Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. These are the most prestigious UK awards for business performance. Most recently, we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category for 2018.
A great place to work
In 2019, we were shortlisted for the Drapers ‘Best Place to Work’ award.
In 2018, we were awarded an In-House Design Award for ‘Best Internal Re-Brand’.
In 2019, our Canterbury campaign, ‘Be Part of It’, was shortlisted for ‘Best Project’ and ‘Best Internal Collaboration’ at the Inside Out awards.
Building a successful, growing and dynamic business
In 2017, we were awarded two prestigious family business awards – The EY UK Family Business of Excellence award and the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Global Family Business International Award.
Pentland Group plc
We’re part of Pentland Group plc. Read more about the group here.