Pentland Group plc is a privately owned, global brand management company operating in the sports, outdoor and fashion markets.
The Pentland Group brand management division, Pentland Brands Limited, comprises a portfolio of world-class active and footwear brands. It manages owned brands such as Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury, Mitre, Endura, Ellesse, Boxfresh, Red or Dead and SeaVees; and has the global license for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the UK. Pentland Group also has a footwear joint venture with The Lacoste Group.
The Pentland Group’s retail division comprises the activities of JD Sports Fashion Limited, the UK’s leading retailer of branded sportswear, fashionwear and outdoor clothing and equipment, in which Pentland Group holds a 57% share.
Pentland Group also invests in other businesses across a number of different industries.
Headquartered in the UK, Pentland Group employs more than 41,000 people. Its brands are available across 190 countries, and it operates more than 2,300 stand-alone shops. With annual sales of $6.7 billion USD, its brands are loved by people the world over.
In 2017, Pentland Group was 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. 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.
Founded in Liverpool, UK in the early 1930s as The Liverpool Shoe Company, Pentland was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1964, before becoming privately owned again in 1999.