50,000 UK employees
The NEXT retail chain was launched in February 1982 and the first store opened with an exclusive coordinated collection of stylish clothes, shoes and accessories for women. Collections for men, children and the home quickly followed. NEXT clothes are styled by its in-house design team to offer great style, quality and value for money with a contemporary fashion edge.
Today NEXT trades from more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire and around 200 stores in 40 countries overseas. Over the last few years several larger format fashion and home stores have opened across the UK. In August 2011, NEXT opened its first combined fashion, home and garden store at Shoreham-by-Sea. 2014 saw the opening of 2 further large home and fashion stores which were built from the ground up. These home and fashion stores, in Hedgend and Maidstone, boast aspirational out of town architecture and were followed by the opening of the High Wycombe super store in 2015.
The groundbreaking mail order operation NEXT Directory launched in 1988 with a hardback book containing 350 pages, creating the blueprint for catalogue retailing. There are over 770 pages in the Summer 2016 book alone offering extensive collections for men, women, children and everything for the well dressed home.
Online shopping was introduced in 1999 and the entire book became available to shop from on the internet, page by page – another first in home shopping in the UK. NEXT Directory now also serves customers in around 70 countries outside the UK.