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16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

Next is one of the UK's largest clothing retailers. Whether buying through Next Retail, the Next Directory or Next International customers are always assured of quality and value from the company. Next offers a huge range of clothing and accessories for women, men and children as well as home and furniture essentials.

The Company was founded by Joseph Hepworth in Leeds in 1864 as a tailor under the name of Joseph Hepworth & Son. When more than a hundred years later the Hepworth Company bought Kendall & Sons the Next brand was born.

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 the in-house design team to offer consistency of style, quality and value for money with a contemporary fashion edge.

Next now has a chain of more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire and upwards of a further 180 stores and growing website capability outside the UK. The Next Directory, a home shopping catalogue and website has more than 2 million active customers.

Next has been confirmed as Official Clothing and Homeware Supplier to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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