Beaverbrooks’ heritage and values are key to shaping its future

Anna Blackburn 1

In 1919, three Adlestone brothers moved to Belfast with nothing but a suitcase full of silverware and a dream to sell jewellery.

Fast-forward to 2019, and the 100-year-old company that started as Adlestones before being renamed Beaverbrooks is still in the hands of the same family, with chair Mark Adlestone now sharing the day-to-day running of the business with me as managing director.

While the national retailer with 71 stores and nigh on 1,000 employees has undoubtedly been celebrating this achievement and using it as an opportunity to reflect and look back, my focus is on building momentum and keeping the business relevant and profitable for the future.

I joined Beaverbrooks in 1998 straight from university. At the time we had 32 stores and ecommerce didn’t exist. I was attracted to the business by its culture, values and beautiful product.

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