New Look was founded by Tom Singh. Since then the company has rapidly expanded and now operates across a chain of over 1,000 stores internationally and a staff of over 30,000.Template:Fact The group had a turn over of £1,147 million in y/e 2008 with profits of £180 million.
In 2008, New Look continued its expansion in the UAE and opened its largest store till then in Liverpool One Shopping Centre.Template:Fact In February 2009, its 40th anniversary year, it opened its first store in Russia.
In 2004, after six years afloat, the company withdrew from the stock market and was taken back to being a privately owned business by founder Tom Singh and chief executive Phil Wrigley, and private equity investors Permira, Apax Partners and Quillian Investments.
On 26 April 2007, a fire occurred at a New Look branch in Oxford Street, London.Template:Fact The subsequent investigation revealed an extensive catalogue of failings relating to fire safety precautions and measures. The company subsequently pleaded guilty to criminal charges and on 25 November 2009, was fined a total of £400,000 with £136,052 costs.
In 2010, the fines were upheld by the Court of Appeal.
In 2007 New Look launched its first advertising campaign for three years. The same year it used online advertising for the first time and launched its transactional website, which went live in December 2007 and currently carries womenswear, menswear, Generation 915 for teens, kids, footwear, accessories, lingerie, maternity, tall, petite and Inspire (sizes 18–26).
Stores in SingaporeEdit
- Citylink Mall
- City Square Mall
- ION Orchard
- Suntec City (closed in 1 March 2014)
- Tampines 1
- Top Track 100 — list of 100 largest private companies, New look is at no 32.
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