Clarks: Made to Last: The Story of Britain's Best-known Shoe Firm

Clarks: Made to Last: The Story of Britain's Best-known Shoe Firm

by Mark Palmer

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Overview

Founded in Britain in 1825 by two brothers, Clarks's reach extends to all corners of the globe and yet it remains a family-owned business. Over the years the company has had its ups and downs but it has always strived to remain true to its Quaker values in its commitment to the well-being of its workforce and the local community.

In 2010 Clarks's profits were over $160 million and its shoes have become fashionable, especially in China, Jamaica, and America.

Mark Palmer has written for national newspapers and magazines for more than thirty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846685200
Publisher: Profile Books Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author


Mark Palmer has written for national newspapers and magazines for more than thirty years. He was formerly with the Daily Telegraph and is now with the Daily Mail. He is a member of the Quaker family behind another famous British brand, Huntley & Palmers.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction 1

1 A little extra pocket money 7

2 Living beyond your means 21

3 Friends in high places 43

4 Make-or break 67

5 A business for the benefit of all 102

6 We were now in retailing good and proper 132

7 Measuring feet, maximising profit 163

8 Expansion, contraction - and management consultants 200

9 Trainers, negligees and selling the brand 239

10 Taking sides 273

11 Peering over the precipice 302

12 Shoes for 'Mr and Mrs Made It' 325

Appendices

1 A Clarks chronology 365

2 The Clark family tree 370

3 Other Clark family members 372

4 An exceptional resource: the Clarks archive 373

Bibliography 376

Index 378

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