Company Directory / The Works Stores Limited

Business Description

"The Works is one of the UK’s leading multi-channel specialist retailers of value gifts, arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery. Our mission is to offer customers a unique and enjoyable shopping experience, built on our core principles of value, variety and quality.

We sell high-quality, great value products in four specialist categories, primarily through our network of over 450 stores in the UK & Ireland. Our stores can be found on high-streets, in retail parks, shopping centres and as concessions in various locations. We also have a significant and growing online presence that enables customers to shop any time of the day and an extended range of products that are not available in our stores. Our multi-channel offering, one of the first of its kind in the value retail sector, includes our popular Click & Collect service, offering further convenience for our customers.

….. sell over one million of our products every week to consumers looking for a bargain.

We serve over 22.5 million people each year, including families and people of all ages.

The Works Stores Ltd. is a privately funded company whose main shareholders are Endless LLP.

Our range of products is huge. We sell more than 40,000 different products every year and we appeal to anyone looking for wide variety at great value prices.

You can find many big brands at low prices in The Works, but we also develop a great range of our own branded products.

One of the first of its kind in the value retail sector is our “Together” loyalty scheme, which now has over 1.9 million members who receive rewards when they shop to get even more value for their money.

We are proud to have a highly engaged workforce of over 3,000 employees who are passionate about the customers they serve.

HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2016 / 2017 / 2018 (Note £000)
Revenue 154,398 / 166,421 / 192,100
Profit before tax 5,995 / 1,882 / 2,572
Advisors and Registrars
• Broker - Investec Bank plc
• Legal advisor - Walker Morris LLP
• Auditors - KPMG LLP
• Registrar - Equiniti Limited
• Financial Communications Advisors - Teneo Blue Rubicon Limited"

Registered Address

Boldmere House Faraday Avenue, Hams Hall Distribution Park
B46 1AL

Contact Details

Previous Names

CAPITOL THOUGHT LIMITED 2008-04-07 - 2008-05-07

Key Data

5379 Specialty Retailers
Company Number
Private Limited Company
Company Age
12 years
April 7, 2008
Nature of Business
47190 - Other retail sale in non-specialised stores
Year End
April 30
Accounts Due
April 30, 2021
Latest Accounts
April 28, 2019

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