Next as we know it today started life as a ready-to-wear suit retailer known as Joseph Hepworth & Son back in 1864. The company was extremely popular from the outset, and by 1884 had over 100 outlets throughout the UK.

In 1981, the company bought womenswear retailer Kendall & Sons, taking over their 600 British stores. Originally it was conceived that the Kendall stores would remain as retailers marketed at women to complement the Hepworth & Son men’s stores, but instead, all were amalgamated to make Next stores (or Next PLC) and begin to offer some of the range that’s recognisable today. These mini department stores proved popular, and as the retail market became more crowded, Next went on to buy and absorb other companies such as the Grattan Catalogue and Combined English Stores.

Today, Next PLC is a well-established household name on the British high street with smaller stores in town and city centres and larger retail spaces operating on out-of-town business and leisure parks. Many now include full furniture and garden ranges, as well as coffee shops and exclusive clothing collections.

A famous former chief executive was Sir David Jones.

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So you can’t paint or decorate your student room or house, but you can jazz it up to make it nice and homely whilst you’re there. Next’s range of wall stickers are easy to apply and to peel off, and the chalkboard range gives you the facility to chalk directly onto your walls. You can have your revision notes up for easy reference, leave messages for your friends and allocate out the household chores amongst your housemates without ruining your walls or having to leave crumpled post-its around to be ignored! A great choice from Next PLC.


Bathrooms in student accommodation are usually shared and as a result have a tendency to get messy and unkept very quickly! You won’t want to go to the hassle of re-decorating or having a new bathroom fitted (after all, you’re only using it for a year, during term time), but adding in some nice finishing touches to the room will help encourage your housemates to keep things looking neat and tidy. This bath mat is uplifting and bright, practical and functional. Pop some matching flowers in the bathroom to go with it, and your whole room will be transformed in two simple steps courtesy of Next PLC.


Struggling for a gift and want something that still looks thoughtful? This personalised bracelet makes for a great present for any female and is elegant and pretty, without being over-the-top. It’s sterling silver plated with a single freshwater pearl and a hanging charm that can be engraved either with a name or word, up to seven characters. It’s a great gift for under twenty quid and fits all styles, sizes and shapes: everyone will love it!

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