The Good + Fair Employers Club today announces our first member from the retail sector: N Brown, a top 10 UK clothing footwear and homeware digital retailer, based in Manchester.

The group owns size-inclusive fashion brands Simplybe, Jacamo and Ambrose Wilson, womenswear label JD Williams, and the online homewear store Home Essentials.

From the start of March, their team will join Good + Fair Employers Club meetings alongside fellow members from early careers teams at Virgin Media, Greene King, NBC Universal and Nationwide Building Society – who have all stepped up in the last four months to join our lively community of the UK’s best firms for young people – plus long-standing members including Google, Channel 4 and Santander.

If N Brown hasn’t registered on your radar until now, it’s time to take note. Over the last few years, the firm has quietly been building a reputation for ‘democratising fashion’ to include customers who were previously overlooked and underserved. By all accounts, this ethos extends to the firm’s inclusive and foward-thinking culture, commitment to sustainability, and investment in young people from all backgrounds.

Upon joining the Good + Fair Employers Club, Ciara Tully, Emerging Talent Lead at N Brown, said:

“It’s a critical time to ensure that we invest in early careers and avoid a generation of young people who may be losing their ambitions, confidence and hopes for their futures. Joining the fantastic Good + Fair Employers Club will be incredibly valuable to share both problems and solutions, be part of the right conversations with other committed employers and ensure we’re setting up our young people for bright futures!”

ALL EARS: Ciara Tully, Emerging Talent Lead at N Brown, wants to listen and learn from her fellow Good + Fair Employers Club members

Tanya de Grunwald, founder of the Good + Fair Employers Club, said she is happy to welcome N Brown as the first retail company to join the club – particularly against the backdrop of the difficulties that the sector has experienced over the last year:

“Clearly, the retail industry faces enormous challenges as we look ahead to a post-Covid world and, sadly, we expect many firms in this space will be looking at slashing costs and cutting corners. So it is great to see N Brown taking the opposite view: that this is a time to invest in young people. We’re already loving their enthusiasm for joining conversations with early careers teams from bigger firms, who have a wealth of knowledge to share about the most effective strategies for reaching, selecting, recruiting and developing young talent. There is so much work to do, it makes sense for firm of all sizes and from all industries to share their knowledge and ideas with one another. That way, we can all get where we want to go, faster.”

FILLING UP FAST: Our Good + Fair Employers Club members come from a wide range of industries – but they share a deep commitment to being ‘good and fair’ employers of young people. If you’re not a member yet but we sound like your people, get in touch with founder Tanya de Grunwald via Linkedin. We’d love to hear from you!