Record Financial Performance in 2019 Creates Strong Foothold in 2020 for National Jeweller
- Annual turnover increase 12.4 per cent to £143.2m (2019: £127.4m)
- Company operating profit of £17.2m (2019: £12.8m)
- Group operating profit for continuing operations of £17.8m (2019: £13.0m
- Gross profit margin 18.4 per cent (2019: 16.4 per cent)
- Six years of consecutive growth following the company’s centenary year last year
- £1.78m has been donated to charity in the financial year from both the Company and the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust
- Workplace Giving by Beaverbrooks people £63,090 (2019: £55,712)
- Matching net donation by company of £110,134 (2019: £97,449)
Beaverbrooks the Jewellers has released its latest accounts showing another successful year for the family-owned national retailer.
For the full year to 29 February 2020, Group turnover increased 12.4 per cent to £143.2m (compared to same 52 weeks of prior year), with Group operating profit (continuing operations) before discretionary payments at £17.8m.
During the same period, gross profit margins increased to 18.4 per cent (2019:16.4 per cent) as a result of careful management of costs across the business. As a result, 2019 was the biggest year in Beaverbrooks’ 101-year history, achieving in aggregate the six most profitable years in its history.
The 2020 plan for the business was to celebrate and build on this success, but Beaverbrooks barely had time to do either before the global pandemic hit in spring. Despite this, the retailer is expecting to retain strong levels of profit in 2020 and has seen a strong recovery after lockdown with sales up 12.2 per cent YOY from August to October.
The company puts this down to its ability to adapt to the changing landscape, alongside its people-centric approach to business.
As part of its mission to ‘enrich lives,’ Beaverbrooks donates 20 per cent of retained profits to charity and despite the challenges 2020 has presented, a total of £1.78m has been donated to charity in the financial year from both the Company and the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust. Since the year 2000, the company has donated in excess of £15m to over 750 charities.
The company also received the Diamond Award from the HM Government & Institute for Fundraising for its Payroll Giving, the 9th consecutive year of recognition for its commitment to payroll giving. 47 per cent of its people were involved in Workplace Giving at the year-end; against a national average of 7 per cent.
During the period, Beaverbrooks colleagues gave £63,090 (2019: £55,712) through Payroll Giving. The net donation is 100 per cent matched by the company, resulting in total donations of £110,134 (2019: £97,449).
Mark Adlestone OBE DL, Chairman of Beaverbrooks, said: “We’ve just had the six most profitable years in our history, which we’re delighted with, and without doubt provided a strong financial footing as we entered 2020. Last year was an important year for us as we celebrated our centenary, so to reach this milestone and achieve the many accolades awarded to the company during this period, is fantastic.”
“We are immensely proud of what we achieved as a business in 2019/20, however no one could have predicted we would be facing a global pandemic in 2020, and the challenges this would bring for the sector as a whole. By respecting our heritage and values, staying true to our purpose, and adapting to the continually changing landscape, we’re seeing continued growth this year, so we’re optimistic about what the future will bring.”
Anna Blackburn, managing director at Beaverbrooks, said: “There is no doubt that our last financial year, the best in the company’s history, provided us with a strong foothold to get through 2020 and beyond. Despite the challenges we’ve faced this year, we’ve experienced positive trading across both stores and online which has put us in a strong position as we approach Q4. This demonstrates that business agility and continued investment in people and product can deliver sustained success.”
“At the beginning of the pandemic, we knew that the way we responded would define our next chapter – we had to be strategic in our approach instead of making knee jerk reactions. Our people-centric ethos has been absolutely vital for us, now more than ever before. Throughout the pandemic we’ve ensured all of our colleagues felt engaged with our business decisions and direction, and this level of engagement is now paying into the bottom line.”
Beaverbrooks has featured in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for list for 17 consecutive years, and has retained its status as an extraordinary three-star accredited employer in the UK.
In 2020 Beaverbrooks was named 9th Best Company to Work For in the UK and won ‘Best Place to Work’ at the Retail Week Awards.
Beaverbrooks is an award-winning family-owned jeweller established in 1919 with 72 stores across the UK, providing exceptional quality diamonds, jewellery and watches. For further information please visit www.beaverbrooks.co.uk