Our Partners and Sponsors


The George Davies Centre for Retail Excellence has partnerships with some of the fashion retail industry’s leading brands.

Retail specialists

  • George Davies, Retail Entrepreneur
  • Colin Temple, Managing Director at Schuh
  • Mark Birkbeck, Chairman, House of Bruar, Blair Atholl, Scotland
  • Nick Bannerman, Managing Director, Johnstons of Elgin (Hawick)

Brand partners

  • Johnstons of Elgin (Hawick) luxury cashmere brand and cashmere producers
  • New Look, number 1 retailer of women’s footwear in the UK
  • Schuh, leading branded footwear retailer (Best Multichannel Retailer, Drapers E-tail Awards 2009; Multiple Footwear Retailer of the Year, Drapers Footwear Awards 2011)

University partners

  • ESSCA, School of Management, France
  • Politechnico di Milan, Italy
  • Zhongyuan University of Technology (formerly Zhongyuan Textile Institute), China