From start up to global success, our Retail team understands the changing retail market like few others. We de-risk and future proof your growing brand, giving you the security and the flexibility to focus on your business. Our Retail team supports clients like SuperGroup, Tiger, Cotswold Outdoor and Pure Gym with a wide range of expertise, from property growth to employment issues, branding, supplier and distribution contracts to overseas growth.

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Supergroup 

"Would we be as large as we are in the UK? No, I can say this completely honestly, without BPE and your support, the company would not be the size it is today." Julian Dunkerton, Founder, SuperGroup

SuperGroup is a distinctive branded UK fashion retailer, offering quality clothing and accessories under its main brand name, Superdry.

It operates a multi-channel business through a combination of standalone stores, concessions, e-Commerce and UK and International Wholesale operations. We first became involved with SuperGroup when the retail giant was a fledgling business with just five shops branded 'Cult'.

We were an integral part in SuperGroup's Initial public offering, managing all relevant property due diligence and supporting the company in the only really successful IPO to happen during the recession.

Superdry now has over 135 UK and European standalone retail stores and operates from a growing portfolio of concessions, alongside franchised and licensed stores. Superdry is a global fashion brand and via its store portfolio and websites, is sold in over 100 countries.

Services BPE provides to SuperGroup

  • Freehold property acquisitions
  • Lease agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Fit out licences
  • Portfolio management (including disposals)
  • Concession agreements

New Kid on the Block - from Market Stall to Regent Street

Our Commercial Property Partner, Antonia Shield, reveals the highs and lows of Superdry's journey to Regent Street - download here.

Tiger

We have been providing Tiger UK (Midlands) Ltd with legal advice on property acquisitions, leasehold agreements and portfolio management since 2014.

"I have a very aggressive roll out plan and don't have time to worry about the small details in multiple areas. Knowing that BPE have all legal aspects covered is of paramount importance." Simon Hall, Director, Tiger UK (Midlands) Ltd

We provide Tiger with the following services:

  • Freehold property acquisitions
  • Lease agreements
  • Development agreements
  • Fit out licences
  • Portfolio management (including disposals)
  • Concession agreements

The Tiger Case Study is available to download here.

Helping Retailers Generate Their Own Electricity

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Marks & Spencer's brand new East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donnington now generates enough energy to make the fully automated centre, which is big enough to hold 11 football pitches, close to being self-sufficient during daylight hours.

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Our Renewables team worked with SBC Renewables, a subsidiary of EMDC Solar Company and designers of the solar panel installation. Our team advised on the commercial property lease of the roof space, the corporate structure of the project and construction aspects of the building which included decommissioning and rebuilding an adoptable estate road, footpaths and sewers, and a brand new freight terminal which required 1.4 kilometres of new line to connect to the rail network.

EMDC lease the roof space and sells the energy back to M&S, with any excess being sold to the grid. Our Renewables team advised SBC on the power purchase agreement (PPA) for the sale of energy to the retailer and for the overspill energy sold back to the grid, as well as advising on Renewable Obligation Certificates ensuring the builder/developer received a fixed energy price for 20 years.


Start up retailer?

We've put together some helpful tips for start up retailers looking for their first retail location.

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Pure Gym

Founded in 2008 by serial entrepreneur Peter Roberts, after we assisted him in the growth and disposal of Golden Tulip hotel chain to Whitbreads, Pure Gym is now the largest gym operator in the UK.

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MandMDirect

For the past 10 years, we have supported MandMDirect at every stage of the company's evolution, including a management buy-out in 2004 by ECI Partners, shortly before the company's re-branding to the recognisable MandMDirect brand of today.

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Lifemarque

Lifemarque Limited designs and manufactures travel and outdoor healthcare, camping equipment, outdoor children's products and dog accessories.

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Cotswold Outdoor

We continue to support this well-known specialist retailer with its commercial contracts, corporate and employment work.

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Jardinerie, Blooms, Wyevale

We acted for Jardinerie Limited when they were bought by Blooms of Bressingham Plc. Blooms were so impressed that we were retained to act for the newly expanded group.

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St John Ambulance and Blue Cross

We support a number of charities with a diverse range of property matters from acquisitions and disposals to general property management.

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