From: Retail & Luxury Goods Club
Date: February 2, 2012
Subject: The Walpole British Luxury Summit 2012 - Early bird tickets

Dear R&LG members,

If you are running a startup luxury brand with £100,000-£2,000,000 of sales, you may consider applying for the Walpole Brands of Tomorrow Programme for 2012.  The programme includes mentorship from top executives within the British luxury industry, with a view to grooming your brand for global expansion.

Details below.

The R&LG Executive Committee


Retail & Luxury Goods Club

Walpole Brands of Tomorrow Programme 2012

in association with Mishcon de Reya

Applications are now being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Walpole Brands of Tomorrow mentoring programme, in association with Mishcon de Reya.

Launched in 2007, the bespoke mentorship and coaching programme has become phenomenally successful, helping aspiring British luxury brands of the future to fulfil their potential and become global leaders in their field.  The programme takes selected companies through a cycle of quarterly educational workshops on areas such as business planning, marketing, distribution and internationalisation and one-to-one mentorship meetings with some of the UK’s most experienced luxury entrepreneurs. 

Mentors include John Ayton (programme chair), Lucia van der Post, Sarah Elton, Former MD Smythson; Martin Bartle, Founder Arthur Ridley Esq; Jonathan Heilbron, CEO, Thomas Pink; and many more. All give their time to mentor the successful candidates in every aspect of running a luxury brand, from branding and marketing to IP protection and distribution and team management. 

Previous Brands of Tomorrow include; Shaun Leane, The Real Flower Company, Astley Clark, Miller Harris, Bremont Watch Company, Rococo Chocolates, Charlotte Olympia, Wolf & Badger, Josephine Home, Emmett London and Osman Yousefzada.

In order to be eligible for this programme, selected companies need to exemplify the highest standards of quality, style and craftsmanship and aspire to develop into full Walpole members.
The key criteria include;

To apply, please click here to download an application form

Applications close on the 27th February. Successful candidates will be chosen to present to the panel of judges and mentors during the second round of judging in March; you will be notified in early March.

Please return the application form (link above) to or by post to Brands of Tomorrow Programme, Walpole, One Southwark Bridge, SE1 9HL.

Applications may be supplemented with some examples of work for the judges to look at in the first round of judging. If you wish to send press coverage please ensure you send copies as we are unable to return any press books submitted. If you wish to send samples, we will endevour to return these to you once the judging has ended.

Do contact Victoria Foster at Walpole should you have any questions regarding the application form or programme.

About Walpole

Walpole is the not-for-profit organization which develops and represents the British Luxury Industry in partnership with over 180 of Britain’s most prestigious brands, corporate partners and cultural institutions, including Claridge’s, Chivas Brothers, Reserve Brands Group, Jimmy Choo, Fortnum & Mason, Asprey, Burberry, Mulberry, Goodwood, Sotheby’s, Candy & Candy, the V&A, National Portrait Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.

All of our various membership brands are committed to combining the best aspects of innovation, design, quality, tradition and service. Membership, by invitation only, provides British brands with a community for thought leadership, exchange of best practice ideas, forums for cross-industry networking and marketing, and opportunities to drive business development and lobby government.  For more information, please visit our website,

Retail & Luxury Goods Club

One Southwark Bridge
London, SE1 9HL
020 7873 3790

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