The Group expanded to provide household and electrical product ranges, aided by the launch of the Home Essentials and Inspirational Homes publications.
Simply Yours was launched to offer a wide range of contemporary fashion lingerie for women in the mid-life age range.
Martin House opened in Summer 2002 – a state of the art 1500 seat call centre in the heart of Manchester.
The company moved from its long-established Head Office base at Dale Street, to a modern freehold office environment at nearby Griffin House in Manchester city centre.
In November House of Bath was acquired, a specialist catalogue business offering innovative product solutions for our older customer base.
Gray & Osbourn was acquired in June 2006 to compliment the Group's upmarket fifty-plus customer segment.
In December, womenswear business Nightingales was acquired.
The business continues to evolve and is no longer "just" a catalogue specialist, but a true multi-channel retailer with strong e-commerce presence.
In September 2009, N Brown Group acquired High and Mighty, a big and tall menswear specialist.
Having traded successfully in Ireland for many years, in February 2009 the Group made its first steps into mainland Europe, with the launch of Simply Be in Germany. This comprised a German language catalogue and transactional website. Additionally a trial began with a version of the UK Simply Be website, but priced in Euros, to several European countries.
In June 2010, we became the UK's largest online lingerie retailer overnight when we acquired Figleaves.com, providing an unmatched range of underwear, whatever our customers’ size or shape.
Building on the success of Simply Be in the UK and Europe we launched the brand in the USA as part of our International expansion strategy.