It’s not every day the British Prime Minister and his deputy stop by to see what’s what. Last Friday David Cameron and Nick Clegg popped into Pentland Brands–makers of Berghaus, Canterbury, Speedo, Ellesse, Mitre and Boxfresh–in London to see how the family-owned company has grown sales in the UK by 18 percent and 33 percent internationally over the past five years.
During the visit, both the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister spoke to a number of employees, including interns and recent graduates. They were also shown the 3-D modeling used in the development of the Fastskin Speedo Elite goggle worn by Scotland’s Ross Murdoch when he took gold in the 200m Breaststroke at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games last Thursday.
“In Britain one of our great strengths is design, intellectual property and fashion. Pentland Brands is a business employing over 450 people that’s grown substantially over the last few years, taking great brands and making them even greater,” the Prime Minister said. “It’s a real value added industry and exactly the kind of business this government will continue to back as part of our long-term economic plan.”