History of Next

Next plc, initially founded as Joseph Hepworth & Son in 1864 in Leeds, England, transitioned to its current name in 1982, marking a shift towards fashion retailing. Spearheaded by George Davies and later David Jones, Next experienced significant growth in the 1980s and 1990s, expanding its presence in the UK market and pioneering innovations like the Next Directory catalogue. Through diversification and international expansion, Next solidified its position as a leading retailer, known for its trendy designs and efficient supply chain, with stores across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.