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Enderby, England
10000+ employees
Company - Public (NXT)
Department, Clothing, & Shoe Shops
£2 to £5 billion (GBP) per year
There’s a certain type of person that thrives at Next. The ones who are excited about what they can do with their creativity. What they can do with their work. And what they can do in a workplace that makes an impact by always asking what’s ... Read more

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What's Next? 

Our History

The Next retail was launched in February 1982 and the first store opened with an exclusive coordinated collection of stylish clothes, shoes and accessories for women. With collections for men, children and the home quickly following. 

Back in 1988 the groundbreaking mail order operation Next Directory launched with a hardback book containing 350 pages, creating the blueprint for catalogue retailing. Since then the brand has evolved and with the introduction of online shopping in 1999 and the entire book became available to shop from on the internet, page by page – another first in home shopping in the UK. Today Next have over 4.9 million active online customers in 74 countries across the globe. 

Over the last few years several larger format fashion and home stores have opened across the UK. In August 2011, Next opened its first combined fashion, home and garden store at Shoreham-by-Sea. 2014 saw the opening of 2 further large home and fashion stores which were built from the ground up. Today Next trades from more than 500 stores in the UK and Eire and around 200 stores in 40 countries overseas.

Our People

Our employees are integral to achieving our business objectives, we believe more engaged employees are vital to achieving our aims and we recognise that helping to support their health and wellbeing is a priority. NEXT creates a workplace which treats everyone with dignity and respect.

  • Over 19,000 employees participated in Company pension schemes
  • Around 10,000 employees held options or awards in respect of 6.1 million Next plc shares
  • 44% of Board directors are female
  • First Gender Pay Gap Report published in March 2018


Our priority is to provide an environment where our employees are:

  • Supported and respected
  • Treated fairly and taken care of
  • Listened to
  • Motivated to achieve their full potential

Focus Areas

  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Training, Development and Listening to our Employees

Challenges and Targets

Continue to provide training opportunities to develop our people to achieve their full potential. We are committed to achieving excellence in the areas of health and safety, welfare and the protection of employees within their working environment.



Reducing emissions is the right thing for a responsible business to do and we are working to create more sustainable ways of doing business whilst continuing to reduce our operational carbon footprint and help deliver better resource efficiency.


Our priority is to minimise our environmental impacts by reducing both the carbon intensity of our activities and the natural resources we use, through the development and operation of good business practices:

  • Improve energy efficiency and work to reduce energy use in our buildings
  • Minimise waste produced and increase the quantity recycled in our business
  • Increase the efficiency of our owned delivery fleet

Focus Areas

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Distribution Efficiency
  • Waste, Recycling and Water Use

Challenges and Targets

To work to deliver our reduction targets to 2021 for energy and waste, and identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of our owned delivery fleet.


Our approach is to make a difference and we believe we are able to do so by working with a wide group of charities and organisations.


We offer support to a wide range of charities and organisations and our priorities are to:

  • Offer a donation that is of most benefit to a charity, whether it be a financial donation or the offer of products that can be used to realise additional funding
  • Support individual charities for a number of years with a specified annual donation as this commitment helps them to be able to plan their work with confidence
  • Focus our resources on charitable projects that benefit communities across the UK and Eire working with children, caring for the sick and people with disabilities, healthcare, medical research and community support
  • Work to identify and develop new relationships with charities and organisations

Challenges and Targets

Work with charitable organisations to identify value they are able to realise from products NEXT can no longer use. This initiative supports both our community focus and our environmental target of waste reduction and landfill diversion.

Life at Next Head Office

There’s a certain kind of person that thrives at Next. The ones who are excited about what they can do with their creativity. What they can do with their work. What they can do in a workplace that makes an impact by always asking the question what’s next? Here's a little peek into the the lives of people working at head office, one of Britain's biggest fashion retailers!

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    "The people make the organisation!"

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    Great people, very welcoming and engaging
    Always thinking ahead, the different teams and the business on the whole, what else can we do? What can we do better?
    Various training courses available at Head Office
    Fast paced, the business never stops!


    Long paperwork processes for what feels like a small and simple task
    At times, there can be a lot to take in because of the sheer size of the business

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    Anonymous Employee in Leicester, England
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    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at next (Leicester, England) in August 2017.


    directly with Design Director, 1:1, discussed the role and how can be useful for the department. discussed start dates and salary package etc. Discussed the current season and what all is needed to get started,

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