Aurum – the company is named after the Latin word for gold – was formed in 2006 by the merger of three jewellery retailers: Goldsmiths, Watches of Switzerland and Mappin & Webb, silversmith to the Queen. The company plans to double its Mappin & Webb stores to 25 and roll out its Boutique by Goldsmiths concept. It is led by chief executive Justin Stead and backed by Landsbanki.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank108
CompanyThe Watches of Switzerland Group
ActivityJewellery retailer
LocationLeicester
Sales £m301.1
Operating profit £m18.0
Main shareholdersLandsbanki (67%), management (33%)
Staff1,797
Founded1778
Websitewww.goldsmiths.co.uk

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