In 1993 Cath Kidston set up an interior-design business with a budget of £15,000. Alongside it, she established a small shop in London’s Holland Park that sold brightly-painted junk furniture as well as vintage fabrics and wallpaper. The company now has 30 shops and concessions in Britain, six in Japan and one in Kuwait, selling more than 1m bags a year, women’s fashions and accessories, home furnishings and childrenswear. Helped by strong retail, mail-order and wholesale growth and collaborations with the likes of online grocer Ocado and Easy Living magazine, the company’s sales grew 59% a year from £7.7m in 2006 to £31.3m in 2009.
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