Founded in 2005 by university friends John Parker, 38, and Christiaan Ashworth, 37, END. has grown from a shop in Newcastle upon Tyne to a global online retailer of more than 400 designer brands such as Alexander McQueen. It is backed by private equity firm Index Ventures, which bought a minority stake in 2014. Last year’s exports of £80.9m are set to be boosted by its new distribution centre near Newcastle.
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