Textile wholesaler Turner Bianca was on its knees when founder Eddie Turner’s son Jack bypassed a promising career as a Vogue photographer to take control. Art graduate Jack brought strong designs to the Lancashire company’s bedroom and bathroom ranges. He convinced new clients, from Asda to Next, that he could supply their own-brand needs cheaply by buying from foreign factories while still ensuring quality. Turner Bianca increased profits by 35% pa from £2.4m in 1996 to £5.9m in 1999. Sales rose by 26% pa in the same period to £75.3m, partly driven by a big contract with a supermarket chain. The company recently won a licence to market Hocus Pocus cartoon children’s bed clothes.
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