|Industry||Luxury goods, jewellery|
Founded as Boodle and Dunthorne, Boodles dates from 1798 when its first shop opened in Liverpool. In 1910 it amalgamated with Wainwright family, owners of another jewellers in Liverpool. The business has remained with them ever since.
Boodles opened stores in Chester in 1965 and Manchester in 1982. In 1992 Nicholas and Michael Wainwright took control from their father. Under their stewardship Boodles has opened several stores in London before expanding internationally during the 21st century.
Boodles has nine stores including five in London; Savoy Hotel, New Bond Street, Sloane Street, The Royal Exchange and Harrods, three in North West England; (Manchester, Liverpool and Chester) and one in Dublin, Ireland.
Boodles announced it will sell jewellery from its website from summer 2012.
In its early years Boodles, as well as making jewellery, was a silversmith and watchmaker. During the 20th century the company provided chronographs and watches to air and naval officers. It also designed and crafted cups for sporting and non-sporting competitions including the solid gold trophy for the winner of the Grand National and awards for the Chelsea Flower Show.
Boodles is a member of the non-profit organisation Walpole which promotes British luxury goods and has Sotheby's, Coutts and Gleneagles amongst its members. Boodles was nominated in 2011 for the 'British Luxury Brand' award at the Walpole Awards for Excellence.
Boodles was named first by Retail Jeweller Magazine in a list of 50 Top Inspiring Independents in 2011.
The Boodles Challenge is a five-day tennis exhibition at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, held in the run up to Wimbledon. The event has attracted players such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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