Edinburgh Woollen Mill
|Type||Private Limited Company (Ltd)|
|Headquarters||Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland|
|Area served||United Kingdom|
|Key people||Drew Stevenson (Founder)
David Stevenson (First Chairman, Proprietor of first retail store)
Philip Day (Chief Executive)
|Products||Clothing, gifts and souvenirs|
|Parent||The Edinburgh Woollen Mill (Group) Ltd|
|References: 314 UK Stores, 192 EWM branded|
The Edinburgh Woolen Mill facts. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill was founded in 1946 by Drew Stevenson as the Langholm Dyeing and Finishing Company, dyeing wool yarn to order. Drew’s eldest Son David, until recently, the chairman of the EWM Group, opened the first retail store in Randolph Place, Edinburgh in 1970. In 1972 the first English store was opened in Carlisle. Having been owned by several equity holdings over the previous decade the company was bought out by the newly formed EWM Group and was then subject to a secondary, management takeover in 2002, led by the now chief executive, Phillip Day.
In 2011, the group bought Jane Norman out of administration, having bought Ponden Mills,and merging it with 80 stores bought from the collpased Rosebys home furnishings store to create Pondon Home. Garments labelled "Designed in Scotland" and sold by a UK high street chain are being made by North Korean labour in Mongolian factories, the BBC's Newsnight programme has found.
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill (Group) Ltd
- 192 EWM branded stores
- 120 Pondon Home stores
- 94 stores under individual local fascias, with product ranges heavily weighted towards locally themed gifts and souvenirs
- 28 Sites selling all of the groups concepts under individual fascias
- A Number of Tourist Attractions are also owned by the EWM group, including: The Scottish Deer Centre near St Andrews, which comprises a 55 acres (22 ha) Deer park; the Scottish Wool Centre in Perthshire
On 22 February 2012, it was announced that EWM had purchased the Peacocks clothing retail brand, 388 Stores, concessions, the headquarters in Cardiff and logistics functions in Wales. 224 stores were not sold to EWM, resulting in 3,100 immediate job losses.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill has been widely criticised for selling goods perceived to be Scottish, but actually manufactured in low-cost and often ethically dubious factories.
Garments labelled "Designed in Scotland" and sold by a UK high street chain are being made by North Korean labour in Mongolian factories, the BBC's Newsnight programme has found  A Panorama program reported that Edinburgh Woollen Mill was refusing to pay compensation to workers in factory fire in Bangladesh despite evidence that clothing was being manufactured for Edinburgh Woollen Mill at the time of the fire. The company claimed that the evidence was fabricated. 
- Edinburgh Woollen Mill
- "Peacocks' HQ saved in buyout deal but 3,000 jobs lost". 22 February 2012.
- "Peacocks takeover: Edinburgh Woollen Mill buy retailer but 3,100 jobs lost - Scroll down for store closures". 22 February 2012.
- Garments labelled "Designed in Scotland" and sold by a UK high street chain are being made by North Korean labour in Mongolian factories, the BBC's Newsnight programme has found - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/9612939.stm
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/panorama-dying-bargain.html BBC Panorama finds Bangladeshi workers locked in on 19-hour shifts