Impulse (retailer)

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Impulse Music Travel
Industry Entertainment Retail
Founded March 1994
Headquarters Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Number of locations
Key people
Les Whitfield, Managing Director (1994-2007)
Products CDs
Revenue £9 million (2007)
Number of employees
Parent Impulse Music Travel Limited

Impulse Music Travel is an entertainment retail chain in the United Kingdom, with 24 concessions in various UK airports and railway stations. The company was formed in March 1994. In July 2007, Managing Director Les Whitfield sold the company.[2]


The company was formed in March 1994 and entered into administration on 21 March 2001 with BDO Stoy Hayward. Ray Stocking, joint administrator of Impulse Music Travel, said the rapid expansion of the chain was one of the reasons why it had forced the company into administration.[1] The company was brought out of administration and sold in July 2007. There are currently 24 Impulse locations across the United Kingdom.


In the 1990s, the company operated the Selfridges, in London, and Fenwicks, in Newcastle, computer departments.[3] Other store locations previously included Burnley, Darlington, Hartlepool and Macclesfield, and King's Cross and Marylebone railway stations.

The original concessions and retail outlets were designed by Mark Homer Design -

Today, Impulse operates concessions at Birmingham Airport, London Luton Airport, Manchester Airport formed through contracts with BAA.

Product range[edit]

Impulse Music Travel concessions mainly stock CDs, DVDs and Video Games.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Receiver optimistic on finding Impulse buyer". Music Week. 2001-04-01. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Les Whitfield's Summary". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Oxford Street home for second Software City". Accountancy Age. 1996-11-08. Retrieved 2009-02-18.