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Matalan Retail Ltd
Privately held company
FoundedPreston (1985)
Key people
John Hargreaves (founder & chairman)
Jason Hargreaves (Managing Director)
ProductsClothing, Homeware
RevenueIncrease £1.1 billion GBP (2013)
OwnerJohn Hargreaves & Family

Matalan is a British fashion and homeware retailer based in Knowsley, United Kingdom. It was established by John Hargreaves in 1985. Matalan has 217 shops across the United Kingdom.

A Matalan shop at Kingston Park

In 2009 Hargreaves sought to sell off Matalan but failed to find buyers willing to meet the £1.5 billion price Hargreaves set.[1]

Jason Hargreaves was appointed managing director in July 2013.[2]

Matalan was among the companies who sourced clothes from the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh which collapsed, killing 1,129 people in April 2013.[3]

In July 2014, they were the focus of a campaign by 38 Degrees and Labour Behind the Label, for failing to contribute to the official compensation fund co-ordinated by the ILO.[4] This was in contrast to some of their main competitors, such as Primark who contributed $9 million.[5] After pressure, they announced that they would contribute an undisclosed amount.[6] It was later revealed that they had paid £60,000 [7] in to the fund, which labour rights campaigns challenged as being an insufficient amount compared with other retailers.[8]


  1. ^ "Matalan founder John Hargreaves to trouser £250m in refinancing deal". 11 February 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ Holland, Tiffany (15 July 2013). "Profile: Matalan's new managing director Jason Hargreaves".
  3. ^ "Pressure intensifies on Matalan to give to Rana Plaza fund". The Times. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  4. ^ "'If Primark can pay over factory collapse, why can't Matalan?' - Telegraph". 28 July 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Primark Ethical Trading - Our Work in Bangladesh". Primark Ethical Trading. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  6. ^ Julia Kollewe. "Matalan donates to Rana Plaza victims' trust fund one day before deadline". the Guardian. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Press Release: Matalan slammed for "trivial" compensation payments to Rana Plaza victims". Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  8. ^ "38 Degrees - Blog - Matalan: Only £60,000". Retrieved 25 October 2014.

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