Belfast Telegraph

More women need to be in top fashion jobs, says founder of Next clothing retailer

By Staff Reporter

Retail grandee George Davies has called for more women to be appointed to top jobs in British fashion - a move he believes will help boost the high street.

The veteran retailer - the founder of Next and the man behind George At Asda and Marks & Spencer's Per Una range - said that women in the trade had "more vision than men" and that men aged over 30 "dress like their dads".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's You And Yours programme, Mr Davies added: "If there was better representation of them (women) in executive teams, maybe the high street wouldn't be struggling as much as it is.

"(Women) work quicker and harder than men. The retail industry needs people who visit stores and understand customers and that's why I think the gender mix on executive boards should be at least equal."

The 74-year-old added that he has always "surrounded himself with women" at work.

The board of Mr Davies' current venture, fashion chain FG4, is made up of 51 women and 19 men, a 67%-33% split.

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