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Lester Bowden joins Stevensons portfolio
Epsom retailer Lester Bowden acquired after going into administration in April.

By Laura Turner

15 May 2017

Family-owned schoolwear and sportswear business, Stevensons, has acquired the business assets of Epsom independent retailer Lester Bowden, which went into administration on the 11 April 2017.
 
Established in 1898, Lester Bowden of Epsom is well-known for its schoolwear offer, alongside men's tailoring, womenswear and equestrian.
 
“We acquired Lester Bowden after it went into administration on 11 April following cash flow issues - it is brilliantly located for our business,” says John Stevenson, joint managing director at Stevensons. “Feedback from schools has revealed there are no supply or customer service issues relating to Lester Bowden, it simply needs the right finances and right leadership. 
 
“It’s business as usual now,” he continues. “All members of staff have been TUPEd across and we will continue to work with our recognised suppliers to best serve the schools.”
 
Established in St Albans in 1925, originally as Victoire Modes, Stevensons has developed into an independent family-owned business specialising in providing schoolwear and sportswear to over 400 schools across the UK with stores in St Albans, Twickenham, Bournemouth, Norwich, Oxford, Guildford and Reading.
 
In 2014, Stevensons launched bespoke technical sportswear brand XXV. Offering lead times of just two weeks, it now serves many of the top independent schools in the UK.


 
 
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