Online retailer announces plans to recruit hundreds of jobs

The Very Group

Online retail giant Shop Direct has launched recruitment plans to hire hundreds of staff, coinciding with a change of name to The Very Group, reflecting its flagship brand

The group, based in Speke, South Liverpool, said it will recruit around 150 roles over the next two years in the data and technology sectors.

And it expects to add hundreds more new jobs at its new fulfilment centre in the East Midlands, which it said it will be operational this year, and employ around 800 people during peak periods.

Shop Direct, formerly the catalogues and department store chain Littlewoods Group, said its rebrand “reflects the next phase of the business’s ongoing transformation”.

Chief executive Henry Birch said: “I’m hugely proud to introduce The Very Group.

“This rebrand builds on over 100 years of history during which time we’ve gone from catalogues to bricks to clicks to mobile.

“We’ve always had a passion for reinvention and becoming The Very Group is another important part of our story.

“We want to be the number one destination for shoppers who value flexible ways to pay.

“We’ll achieve that by constantly improving what we do, innovating with data and technology at our core, and delivering the best experience for our customers and our colleagues.”

The rebrand was first announced in March last year.

The business said the move will mark the 10-year anniversary of Very, which launched in July 2009 as a pureplay digital retailer. Today it is a £1.4bn-revenue brand with 2.82m active customers and an average of over 1m daily website visits.