Peter Jones to re-open 36 Jessops stores

Dan Martin
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Jessops, the photography retailer which collapsed earlier this year and closed all its stores, will re-open its doors on Thursday led by its new owner, Dragons' Den judge Peter Jones.

The technology entrepreneur, who owns 100% of the business, will launch six shops in London, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Manchester, High Wycombe and St Albans before re-opening another 30 in April.

Jones has taken on the role of chairman and chief executive and invested £4m in revitalising Jessops stores.

The re-vamped branches include new features such as 'play tables' giving customers 'an interactive experience' of products, an academy offering photography courses and buy online, collect in store services.

It was believed that Jones originally intended to focus on an online only brand but after being contacted by former employees he decided to push forward with re-opening high street stores.

He will intially create 500 jobs, many of whom are ex-Jessops staff, and forecasts sales of £80m in the first year of trading. This would give the retailer 15% of the DSLR camera market in the UK.

Jones said: "Britain's high street is fighting back - the facts show it, and I am giving my personal commitment to its resurgence by re-opening the doors of one of Britain's most historic retailers.

"I'm taking the helm as chairman and chief Executive because I believe Jessops is an iconic British brand which can lead the retail resurgence on Britain’s high streets, powered by new innovations and world-leading, expert staff.
"Image is everything, and even in the mobile and tablet era, there’s no substitute for a quality camera when it comes to taking the perfect picture. Jessops' hallmark expertise and customer service will now be available again to customers across the UK.
"I'm convinced the great British public will get behind Jessops and look forward to welcoming the first new customers through our doors on Thursday."
Jessops was founded by Frank Jessop in 1935.

About Dan Martin

About Dan Martin

Dan Martin has 10 years experience as a journalist writing about entrepreneurs and the issues that affect them.

After three years working as a researcher for Sky News, he joined as a reporter. This was followed by two years working as news editor for during which time Dan also contributed to Growing Business magazine. In 2006, he joined Sift Media as business editor before being promoted to editor of He also has responsibility for UK Business Forums, the UK’s most active online forums for small business entrepreneurs. In addition, Dan founded The Pitch,'s nationwide competition for small business owners. He host the grand finals in 2009 and 2010 in front of an audience of 300. 

As well as interviewing many entrepreneurs, Dan has written content for leading business organisations such as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, British Chambers of Commerce, Forum of Private Business, Investors in People and Business Link for London. Among the publications that have quoted Dan are The Times, Mail On Sunday, Financial Times, Personnel Today and Bristol Evening Post. His articles have also been published by publications including eGov Monitor, Virgin Express in-flight magazine and Personal Success.

Dan regularly speaks at events about small business and social media issues. Among the events he has presented at are the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies' annual conference, Learning Technologies, Publishing Expo and World of Learning. He has also chaired high profile debates featuring senior representatives from Business Link and the Federation of Small Businesses and Dragons' Den judge James Caan.

Dan was named the 10th most influential political blogger on Twitter by the Independent and won the public award for best B2B tweeter at the Golden Twits 2010. He also organised the Bristol Twestival, part of a global Twitter driven charity initiative, in February 2009 and March 2010. Volunteers from 175 cities around the world organised events using the social network. In total, $350,000 was raised for charity: water in 2009 and $500,000 for Concern in 2010. In Bristol, £1,500 and £5,600 was raised.


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