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20.10.2017 08:53
A charming story! How the UK's most popular jewellery brand Pandora went from a small family business to a £11.5 BILLION empire antworten

Years ago, you might have dreamed of opening a Tiffany bracelet or a designer watch on Christmas day, but now there's only one brand women want to receive - and the proof was in the queues of dozens of men and women outside Pandora's Exeter store yesterday.

Pandora UK, famous for its charm bracelets and stacking rings, has managed to double sales each year since 2000, with celebrities such as Millie Mackintosh and Abbey Clancy are frequently spotted wearing the brand.

And when you unwrap your presents on Christmas morning, it's highly likely there will be a Pandora trinket in there, given that the UK is the company's second biggest market behind the US - and it's the most searched jewellery brand on Google.

So how did the firm, which started as a small family venture in Copenhagen 34 years ago, explode into an empire valued by Forbes at £11.5 billion, making £2 billion in 2016 alone?
Per Enevoldsen, who started Pandora in 1982 with his wife Winnie, says this is a question that he still asks himself today.

'At no stage did I ever dream Pandora would become what it has,' the highly-private businessman told Jeweller Magazine.

The incredibly popular brand is now worth an estimated £11.5billion and industry experts predict that the brand's rings will attract in excess of one million searches on Google this year alone.
The ubiquitous Pandora Bracelets remains its top-selling item, but its rings - including stacking and birthstone designs - are also high on peoples' wish-lists.

Enevoldsen started out by importing jewellery from Thailand - and, after witnessing success on the wholesale market, he and his wife decided to start a retail venture.

In 1987, the company employed its first in-house designer to create original designs.

Two years later, in 1989, the Enevoldsens decided to start manufacturing their jewellery in Thailand.

In 2000, Pandora Charms bracelet concept was first launched in the Danish market and it quickly caught on.

Reacting to consumer demand, the company entered the US market in 2003, followed by Germany and Australia in 2004.

Today its products are sold in more than 70 countries on six continents through over 10,300 points of sale, including around 900 concept stores.

The craze shows no sign of abating and a new factory will open in Chiang Mai in the New Year to meet demand

This Christmas it's predicted that Pandora will be the most purchased jewellery brand in the UK.

A study, commissioned by US-based jeweller Karus Chain, reports that the company will even out-do Tiffany & Co and Swarovski.

Revealing one of the secrets to his company's incredible success, Enevoldsen concludes: 'I felt it important to control our growth and ensure we always delivered on product quality.'

Another key to Pandora's popularity is its accessible price points. Indeed, the range starts from just £15 for an intricately-shaped silver charm.

It caps at £2,900, with a 14ct gold necklace appealing to the more affluent customer.

On the celebrity front, this year Tess Daly was unveiled as the face of Pandora jewellery for a second campaign.

Speaking about the coup, the TV presenter said: 'I’m delighted to continue working alongside Pandora. I first fell in love with the brand when purchasing a Pandora Bracelet UK for one of my friends years ago.

'Since then my admiration for the brand has continued to grow. This is a company which really promotes positive self-image, encouraging women of all backgrounds and tastes to be creative with their style and celebrate their uniqueness.'

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