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Clarks: Made to Last: The story of Britain's best-known shoe firm [Hardcover]

Mark Palmer
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11 April 2013
Clarks' reach extends to all corners of the globe and yet it remains a family-owned business firmly rooted in its Quaker origins, (unlike other well known Quaker firms like Cadburys, now part of US giant Kraft.) Founded in 1825 by two brothers, Cyrus and James Clark, the company began as a rug-making operation in the then tiny village of Street, Somerset. One day, James Clark began making slippers from off-cuts of rugs and found that people wanted to buy them. Slippers became shoes and boots - and a business was born. Over the years it has had its ups and downs but it has always strived to remain true to its Quaker values in its commitment to the well-being of its workforce and the local community. Schools, libraries and recreation halls were built - and trade unions banned. As the sun set on the British Empire, Clarks opened up new frontiers across the world. Clarks brand logo became one of the most famous in the world. Every parent in the 1950s swore by Clarks shoes for their children as well as buying them for themselves. But increased competition from within the UK and overseas saw concerns for the future heightened during the 1980s. A hostile bid for the company in the early 1990s saw the board and the family split. Eventually, shareholders voted to reject the bid. The company was reorganised with all its lines made outside the country. This resulted in the closure of all its UK factories and the laying off of hundreds of Clarks employees. But the outcome has been a transformation in the company's fortunes. In 2010 its profits were over £100 million and its retro desert boots and other styles have become the height of fashion, especially in China and America.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685200
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Clarks' longevity deserved a book, and Mr. Palmer has produced a slice of British entrepreneurial history worth recording." -Washington Times

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The story behind an iconic British brand that is approaching its double century

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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 7 Aug 2013
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I worked for Clarks in one of their satellite factories for 13 years, and I was given this book for my birthday. If it is an in-depth history of the family and the central business you are after, then this is for you. If, like me, you would like to see factory- floor photographs and be reminded of the manufacturing side of the company, then you will be disappointed. The effect that Clarks had on the economy and social life of a number of West-Country communities is largely ignored. Of course, this is my personal view, but I feel that there was the potential for a much more interesting book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a well written book 7 Jun 2013
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Not an accurate record. It would seem the author was fed the information from a few sources rather than doing his own Independent research.
It may record the early days accurately but not recent times or important strategies that brought about the changes that the Company is benefitting from to day
Clarks was and is a great Company.The book and its author do not do it justice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such an interesting book. 31 Aug 2013
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Delivered promptly in excellent condition. It's the kind of book that you can pick up and put down at will. Anyone with an interest in the history of retailing, will enjoy this enormously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Birthday Present 29 Aug 2013
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Bought this as a gift for someone who had family connections to a former Clarks executive. They were absolutely delighted with the content and presentation of the book. There was an added bonus in that that their relative was actually referred to in one of the chapters.I know she has recommended it to other family members.
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