Berghaus will launch its Hydroshell clothing next year

Berghaus will launch its Hydroshell clothing next year

The company that owns the Berghaus and brasher brands saw its revenue grow by 10 per cent last year.

Pentland Group’s operating profits rose by 39 per cent to £124m from a total revenue of £1.9bn.

The group is also a majority shareholder in JD Sports Fashions, which bought up the struggling Blacks and Millets shops. The company said: “The Outdoor group, consisting of Blacks and Millets, has undergone significant change under JD’s ownership which has created a strong platform for growth and development in 2014.”

It also recently acquired the Tiso group of stores, which was in difficulties.

Its Pentland Brands division of the company, which includes brasher and Berghaus, saw revenue rise by 11 per cent. It said: “The continued development of a global presence has helped achieve record performances for a number of our brands.”

It also said the Great Place to Work Institute named Pentland Brands one of the top 10 best workplaces in the UK and one of the top 20 best workplaces in Europe.

Berghaus is continuing to expand in Europe and Japan and launching in the USA, it said, underlining a strategy outlined to journalists at a recent meeting in Cumbria at which it announced it was launching its new middle-ground Hydroshell waterproofs.

Boot brand brasher, which has underperformed, will be incorporated into the Berghaus brand, though its representatives were at pains to point out Pentland would retain the brasher brand and it ‘was not dead’.

Pentland Group, which is controlled by Steve and Andy Rubin, was also named top European family business of the year at the European Families in Business Awards 2014.

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