Delegate Profile


Job TitleInternational Director

Company NameMatalan Retail Limited


Damian Hopkins – Background & Bio

An accomplished senior executive with a proven record of entrepreneurial flair having founded, built, grown and sold two successful businesses in the fashion and licensing/brand sector. Over 20 years experience working at a senior level in a variety of roles with experience across all aspects of consumer fashion products, from value to luxury, including production, design, marketing, brand development and licensing. 

Established his first clothing company in the early 1990’s,which he sold in 2000, and started a business to develop celebrity fashion ranges across EMEA, working with the Kardashians, Robbie Williams, and British Pop Acts. Sold that business in 2014 and today is the International Director of Matalan, Damian developed the International strategy for the business and leads a team in Liverpool and London. Matalan now has 32 stores across 10 countries with a pipleline of new partners and territories opening over the next 5 years where the aim is to see the business trading from approx 100 stores across 20 countries. Damian is also past Chairman of the Retail Trust, and sits on other industry and charity committees 



About Matalan Retail Limited

Matalan, is the UK's leading fashion and homeware retailer, with over 230 stores in the UK, an e-commerce platform and 34 international stores, the business was founded by John Hargreaves in 1985 and is still controlled by the Hargreaves family. Matalan has a clear strategy to grow the business both in the UK and internationally targeting key geographies where they know there there brands core values, of family, fashion, & great value, would thrive. Matalan has expanded rapidly they now have 34 stores across 10 countries, opening 8 stores in the past year alone, and many new stores planned in 2020. 

Matalan is an innovative retailer and has an app with 12m users, our products all carry RFID tags, we have recently installed AMAZON lockers into our stores, and self service tills. We have an extensive marketing campaign including numerous celebrities advertising on TV, Radio, and print. Our charity donations have exceeded £10m for the NSPCC and every year we run a successful campaign for Alderhay Childrens hospitals were 100% of the profits go to the charity. 

Conference Sessions


    13-Nov-2019, 11:30 - 14:00, Majestic Hotel Cannes

    For its 25th edition, MAPIC will host an exclusive closed-door event gathering +30 international multi-unit franchise partners, master franchises and a selectio...

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