MJM are delighted to be working with Blue Max Banner "Working harder for you"
2015 brings with it the opportunity for Blue Max Banner to build further on the vast improvements of 2014, thereby underscoring our commitment of “working harder for you”. Blue Max Banner are proud still to be the leading independent supplier of schoolwear in the UK.
Its origins go back to the attic in a house where Mary Fawcus was asked to raise funds for the 1988 Equestrian Olympic Fund by mail ordering a special commemorative sweatshirt. This was the origin of Blue Max and 26 years on, and £26 million turnover later, and still a majority owned family company, Blue Max continues to thrive. Its mission statement has remained unchanged—to be fleet of foot and deliver top class performance, for which its namesake—Blue Max the event horse—was renowned.
Banner & Beau Brummel, as the company was known, has been an integral part of the schoolwear industry for many years. Then under John Barran & Sons, the company dates back over 150 years and gained considerable growth due to the demand of military uniform for the Second World War. The acquisition of the children’s clothing line of Beau Brummel in 1951 saw a renewed growth surge. Specialist embroidery and tailor made offerings are just some of the strengths of the company.
In December 2006, Blue Max acquired the Stag Knitwear company of Nottingham and this added a range of more formal Schoolwear to the group. It took a couple of years for this acquisition to become fully integrated and then, in June 2010, there followed the acquisition of Banner Group Ltd. This brought with it a Bespoke arm (at Seaham) near Sunderland, to provide speciality blazers, skirts and trousers, along with their in-depth range of manufacturing knowledge.
Today, the Fawcus family continue to provide invaluable knowledge and hands on involvement in the running of the company. David serves as Chairman of the Board, Mary is Business Development Director and their daughter, Fenella, is Purchasing Director for the entire Group. Nigel Plenderleith serves as Managing Director, while Chris Whitby, Commercial Director (and Vice Chairman of the Schoolwear Association) and Paul Bevan, Finance Director all bring their considerable expertise and enthusiasm to the growing and highly successful business. Early in 2013 the company welcomed a new Director to the board, Bruce Freeland, who joined the company as Operations Director. “The customer first and always” remains the slogan that Mary developed in her attic all those years ago, and no one in the company is ever allowed to lose sight of this mantra!