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Record sales for GO Outdoors and Fishing Republic owner

The owner of two of the UK’s biggest fishing tackle retailers has reported a 15.4% increase in pre-tax profits for the year ended February 1st, 2019 and a 49.2% increase in revenue.

JD Sports Fashion, parent company of GO Outdoors and Fishing Republic, saw sales in its Outdoor sector maintain its double-digit growth before tax despite what the group described as a particularly ‘weather-challenged’ trading period.

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Angling bodies issue plea to new UK fisheries minister

Representative bodies for angling in the UK have urged the government’s new Fisheries Minister to build on the positive progress made by his predecessor in building recognition for recreational fishing. Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, took office last month following the resignation of George Eustice, which..

Shimano Experience Centre opens for business

The Shimano Experience Centre, arguably the most ambitious consumer-led project ever undertaken by a fishing tackle brand, was officially opened on Friday – less than four years after it was first conceived. The opening ceremony was presided over by Taizo Shimano, Senior Executive Vice President of Shimano Inc.,..

Big One show doubles up for the first time and exceeds expectations

It wasn’t a Farnborough, but the inaugural Big One show at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire is on track to match its ‘big sister’ event in the UK in future years, according to manufacturers and retailers who attended. Bauer Media acquired the 25-year-old Farnborough show early last year and quickly..

Goldman Sachs man named as new President of Sycamore Partners

Sycamore Partners, the private equity firm that acquired Pure Fishing from Newell Brands in November last year, has appointed Rob Sweeney to the newly-created role of President. Sweeney joins the New York business from Goldman Sachs, where he was Global Head of Consumer and Retail Investment Banking. A statement..

Vision Fly Fishing partners with tyre giant on waders

Vision Fly Fishing is collaborating with global tyre company, Michelin, to develop high performance rubber soles for its wading boots. The UK brand, part of Guide Flyfishing, will launch its first wading boot with Michelin soles later this year, reports Tackle & Guns magazine in its March issue. Vision..

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