1993: Goose Island was started selling Balinese clothing and accessories using the party plan system of retailing.
1994: The first Goose Island shop opens in Swansea.
1995-2001: Three more shops opened in Cardiff, Cowbridge and Swansea. Karen now entered the wholesale market. Karen’s husband Peter retired as a successful international steel trader to join Goose Island full time.
2002: The first agents appointed to sell Goose Island products to retail stockists nationwide.
2004: A client list of over 400 regular trade customers built up.
2005: first trade exhibition at the Harrogate Gift Show for the retail trade. Exhibiting at a trade show was a significant development which marked the beginnings of a new era in b2b market growth. Goose Island designs Ltd setup to serve the wholesale trade in addition to Goose island designs Ltd serving the retail customers.
2005-2009: Now exhibiting at 6 to 7 trade shows annually. Goose Island increased wholesale customers to nearly 1000 stockists in the UK, Europe, Japan and the Caribbean, including major multiples such as Kalico, House of Fraser and Ann Harvey.
2010: Secured new contracts to export to prominent large scale retail organisations in France, Poland and Greece. Launched new retail website www.gooseislandshop.co.uk with links to social networking sites to keep customers up to date with all the latest news and developments. Goose Island out grows its current location and is relocating to prestigious new premises to incorporate the warehouse, office space and showroom.
Name: Goose Island Ltd
Number of employees: 25+