When our adventure began, there were just 12 of us. It was 1981.Regatta Great Outdoors is a family owned outdoor and leisure clothing company founded in the UK in 1981 with one simple mission. They wanted to produce affordable clothing not only for adventurers, but for those who wanted to open their front door and just have fun. It’s a mission that has stood the test of time and had led the company to be one of the leading players in the outdoor clothing world. A workforce of just 12 in 1981 has now grown to over 400, with a state-of- the-art headquarters in Manchester and a warehousing operation near Liverpool. It exports its wares to more than 55 countries through a network of sales offices across Europe. Regatta Great Outdoors started life in Ireland in 2000 when Brian Fox was appointed as a sales representative for the brand and sold to buyers from his own garage in his own home. With rapid growth, Regatta opened their first concession in Shaws of Wexford in 2004, expanding to 18 concession stores by 2009 and finally opening the first standalone store in Limerick in 2011. Proving very successful for the brand, they now have twenty standalone stores across the country with seven more openings planned next year. The company’s philosophy of producing affordable clothes that look as at home on the school run or for leisure wear as they do out hillwalking, held them in good stead during the difficult recessionary years, with annual sales growth of up to 20 per cent between 2009 and 2013. The brand is very highly regarded in Ireland for its stylish yet weatherproofed looks, and is loved by ramblers, amblers, hikers and bikers, campers and gardeners, daily commuters, dog walkers and multi-tasking mums and dads, puddle-loving kids, urban roamers and outdoor adventurers.
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Partnerships: Regatta Great Outdoors, leading outdoor apparel and accessory brand, has announced a partnership with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, which will include the sponsorship of a puppy for one year and the placement of donation boxes in every Regatta Great Outdoors store nationwide. With more than 13,000 registered blind people in Ireland and over 250,000 people impacted by autism, the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind works tirelessly to facilitate those affected by providing them guide and assistance dogs. The average cost of training a dog is in the region of €38,000 and the charity rely heavily on sponsorship and fundraising to deliver their services and partnerships similar to this help raise brand awareness and vital funds.