Proud to be Majestic
Majestic is the UK’s largest specialist wine retailer, operating a network of over 200 stores nationwide. The company was founded in 1980, beginning in London, and was passed back into private ownership in 2019, when it was purchased by US investment firm Fortress.
Fortress is heavily backing the vision for the future of Majestic, and they see a strong potential for growth. The investment group pointed to Majestic’s “strong cross channel journey, expert staff and widespread brand affection” as convincing reasons to buy the business from its PLC status. This has been proven by recent company results.
I am in no doubt that our triumphs over the last year are giving others confidence that there’s still a role for bricks and mortar retail, when done well by talented, passionate people. It’s an extremely exciting time for all of us at Majestic, and I am extraordinarily proud to be leading this company and working with you all.
John Colley, Executive Chairman & CEO
Proud to be Majestic
Our focus is to help our customers discover wines, beers and spirits they'll love.
That's why we always go one step further to ensure they have a fantastic personalised experience in store – whether that's through our in-store tasting counters, expert recommendations, a no-quibble refund if a purchase isn't enjoyed, free glass hire, a carry-to-car service and much more.
We have a market leading, innovative range.
As the UK's specialist, it's our responsibility to have a truly exciting selection. That's why our multi-award-winning buying team is always on the hunt for products that combine real quality with value. And each of our 1,400 wines, beers and spirits all have something truly special to offer.
Our expert colleagues.
We pride ourselves on our friendly, qualified experts both in the Support Centre and in our stores – our key strength is over 1,000 WSET trained colleagues offering knowledgeable service across all channels.
The Majestic Leadership Team
We have a CEO and a board of directors that bring together a wide range of experiences and approaches to retail. As a result, we have a positive, innovative and exciting work environment where all employees are valued and supported to grow – with countless instances of interior promotions on record.
- John Colley, Executive Chairman & CEO
- Robert Cooke, Chief Commercial Officer
- Alex Jablonowski, Chief Financial Officer
- Sue Roberts, Supply Chain Director
- Matthew Gaunt, Customer Director
- Nick Workman, IT Director
- Keith Blessley, Store Operations Director
- Jacqui Rouse, People Director
Highest Ranked Retailer at Glassdoor's 'Top 50 Places to Work in 2020'
We were ranked as number 19 in the top 50 in the award ceremony. There was no self-nomination or application process – this was based entirely on the feedback that our colleagues voluntarily and anonymously shared with Glassdoor.
To determine the winners of the awards, Glassdoor evaluated all company reviews shared over the year 2020, when the business had just undergone a transformation against the backdrop of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is in the driver’s seat and every employer has been impacted. This year's winning employers have proven, according to employees, that even during extraordinary times, they’ll rise to the challenge to support their people.
Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor Chief Executive Officer
John Colley Named as Glassdoor 'Top CEO'
Glassdoor, the worldwide leader in insights about jobs and companies, featured John in its Top CEOs in 2021.
He received a very impressive approval rating based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews our colleagues shared on the Glassdoor website over the year. When rating their CEO on Glassdoor, employees are asked to report whether they approve or disapprove of their CEO’s performance.
I am delighted to be recognised as one of the UK’s top CEOs, but I am under no illusions that this represents an individual award. I am proud to lead such a passionate, agile and much-loved company – and I know we are all just going to get stronger and stronger.
"Throughout my six and a half years at Majestic, I've had so many chances to learn, develop and progress my career. From my time spent working up the management ladder in stores to my current position in the Support Centre in Retail Operations, there's always scope to seek out exciting opportunities and grow. Whether it's graduating the WSET Diploma, getting involved in organising company-wide conferences or going on amazing incentive trips to European vineyards, the chance to maximise every opportunity is there for the taking."
Tom Boddy, Retail Support Manager
We believe that the best way for customers to discover our range is through a number of channels.
That's why we're just as focussed on our stores as we are our website. We are constantly refitting and upgrading what's inside them to make sure our customers' experiences are as great as they can possibly be.
As opposed to closing down, like many other retailers, we are opening a number of new stores every year – with an active aim to have a Majestic in cities and towns we've not seen before.
Take a look at the images below to see what they look like today.