Our history

Consistent reinvention

As our customers’ shopping habits have changed, so have we. We’ve regularly reinvented ourselves over more than 100 years.

1890

Kay & Co, our oldest catalogue brand, founded

1930s

Littlewoods Home Shopping launched by the Moores family in Liverpool

1990s

First Littlewoods ecommerce business launched during online shopping’s infancy

2003

Shop Direct created from the merger of Littlewoods and Great Universal Stores

2005

Littlewoods stores sold to Associated British Foods

2009

Very.co.uk launched to focus on the online shopping generation

2014

Recorded a profit following a decade of losses

2015

Cut the catalogue, went 100% digital and merged heritage brands into Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com

2020

Became The Very Group to reflect our flagship consumer brand Very.co.uk

2020

Our new fulfilment centre becomes operational