LK Bennett founder returns to company

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Linda Bennett, founder of fashion retailer LK Bennett, has returned to the business to work on a consultancy basis after selling the company in 2008.

Bennett was drafted in by CEO Darren Topp, and is believed to be working one day a week to revamp the company image and try to restore her original vision of the brand being “a little bit of Bond Street on the high street.”

LK Bennett is well-known for its footwear and Bennett earned herself a reputation as the “kitten heel queen”. The company’s nude court heels are a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The company is expected to report a downturn in profits at the end of May from £2.7 million last year, despite higher sales figures.

Linda Bennett founded LK Bennett in 1990 and sold the business in 2008 for £100 million. Shareholders recently injected £5 million cash to fund expansion in the UK and abroad, with 40 new retail outlets planned for the next year. LK Bennett currently has 130 stores worldwide.

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