Bristol Distinguished Address: Nick Wheeler, Founder and Chairman, Charles Tyrwhitt

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Date: 21 March 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building, Frenchay Campus
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

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Nick Wheeler

A shirty tale - from Bristol to London in 31 years

Nick Wheeler (@Nicktheshirt), Founder and Chairman of Charles Tyrwhitt will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled 'A shirty tale - from Bristol to London in 31 years.'

Nick Wheeler started his shirt company, Charles Tyrwhitt, from his room in Clifton as a 21-year-old geography undergraduate.

He will talk about the journey from tapping names and addresses into his Amstrad word processor to opening stores in London, New York and Paris. Answering questions such as:

  • What does it take to keep going when all around you are telling you to give up?
  • What does it take to start again when you have gone bust?
  • What is it like when you realise you are no longer the best person to run your own business?
  • How do you feel when you make mistakes so colossal that even you start to question your ability to keep going?

The journey has been fun and it is just beginning.

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  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking


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Nick Wheeler (@Nicktheshirt) founded Charles Tyrwhitt in 1986. The company sells shirts online, by mail and through 22 stores in the UK, USA and Germany.

With sales of £220M the business focuses on delivering outstanding product and an outstanding level of customer service. Nick is married to Chrissie Rucker, founder of The White Company.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.


We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Strategic Communications and Engagement
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 84517

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