Next plc (LSE: NXT) is a British retailer, with its headquarters in Enderby, Leicestershire, England. The company, which has employed some of the biggest names in the fashion world including Alessandra Ambrosio, Noémie Lenoir, Yasmin Le Bon, Gabriel Aubry and Paul Sculfor, has over 550 stores throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and 50 franchise branches in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Next have also recently made available their online directory service to places such as the United States and New Zealand, allowing customers in those countries to purchase next products online though no retail stores have opened up in those areas as of yet. These are located at a mixture of high streets, shopping centres and retail parks.
It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
The company was founded by Joseph Hepworth in Leeds in 1864 as a tailor under the name of Joseph Hepworth & Son.