Trading today as Kustom Kit and Xpres, Charterhouse Holdings has announced the death of its founder and executive chairman, Maurice Clayton.
Mr Clayton passed away aged 78 following a short illness.
Charterhouse was founded in 1970 initially supplying knitwear to some of the biggest names on the high street.
The company also enjoyed great success with the production of licensed merchandise before spotting the opportunity offered by the personalised clothing and gift industry and developing the Kustom Kit and Xpres brands.
Mr Clayton was revered throughout the industry and the continued success of Charterhouse is testament to his considerable business acumen.
His passion and enthusiasm for driving the business forward was infectious and he continued to eschew retirement, working right up until Christmas 2014. He was also a devoted family man.
Luke Clayton, executive director said: “My father will be enormously missed by everybody associated with the business. Our family remains fully committed to the continued development of Charterhouse Holdings plc. As part of our long term strategy, we appointed Miles Carter as chief executive in December 2014 to take operational control of the business. After spending the first 13 years of his career with 3M, Miles has subsequently held senior level positions, most recently as managing director, with several successful organisations.”
Mr Carter added: “At this sad time we take great comfort that Maurice was able to lead the company to record sales in 2014 which naturally he was thrilled about. 2015 promises to be another exciting and progressive year with plans for further growth of both brands through product development and the introduction of new systems”.