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Dunelm Group plc
01 September 2014




1 September 2014



Dunelm Group plc ("Dunelm")


Board Appointment




Following its announcement on 17 July 2014, Dunelm Group plc, the leading out-of-town specialist homewares retailer, confirms the appointment to the Board of Andy Harrison as a Non-Executive Director, with effect from 1 September 2014.




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For further information please contact:


Dunelm Group plc


Nick Wharton, Chief Executive

David Stead, Finance Director


0116 264 4356




John Olsen / Simon Hockridge

20 3128 8100



Note to Editors:


1.     Andy Harrison has been Chief Executive of Whitbread PLC since 2010, prior to which he was Chief Executive of easyJet plc from 2005. He became Chief Executive of Lex Service in 1996 which subsequently became RAC plc, and was acquired by Aviva in 2005. He held a non-executive directorship at EMAP PLC from 2000 to 2008, where he also chaired the Audit Committee. Other than the above, no disclosures are required under LR 9.6.14 with respect to his appointment.


2.     In searching for an additional Non-Executive Director, the Nominations Committee followed a number of criteria, consistent with Dunelm's strategy and likely development. In line with emerging best practice, the Company's annual report to shareholders for 2013/14 will include a full analysis of the criteria used and the basis upon which the selection of Andy Harrison was made.


3.     Dunelm was founded in 1979 as a market stall business, selling ready-made curtains. The first shop was opened in Leicester in 1984 and over the following years the business developed into a successful chain of high street shops before expanding into broader homewares categories following the opening of the first Dunelm superstore in 1991.


Since then, Dunelm has grown to become market leader in the £11bn UK homewares market. The Group currently operates 143 stores, of which 136 are out-of-town superstores and 7 are located on high streets, and an on-line store, to be found at www.dunelm.com.



Dunelm's customer proposition offers industry-leading choice of quality products at keen prices, with high levels of availability and supported by expert, friendly service. Core ranges include many exclusive designs and premium brands such as Dorma, and are supported by a frequently changing series of special buys. The superstore format provides an average of 30,000 sq ft of selling space with over 20,000 products across a broad spectrum of categories, extending from the Group's home textiles heritage (bedding, curtains, cushions, quilts and pillows) to a complete homewares offer including kitchenware and dining, lighting, wall art, furniture and rugs. Dunelm is one of the few national retailers to offer a made to measure curtain service, including in-home consultation and using its own UK manufacturing facility, together with an authoritative selection of curtain fabrics on the roll in stores. The value, breadth of choice and expertise inherent in the proposition are communicated to customers via the strapline "There's no place like Dunelm".



Dunelm has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2006 (DNLM.L) and has a current market capitalisation of approximately £1.7bn.

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