Working as a single designer, he recognised that growth needs investment and successfully floated his company on the stock exchange in 2006.
Handing over the management of the business, he began an apprenticeship programme to train, inspire and guide the next generation of young talent in the industry he adores. In 2008, Theo Fennell founded The Original Design Partnership, a design consultancy specialising in jewellery, silver and curios while also working in other design fields. In this environment Fennell has been able to work with and mentor young British designers.
In 2009 Theo Fennell returned to his original company following a 10% loss in the £12.9M turnover. Since his return to the business, Theo has assembled a team of hugely skilled craftsmen around him and the company has turned the corner.
Theo embodies many good things, not least the use of talent and drive to recession-proof a creative business, the ability to build a global brand from one’s unique skill, find and keep financial investors and translate unique ideas, craftsmanship and vision into a global brand.