Millers Music expands, Welcoming Foulds Music of Derby to the Group!
We are incredibly pleased to announce that the Millers Group has added Foulds Music into our growing retail team, expanding our reach and providing even more showrooms for customers to try our extensive range of piano and orchestral instruments across the UK!
Anyone who loved music and has been to Derby will have visited Foulds at some point! Across its rich 127 year heritage, Foulds have built a specialist reputation and trusting relationship with musicians in Derbyshire and beyond, helping thousands begin and develop their musical journeys.
Millers Managing Director Simon Pollard said: “We’re thrilled to welcome the Foulds team into our group, their business is a great fit and compliment to our existing showrooms. Being able to continue a business such as Foulds with its reputation and heritage is a real privilege. We hope to strengthen and complement this with our unique approach to music retailing.”
This news comes with our high streets going through an incredibly tough time with COVID-19 restrictions but we have undergone somewhat of a revival on the back of thousands of new people taking up music during lockdown. The spring lockdown was pretty devastating, dropping sales over 90% as our stores were shuttered, but through group innovation, we have found new ways to connect with our customers through our website and expanded social media channels.
Simon added “In hindsight we were too reliant on our physical retail business, but since then we’ve restructured and re-engineered our group to better meet the needs of our customers. We’ve digitised everything from our HR systems right through to our customer rental contracts, this has in turn opened up all sorts of new opportunities. COVID-19 has been terrible for so many and obviously there is uncertainty next year but we’re quite optimistic about the future.”Former Foulds Music owner James Foulds said: “The acquisition of Foulds Music by Millers of Cambridge is the best possible outcome for the business as I come to retirement. Millers are old friends of our business who operate with the same old-fashioned approach to customer service, but bring with them a very much more modern approach to retailing- especially online. I’m particularly delighted that our staff have their futures safeguarded in these uncertain times. Together, Derby will never have been better served for all their musical needs.”
The History of Foulds Music
Charles Foulds opened the first Foulds shop in Chapel Bar, Nottingham in 1893, when he bought the Nottingham branch of William Orme’s business. The present Foulds shop in Irongate, Derby opened in 1908, and there were to be further branches in Lincoln, Heanor, Mansfield and Eastwood. During the period after the First World War, when Arthur Foulds joined his father in the business, there came a period of depression which was to prove fatal for so many businesses, and one by one the branches closed, until finally the Nottingham shop, now one of the country’s biggest music shops had to close.
The Derby shop survived and prospered under its manager James Locke until Arthur Foulds took over management in 1945 on the death of his father, to be joined in 1950 by his own son Philip. The business established itself as a complete music store pre-eminent in the area, with the growth of new areas such as the emerging Rock and Roll business. In 2018, the guitar department, now known as Foulds Guitars which is located 300 yards from the Iron Gate showroom was branched off as a new business, separate from Foulds Music.
Foulds Music has pursued a path of building on its traditional strengths – pianos, orchestral and band instruments and music – with a special emphasis on developing highly competitive rental schemes for instruments and pianos.
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We are thrilled to welcome Foulds into our group and will be continuing to work with their existing team to create an amazing customer experience we know you will love!