JDWorks 2017:
coming soon

JDWorks is an opportunity for startups to revolutionise online retail by partnering with N Brown, the Manchester-based retail giant and home to a variety of clothing brands including JD Williams, Jacamo and Simply Be.
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What is JDWorks?

At N Brown, we work to make shopping easy for our customers.

We’re one of the UK’s most loved retail groups with over 140 years of experience. JDWorks is a chance for innovative entrepreneurs to work with us for 10 weeks, perfecting and validating their products and ideas. We’ve partnered with innovation specialist L Marks to open our doors to startups who want to collaborate with us.

So what's on offer?

  • 10-weeks of collaboration
  • Office space in Manchester
  • Mentoring
  • Possible long-term collaboration
  • Investment opportunities
  • Pitch directly to N Brown Group

Our offer to you

During the JDWorks programme, teams will have tailored guidance and mentorship to support the development of their product or service.

No equity or exclusivity is required for participation but there will be an opportunity to pitch for investment from the JDWorks Microfund if teams are invited to participate.


Be embedded in an industry-leading organisation, learn from our core team and see our operations first hand.


Working alongside mentors and experienced members of the N Brown team, we’ll support you as you develop and iterate your go-to-market strategy.


As you learn more about N Brown and the retail industry, you’ll be able to work with our team to pivot or perfect your product. Teams will get the opportunity to pitch directly to N Brown’s executive team after spending 10 weeks within the organisation.

Want to participate?

JDWorks is open to startups at any stage of development.

The Partnership

N Brown has partnered with L Marks to design and deploy JDWorks. L Marks builds bridges between large corporates seeking to innovate more quickly with young companies with disruptive technologies, products and services.

Founded by serial entrepreneur Stuart Marks, the company has worked with some of the UK’s biggest brands to create startup partnership programmes that encourage innovation