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Vision & Values

Creating the future from our proud past to positively impact people’s lives

Adhere to the vision

We will deliver on our promises and remain true to our long-term vision in all investment activity

People drive our success

Our teams work together to achieve our aspirations, working in partnership with others

What we do really matters

We pride ourselves not just on transforming landscapes but enhancing people’s lives

Respectful but resolute

Our investments will often call for change and we must clearly explain our approach to the communities we impact

Determined and patient

We strive to find a way to overcome obstacles and challenges and stand by our mantra: determination, perseverance and patience

Our work will never finish

The Peel Tower is our iconic symbol of strength and resilience over the long-term, it represents who we are and what we do

Peel Group Stewardship

The Peel Group Supervisory Board

John Whittaker
Steven Underwood
Tom Allison
Robert Hough
Chris Eves
John Peter Whittaker
Mark Whitworth
James Whittaker
Mark Whittaker
Stephen Wild
Ruth Woodhead
John Whittaker
Steven Underwood
Tom Allison
Robert Hough
Chris Eves
John Peter Whittaker
Mark Whitworth
James Whittaker
Mark Whittaker
Stephen Wild
Ruth Woodhead

Our Heritage

It is more than 40 years since John Whittaker established the foundations that form the company as it is now, through a philosophy of recycling capital and long term investment, predominantly in the North West of England

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Liverpool builds the 
world’s first commercial wet dock


Frances Egerton, the first Duke of Bridgewater, builds the Bridgewater Canal to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to industrial areas of Manchester


Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister and founder of the Metropolitan Police, dies. His home town of Bury, where his father’s textile business was founded, mourns him and erects Peel Tower in his memory

Sir Robert Peel

Businessman Daniel Adamson becomes champion promoter of the Manchester Ship Canal although he does not live to see its completion in 1894

Manchester Ship Canal

Built in the grounds of Speke Hall, Liverpool, Speke Airport starts commercial flights to Croydon Airport via Barton Aerodrome in Salford - now City Airport and Heliport

Speke Airport

John Whittaker acquires Peel Mills, the foundation of The Peel Group

Peel Mills

Olayan Group becomes a shareholder in Peel upon the acquisition of Boundary Post Ltd

Boundary Post Ltd

Peel invests in airports with the acquisition of Liverpool Airport, subsequently renamed in honour of John Lennon

Liverpool Airport

Following a House of Lords decision confirming planning in 1995, The Trafford Centre opens

The Trafford Centre

Peel Holdings is taken private and rebrands as The Peel Group

Peel Tower

The BBC signals its intention to move jobs to Manchester in 2004 and the Salford Quays site is chosen. Construction of MediaCityUK commences in 2007 and opens in 2011

Salford Quays

50:50:50 Peel launches The Ocean Gateway

The Ocean Gateway

Peel exchanges its investment in The Trafford Centre for shares in intu Properties

The Trafford Centre

Liverpool2 deep water container terminal, built by Peel Ports, officially opens


MediaCityUK marks 10 years since construction began


CSR & Sustainability

At The Peel Group we are committed to deliver benefits to communities and the environment in everything we do. We believe in being socially responsible and have been investing in the communities in which we work in for more than 40 years.

We encourage sustainability in all of our investee companies and are pleased to see them all prioritising CSR and giving back to the communities in which they operate.

The Peel Group and its investee companies also take part in fundraising opportunities to contribute to their nominated charities. During the year, The Peel Group donated to the Manchester Emergency Fund via the British Red Cross to support those affected by the 2017 Manchester Arena attack as well as making a corporate donation to The Christie.  Download some of our case studies below or read our full report here.