Steve Lewis is Chief Executive of Majestic Wine, which operates 193 stores in the UK and 2 stores in Northern France, retailing wine, beer and spirits. Steve joined the Majestic Wine Board in 1998 as Retail Director and has been Chief Executive since 2008. Steve also sits on the Board of the Wine and Spirits Trade Association.

Majestic is a public limited company, listed on the London AIM since 1996. With a turnover of £274million and gross profit of £23.7million (2012/13 financial year) Majestic is the most successful specialist wine retailer in the UK.

Majestic differentiates itself by providing excellent service to customers through highly qualified and well trained staff, most of whom are graduates. An experienced multichannel retailer, with a web presence since 2000, 11% of sales are online. Majestic also operates a commercial division that specialises in selling wine to restaurants, caterers and large businesses, 20% of turnover is business to business. The company continues to grow and runs a new store opening programme of 16 stores each year in order to reach a target of 330 UK stores.

Steve is a panellist at the ‘Independent retail’ business session.