The Works was established in 1981 as a discount bookstore; 'Remainders Ltd' and rebranded to become The Works in 2003.
The Works was acquired by private equity firm, Endless LLP in May 2008, establishing The Works Stores Ltd. Following the acquisition, Endless partnered with retail entrepreneur Anthony Solomon to transform the business and working with the management team have firmly established The Works as the leader in its category. Endless acquired Solomon's stake in the business in May 2015. In September 2015 Dean Hoyle, the founder of Card Factory, invested in the business and became Chairman. Endless remain the main shareholders of The Works Stores Ltd.
Since 2008, The Works has shown significant sustained growth in sales and profitability. The Works is no longer just a discount bookstore but has firmly established itself as a family friendly discount alternative to full price specialist retailers of Gifts, Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, Stationery, Toys and Books. This has been achieved by focusing on the core principles of securing the best products at the best prices, which it sells via the accessible network of stores and online via TheWorks.co.uk.
The Works continues to expand, both geographically, adding new stores to its network across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire and by expanding its multichannel offering via its website.