About Us

In the beginning...

QVC was founded in June 1986 and first started broadcasting in the United States on 24 November of the same year before launching in the UK on 1 October 1993.

We’ve been on an incredible journey since our launch, and we’ve celebrated numerous milestones along the way. Here are some interesting facts and a few of our recent achievements.

QVC UK Fast Facts

  • We’re the leading multichannel retailer
  • The largest private sector employer in Knowsley
  • Available in 24 million homes
  • Employing over 2000 people

QVC Global Facts

  • Not only is there a QVC UK, there’s a QVC in Japan, USA, Italy and Germany!
  • QVC reaches 166 million homes across the globe
  • QVC shipped more than 160 million units worldwide last year
  • QVC employs more than 17,000 people worldwide

Recent Achievements


  • Best Shopping Channel at Freesat Awards
  • Low Carbon Economy Award at Knowsley Business Awards (October)


  • Best Shopping Channel – Freesat Awards 2010
  • Runner-up Best TV Shopping Channel for Crafts in the 2010 Craft Awards
  • Finalist - Multichannel Integration category – BT Retail Week Technology Awards 2010
  • Highly Commended - Best Retail Chain - Craft Business Awards 2009/2010 .
  • Bernie Budworth, QVC UK Business Continuity Manager, finalist in the Business Continuity Manager of The Year category in the CIR Magazine Business Continuity Awards
  • ROSPA level 4 platinum award for Health and Safety Management and QSA Audit