About IKEA



What is the IKEA Group?

We are a values-driven company with a passion for life at home. Every product we create is our idea for making home a better place. At the IKEA Group, we have more than 387 stores in 48 countries. Find out more information about the IKEA group


Who owns the IKEA concept?

IKEA retailing, with its Swedish roots, is based on a franchise system. Inter IKEA Systems B.V., located in Delft, The Netherlands, is the owner and franchisor of the IKEA Concept. IKEA stores are operated by a number of different franchisees in 48 countries. 


Can I distribute IKEA products?

The IKEA experience is more than just products, it is a retail concept. For the concept to work, it is necessary to have all aspects in place. Therefore, IKEA products are sold only in IKEA stores franchised by Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 


How can I become a franchisee?

IKEA products are sold solely in stores operating the IKEA Retail System--franchised by Inter IKEA Systems B.V. of The Netherlands. Franchises are granted by Inter IKEA Systems B.V. as part of a detailed expansion plan. Serious applicants are carefully researched and evaluated and franchises are granted only to companies and/or individuals with strong financial backing and a proven record in retail. Please visit our franchisor site for more information.


What is the IKEA business idea?

The IKEA business idea is: "We shall offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them." More information about the IKEA Group can be found here.


How can I find out about job opportunities within IKEA?

If you are out-going, dedicated, customer-service orientated and interested in working as part of a team, contact the IKEA store near you for possible openings. It is also possible to view openings at your local store by visiting the job section within our website. 


How does IKEA approach environmental issues?

We're working to create a better everyday life for the many people. This includes doing what we can to help create a world where we take better care of our environment. 

You can find out more information in the People and Planet section of the website. 


Where are IKEA products manufactured?

IKEA has more than 1200 furniture suppliers around the world as well as 100 food suppliers and 275 suppliers of transport. The five countries that supply most goods and services to IKEA are China, Poland, Italy, Germany and Sweden. The profile of our well-designed and high quality range is distinctively Swedish/Scandinavian. The low price is literally built into the production and the flat packs facilitate a rational distribution, self-service and immediate take-away. 


What is your registered UK business address and VAT number?

IKEA Limited is a company registered in England with its registered office at Witan Gate House 500-600 Witan Gate West Milton Keynes MK9 1SH and company number 01986283. Our VAT number is 527773320. IKEA Limited is licensed to sell under the IKEA brand name by Inter IKEA Systems B.V., a company registered in the Netherlands.