A blog-a-day for #IndieRetail begins on Friday 1st July!

Just a really short blog from me today to remind you that to celebrate Independent Retailer Month (July 2011) we will be publishing a blog-a-day throughout July… It all starts this Friday 1st!

Amazing guest bloggers supporting Independent Retailer Month!

Blogs will be written by a wide variety of experts, professionals and well known speaker, authors and even TV personalities!

A new blog will be released daily, at 10am, on this blog. If you don’t want to miss any make sure you subscribe by email or RSS! All blogs will be syndicated through to twitter, and will include our hash-tag (#indieretail) as well as being published to facebook and the linkedin group (Independent and SME retailer forum)

Your feedback on this will be much appreciated!

If you enjoy the blogs please let us know – also feel free to add your comments to them as well! Independent Retailer Month 2011 is the first time this has ever taken place in the UK so we’re learning all the time. If you find this blog-a-day aspect helpful do please tell me so I can ensure we replicated it for 2012!

Do let us know how you plan to celebrate Independent Retailer Month…

Lastly please do let us know how you plan to celebrate – you’ve got the whole month of July to come up with ideas, promotions, events and campaigns! Get together with other local independents and see what you could do as a group… we’ve got some ideas on the website on the “Independent Retailer Month – Get Involved” page and even more ideas if you click through to the global site.

Make sure you spread the word on facebook, twitter, youtube, linkedin – where ever you can. I can’t wait to see all the stories unfold!

Happy Retailing 🙂


About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email champion@retailchampion.co.uk.
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3 Responses to A blog-a-day for #IndieRetail begins on Friday 1st July!

  1. We are all subscribed and excitedly awaiting the daily blogs!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Very much looking forward to seeing them all, and our inclusion too 🙂
    Many thanks

  3. Jean says:

    I have subscribed and look forward to your blog-a-day!

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