A preview of first 7 blogs for blog-a-day for #IndieRetail

As you know, to celebrate Independent Retailer Month (July 2011), I’ve organised a wide range of experts to provide me with a blog-a-day. These blogs share advice, ideas, hints, tips and stories from retailers who have specific experiences (e.g. starting up, opening new stores, trading in a Mall etc. The blogs are set to release daily at 10am… starting today… but just ahead of that here is a preview of what is scheduled for the next 7 days!

Blogs scheduled from 1st – 7th July…

Ok – in under an hour our first blog for a blog-a-day for #IndieRetail will publish, then daily at 10am a new feature will be released. Subscribers to this blog will get an auto-notification and those following @retailchampion on twitter, watching #indieretail on twitter, or who have “liked” Independent Retailer Month UK on facebook will also see the blogs appearing!

  • 1st July 2011 – Blog by Tom Shay: Tom is one of the co-founders of Independent Retailer Month globally. He and Kerry Bannigan (who will blog later in the month) pooled resources and created a campaign to encompass all retailers across the USA. This year they decided to go global, I am supporting them to bring the campaign to the UK and hopefully in 2012 it will reach many more countries! Tom’s blog is a fitting start to the blog-a-day event. He will explain his view of why Independent Retailers are of such importance and why we, as consumers, need to ensure we don’t overlook them…
  • 2nd July 2011 – Blog by Emma Wimhusrt: Emma is one of James Caan’s “Millionaire Mentors” for his Entrepreneurs Business Academy. A successful entrepreneur who developed a range of own brand cosmetics and sold to major retail chains such as New Look, River Island and Claire’s Accessories. Emma is passionate about putting the customer at the heart of any retail or consumer products business and she shares her advice on this topic in her blog.
  • 3rd July 2011 – Blog by Susan Heaton Wright: Susan used to travel the world as a professional operatic soprano, delighting audiences with her vocal performances! Now she helps executives command and engage their audiences by showing them how to use their voice and their body language to get attention! Her blog will talk a little about the importance of customer service from the point of view of how your staff interact and engage with your potential customers
  • 4th July 2011 – Blog by David Mackley from Intelligent Retail: David runs Intelligent retail who offer small retailers the kind of quality, fully integrated EPOS and ecommerce multi-channel solutions that typically have only been available to major players in the past. He will be sharing his thoughts on the importance of technology to your retail business.
  • 5th July 2011 – Blog by Better Retailing: Better Retailing are an organisation who support independent retailers and provide an online resource full of advice, hints and tips. This particular feature is all about the importance of cash flow, written by Steve Denham who has been a retailer himself for almost 40 years!
  • 6th July 2011 – Blog by Warren Knight: Warren is a pioneer in social commerce and has nearly 20 years retail experience. In his blog he explains the value of social media in the new retail model and how smaller retailers can take advantage of tools such as twitter to leap-frog the bigger players.
  • 7th July 2011 – Blog by Angels Den: Angels Den is the largest network of independent business angel investors on the planet. They have shared their advice on not only how to win over an investor but have drawn comparisons to how the same approach can also win over your customers too – and it’s all about PASSION!

In a few days I’ll give you a preview of the next 7 blogs to look forward to. In the meantime please do leave your comments on the blogs and if you have enjoyed them please let others know. I really hope these 31 blogs engage, inspire, educate and motivate those who read them!

Enjoy – Happy 1st of Independent Retailer Month 🙂


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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