A preview of blogs 8 – 14 for blog-a-day for #IndieRetail

Tomorrow marks the 2nd week of Independent Retailer Month (July 2011). As you will have spotted I’ve organised a wide range of experts to provide me with a blog-a-day. That’s 31 guest blogs sharing opinions, advice, ideas, hints and tips relevant for smaller / independent retailers. The blogs are set to release daily at 10am… you may have just seen today’s about passion for business… Below is a preview of what is scheduled for the next 7 days, days 8 – 14!

Blogs scheduled from 8th – 14th July…

Below is a summary of the next 7 days worth of blogs for the “a blog-a-day for #IndieRetail” event! 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!

  • 8th July 2011 – Blog by Dinah Liversidge: Dinah is a business coach and consultant who talks about no-box thinking! She has a refreshing perspective and in this blog talks about her personal experience of the changes to the high street and the impact this has on our lives and our communities.
  • 9th July 2011 – Blog by Penny Power: Penny founded the business-social network, Ecademy, in 1998 and that makes her one of the World’s longest-serving social media evangelists. Penny’s determination to create an online, social environment for smaller businesses was visionary, and Ecademy came into existence years ahead of Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter! In this blog Penny shares her thoughs on this new, digital economy and explains what that means for Independent Retail businesses…
  • 10th July 2011 – Blog by Karen Young: Karen is a straight-talking experienced HR consultant who gained her knowledge and skills working in big corporate organisations, including Dixons Stores Group, before she decided to go it alone and created her business, HR Innovate, to specifically support smaller businesses who didn’t have need / budget for a permanent HR resource. In this blog Karen touches on some key elements of managing your staff.
  • 11th July 2011 – Blog by Kelly Molson: Kelly is managing director of specialist retail brand and design agency, Rubber Cheese. Her team deliver retail brand impact – from ecommerce to shop window, visual merchandising to packaging – literally everything online, in store, on shelf. In this blog she reflects on the importance of visual merchandising and uses examples from some of the Independent Retailers in her town, Sawbridgeworth, to illustrate her points.
  • 12th July 2011 – Blog by Sarah Decent: Sarah is owner of Modish Shoes, a small, growing Independent Retailer. Recently Sarah decided to expand her business and opened a new store in Cambridge to add to her existing outlet in Saffron Walden. In this blog Sarah shares her lessons learned from the store opening, and, some top tips for anyone looking to expand, relocate or start up!
  • 13th July 2011 – Blog by Colin Farmer: Colin is a partner at Alliotts, a London based Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors. Colin additionally heads up their retail sector. In this blog he talks about the impact of the austerity measures on Independent retailers and suggests some mitigating actions. A VERY useful article!
  • 14th July 2011 – Blog by Nigel J L Rothband: Nigel is Chief Executive of Retail Trust, the charity dedicated to ALL people in retail. In this blog Nigel explains the history of Retail Trust – it was created by and for Independent Retailers. He talks a little about what the charity offers. This is an insightful blog to draw attention to Retail Trust expressly for any Independent Retailers who may benefit from what they can offer.

Hope you enjoy the next 7 blogs!

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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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