A preview of blogs 15 – 21 for blog-a-day for #IndieRetail

Tomorrow marks the 3rd week of Independent Retailer Month (July 2011). We’ve already published 14 great articles from a wide range of experts for our “blog-a-day for #IndieRetail” event. There are still 15 to come. All our guest bloggers are 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 introducing Retail Trust, the charity for ALL people in retail… Below is a preview of what is scheduled for the next 7 days, days 15 – 21!

Blogs scheduled from 15th – 21st 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!

  • 15th July 2011 – Blog by Sue Blake: Sue helps business owners and experts raise their profile with the media and with their customer base. In this blog Sue talks about reputation marketing and how important that is for both the visibility of your business AND how this instils confidence in your customer when they buy from you.
  • 16th July 2011 – Blog by Stuart Sproule: Stuart is a solicitor in the Corporate Department at SA Law and deals with all aspects of Corporate and Commercial law. In this blog he explains everything retailers need to know about “distance selling regulations” and what this means in practice to smaller retail businesses.
  • 17th July 2011 – Blog by Karen Young: In this 2nd blog by our HR expert, Karen gives advice on how to manage the holiday season to avoid the typical issues that independent retailers face. Karen gives some practical tips to help alleviate the risk of staff holidays and reduce the impact on you, the business owner.
  • 18th July 2011 – Blog by Paul Wright: Paul is creative director and co-founder (alongside Kelly Molson who blogged on 11th July) at Rubber Cheese, a retail design agency. Paul’s area of expertise is design for ecommerce. In this blog he explores how advancements in technology have changed the way consumers shop and what possibilities could be deployed even by the smallest of retailers to add a bit of a wow-factor into the shopping experience.
  • 19th July 2011 – Blog by Andrew Rayner: Andrew is founder and managing director of internet marketing agency e-mphasis. In this blog he shares 7 top tips to enable Independent Retailers to compete in a mobile commerce market, from point of search to point of sale and beyond.
  • 20th July 2011 – Blog by David Linklater: David is a property litigator at SA Law LLP in Hertfordshire who specialises in the retail sector. In this blog he shares some advice to assist any independent retailer considering signing a lease for premises. His advice may save you a fortune in the long run!
  • 21st July 2011 – Blog by Jasmine Birtles: Jasmine is the founder of money-making and money-saving website www.moneymagpie.com, and is a professional speaker and TV presenter specialising in business and personal finance. In this blog she shares her thoughts on the future for retail in this, the “digital decade”.

Hope you enjoy the next 7 blogs!


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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