Category Archives: Independent Retailer Month

SHAPPS OFFERS ‘PORTAS-PLUS’ PLAN TO REVIVE AILING HIGH STREETS

Hundreds of towns to bid for Portas status as Minister unveils response to Mary’s High Street Review Towns across the country have got their applications in ahead of today’s deadline (30th March 2012) in the hope of becoming Portas Pilots. … Continue reading

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It’s official: 2011 was a year of growth for Independents #indieretail @IndieRetailUK

In my last blog I made reference to the fact that if retail vacancy rates in the UK were static, and if multiples had closed more stores than they opened then there must have been a sector in growth otherwise … Continue reading

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Grant Shapps: 12 “Portas Pilot” Towns to win “golden ticket” and share £1million for regeneration #indieretail

TOWNS REGENERATION CONTEST LAUNCHED From the press release “The Government today (4th Februray 2012) launched a competition to find 12 areas to share £1 million under a drive to regenerate town centres. The move followed last year’s review of high … Continue reading

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The Retail Champion: 10-steps to Retail Success – The Book! #indieretail

I was invited to write a guest blog for Claire Boyles who runs Success Matters (twitter: @claireboyles), it was to focus on Successes (and/or failures) in 2011. For Claire’s blog I decided to focus on how I’d had a success … Continue reading

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Retail closures, job losses, administrations – what can #indieretail do to fill the void?

I’ve done a lot of radio interviews in the past 10 days talking about the fact all these heavy discounts and early sales are doing no good to the big retailers, how there will be carnage in the New Year. … Continue reading

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Mary Portas reveals 28 recommendations in her high street review #portasreview #indieretail

This morning the eagerly anticipated #portasreview was delivered to Whitehall by Mary Portas, TV’s Queen of Shops. The full report can be found on http://www.bis.gov.uk. There has been much cynicism about this report – many thinking it’s a waste of … Continue reading

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Independent Retailer Month 2012 Launch Conference

Yesterday (29th November) I had an idea to run an Independent Retailer Month launch conference. Today (30th November) we went live! That’s how fab the internet is – it enables me to email, facebook, tweet and linkedin with people to … Continue reading

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