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Retailer Q&A with Rosie Willett Designs: “Ecommerce is fantastic for reaching people all over the world”


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Talking to retailers – as I spend much of my time doing – it’s interesting how many businesses have embraced Facebook and its Pages functionality, but...

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Promoting the fair trade cause: Retailer Q&A with The Home Decor Company


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Though navigating the economic downturn continues to challenge many stores, one of the fascinating subtexts has been the growth of new independent retailers, sometimes borne out...

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Fenwick Christmas window in preparation last year (30 Oct 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Fenwick Newcastle’s autumn window impresses – but WHSmith opposite falls short


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Newcastle’s iconic Fenwick department store is rightly known for its annual Christmas window – which can’t, scarily, be very far off making its appearance for 2013....

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“The power of digital is the biggest opportunity”: Retailer Q&A with Hartlepool-based Bedtrader


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Though my consumer directory business, CannySites.com, showcases home, garden and holiday retailers from across the UK, I’m always particularly pleased when I get to work with successful...

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“Women are looking for stylish, flattering classic styles online”: Retailer Q&A with Lucza


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Yesterday’s blog about Jack Wills opening a Newcastle store alongside TK Maxx and Armani Exchange demonstrated that many established fashion names are continuing to find opportunities on...

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Rescued HMV store in Newcastle (5 Apr 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

HMV needs to know its own strength


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Following Graham’s recent article about HMV’s buyout by restructuring specialists Hilco, it is worth taking a look at what lies ahead for this British institution....

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Club Clas promotion on Clas Ohlson's Swedish website (12 Mar 2013) 2

Clas Ohlson launches ‘Club Clas’ loyalty scheme in Sweden – with UK expected to follow


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish ‘modern hardware’ retailer, has launched its first loyalty scheme – the ‘Club Clas’ customer club – in its home market, with...

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Clas Ohlson bucks the trend as winter ranges drive UK sales up 7% during January


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On the same day as the ONS has revealed an unexpected fall in UK retail sales during a snowy January, one retailer – the Swedish hardware...

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Sage Business Experts website (11 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

A challenge from Sage: my tips on starting a business in retail… in 500 words


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As you may have seen already, I was recently recruited as a Business Expert by the well-known Newcastle-based business software and services provider Sage. Set...

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“What began as a marketing exercise is now all consuming”: Retailer Q&A with Shower Enclosures UK


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If one theme has emerged clearly from my Retailer Q&A series to date, it’s that modern retail businesses can’t really afford to ignore the Internet: whether...

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New Jacques Vert concession launched as Tamworth Co-op’s department store looks to the future


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Tamworth shoppers now have access to a raft of Jacques Vert Group womenswear brands, following the opening of a new upmarket outlet concession in the...

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Middlesbrough’s TJ Hughes confirms 3 October reopening date – with Birkenhead to follow


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TJ Hughes, the discount department store chain, has announced that its Middlesbrough store will reopen next week, at 10am on Wednesday 3 October. Under the heading...

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Retailer's website in a browser. Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Getting content with your web content: practical tips for a great retail website (Part 2)


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Whether you’re running a high-street shop, an online store or both, what are the ingredients that you need to create a really effective content website...

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Former Woolworths (now Evitavonni), Farnham (25 Aug 2012). Photograph by Steve Hack 2

Farnham, home to Britain’s poshest ex-Woolies (just don’t try to photograph it)


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While former Woolworths up and down the country now play host to Poundland and B&M Bargains – with just the occasional Waitrose – the Surrey town...

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Woolaballoo.com, Hexham (30 Jun 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 10

Woolaballoo.com and Deli at Number 4: Hexham’s new breed of web-savvy independents


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I’ve often commented on Hexham’s very low retail vacancy rate, and the fact that the town’s empty units rarely stay empty for long. Arrivals in...

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Atkinsons of Sheffield (18 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 7

Celebrating Britain’s indie department stores: Atkinsons, Banburys and Barkers


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Among all the retail gloom that the newspapers seem to like writing about, it was refreshing to read last week that Browns of York is to...

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Clas Ohlson, Reading (19 Aug 2011). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Clas Ohlson pushes social media and confirms UK transactional website launch


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish hardware retailer, has revealed that it is pushing on with plans for a UK transactional website, with an expected launch in the spring....

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Retail Doctor’s guide is a tonic for indie retailers, albeit with a US flavour


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This post is something of a first for Soult’s Retail View – a proper book review! Before I talk about the book – which is the...

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