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News

Phil Mullis

We need an evolving business rates system

23 March 2015

The Chancellor’s budget on March 18 contained plans to save high street shops from the threat of online competition with a business rates review said to be the widest ranging in a generation.

Janet French, womenswear buyer at Golding in Newmarket and a member of Fashion Association of Britain

Talking Shop: 'Give shoppers what they want and they will come'

23 March 2015

The new womenswear floor at our store, Golding in Newmarket, opened in spring 2013 and the first year since was phenomenal.

Kat Spybey

Drapers comment: 'A positive budget for fashion but fears remain for what was left unspoken'

19 March 2015 | By

The Chancellor’s red box delivered some welcome news for the fashion industry this week, but with it came a number of unanswered questions and fears for the future.

SuperGroup autumn 14 menswear

SuperGroup buys out US license for £22m and signs collab with Idris Alba

26 March 2015 | By

SuperGroup, the parent company of young fashion brand Superdry, will today announce a range of measures to deliver “sustainable, long-term growth” including bringing its US licence in-house, bolstering its board and a collaboration with actor Idris Elba.

Net-a-Porter.com

Amazon ‘in talks’ to acquire Net-a-Porter

26 March 2015 | By

Amazon is reported to be in ongoing talks to acquire Net-a-Porter Group, five years after the etailer was bought by luxury group Richemont.

Image gallery: Billionaire Boys Club and Icecream flagship

26 March 2015 | By

Rapper Pharrell Williams’ men’s streetwear brands Billionaire Boys Club and Icecream have opened their first permanent store in Europe, in London’s Carnaby.

Kate Hills Make it British

Make it British event to shine light on Leicestershire-made clothing

26 March 2015 | By

Make it British and Leicestershire Textiles Hub will host a joint fashion show at the former’s UK manufacturing conference and sourcing event in June.

Access all areas: user reviews on tablets and QR codes in  store offer customers extra information to aid purchasing

Digital essential to UK high street reinvention

26 March 2015 | By

A willingness to embrace the digital space will be essential to the successful reinvention of the British high street, according to the British Retail Consortium’s director general Helen Dickinson.

High Street

Indies hope for strong Easter trading

26 March 2015 | By

Independent retailers across the UK and Ireland are pinning their hopes on a strong Easter to make up for a difficult trading period in the run-up to spring.

Harvey Nichols Baku

Harvey Nichols branches into Azerbaijan

26 March 2015 | By

Harvey Nichols has opened a new store in Baku, Azerbaijan; its first in the region.

Sports Direct

Sports Direct admits nearly 15,000 workers on zero-hours contracts

26 March 2015 | By

Sports Direct has revealed that almost 15,000 of its UK employees, or 75% of its workforce, are on zero-hours contracts.

Tesco is hoping to raise £4.5m for the Poppy Appeal

Tesco Ireland chief executive retires

26 March 2015 | By

The chief executive of Tesco Ireland, Philip J Clarke, is retiring from the supermarket less than two years after taking on the role.

John Lewis

John Lewis JLab returns with £100k prize for tech startups

26 March 2015 | By

John Lewis is offering technology startups the chance to win £100,000 as part of its second JLab initiative.

Houses of Parliament

Male-female wages gap to be monitored by law

26 March 2015 | By

Large fashion businesses, including the likes of Asos.com, John Lewis and Arcadia, will soon have to report differences in pay between male and female staff under a new law passed through parliament this week.

Pep & Co Kettering

Video exclusive: Behind the scenes with Pep&Co launch team Video

26 March 2015 | By

Drapers talks to the team behind new value chain Pep&Co at its first confirmed location in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Ann Sofie Johansson, H&M creative adviser

The Drapers Interview: Ann-Sofie Johansson

23 March 2015 | By

Ann-Sofie Johansson has risen from shop assistant to design boss at H&M, picking up some luxury friends along the way

Zandra-Rhodes

The Drapers Interview: Celia Birtwell & Zandra Rhodes

19 March 2015 | By

Parallel worlds: Celia Birtwell and Dame Zandra Rhodes have long been icons of UK fashion, but are now working together for the first time.

Maurice Helfgott

The Drapers Interview: Maurice Helfgott

12 March 2015 | By

Amery Capital’s Maurice Helfgott is proving to have a knack for transforming the fortunes of struggling fashion businesses

In the hot seat: Wright’s  gamble to leave the food  industry for fashion has paid off

The Drapers Interview: Anne Wright

5 March 2015 | By

With an armful of Drapers Independents Awards, Young Ideas owner Anne Wright recounts how a store in a Derbyshire market town became a beacon of indie retail.

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Drapers 21 2015

Digital Edition: March 21 2015

19 March 2015

Paris fashion week: The autumn 15 catwalk season ended on a high with a host of fresh trends. Click here to view Drapers as a digital edition.