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Business case: Louis Copeland had a lot to consider before opening a shop in Dundrum centre, Dublin

A beginner’s guide: Independent retail

22 October 2014 | By

Great concept? Check! Next in our 12-part guide to setting up shop is the crucial phase of ensuring your business is built on strong financial foundations.

Eric Musgrave

The best way to assure a prosperous future is to invest in the present

30 October 2014 | By

Speculate to accumulate is not a phrase much heard these days.

Jonathan De Mello

Why single channel retail is no longer an option

29 October 2014

Jonathan De Mello is head of retail consultancy at property adviser Harper Dennis Hobbs.

David Conaghan

Fighting back against the supermarket sweep

29 October 2014

Dave Conaghan owns young fashion indie Chocolate Clothing in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Luisa Cerano

Luisa Cerano doubles UK turnover after hiring country manager

30 October 2014 | By

Premium womenswear brand Luisa Cerano has doubled its UK turnover over the past year and has said there is “definitely still room for growth”.

High Street

Business rate revaluation date set for April 1

29 October 2014 | By

The government has announced that April 1, 2015 will be the valuation date for business rates assessments for 2017 onwards.

whos next

Government slashes international trade show support

28 October 2014 | By

Funding for UK businesses looking to expand internationally by attending overseas trade shows has been heavily reduced for the next season, Drapers understands.


Apprenticeship standards to focus on retail supervisors

27 October 2014 | By

A group of retail ‘trailblazers’, including Oasis, Tesco, Debenhams, Asda, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis, has been tasked with developing new standards for apprenticeship schemes aimed at supervisors and managers.

Christmas queues

Retailers warned to prepare for Christmas rush

24 October 2014 | By Ben Cooper

Retailers are being warned to plan carefully to avoid delivery failures and breakdowns in their supply chains in the run-up to Christmas, as experts predict an unprecedented demand for click-and-collect services.

Retailers are hoping for bumper multichannel trading this weekend, as consumers hit the shops with their last pay packet before Christmas.

Christmas retail recruitment to slow

23 October 2014 | By

Less than half of retailers expect to increase staffing in the next three months, compared with 72% in the same period last year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Make it British

Supply chain must ‘unite to thrive’

22 October 2014 | By

The fashion and textiles industry must unite and work with the government to create a climate for British manufacturing to thrive, said experts at a Westminster forum on domestic manufacturing, skills and wearable technology on Tuesday.

Old market shopping centre

Consumer confidence hits three-year high

22 October 2014 | By

Consumer confidence has risen for the third quarter in succession according to the Deloitte Consumer Tracker, which surveys 3,000 adults on consumer spending attitudes and behaviour.


Psyche owner branches into young fashion

22 October 2014 | By

The owner of premium independent department store Psyche has opened a 8,000 sq ft shop dedicated to young fashion brands, also in Middlesbrough.

Founders Andrew and Duncan McKenzie crop

Shopwatch: Aphrodite

30 October 2014 | By

Twenty-year-old Aphrodite’s passion for menswear grows ever stronger on Wearside.


Shopwatch: Stradivarius

23 October 2014 | By

Striking the right note: With Inditex fascia Stradivarius a few months into its UK expansion, we visit its first store to assess its chances of success.

Liz Evans, Chief executive of Oasis and Warehouse

The Drapers Interview - Liz Evans, Oasis & Warehouse

30 October 2014 | By

Liz Evans, tactician behind Warehouse and Oasis, is focused on social media and domestic growth to keep both brands in the premier league.

Johnstons of Elgin

The Drapers Interview - Simon Cotton, Johnstons of Elgin

22 October 2014 | By

Back to the future: Simon Cotton, chief executive of Johnstons of Elgin, is getting the balance right between private and own label business to continue the mill’s success.


Ecommerce: Pop-ups and 3D scans suit Lanieri’s needs

2 October 2014 | By

Italian tailoring etailer Lanieri is using 3D scanning technology in UK pop-up stores to offer shoppers better-fitting suits and to boost sales.


Twitter Interview: Andy Harding, House of Fraser’s executive director of multichannel Video

15 October 2014 | By

Drapers spoke to Harding via Twitter about the rise of mobile shopping – which he predicts could overtake plastic payments in two years – the new technologies for retailers to tap into and whether wearable technology in fashion will ever become mainstream.