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Jonathan De Mello is head of retail consultancy at property adviser Harper Dennis Hobbs.
Dave Conaghan owns young fashion indie Chocolate Clothing in Derry, Northern Ireland.
Premium womenswear brand Luisa Cerano has doubled its UK turnover over the past year and has said there is “definitely still room for growth”.
The government has announced that April 1, 2015 will be the valuation date for business rates assessments for 2017 onwards.
Funding for UK businesses looking to expand internationally by attending overseas trade shows has been heavily reduced for the next season, Drapers understands.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The owner of premium independent department store Psyche has opened a 8,000 sq ft shop dedicated to young fashion brands, also in Middlesbrough.
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Twenty-year-old Aphrodite’s passion for menswear grows ever stronger on Wearside.
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Liz Evans, tactician behind Warehouse and Oasis, is focused on social media and domestic growth to keep both brands in the premier league.
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.
Italian tailoring etailer Lanieri is using 3D scanning technology in UK pop-up stores to offer shoppers better-fitting suits and to boost sales.
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.