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Video: Drapers Independents Awards 2015 highlights Video

18 September 2015 | By

Watch all the highlights from the 25th anniversary of the Drapers Independents Awards, which first took place on June 6 1991. Also read a full list of the winners or view image galleries of the ...

New Look Men at the Trafford Centre

Drapers Comment: Location is everything for New Look’s menswear debut

13 October 2015 | By

New Look opened its fourth standalone menswear store at the Intu Trafford Centre on Friday, making a confident statement about its intentions to make serious headway into the young fashion-savvy menswear market.

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Memo from Musgrave: With 12 weeks left, how has 2015 treated you?

8 October 2015 | By

Here’s a handy reminder to cheer the spirits: three-quarters of 2015 is already behind us. What sort of year have you and your business had? What can you do over the next 12 weeks to ensure you have maximised the opportunities the year offered?

Harriet Vaines is an associate at law firm Winckworth Sherwood

Talking Business: What can you do if employees object to longer hours on Sundays?

8 October 2015

The government’s proposal to relax Sunday trading rules by devolving power to local areas will inevitably divide opinion – whether you are a retailer, a worker or a consumer. 

Sunny high street

Late bank holiday boosts September sales

13 October 2015 | By

Like-for-like retail sales were up 2.6% in September compared to the same period last year, as fashion and footwear performed well thanks to a boost from the late bank holiday.

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Made-to-measure provider expands offer to indies

12 October 2015 | By

US made-to-measure tailoring company Trinity Apparel Group is expanding its UK service to premium menswear independents.

Sunny high street

The Great British High Street Awards shortlist announced

12 October 2015 | By

Altrincham, Rotherham and Tamworth are battling it out to be crowned the best town centre in The Great British High Street Awards 2015.

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Pass on savings from card fees cap, retailers told

9 October 2015 | By

The UK government will monitor retailers to ensure they pass on the £480m annual savings from the EU’s ban on excessive bank card fees to consumers.

Sunny high street

Nervous retailers shrink orders after warm snap

9 October 2015 | By Drapers Reporters

Brands and suppliers were breathing a sigh of relief at the return of wet and windy weather this week, after a warm spell across many parts of the UK at the end of September hit sales of autumn stock.

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Indies unconvinced by business rates devolution

8 October 2015 | By

Independent retailers have raised concerns over the news this week that local councils will be given control of business rates in a complete overhaul of the system.

High Street

Number of empty shops falls to five-year low

8 October 2015 | By

The UK shop vacancy rate fell to 12.9% in September, which is the lowest level since April 2010, as consumer confidence improves.

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

The UK leads European rankings in online shopping

6 October 2015 | By

Almost 80% of UK shoppers made a purchase online last year, which places the UK higher than any other European Union country, according to new research from the Office of National Statistics.

Ted Baker

Ted Baker sales up 25% in first half

6 October 2015 | By

Ted Baker increased sales by 24.5% to £226.8m for the 28 weeks ended August 15, while profit before tax rose by 14.6% to £17.8m.

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The transformation of UK outlets

5 September 2015 | By Caroline Parry

The outlet market has moved on from being a simple discount haven to becoming destinations in their own right. 


Shopwatch: Jarrolds unveils new fashion floor

7 September 2015 | By ,

Jarrolds, the family-run independent department store in Norwich, opened the redesigned womenswear area on its first floor this week.

Charlotte Olympia

Shopwatch roundup: Denham, Charlotte Olympia and more

29 July 2015 | By

A glimpse of the latest store openings from significant luxury and jeanswear names.


The Drapers Interview: Johnnie Boden's multichannel vision

7 October 2015 | By

With a major rollout of own retail on the cards for 2016, Boden has its sights set on becoming a truly multichannel business in what will be its 25th anniversary year.

The team at Shoetique

The Drapers Interview: A Shoetique selling proposition

24 September 2015 | By

An online-first approach has turned transformed a family-run shoe shop in Cheshire into an international etail powerhouse – and 2015 winner of the Drapers Independent Footwear Retailer Award.

Nish and Sach Kukadia

The Secret behind the Sales

6 October 2015 | By

Drapers meets brothers Sach and Nish Kukadia, who founded the UK’s first flash Sales site in 2007, which turned over £37.5m in 2014.


Tel Aviv’s tech trendsetters

17 September 2015 | By

Drapers reveals the Israeli retail tech start-ups ready to inject innovation into your business.

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