Comment and Analysis
What skills do retail leaders need today?Subscription
Challenging times require strong leadership. Nowhere is this more true than on the UK high street, where fashion bosses are battling a sluggish economy and shaky consumer confidence in an ever-changing retail industry
As the House of Fraser saga rumbles on and the repercussions continue to hit suppliers, there is much debate about who should be held accountable for the department store chain’s demise.
There have been several times of late that I have urged the government to step in and support this industry, and unfortunately this week is no exception.
There are very few people that have had such an impact on the industry while keeping such a low profile as Philip Day.
House of Fraser’s announcement today that it is proposing to close 31 of its 59 stores is a sad but necessary development.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, tells Drapers how the government can ease the pressure on the high street.
Drapers Investigates: Who owns the high street? Subscription
The structure of the UK high street is changing. New fascias are being added to the mix, and the fashion industry has been playing an extended game of “pass the parcel”, as a wave of companies change hands in high-profile acquisitions.
House of Fraser
Includes Sports Direct, Agent Provocateur, Debenhams, House of Fraser
Retailers celebrate International Women's DaySubscription
Top retailers, brands, designers and businesses across the globe have shown their support on 8 March in solidarity with women to recognise and celebrate female achievements and call for change in the future.