The "commitment" to Never Knowingly Undersold is a commitment fromJohn Lewis to throw money down the drain while House of Fraser and Debenhams are in their discounting death throes. It will only get worse this season with the Black Friday to January Sales price-cutting nonsense. Let's hope the new chairwoman knocks some sense into senior heads at JL.
Congratulations to all the winners, but especially to my pal Hilary Cookson - nice to see a fine career in indie retailing opp north being recognised. Hats off too to all the sponsors and the entire team at Drapers, including Kirsty and Graeme and Laura from the Events team. Now go and have a drink (Oh, you are doing that already...)
Comment on: Drapers appoints new editor
Many congratulations, Kirsty. When I hired you in 2014, I did tell you you'd be editor one day. It's nice to be right for a change! It's a fabulous job and you will be fabulous in the role.
Comment on: Drapers editor to join Fat Face
Congratulations to Keely for doing a brilliant job steering the good ship Drapers in these demanding times. Fat Face has made an excellent decision to hire her. Best of luck to Kirsty in her new role. With her team at Drapers, she will do a fabulous job.
Comment on: Primark founder Arthur Ryan dies
RIP Arthur Ryan, one of the great talents of the retail trade. He steadfastly refused to be interviewed by Drapers (or anyone else) for many years. Only when he passed the reins on to Paul Marchant did he feel able to talk to the media. When I finally chatted to him, I found him open, articulate and modest, with a lovely dry turn of phrase. Whether you like Primark or not, there's no denying that Arthur Ryan changed the way Britain and Ireland and beyond shops. My condolences to his family, the Primark team and his friends.