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Mary Portas, Creative director, Yellow Door

It has been quite a year for Mary Portas.

Her TV career took off with a second series of Mary Queen of Shops on the BBC, she has secured a weekly advice column in Grazia magazine, and her marketing consultancy Yellow Door scored the year’s most impressive PR campaign in retail with the launch of the Westfield London scheme in White City.

Mary Queen of Shops became essential viewing for independents, and brought the David and Goliath issue of indies versus the high street into the public spotlight.

After starting her career at Harrods, Portas moved to Topshop as display manager and later joined Harvey Nichols, where she was credited with helping to turning the store around. Despite sitting on the board before her 30th birthday, Portas left to set up brand communications agency Yellow Door in 1997.

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