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Mary Portas

Creative director, Yellow Door

The media still can’t get enough of retail guru Mary Portas. She strengthened her position as the voice of the indie sector this year with her Save Our Shops documentary in June. The BBC2 programme was met with indie support when it called on multiple retailers to help keep UK high streets diverse by working in harmony with smaller, niche retailers.

Portas also worked closely with charity shops in June, pushing a recycling message through her Mary Queen of Charity Shops TV series, and she joined up with Sector Skills Council Skillsmart Retail to launch courses to help indies with their finance and marketing skills.

More recently, Portas caused controversy when she criticised the value sector, blaming cut-price fashion chains such as Primark for the disappearance of independents from the high street.

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