Move of the Week: Matt Birch working with Amazon

I’ve commented before on how Amazon tends to keep its recruitment close to its chest and this week it has emerged that former Sainsbury’s director of commercial operations Matt Birch has been working with the company since May in a director role with a focus on scoping out sites for physical stores, according to The [...]

By | September 27th, 2019|Move of The Week|0 Comments

How to address bad leadership

Recent research suggests that almost two-thirds of leaders would be described in negative language by their teams. A good leader is not only concerned with leading the staff on any given team but is also aware of the leaders they are managing. Are your team leaders employees that you can be proud of, or do [...]

By | September 23rd, 2019|Leadership|0 Comments

Changing space: how high streets are adapting

The UK has always had a flexible and changeable retail sector. It has some of the most vibrant high streets in the world, with Oxford Street consistently ranked highest in customer reviews. However, recent developments have meant that the appearance of these high streets is once more changing. Information from across the country suggests that [...]

By | September 20th, 2019|All News and Events|0 Comments

Retail headhunting: Targeting the right prey

Headhunting is often the best way to fill top vacancies, particularly when time is pressing. If you have a crucial executive vacancy that needs to be filled urgently, you need to avoid a long draw out recruitment campaign, and THEN having to wait for your ideal appointee to serve their notice period. Yet, despite its [...]

By | September 18th, 2019|All News and Events|0 Comments

H&M announce a 71.2% decline in profits

The UK retail industry announces another hit this week as high street clothing brand H&M announce their pre-tax profits for the financial year have dropped by over 70%. The clothing retail company which originated in Sweden in 1947, has become one of the UK's most recognised fast-fashion high street brands and have over 260 stores [...]

By | September 16th, 2019|All News and Events|0 Comments

Move of the Week: M&S’s new customer loyalty tactic

M&S is following a tried and tested formula as it looks to unlock the value of its customer data. This week the retailer drafted in former Tesco Clubcard director Danielle Papagapiou as its head of loyalty to work alongside another ex-Clubcard boss Andrew Mann who joined in January as head of insight and customer loyalty. [...]

By | September 13th, 2019|Move of The Week|0 Comments

Sound mind and sound leadership

Warren Bennis once stated, "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." But how do we know if we're serving up a fractured vision? Leaders often find themselves under heavy pressure. When it comes to keeping the company running or making sure that all employees are working succinctly towards a common goal, there are [...]

By | September 13th, 2019|Leadership|0 Comments

New research suggests improved skills could save the high street

Saving the High Street may mean focusing on improving the skills of the British workforce. The think tank Centre for Cities has suggested that reviving the retail sector is something that can be done by upskilling people so that better jobs can be created, leading to increased spending power. Boosting local economies is an important [...]

By | September 11th, 2019|All News and Events|0 Comments