July 2020

Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge owner enters administration

By | July 3rd, 2020|All News and Events|

Retail executives and business owners across the country are shocked by the announcement made by Casual Dining Group that they have gone into administration. What companies does Casual Dining Group own? Casual Dining Group was the umbrella owner of varying food restaurants, including the high street staples Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge, as well as [...]

Could coronavirus turn Britain into a nation of savers, not spenders?

By | July 1st, 2020|All News and Events|

Almost a third of Britons believe they were financially unprepared for the coronavirus lockdown, a new study has revealed. Meanwhile, deposits held by British households jumped by an astonishing £25.6 billion in May according to data from the Bank of England, as households held back on spending during lockdown and the financial uncertainty around it. [...]

June 2020

Sales at UK convenience stores up 17%

By | June 29th, 2020|All News and Events|

The UK's convenience stores saw an increase in sales of almost a fifth in the four weeks up to June 13 2020. This has been attributed to shoppers going 'ultra-local' through the period of COVID-19. The lockdown and concerns around safety have had a significant impact on every element of the retail market. Sales at [...]

5 wrong assumptions about executive coaching

By | June 26th, 2020|All News and Events|

Many people looking to sign up for executive coaching sessions worry that it won't be the right fit for them. This couldn't be further from the truth. Below we address 5 wrong assumptions about executive coaching and explain why it could actually be the right move for you. Assumption #1: It’s not for me When [...]

Opinion: How to sustain team culture while home working

By | June 26th, 2020|Move of The Week|

Of all the decisions facing retail leaders, the choice between initiating a gradual return to the office and shifting to a predominantly home working model must be among the toughest. In a fast-moving, dynamic sector the social interactions that take place in offices and stores up and down the country shape a company’s culture. Friendships [...]

When the heat is on: 4 types of leader under pressure

By | June 24th, 2020|Leadership|

Leaders are typically considered to have one of four personality types: driver, expressive, amiable or analytical. Read on to learn more about each one and how to overcome the issues these characteristics present when working under pressure. The Driver Strengths: Drivers are advantageous in an emergency. They see the end result they want and go [...]

Friend and boss: can you be both?

By | June 22nd, 2020|Leadership|

Many people spend as much – if not more – time with their professional colleagues than they do with their families. And spending so much time in such close quarters inevitably leads to close friendships. Boss or friend? In many ways, this can be a good thing as colleagues who consider themselves friends with one [...]

5 questions to ask when choosing an executive coach

By | June 19th, 2020|All News and Events|

Executive coaching has many benefits, it can improve self-awareness, increase motivation and boost important leadership skills such as empathy, communication and decision making. But in order for executive coaching to be effective, the coach and client need to be a good match. Here are five questions to ask, when it comes to choosing the right [...]

The new normal: Adapting to the post-COVID retail environment

By | June 19th, 2020|All News and Events|

For most people, the last two to three months have been confusing, concerning and filled with doubts over what the future will hold. These feelings also pervade throughout the business world; companies are figuring out how best to proceed in this drastically altered environment and contemplating whether the changes they introduce will be temporary or [...]

Opinion: How to ace a virtual job interview

By | June 19th, 2020|Move of The Week|

It barely needs repeating that retail is entering a ‘new normal’. Some changes, such as social distancing in shops, will hopefully be temporary; others are set to become a permanent feature of the new business landscape. One of these is remote working. Some estimates predict 50% of people will not return to offices – a [...]