Mary Portas

Building the Super High Street

Mary Portas | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

Business is strongest is when it's face-to-face with customers and the beautiful products can be displayed physically in an alluring way. I regularly tell retailers who moan about the web to work out how to compete effectively instead. Innovators in top up grocery shopping, web purchase collection and so on, understand that the future is omni-channel and are making money. Grenson shows us how a perfect customer experience makes people feel special and gets them buying. And everybody please remember, you can't get your hair done, grab a quick drink when you fancy it, have your shoes mended, collect your prescription or dry cleaning quickly on the web (yet).

Never Waste a Good Crisis

Mary Portas | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

With a lot of our rail infrastructure and most of Somerset under water, not to mention water levels continuing to rise across Britain it is fair to say we are in the midst of a national crisis. He might not be in the top ten list of people I love in retail, but when former Tesco CEO Terry Leahy spoke about the occasional difficulties brands have - from local service problems to major outage and inconvenience - his catchphrase was "never waste a good crisis". It stuck with me and comes to mind now; not least because I love a paradox. The idea of a major problem being an opportunity is a tough one for executives to grasp whilst it's all happening.

An Alternative Perspective on the Future of the High Street

John Oswald | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK
John Oswald

Small independents versus big chains; bricks and mortar versus online; Bill Grimsey v Mary Portas: the debate about the future of the high street is nothing if not divisive. But safeguarding the future health of our high streets means moving away from the confrontational approach so beloved of UK media to focus instead on partnerships.

Government Does Good Thing - Nobody Cares

Nigel Cannings | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Nigel Cannings

First up, a declaration - I hate the Coalition. I hold George Osborne personally responsible for plunging the country into a worse crisis than necess...

'My Pilot Towns Could Never Truly Succeed Without Full Coalition Support'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

Retail expert Mary Portas has blamed the lack of "full" government support for the failure of her 'Portas Pilot' towns to revive British high streets....

Guess What Is Replacing Empty High Street Shops?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

Betting shops and cafes are popping up to replace empty shop stands, while the number of empty units on British high streets has remained roughly the ...

The Portas Review Is Missing a Fundamental Element

Dharmendra Patel | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
Dharmendra Patel

This week the government questioned Mary Portas on the progress of the review and how it's helped to revive the high street, so far. Consequently, the review hasn't been successful and MPs have claimed it was a "waste of time" and a "failure". In response, Mary Portas has stated the government is to blame due to their lack of input. What's clear is a lot of blame has been bandied about, but what's not so clear is how the high street can be saved, and if there's still hope for it.

'The Wrong Person To Save Our High Streets'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

TV retail expert Mary Portas was the 'wrong' choice to lead a government review into reviving British high streets, according to retail guru Bill Grim...

'20,000 Shops Could Go Bust'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Thousands of independent shops are in danger of closing in the next few years, while a review led by TV star Mary Portas to revive the high street ser...

'We Need Clear Policies On How To Save Our High Street'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics

Mary Portas, the retail guru appointed by David Cameron to review British high streets, has called on the coalition to adopt "clear policies" and more...

The High Street Has Reached Tipping Point - There's No Going Back

Bill Grimsey | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Bill Grimsey

Going to the high street will no longer be about just hitting the shops. It'll be about meeting new people, participating in new experiences, creating something and learning new things. We've lost a sense of vibrant local communities and local economies. It's time we rebuilt them.

High Streets - Deal or No Deal?

simon baldwin | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK
simon baldwin

Our high streets (apparently) attracted 1.4% more shoppers in June this year compared with June 2012. And (drum roll) this trend is growing.

Forget Mary Portas Get Help From the Taxman Instead

Jan Post | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Post

Mary Portas began as a shop window display designer, moved into fashion retail and then set up her own business to advise retailers. Her expertise is in building brands and buying and selling the goods and services that the British public most desire

Portas Auctions Off Internships to Highest Bidder

Joe Sandler Clarke | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Sandler Clarke

Mary Portas has come under fire after her company offered an unpaid internship to the highest bidder via an auction site set up by one of the country's leading private schools.

The Convenience of the High Street

simon baldwin | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK
simon baldwin

Shoppers are brainwashed into thinking that the giant out-of-town retailers decision to sell all that they do is still giving us choice. The 'habit' has become an 'addiction' ... or has it?

Television Won't Save the High Street - But it Really Doesn't Matter

Julian Dobson | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Julian Dobson

We should give Mary Portas and Channel 4 a cheer for keeping the high street in the headlines. We should be pleased that the medium of television gets the issue in front of many more people than the research papers of academics or the lobbying of politicians.

'My Daughter Won't Shop With Me'

PA | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Mary Portas may be the queen of the high street, but she has admitted that there is one person who's not keen on going shopping with her. While her...

Another Turkey On His Hands

PA | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Gordon Ramsay and Mary Portas' reality show 'Hotel GB' could be facing the axe after TV viewers checked out, according to reports. The Channel 4 pr...

Saying No to Tesco: The Power of Community

Adam Stones | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Stones

Sherborne is renowned in the region for the strength of its independent shops and market... If Tesco builds a store on such an arterial highway, beyond any scale known to the town and demolishing a hotel in the process, it would have a devastating effect.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Pope Francis, Friend Of Dictators?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 14 March 2013... 1) POPE FRANCIS, FRIEND OF DICTATORS? Surprise, surprise, this morning's newspaper ...

Ely Plans Its Own Mary Portas-Style Scheme to Ensure Future Success of City's Businesses

Ellee Seymour | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK
Ellee Seymour

Ely may not have Mary Portas, but it is fortunate in having business woman Caroline Bailey in its midst to lead on the challenge of ensuring that loca...

Margate's Top 10 Award: Cruel Joke or Optimistic Appraisal?

Emily Buchanan | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK
Emily Buchanan

After a series of mysterious fires and the unrelated launch of a mega-mall nearby, Margate turned from beloved tourist destination to ghost town - practically overnight. Despite the efforts of high-street hero Mary Portas and the valiant rejuvenation of the Old Town, Margate continues to reek of recession and disrepair.

This Rudderless Government Must Adopt a Strategy for Our Fading High Streets

Ann McKechin | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics
Ann McKechin

In the space of a month, Jessops closed with 2,000 jobs lost, Blockbusters closed with 4,000 jobs at risk and HMV, employing 4,300, entered restructuring with an uncertain future.

Waging War On The WAGS

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home
Ruth Harrison Roberts

Has the media become tired of all the reality show 'celebs' and the fashion designing footballer's wives? It would seem that the 15 minute fame grabbers have out stayed their welcome. Today the older woman is packing a punch!

Wish You Were Here? Margate In Rough Guide's 'Top Ten Destinations'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK

The somewhat dilapidated seaside town of Margate has been voted one of the top ten worldwide hot spots to visit in 2013. Those wags over at the R...