UK Retail

George Osborne Gives Us More Fudge On Business Rates Reform

Ian Middleton | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Six and a half years after promising to reform the UK's arcane business rates system, Chancellor George Osborne announced some sweeping changes at the Conservative Party conference on Monday.

Entrepreneurs Sell Plastic Bags Online For 'Mates Rates'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK

The “chaos” predicted by tabloids failed to materialise when the new carrier bag charge came into force on Monday - but some people are still hopi...

Here Are Some Of The Brilliant Places Your 5p Bag Charge Will Go

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

England's shoppers have so far defied the media’s predictions of chaos to actually take the new plastic bag charge in their stride - with many even ...

I Shop, Therefore Who am I?

Caragh Little | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

This weekend, I went on a shopping expedition to a popular Belfast shopping centre. I more often shop online, but just this once, as the Autumn sunshine made the indifferent summer seem a million years away, I spent a couple of hours in the shops.

A 30th Birthday Wish for Film in All Its Formats

Liz Bales | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Liz Bales

The 16th September 1985 was a landmark moment for British film fans. Thirty years ago today, film went on sale on our high streets for the first ti...

Louise Ridley

Morrisons Closures Yet More Evidence That We've Fallen Out Of Love With Supermarkets | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK

British supermarkets are endangered. We're no longer buying our bread and sausages in quite the same way, and the casualties are our supermarkets l...

The New John Lewis Advert Captures The Chaos Of Children

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Parents

This advert will bring a knowing smile to the faces of many parents. John Lewis Insurance have cast their own tiny dancer to enthusiastically pran...

Women in Retail - A Land of Opportunity

Tanya Lawler | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Tanya Lawler

From new digital start-ups to our high street stalwarts, it's time we levelled the playing field to ensure that women are encouraged and empowered to establish, own and run successful retail businesses.

It's Time to Watch Wearable Technology of the Future

Gregor Jackson | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Tech
Gregor Jackson

Since I already own a very fine time-piece, I avoided the bracelet options. And I will never set my Apple watch to display traditional hands or chronograph setting. The Mickey Mouse option? Never!

This Brilliant News From Ikea Will Make 4,500 Of Its Workers Really Happy

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Ludicrously cheap furniture, shops you can get lost in for hours, tasty meatballs at the cafe when your feet hurt from shopping... and there's now one...

There Is Now a 'Northern Powerhouse' of Online Retail Businesses to Rival London's Tech Heartland

Tanya Lawler | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Tech
Tanya Lawler

The location with the highest density of online businesses - calculated on the volume of small online retail businesses operating in a region and their subsequent sales, as a proportion of the local population - is over 200 miles from London, up the M6 in Greater Manchester.

Shoppers Like Me

Luis Alvarez | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Tech
Luis Alvarez

Online retail is easy and convenient, but shopping is also a social experience and this is where 'bricks and mortar' retailing continues to excel. A visit to a physical store can mean time with family and friends. And there are many purchases that people like to make, where they are able to see, touch and even smell products before making a choice.

High Street Blues?

simon baldwin | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
simon baldwin

The election result was a big shock: no one predicted the Conservatives would win an outright majority and no one forecast the SNP tsunami. It has shown us that the old rules no long apply. What once was does not have to be. Despite the perceived political differences, if towns and cities across the UK grasp that, the future doesn't have to be blue.

Why Your Teenager Is Making Shopping Better for Everyone

Claude Nahon | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech
Claude Nahon

If you want to catch a glimpse of how tech will revolutionise shopping - and so many aspects of our lives - it's worth keeping an eye on the changing habits of our mobile-obsessed teens. Done well, brands can personalise our shopping like never before and create a really enjoyable experience.

Living Wage: It's Not Only the Right Thing to Do, It Makes Business Sense Too

Mike Kelly | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
Mike Kelly

From a community campaign which had its roots in East London less than15 years ago, we now have a mainstream movement recognised by 4 out of 5 citizen...

Criminals Shopping for Your Data

Graham Welch | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Loss of trust, though, goes far beyond the cost of lost orders and visitors; many studies have concluded that businesses that suffer a significant data breach or hack experience record drops in innovation and staff numbers as a result.

The Digital High Street 2020 Report Shows Why High Street Needs to Be Ready for Mobile

Daniela Cecilio | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Daniela Cecilio

High-street shops need to compete online more effectively, as retailers are losing £12 billion in sales a year simply because they do not have suitable websites. So what is the solution to this problem? This report proposes not one, but four.

A GREAT Time in Shanghai

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

As a GREAT campaign ambassador I feel that Great Britain and China have a phenomenal opportunity to create partnerships and business together. The festival has been a fantastic platform to build on new and existing relationships in a new economic climate. It was an honour to have the Duke of Cambridge there to be as part of this pioneering event and it makes me proud to be British!

When Was The Last Time You Actually Enjoyed Calling A Contact Centre?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Alistair Niederer

This move to customers using multiple channels at all times has been supported further by the prevalence of smart phones. Internet access from almost anywhere is easy today and the culture of engagement has been accelerated because of this.

Is It Ever OK to Ask About Parental Leave in a Job Interview?

Leigh Lafever-Ayer | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Lafever-Ayer

Recent legislation has introduced shared parental leave but women are as worried as ever about the impact of parenthood on their job and still believe having children will affect their career progression.

We Love You Cambridge Satchels - Nuts for New Peanuts Bags

Sarah McGiven | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Although Snoopy and co. first debuted as a comic strip in the 1950's, the 60's and 70's were the cartoon's heyday. In fact, Woodstock may have first popped up in the 1960s but he didn't actually get a name until 1970.

Gone in Five Seconds! Online Shoppers Will Wait Just Five Seconds Before Switching Brand

Gary Newe | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend exposed the shaky digital infrastructure of a number of Britain's most prominent retailers. Major brands experienced online outages, succumbing to the sheer quantity of customers logging on to splurge their festive millions.

Mr Selfridge: All Window Dressing and Very Little Else

Paul Marshall | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

We long for him to stomp along the corridors ranting and raving like a mad man. In a fit of uncontrollable rage, we want him to smash office equipment to bits as he humiliates and insults another of his employees. More than anything though, we hope for a few choice expletives to come out of his mouth.

Morrisons Chief Quits As Sales Continue To Suffer

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

Morrisons has announced that chief executive Dalton Philips is to step down after five years at the helm of the struggling supermarket business. Th...

Tesco Closes 43 Stores And Slashes Prices In Drastic Action To Survive

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK

Tesco is shutting its head office along with 43 unprofitable stores as part of a raft of drastic new measures as new boss Dave Lewis fights to turn ar...