UK Retail

It Looks Like This Black Friday Was The Biggest Online Shopping Day Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

The websites of some of the UK's biggest retailers have been struggling to cope with the volume of traffic which is set to make this year's Black Frid...

Experiencing Bookstores All Over Again

Mark Hillary | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Hillary

I am a Kindle addict. I love the immediacy of being able to hear about a book on a radio show, or reading a review online, and immediately seeing that book on my Kindle with just a couple of clicks. The Kindle makes it easy to get my hands on any book that I want immediately.

Currys Is Having A Pretty Phenomenal Black Friday

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

Currys and sister shop PC World look set to smash its web traffic record this Black Friday, as millions flock to the shop's website to seek out online...

These Are The Best Deals From Tesco This Black Friday

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK

Retailers including Tesco, Argos, Halfords, Homebase, and Matalan are preparing to offer customers massive savings as part of the Black Friday sales. ...

The Future Of Advertising Will Be Gender Fluid

Philip Ellis | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK
Philip Ellis

Traditional gender roles will play a less prominent role in the lives of consumers over the next ten years, according to predictions made in a recent study. Food and beverage market research firm Canadean's findings suggest that the millennial market is nowhere near as concerned as previous generations with fixed notions of gender or sexuality.

I'm a Brit Who WANTS to Queue

Gregor Jackson | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gregor Jackson

The importance of getting the consumer's heart racing; to experience, be entertained, to interact with their smartphones and to shop is a more important (and more exciting) opportunity and 'retail canvas' than ever before.

The Rise of Savvy Consumers This Christmas

James Caan CBE | Posted 14.11.2015 | UK
James Caan CBE

Everybody loves a good bargain and although brand loyalty will always be a winning factor, as will the consumer need to feel as if they got themselves a great deal.

Retailers Jostle for Space in the Christmas Advertising Market

Vic Davies | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Vic Davies

It used to be that Christmas had arrived in advertising terms when the Coca Cola 'holidays are coming' truck chugged on to our TV screens. Not anymore...

Is Black Friday Finished?

Mark Hillary | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Maybe it's just me, but I'm not really all that interested in Black Friday. I know the retailers get stock especially for the event and I don't want to be climbing over bodies to grasp at a TV bargain. Shops look like combat zones during Black Friday.

My Number One Tip to All Start-ups

Tom Cridland | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Tom Cridland

I have been asked many times what advice I would give other start-ups and it simply boils down to one thing: don't get ripped off. Not everyone will share your vision or think your idea makes sense. If fact, you might even be ridiculed for your product by some (I still remember abuse about my green trousers being hurled out of a taxi window by a middle aged Bristolian man)! This doesn't matter, provided you stick to your guns and hold onto your cash.

London Coffee Shop Threatened By Lawyers For 'Offensive' Sign Caves To Name Change

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

A coffee shop in South London has vowed to change its name after lawyers warned the business would be taken to court if it refused to remove an "offen...

This London Coffee Shop Is Being Threatened By Lawyers For Its 'Offensive' Name

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK

A coffee shop in South London has been told by lawyers that it must remove its "offensive" sign or face being taken to court. UPDATE: 'Fuckoffee' w...

A Day In The Life Of An Agent Provocateur 'Shop Girl'

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Style

Want to know how to get into suspenders in 30 seconds, or what to actually do with a whip? The Agent Provocateur girls will show you. The lingerie ...

Welcome Amazon on to the High Street

Gordon Fletcher | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Tech
Gordon Fletcher

The launch of Handmade this month drives Amazon into the complicated world of selling individually crafted items with varying quality and pricing strategies. More importantly it pushes Amazon directly into a realm that is already occupied by retail aggregators such as Etsy and Folksy.

Flights of Fancy

Gregor Jackson | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Gregor Jackson

Ok, I'm fortunate that work takes me to many countries, and a gold card (which I'd like to point out is always attached 'inside' my bag rather than displayed on the outside) brings perks, but I feel I cannot be alone in thinking or acting like this?

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...