Staying on top of the retail game

With GAME going into administration on Monday, closing half its stores and making over 2,000 employees redundant, the UK...


The Sunday opening hours debate

This year’s budget and London 2012 are both anticipated to trigger a review of the UK’s Sunday trading laws....


The ever changing face of the high street

Today’s report by PriceWaterhouseCooper and the Local Data Company sighting closures of high street retailers and an...


Merry Christmas from The Market

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The strength of the MFI brand

I’ve worked in the Home sector for over 15 years, so it was with a surprising sense of warmth that I looked at the MFI...


New Booths store at Media City, Salford

There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the arrival of Booths at Media City, Manchester. So after making a first trip...


John Lewis does it again!

Its official Christmas can start now. There are some ads that define a period in time and the Christmas offering from...


Through the eyes of a child

I fancied a bit of art in the office, so I asked my daughter to draw a picture. I thought she would draw a family scene...


Morrison's Local Store Review Wilmslow

Morrison’s have managed to do the impossible making that trip to the shops you really don’t want to do, to get all...


Wilkinson's Wythenshaw New Store Review

I haven’t been in a Wilko’s in years so I was pleasantly surprised by their new store in Wythenshaw, Manchester....


Sign of the retail times?

We paid a visit to some much loved clients at the Baby Show in Manchester over the weekend and were amazed to find that...


Retail Trends 2012

We’re often asked what we believe the next retail trend is, and as we put the finishing touches to our full report on...


Christmas is here at last

Like most people in the retail industry we’ve been working on xmas 2011 for yonks now, so it was with a slight sense...


Shopping heaven in & around Carnaby St !

With only 3 hours to spare in Carnaby Street, my shopping heaven has to be ‘Illamasqua. Make-up for your alter ego.’...


Team away day!

Yesterday we went on a team away day to discuss strategic planning for the next 5 years. It was nice to get away from...


Retail death knell

Is it me or are retailers doing everything they can to kill off their high street stores or at worst simply make them...


Bathroom store reviews

We’ve been professionally shopping in the bathroom sector for years albeit more latterly at the top end of the sector...


John Lewis in City centres!

Magnificent news – John Lewis in city centres can only be good news for high street st retail in general. Clearly...


A momentous day

Yesterday I had the privilege of standing in front of 1000 HomeForm Group colleagues to present our strategy for Moben...


Warburtons pitta chips – wrong yet so right

I’ve probably had my brand head somewhere buried in the sand, so completely missed any hype about the launch of the...


The Market at Kitchens Direct TV Shoot

The Market team recently visited the TV set for the new Kitchens Direct advert. The campaign for will run across TV,...


Easter 2011 – Retail Heaven or Hell?

A later than usual Easter weekend. A four day bank holiday for the royal wedding just a few days later. And with school...


Advertising pitch win

Very good day in the office after the news that we've won a £12m piece of advertising business for Homeform Group. MG


Winners V Losers Xmas 2010

Over at The Market towers, we’ve been keeping a close eye on all our favourite retailers to see how they performed...