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Retail: The past doesn’t always dictate the future

Phil Mullis

29 June 2017

Lots of retailers invest in data and information relating to patterns and growth trends when deciding what to stock in their stores. For smaller retailers, however, it can be difficult to find the cash. One solution could actually mean looking … Read More >>

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Retailers: only cut your cloth to measure

Phil Mullis

26 May 2017

The latest retail sales statistics revealed yet more uncertainty, despite experiencing a small increase during April. With inflation and increased costs on the way, many retailers could be left wondering how they should make the most of their stretched budgets. … Read More >>

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Budget 2017 first response: “cheers for the rate relief”

Phil Mullis

08 March 2017

The Chancellor has just delivered his Budget speech, where many business owners awaited news relating to business rates – an area which greatly affects retailers with bricks and mortar stores. Phil Mullis, Head of Retail and Wholesale and Partner at … Read More >>

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Will the Budget battle ‘outdated’ business rates?

Phil Mullis

06 March 2017

The topic of business rates appears to stage a constant battle between those who pay them and the Government, which is in receipt of them. As the Spring Budget looms into view, is there likely to be any reprieve for … Read More >>

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Retailers: management information is key

Phil Mullis

01 March 2017

It goes without saying that information is key in business, but for retailers in particular, juggling forecasts and predictions for stock levels is a regular occurrence – especially if you have to take the weather into account as well. Part … Read More >>

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Risk management: Hedging your bets

Phil Mullis

09 January 2017

We’ve all considered taking a coat or umbrella with us somewhere if it looks like the good old British weather is going to let us down. If you have done this then you made a hedging decision – in other … Read More >>

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Can Christmas events change the way retailers respond to consumer demand?

Phil Mullis

03 December 2016

The landscape is changing all the time for retailers, but none more so than in the last few years. Events that originated in the US like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now well-known and it won’t be long before … Read More >>

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Warning: Retail Danger – are you managing your risk exposure?

Phil Mullis

11 October 2016

One definition of risk is “a situation involving exposure to danger”.   Business and life is, of course, littered with risk but how do you deal with the perils?  In the first instance we should look to develop a risk management … Read More >>

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The golden quarter is creeping up on us

Phil Mullis

06 September 2016

Summer seems barely behind us, but September has brought with it the next wave of event retailing as the golden quarter gets under way. What’s next? Halloween of course. Whilst more of an American tradition until recently, it seems us … Read More >>

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The Domino’s effect: What pizza can teach us about technology

Phil Mullis

03 June 2016

The time is ticking away. Not for any delay on a takeaway pizza, but for businesses that are stuck in the technology gap. According to recent press, a third of independent retailers cite rapidly changing shopping habits, fuelled by technology … Read More >>

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