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Big Interview: Francesca Romana Gianesin, Fashion & Lifestyle VP, Disney

Thursday 05 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Disney is a company so synonymous with popular culture that it's often hard to categorise. Having undertaken a monumental expansion process in the past decade, acquiring Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, its output of iconic films is reaching new heights. Alongside its successful f...

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Big Interview: Cas Paton, CEO, Onbuy

Wednesday 07 December 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Amazon appears to be an almost unstoppable behemoth, releasing a new revolutionary retail concept almost weekly. From the Amazon Dash to this week’s announcement of a grocery store with no payment tills, it seems like an exercise in futility to take them on. Yet, in true Briti...

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Big Interview: Ken Daly, CEO of JML

Wednesday 09 November 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

JML has become one of the most recognisable retail brands in the UK, not least because of its innovative and often novel products, but because of its unique business model. It sells everything from cat toys to copper-stone frying pans and does so in a way almost no other retai...

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Big Interview: David Mordecai, CEO of Hawkin's Bazaar

Saturday 22 October 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Christmas is fast approaching, with Selfridges already unveiling their Christmas window displays and Hamleys launching their 2016 Christmas toy ranges. One retailer who is trying to move away from their association with the feative season is legacy toy retailer Hawkin’s Bazaar...

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Big Interview: Jason Shorrock, VP of Retail Strategy EMEA at JDA

Thursday 06 October 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is now the highest it has ever been, following a significant boost in low paid worker’s wages at the start of the month. Earlier this year the country also saw the National Living Wage (NLW) hit equal peaks, with the wheels set in motion for it ...

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Big Interview: Kate Thornton, Founder of TBSeen.com

Thursday 22 September 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Kate Thornton may be someone you associate more with the bright lights of the entertainment industry than the boardrooms of the retail world, but as a woman who was editor of Smash Hits magazine at just 22 and founder of the new discount retail website TBSeen.com, this may req...

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Big Interview: Dan Soanes-Brown founder of HiCi

Friday 09 September 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Dan Soanes-Brown has risked a lot to get to where he is. The founder of HiCi and inventor of the TrigJig products, his range is now sold in Screwfix and will soon be international staple in the consumer construction industry. But in a world where entrepreneurialism is champion...

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Big Interview: Amee Chande UK Managing Director of Alibaba

Wednesday 24 August 2016 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Many brands claim to be “global retailers” but few have done as much for the acquisition of cross-border trade than Alibaba. Back in October the Retail Gazette spoke to the newly-appointed UK managing director of Alibaba, Amee Chande. Coming into a brand new role amid the comp...

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Big Interview: John Ibbotson, Managing Director, Retail Vision

Thursday 11 August 2016 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

John Ibbotson is not your average managing director in the retail sector. The straight-talking Yorkshireman first learnt the retail trade by working his way up through the managerial ranks in UK supermarkets before becoming a consultant who works with retail brands to improve ...

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The Big Interview: John Colley, Managing Director at Majestic Wine

Friday 08 July 2016 - Posted by Philip Gallagher

Regal, refined or "majestic" are terms often used in the world of fine wine. So it's no wonder that connoisseurs and customer service have become the focus points for the growth of Britain’s largest specialist wine retailer, Majestic Wine, as it proceeds along Rowan Gormley’s ...