Oxford Summer School Foundation course

Last month, I had the privilege of attending the Oxford Summer School Foundation course – a retail specific talent development course run in partnership with the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) and retailTRUST. I met Dominic and Neil, directors at OSS at a bira conference at the start of the year and they suggested I apply for the course. I nervously applied, not really knowing what to expect or how, as a tiny independent retailer, I would fit in at a Summer Scho.....

BIRA High Street Conference

Last week we attended the BIRA High Street conference – a gathering of the UK’s independent retailers keen to improve and adapt their businesses to thrive in a tricky economic environment. The Expo had a circus theme – which made the whole thing even more interesting (we won a bottle of wine in a lucky dip and some chocolate in a ball-in-a-cup game – which apparently i’m surprisingly good at) and there were numerous talks throughout the day by the retail i.....