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.....

Independent Retailer of the Year awards

Pure London is the UK’s leading fashion trade show, where boutique owners and department store buyers from around the country gather to peruse the latest offerings from brands – deciding which to take back to their stores. During the event there are catwalk shows, talks with industry experts and an award ceremony that celebrates the country’s best independent fashion retailers. On a freezing Sunday in December I decided to enter Grace & Ted into the Pure London I.....