Monthly Archives: October 2015

What is a ‘concept store’ and why is everybody doing it?

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When we look at retail today, it’s clear to see that we as consumers, sick of being stuck in the mundane routine of life, are aching to see innovation. We want new ways of shopping and fresh experiences that stand out from the crowd.

Ask yourself this.

Have you ever seen an Apple store empty?

Isn’t it true that whenever you walk past one or stop to go inside, you’re amazed to see what is a remarkably blank space packed to the rafters with millions of humanoids playing with shiny screens, like they have all the time in the world!

And then in contrast, you come across a Curry’s or a T Mobile store, and it’s midway between a ghost town and dawn of the dead.

You wonder why these businesses haven’t noticed the very real impact that locking your goods away behind glass doors or using ‘fake’ phone models in place of real ones, can have on your ability to engage with your audience and get them hooked and reel them in.

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Bombings, cuts to pensions, refugees… but UK media lead with threat of #plasticbags “chaos”

Seriously though.

Wales have been doing it just fine for the last four years.

Northern Ireland since 2013.

Scotland appears to have managed it ok since October 2014.

So that just leaves England.

The last nation in the UK to step up to the plate, and it sends the media into absolute melt down with apparent “confusion over the ‘complicated’ plastic bags law”.

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National Minimum Wage Employer Fact File

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Updated Monday 4th April 2016 16.34pm

The Government’s National Living Wage is due to be introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over, and will be set at £7.20 per hour. The current National Minimum Wage for those under the age of 25 will continue to apply.

As the saying goes, ‘ignorance is no defence’, so here’s a quick fact file on what you need to know; the basics, the government business helplines and the penalties you incur if you don’t play ball.

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