high street

302, 2016

What’s behind the potential merger of Sainsbury’s and Argos?

By |February 3rd, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on What’s behind the potential merger of Sainsbury’s and Argos?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

In many ways the £1.3 billion merger between Sainsbury’s and Argos seems strange. The traditional supermarket retailer which has its origins in 1860s London and a retailer that grew out of providing non-food items in return for collecting what were known as ‘Green Shield Stamps’. However, once you […]

2101, 2016

Should women have to pay a ‘sexist surcharge’ on the high street?

By |January 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should women have to pay a ‘sexist surcharge’ on the high street?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University’s Business School

On first view this might seem like a peculiar story that harks back to a different age. The idea that you pay higher prices for something simply because it is intended for use by women would, in the supposedly egalitarian age in which we live, seem absolute nonsense. […]

2412, 2015

The harsh reality of getting back to normal

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By Dr Steve McCabe

Some seven years on from the 2008 GFC (Global Financial Crisis) it seems that memories are fading as to what caused a crash that, as well as being compared to the infamous 1929 Wall Street Crash, wrought havoc in markets across the world. It’s worth remembering that the 1929 crash in America […]

2311, 2015

Black Friday – who will be this year’s winners and losers?

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Professor Chris Edger, retail expert, Birmingham City University

Black Friday – the annual event which saw sheer pandemonium brought to some of our retail stores last year, as frenzied shoppers fought to take advantage of retailers aggressive promotions.

It is estimated that online sales this Black Friday will top the £1 billion mark, with Cyber Monday sales […]

907, 2015

Councils should think carefully before rejecting all-day Sunday trading

By |July 9th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Councils should think carefully before rejecting all-day Sunday trading

Chris Edger, Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University’s Business School

Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Summer Budget this week that councils will be given the power to decide whether all-day trading on Sundays goes ahead in their constituencies.

The announcement by the Chancellor that shops over 3000 square feet will be able to trade […]

3103, 2015

Another ‘old friend’ disappears

By |March 31st, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Another ‘old friend’ disappears

By Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School 

Today’s announcement that the local bakery company Firkins has closed down with the loss of 100 jobs is, as always, a tragedy for the families affected by a sudden loss of income.

Firkins is a company that will be very familiar to those who live in the West Midlands […]

504, 2013

Supermarket ‘retail destinations’: a further threat to the High Street?

By |April 5th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Supermarket ‘retail destinations’: a further threat to the High Street?

Professor Chris Edger, the author of ‘Effective Multi-Unit Leadership – Local Leadership in Multi-Situations’ and ‘International Multi-Unit Leadership’, is Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University where he researches and teaches the ‘art and science’ of high performance service-based retail, hospitality and leisure.

At the beginning of April the broadsheet business press reported that Trevor […]

503, 2013

Who can do what to save the High Street?

By |March 5th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Who can do what to save the High Street?

Professor Chris Edger, the author of ‘Effective Multi-Unit Leadership – Local Leadership in Multi-Situations’ and ‘International Multi-Unit Leadership’, is Professor of Multi-Unit Leadership at Birmingham City University where he researches and teaches the ‘art and science’ of high performance service-based retail, hospitality and leisure.

The narrative surrounding the debate about the ‘decline’ of the High Street […]

2911, 2012

The future of retail this Christmas

By |November 29th, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off on The future of retail this Christmas

By Alison Rapsey – Course Director Fashion Retail Management

I can smell the pine and gluwein from the German market so it must nearly be Christmas… but with the recent flooding and a struggling retail market can the high-street cope?

It will be tough, the traditional bricks and mortar stores are seeing more competition than ever […]