Retailer Advisory Board
The Retailer Advisory Board identifies and evaluates opportunities, recommendations and challenges facing independent local businesses across the UK today.
Vape Emporium offers premium products and a high quality service that local residents love and is the UK’s leading electronic cigarette retailer, with vape shops in London at Hampstead and Richmond. Having collected and tested all the best quality vaping supplies you could need, including premium & gourmet e-Liquids, high-powered box mods, and vape pipes.
“There is a thinning of independent stores, we want to support areas to have more than just chains and carbon copies. We believe in the retailers getting out there and doing their thing, rather than being forced into corporate chains. Independent shops not only offer variety, but a customer focused service that’s nice for us and our shoppers.”
A furniture factory from the 1940s, Wharfside was founded in 1962 and supplies some of the finest range of high quality furniture sourced from Scandinavia and Northern Europe to the United Kingdom market. Specialised in solid hard woods – alder, ash, beech, beech heart, cherry, maple, oak, teak, walnut and wenge.
At Central Vision Opticians, we are committed to providing our patients and customers with the tools and advice to achieve the best possible vision for life, especially in the current technology centred lifestyles. We are an independent optometrist practice that specialises in cataracts, glaucoma, good looking spectacles that give high quality vision, digital technology use and improving children’s vision and their ability to learn.
“The huge disruption of the retail environment by the internet means that high street retailers will need to develop a digital strategy using the advantage of their physical presence combined with new technology to provide a unique and personal experience for their customers in order to compete.”
Revival Retro is an award winning independent boutique in central London.Their designs are classy, elegant and sophisticated. Inspired by beautiful bygone eras but made new. Revival Retro appeals to women who have tired of mainstream trends and throwaway fashion. They value the service Revival Retro provides and its high quality investment pieces that flatter women’s bodies.Having a bricks and mortar shop sets Revival Retro apart and customers will travel far and wide to visit the Boutique. The in store experience regularly receives 5 star reviews but Revival Retro also maintains a professional website, always innovating to exceed customers expectations.
I’m keen to be involved in the Retailer Advisory Board “by the retailer, for the retailer” to help us recognise the current opportunities available to us and develop a better understanding of what they might mean for business.
The Connected Digital High Street Manifesto
SaveTheHighStreet.org is a coordinated industry-wide movement to support and empower every local shopkeeper nationwide, accelerating the whole high street’s transition to a better connected, digitally enabled and more sustainable high street.
A better connected digital high street
“We must find ways to merge the strengths of local and digital commerce.”
Thriving for generations to come
“Where local shopkeepers focus on expanding and less on fighting for survival.”
Act now and create a brighter future
“The more of us who join, the stronger we all become. We can all play a role.”
“These are challenging times for independent retailers. It is heartening and promising to see that these conversations are taking place and that groups, organisations and individuals are collaborating to secure a future for independent boutiques both on line and on the high street.”
“As the owner of Beauty World, our business is based on our customers first, and then the unique stocks we carry. When I started this business with my Uncle I thought “Ok I will give it a try” Afro Beauty, Hair Extensions? I had a lot to learn and once I did I fell in love with this industry.”
“…people love walking into a store and having that personal connection and service aspect of shopping, looking at and touching products in a real way. Virtual is good, real is better”
“40 Colori supports SavetheHightStreet.org because they are working for something that affects loads of small family businesses. Thank you for working to keep small businesses around and growing.”