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Harris+Hoole Trojan horse and now HMV demise - what can our retailers do to survive?

This article appeared in MARKETING MAGAZINE on 17 January 2013

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News that HMV has finally thrown in the towel and called in the Administrators is further bad news for all music lovers – and another kick in the teeth for our depleted high street. 

HMV’s demise follows on from news that Tesco was expanding big time into coffee stores, under the name of Harris + Hoole. Which must be the straw that will shortly break the back of many an Independent coffee store Barista.

What with supermarket Goliaths expanding into every niche offer, the relentless growth of on-line (now nearly 15% of our total spend) and the flight from our city centres – what remains of our once proud Independent retail sector - must believe that the end is truly in sight. Oh… did I also mention the recession?






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I am a Chartered Accountant by training and entrepreneur by instinct.Ernst & Young trained  – with a career in both blue-chip and small and medium enterprises.

This has included General Manager of EMI Music's International marketing Division, to most recently Joint MD and Co owner of ‘Top 20’ UK design agency LFH.

Now a business consultant to the creative sector - with a skill spectrum that covers finance, commercial decision making and winning new business. In February 2013 I became a DBA 'accredited expert' (Design Business Association).

My area of relative expertise could therefore complement Accountants in Practice - who have 'creative' sector clients - that need support and pragmatic advice to grow their business.