Category Archives: Retail Planning

Community Engagement

I fail to see how anyone can work (especially if a Professor) in a Business or Management School and not have any contact with businesses or organisations, or even worse, any interest in how business or organisations really work or … Continue reading

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One Night in Falkirk

Last night I presented at a meeting held by the Provost and Convenor of Falkirk Council to allow businesses in the town to voice their opinion of the town and to give suggestions as to what can be done to … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Capitals?

Over the last couple of weekends I have been in Edinburgh and London, and for various reasons spent some time in arguably the two major off-centre shopping centres in each city – the Gyle in Edinburgh and Westfield Stratford in … Continue reading

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National Review of Town Centres

As you may have seen in The Scotsman, The BBC and other news outlets at the start of the week, some of the details of the long-awaited Scottish Government National Review of Town Centres have been announced. The review is … Continue reading

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Going for Gold

I’m quite interested in sports – including Welsh rugby, though that is more of a religion – and so the next few weeks of the Olympics might just grab my attention at times. Yes it is bloated, over-corporatized and a … Continue reading

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Are there any votes in Scottish Retail?

Retailing in Scotland is one of the largest and most important sectors of the economy. As a Professor of Retail Studies, I could hardly say anything else. But, with 10% or so of the business community and the same proportion … Continue reading

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