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Should Cherwell District Council be Risking Public Money Buying Shopping Centres?

As I said in the recent election debate on the BBC, in my opinion they shouldn’t. There are many reasons it’s a bad idea, both from a business perspective and as part of local spending priorities. I’ve worked in retail nearly all my life.  I built and ran a national chain of jewellery stores across […]

Why You Should Be Worried About TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a EU/USA treaty being negotiated in secret on our behalf. I believe it is one of the most serious threats we have ever faced.  Yet it’s a threat that many people haven’t even heard of. This proposed agreement has implications on a national and global level, particularly […]

Business Doesn’t Have To Be Bad

As a businessperson, a long time retailer, and now a retail commentator and journalist, one of the most difficult things for me to reconcile is my involvement in the promotion of consumerism. That’s at odds with my more recent conviction that we can’t continue to squander the world’s finite resources on WANTS, whilst ignoring the […]