Happy 50th Birthday, National Theatre, and Many Happy Subsidies

I wish the National Theatre a very happy 50th birthday. To me, it is what subsidy is all about. It could have been a staid presenter of the classics of the English stage. Instead it has encouraged new writing and the discovery of non-English work. It has been challenging and experimental.

Given the opportunity not to […]

By |November 7th, 2013|Retailing, Small Business, Theatre|0 Comments

What You Want When You Want It

‘You can have any colour as long as it’s black,’ said Henry Ford following his invention of the mass production factory line. These days he would say, ‘You can have whatever colour you want plus an infinite combination of fixtures and fittings.’

The massive change brought about by the digital age has affected all businesses, as […]

By |October 18th, 2013|Commerce, Retailing, Small Business, Theatre|0 Comments

Is Morecambe Wise? A seaside resort reacts to changing times

In Morecambe, private enterprise has not matched the efforts of the local authorities
By |August 29th, 2013|Commerce, Marketing, PR, Retailing|0 Comments

The Power of Nostalgia

‘New’ is a strong force in marketing but nostalgia is even more powerful. One of the most famous scenes in Mad Men was when Don Draper described the new Kodak wheel for projecting a series of photo slides as a ‘time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. It takes us to a place where we ache […]

By |June 29th, 2013|Advertising, Marketing, Retailing, Theatre|0 Comments

How Do We Solve A Problem Like Amazon?

Amazon have announced their latest financial results and we‘ve decided to close our Winchester store and concentrate on our online shop. The two are not connected but it’s easy to see from the figures why some people point the finger at Amazon for the success of online retailing and the closure of shops.

In 2012 your […]

By |March 6th, 2013|Retailing, Small Business|0 Comments

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