Tête-à-tête: Retailer Revelations

Napoleon famously referred to the UK as a nation of shopkeepers. A trio of Henries retail judges share their views on the following: What could the UK Government of today do to help the plight of retailers? Plus, if you were a French delicacy, what would you be?

Pete Hall, owner of Halls Bookshop/Halls of Llandaff, Cardiff:

S’il vous plaît: “Sort out commercial rates. Perhaps the odd bit of free parking too.”

French flavouring: “I’d be ‘cock-au-van’ because I have a van and my mates sometimes call me a ‘cock’.”

Above: Pete Hall travelled up from Cardiff to participate in The Henries judging.
Above: Pete Hall travelled up from Cardiff to participate in The Henries judging.

Katy Sales, buyer of Supersales, Belvedere:

S’il vous plaît: “Reduce postage stamp costs, and have internet companies on the same tax rate and work practice policies as high street stores.”

French flavouring: “A macaroon – a light crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and pretty colours!”

Above: (Right) Katy Sales of Supersales enjoyed swopping notes with Nicky Goodman of Paddock Wood Cards.
Above: (Right) Katy Sales of Supersales enjoyed swopping notes with Nicky Goodman of Paddock Wood Cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eliot James, buyer for Scribbler:

S’il vous plaît: “Sort out business rates – it’s a tragedy to see some great retailers hammered flat by ridiculous commercial costs.”

French flavouring: “Champagne – although I am neither bubbly nor expensive.”

Above: Scribbler’s Eliot James (right) with Brent Milburn (Rhymes with Orange) enjoying some non-Champagne refreshment at the end of The Henries judging.
Above: Scribbler’s Eliot James (right) with Brent Milburn (Rhymes with Orange) enjoying some non-Champagne refreshment at the end of The Henries judging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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