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Graham Soult
Worked at CannySites.com & CannyInsights.com
Attended University of Sheffield
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Our favourite finds from New Look's festival fashion collection

Forget the front row of the catwalks, these days the latest fashions are to be found getting prepped in tents, tiptoeing around muddy fields, and moshing to the best of live outdoor music. Yep, festival fashion is where it’s at, and this year New Look has…
Festival fashion is where it’s at, and this year New Look has come up with the goods. So why not take inspiration from this little festival fashion haul?
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Middlesbrough among the first locations for new value fashion chain Pep&Co

Few consumers will have heard of it yet – for one thing, there’s no Twitter or Facebook presence that I can see – but new value fashion chain Pep&Co is certainly sparking interest and expectation in retail circles. The launch of Pep&Co – with 50 stores…
Few consumers will have heard of it yet, but new value fashion chain Pep&Co is certainly sparking interest and expectation in retail circles.
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As Shop Direct closes Woolworths online, is a high-street return now more likely than ever?

Just a month ago, the UK press got unnecessarily excited when a silly April Fool story fuelled speculation that Woolworths might be returning to the high street. That was complete hokum – but now the reality of a Woolworths physical comeback may be closer…
The news that Shop Direct is to shut its Woolworths online store, following its acquisition of the brand back in 2009, is not especially a surprise.
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Soult's Retail View has been named among the Top 30 Influential Retail Blogs at http://www.options-mailorder.co.uk/news/top-30-influential-retail-blogs-to-inspire-business-owner, highlighting "the well balanced opinions of Graham Soult, the notorious retail consultant, writer and blogger". I shall assume they're using notorious in the sense of 'renowned' rather than 'unfavourably known'!
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Been wearing a Portas-esque hat in Stockton this afternoon, consulting with a retailer on issues as diverse as point of sale, merchandising, store environment and marketing. Looking forward to seeing the results!
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Note how I effortlessly segue #Eurovision and retail (i.e. music downloads) in this Telegraph article ;) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/eurovision/11623175/How-we-fell-back-in-love-with-Eurovision.html
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Boohoo.com and Style for Stroke make a stand against stroke - but which celebrity slogan t-shirt will you choose?

We always appreciate it when the fashion world helps to promote a good cause, and Boohoo.com and Style for Stroke have just teamed up to make a stand against stroke – one of the most important causes of all. The statistics are sobering: stroke occurs…
Boohoo.com and Style for Stroke have just teamed up to make a stand against stroke, with an exclusive collection of celebrity-designed slogan t-shirts.
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Swimwear gets funky! Our favourite pieces for summer 2015

The idea of stripping off to a small layer of Lycra when you’ve spent the majority of the year covering up as much skin as possible can be a little hard to get your head round. There’s all that de-fuzzing to consider, stretchmarks you might prefer to…
From high-waisted bikini briefs and skirted swimwear to tummy control swimsuits, swimwear in 2015 is all about making you feel as confident, comfortable, and downright cool as possible.
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Straw hats and boho beads: our pick of this summer's fashion trends

It’s hard to believe that summer is already here. Not so long ago we were all wrapped up beneath dozens of layers of clothing in order to fight off those endless winter blues. But now we’re already in the realm of summer dresses, floral prints and –…
To make sure you look effortlessly chic whilst searching for that elusive summer sun, here are a few SS15 style pointers - from straw hats to boho beads.
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Discovering Casa Fiori in Montefiascone - rustic charm in a little-known corner of the Italian Lakes

Most of us, I suspect, imagine what it would be like to own a rustic holiday home in Italy, with countryside views, fresh fruit growing in the garden, and an outside terrace for wining and dining as the sun goes down. Sadly, for most of us it remains only…
Casa Fiori ('home of the wildflower') is located at Montefiascone on Lake Bolsena, and rented out as a holiday let and for watercolour painting holidays.
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Some of my retail-flavoured highlights of last week's Thinking Digital in the latest +Sage UK blog http://blog.sage.co.uk/blog/index.php/2015/05/curious-about-how-technology-is-shaping-our-future ‪#‎TDC15
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We have a winner! Find out who's won our Qmuro clutch bag competition

You never cease to amaze us with your enthusiasm for our competitions – and this time we had about 1,300 of you, across Twitter and Facebook, hoping to win our stunning hot pink clutch bag from Qmuro. As always, there can only be one winner, drawn at…
You never cease to amaze us with your enthusiasm - and we had about 1,300 of you, across Twitter and Facebook, hoping to win our hot pink Qmuro clutch bag.
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Retail consultant and blogger, owner of CannySites.com and CannyInsights.com, and enthusiast about vibrant high streets and Slovenia
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I run CannySites.com, a web directory business that helps consumers and retailers find each other; and CannyInsights.com, offering retail-related research, analysis, consultancy and copywriting.
 
My blog, Soult's Retail View, takes a wide-ranging look at the UK retail industry, often (but not exclusively) have a North East flavour. Particular areas of interest include new developments and store openings, department stores, supermarkets, and former Woolworths stores, usually discussed in the context of their retail history and illustrated with photographs from my travels.
 
If you feel that my knowledge can help your business, do drop me a line.
 
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I've probably visited more high streets than anybody else! About 300 in the last three years, and counting... and most of them aren't dead.
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  • University of Sheffield
    1998
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