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Graham Soult
Worked at CannySites.com & CannyInsights.com
Attended University of Sheffield
Lives in Gateshead
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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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In my line of work as a retail consultant (as always, you can read more about my business, CannyInsights.com, here), I regularly find myself heading into shops to chat to retailers – praising (and often tweeting) things that they’re doing well, giving…
I caught up with Lindsey Smith, Sales Director of mystery shopping company Amber Arch, to find out a bit more about the firm, its clients, and its work.
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Get £10 off orders over £45 at Bonmarché this week with our special discount code

You should know by now that we rather like Bonmarché (listed in our Directory here) – not just because they ran a fabulous competition with us last year (though that helped), but because they actually have some really nice stuff at affordable prices.…
This week we have a special Bonmarché discount code for you - SS15XTRA - which will get you £5 off orders over £25 and £10 off orders over £45.
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You know all those headlines this week about Woolworths returning to the high street? Sadly, they're nonsense. In this blog post, I track how a dodgy April Fool ended up making its way into the national press, via social media, the Lincolnshire Echo, and writers not bothering to do their Google research.
News headlines over the last couple of days have said that Woolworths is about to come back to the high street. Sadly, the story is complete nonsense.
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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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Get 19% off transfers from Resorthoppa throughout May

We’ve written about resort transfer specialists Resorthoppa before, and if you’ve browsed our Directory you’ll know that the company operates in over 70 countries, ferrying travellers to and from more than 450 airports, ports and railway stations around…
During May you can get 19% off transfers from Resorthoppa with the code BOOK19. Just visit the website no later than 31 May, and enter the code at checkout.
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Jenny from Etsy shop Qmuro talks jewellery, totes and clutches - and shares some exciting news with our readers

It’s only four months since we introduced you to Jenny Slanic from Qmuro – just before she gave away one of her gorgeous, handmade bags in our competition – but we know from following her Twitter and Facebook that she’s been keeping herself very busy in…
Four months since we introduced you to Jenny from Etsy shop Qmuro, she talks jewellery, totes and clutches - and shares some exciting news with our readers.
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Retail consultant and blogger, owner of CannySites.com and CannyInsights.com, and enthusiast about vibrant high streets and Slovenia
Introduction
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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