Statement of intent

Statement of intent

In the wake of the Carillion debacle, the heightened interest in the facilities management sector of an institution such as The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors should not be a surprise. It’s guidance statement for the procurement of FM services, released this...
A Swedish affair

A Swedish affair

The news that IKEA is to open its first high street store will raise eyebrows for anyone who has ever experienced a disorientated wander through the ‘IKEA labyrinth’ – the company’s business model has always demanded some of the biggest single-brand retail sites in...
Size matters

Size matters

‘Too big to fail’ is the epithet normally reserved for banks. Much bandied about around at the time of the Financial Crisis, it’s a term that, mercifully, has not been in the news a great deal recently. Lloyds and RBS may have been too big to fail, but Carillion...
Are you experienced?

Are you experienced?

Pound shops, along with charity shops and betting shops, are an established bete noire of those who make a habit of bemoaning the ‘decline of the high street’. The news that Poundworld is to close the remainder of its business should make such commentators pause for...
‘Bleak and crippling’

‘Bleak and crippling’

BDO’s monthly monitor of sales on the UK high street is great reading for anyone who enjoys the thrill of volatility – UK consumers are not regular in their spending habits, and high street sales tend to be influenced by the weather, the timing of public holidays and...