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Retail Workshop

Specialise or shut up shop: the newsagent’s dilemma

Independent newsagents have been squeezed by high street supermarkets and the declining circulations of mass-appeal magazines. We spoke to one which has thrived by getting closer to niche titles. Sandeep Shreeji is a rarity among newsagents. And not just because he’s still standing. Shreeji knows his magazines beyond merely cover prices and delivery dates. He gives customers advice and suggestions and …

Culture Design Fashion Lifestyle Retail Workshop

Are family-owned businesses a good idea?

We speak to a seventh-generation milliner about the company’s experiences.   Working with your nearest and dearest might sound a hellish prospect to some, but family firms have been the lifeblood of the UK economy for centuries. The UK currently has 4.6 million registered family businesses, generating £1.3tn in turnover a year. Some of the world’s biggest firms are still family run, …