A changing mix of proposition (and people)

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it did. Thomas Cook went into liquidation … Ted Baker swung from a £24.5m profit to a £23m LFL loss for the 28 weeks to August 10 … and even Aldi, with its outstanding track record of...

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D2C Retailing – Evolution or Revolution?

Direct to consumer retailers have been the success story of the 2010s. Brands such as Harry’s, Caspar, Made.com, and others, have gone from fledgling start-ups to agile VC backed businesses. As they continue to evolve, market expectations are defied, and the traditional retail space is...

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Good Leaders Wanted … Apply Within

A perennial question which preoccupies business leaders and their executive search partners centres on understanding how, and where, to find the leaders of today and tomorrow. Of course, there is no easy answer. Networks and an understanding of the market are built over many years,...

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Leadership: To infinity and beyond …

Leadership: To infinity and beyond …   What constitutes a good leader? The response you might have received 10 or 20 years ago would have been very different to today’s answer. At Norman Broadbent we seek to answer this question every day as we work to identify,...

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Brexit: What Lies Beneath?

With the incessant talk of backstops, customs unions and a shifting March 29th deadline, BREXIT still dominates the political and economic landscape almost  to the exclusion of all else. However, in the background (and almost unseen), there are potential shifts taking place creating an economic...

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Where next for property?

With Brexit continuing to dominate domestic politics, the fallout and impact for businesses will certainly be evident through the first quarter of 2019. In this climate, the uncertainty will complicate some portfolio decision making. You only have to look at the property pipeline in Central London...

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Discovering Retails Next Generation Leaders

When identifying any group of potential future leaders, naturally, it is the conventional organisational and commercial needs that dominate, as do the particular sector or functional requirements of the role. Given that most would accept we are experiencing a period of very rapid and accelerating...

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The Retail Market Update 2018-2019

For a number of reasons, the New Year is often a time for career change. This makes the pre/post-Christmas period a busy time for Executive Search professionals. As usual, we are having numerous discussions with businesses who are looking to succession plan, to replace or...

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#Retail2018: Anyone learnt anything?

Plummeting share prices, profit warnings, C-Suite exits, rising costs, tech/online disruption, and changes in consumer behaviour: just some of challenges many Retail leaders faced last year. Against this backdrop, demand is higher than ever for CFOs (Interim or FTE) with significant change/transformation expertise to help...

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