Richard has worked with most of the leading retailers in the UK over the past 30+ years. Over this time, he has built up an unrivalled insight into every sector of the retail market, the leading companies in each and the management teams that lead them. Richardtalksretail provides access to this insight and opinion.
Richard started his career as a researcher at the Financial Times in the 1970s. He went on to work first as an analyst then a Director of Mintel. In September 1984 he left to launch his own business, Verdict, formed to focus on delivering a new breed of insight and analysis of the retail sector. He sold Verdict to Datamonitor in 2005 and went on to be Strategic Advisor to Deloitte.
Over this period Richard has provided strategic advice to most of the leading retailers in the UK, their product suppliers, landlords, bankers and institutional shareholders.
“I’m sure fellow retailers will welcome Richard back to the commentary box. As a wise and unpretentious voice we’ll all look forward to his straight-talking reports.”
Former MD, John Lewis
“Richard has a wealth of experience and a great understanding of the ever-changing world of retail. I have always found him to be straight talking, honest and insightful.”
“I have known Richard for many years. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the retail industry and I have always found our conversations interesting, informative and thought provoking.”
Lord Simon Wolfson
“Throughout all my pleasurable conversations with Richard, he has used his wealth of experience to inform and stimulate our thinking.”
Lord Mark Price
Former MD, Waitrose
“Over many years I have found Richard’s unique brand of thought leadership to be one of the best in the retail world.”
Sir Ian Cheshire
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