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HGA Group Breakfast Seminar  "Are you winning the International War?" A special thank you to our guests and Speakers who attended the HGA Group Breakfast Seminar on May 18.We were delighted to have guest speakers: Gail Anscomb (formerly Director of International at The White Company) Jamie Powell (formerly MD Jonathan Saunders) Simon Rider (formerly President of Speedo) They spoke to delegates about their experiences with international expansion. Jamie Powell spoke about his experiences with international expansion into China where 60% of all orders now come from mobile phones. He advised that the international strategy really depends on the size of your...

Richard Hyman is a world-leading expert in the retail industry, having provided top-level analytics, insight and thought leadership on retail intelligence for more than 35 years. Richard has advised many of the country’s leading retailers, analysing, forecasting and evaluating all the key sectors and companies across the retail market. We talk to him about his career progression and how he got to where he is today: Tell us a bit about how you got to where you are today.  It’s a long story – I’ll give you the edited highlights!! My career...

Having attended the World Retail Congress, hosted in Dubai this April, the mood amongst retailers was both ponderous but also optimistic as to how to take advantage of the “new world” that we find ourselves in. The challenges of modern day retailing have been well documented and include all sorts of ailments… Internationally, many new areas of the world that were expanding in terms of retail opportunity are now experiencing challenges: There are many retailers in The Middle East who are experiencing lfl decreases of between 20% - 30% as the low...

The start to our new year at HGA has typified the reasons why, as I enter my 35th year in the retail and fashion world, I have never ever lost my passion for the sector, it’s change, newness and its challenges. At our recent Chairman’s Dinner, a fascinating insight in to the world of Private Equity was provided by Andrew Deakin of Partners Group who joined us for the evening with his team. Andrew has an outstanding track record of investing in and growing brands with in particular an international flavour. As is...

Our strategy pillars of internationalising our business, building our multi channel strength and forging real partnerships with both our clients and candidates has continued at pace in the early weeks of 2014. This was particularly evidenced by the opening of our third international office in Dubai which is now integrated with our offices in Johannesburg and Istanbul and of course our London base. We are therefore delighted to welcome Tim Fagan to the HGA Group. Tim will be our Managing Director in Dubai covering the Middle East and North Africa markets, bringing...