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Rethinking retail to meet economic uncertainty is constant. How can businesses best face the future given challenges in the economy? In this live discussion we will discuss the pitfalls and opportunities facing the retail sector as business gear up for Black Friday and Christmas and look to what 2023 is likely to bring.
Joining Jacqui Baker, Head of Retail at RSM for a fascinating discussion as we talk all things retail are Paul O’Leary COO, Boden, Neil Robinson, CFO, Central England Co-op, and Thomas Pugh, Economist, RSM.
Expect to hear how consumer spending is likely to change given the increasingly volatile economy and the potential reduction in discretionary spend. How retailers are responding to changing customer demands and habits and what’s in store for the High Street. Where the success stories in retail are likely to come from and any future predictions. And of course, what makes a good CFO and the skills and attributes needed.
This will be a lively panel discussion and we would welcome questions in advance or on the day, questions can be submitted when registering.
ICAEW members and non-members are welcome to join.
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Jacqui Baker, Partner, Head of Retail, RSM UK and moderator Jacqui co-leads the national consumer markets group and is head of the firm’s retail sector group in the UK. As an audit Partner based in the Liverpool office Jacqui has a breath of expertise in retail, advising a number of national retailers together with independent stores.Whilst she specialises in the consumer sector, Jacqui also has an interest in entrepreneurial, growing businesses, with extensive experience in advising private equity backed businesses, understanding the unique opportunities and challenges they face.Jacqui works collaboratively with clients, providing sound commercial advice that enables them to achieve their objectives.
Paul O’Leary, COO, BodenPaul is an experienced executive with long track record within the clothing industry. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at Boden, and had extensive involvement in transforming Boden from a small UK catalogue business into a substantial global direct business with a turnover of £380 million and about 2 million customers worldwide
Neil Robinson, CFO, Central England Co-opNeil is CFO at Central England Co-operative, one of the largest independent retailers in the UK, and is responsible for finance and procurement across the Society’s family of businesses. Prior to this, he held a number of finance roles at Boots including looking after the Beauty trading business and being responsible for global sourcing and supply of Walgreens Boots Alliance own brands.
Thomas Pugh, Economist, RSMThomas Pugh is RSM UK’s economist. He provides economic insights from a middle market perspective, to both RSM and its clients. Tom works closely with RSM partners across the UK, as well as with colleagues in the US to monitor how changes across the pond could affect the local market. After graduating from the University of Manchester in 2009, he went to work for HM Treasury. This was right in the middle of the financial crisis, so he was assigned to help redraft the banking regulations. He then spent eight years at Capital Economics, where he first covered commodities, then the UK economy in the wake of Brexit and the onset of the pandemic.
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