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Squeezed Middle needs to get "X" Factor

01 October 2012

The “Squeezed Middle”, the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year for 2011, should be applied this year to the mid-market discretionary retail sector. While luxury brands and value retailers have escaped the worst of the recession, it is discretionary mid-market brands such as Habitat, Thorntons, Aquascutum and La Senza that have suffered the worst. In order to survive in the squeezed middle, brands and retailers seem to need an “X” factor

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Multi-channel and multi-partnerships

01 October 2012

Everyone that Hunter and Chase speak to is selling online – through their own website, through online retailers and increasingly through branded Facebook pages and mobile apps. While many companies manage their own web development, most HR Directors breathe a huge sigh of relief when the function is outsourced and they don’t need to worry about attraction and retention strategy within the new media sector. However online is not..

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Olympics was a damp squib for Retailers but Paralympics changed perceptions

01 October 2012

While Hunter and Chase couldn’t get enough of Team GB’s Olympic successes, for London retailers the Olympics, combined with the poor weather, did not have the positive impact that was hoped for. Dixons increased sales of HD TVs but Brand and clothing retailers did not experience a flood of high-spending Games visitors. Most Hunter and Chase clients are attributing this to visitors spending their money on the “experience”, rather than shopping, and the relative strength of the pound versus the dollar and euro. However, the overwhelming positive public reaction to the Paralympics

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Hunter & Chase successfully assist Oceanworks International with appointment of new GM

13 September 2012

Internationally recognised subsea technology company, OceanWorks International, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Billy Mckeown as General Manager for Aykor (OceanWorks Aykor) in Istanbul Turkey, through Hunter & Chase Executive Search.

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Working in the Middle East Post Recession

29 August 2012

Working in the Middle East, particularly for expats, was always an attractive proposition. The huge tax free salaries, generous benefits and allowances and the relaxed working environment for many perhaps most companies, (of course this cannot be said for every company or every expat), created a euphoric atmosphere, perhaps even an artificial environment. It was a bubble waiting to burst and the recession provided the perfect pin to burst it.

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