Expert Eye with

John Shepherd

Owner and Managing Director of Partridges
  • “The rise of shrinkage”

    17 July 2018 Expert Eye
    When times are tough for shopkeepers, several aspects of running a business take on a greater significance. Take shrinkage for example.
  • “Spring Report 2018”

    01 June 2018 Expert Eye
    "It was the winter of our discount eggs” would be an apt description of spring and Easter this year. (My sincerest apologies to the Bard by the way)
  • “A perfect storm”

    20 April 2018 Expert Eye
    The expression 'A Perfect Storm’ has been used in the media a lot recently to describe current business conditions in the UK
  • “Refurb – a leap of faith”

    16 March 2018 Expert Eye
    The importance of being furbished has nothing to do with one of Oscar Wilde’s great works, although retailing has often been described as pure theatre. Rather it relates to the general desire at this time of the year to improve and...
  • “The Goldilocks zone”

    03 November 2017 Expert Eye
    What has trading been like so far in 2017 at Partridges? The answer is on the whole not very good. Nothing to write home about or even an article about
  • “When things go wrong”

    29 September 2017 Expert Eye
    Just over 40 years ago on July 13th, during the summer of 1977, the whole of Manhattan Island and many parts of greater New York suffered an electrical blackout and were plunged into darkness. The cause was found to be...
  • “The rhyme of the ancient mariner”

    25 August 2017 Expert Eye
    As I have recently entered my seventh decade of existence on this planet (61 and a half years to be precise), I was interested to read the observations about the age of our main political party leaders. It has widely...
  • “Strange basketfellows”

    07 July 2017 Expert Eye
    Week ending 10th June 2017 – what a week that was! England winning a football World Cup for the first time in 51 years. I never thought I would live to see that. Then there was the small matter of a...
  • “Trump slump or May sway?”

    22 May 2017 Expert Eye
    "Here we go round the mulberry bush” one customer said on hearing the news of a General Election in June this year
  • “Never trust an expert”

    14 April 2017 Expert Eye
    On a recent trip to Scotland I read an old adage that I do not recall hearing before: “A grain of truth does not make a loaf of success”. This reminded me of why it is always a daunting task to...
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