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The pain suffered by the retail sector over the last few years has been well documented, from Woolworths to BHS, to most recently the House of Fraser. Some household names will disappear, and whist the exact circumstances are different, there are some common pressures facing these sorts of businesses.

At this event we will be looking at such difficult questions as what do you do to help an ailing retailer? whether this is something informal, a CVA, or as a last resort Administration.

And when they do fail we will look at some of the wider implications, for landlords, suppliers, and logistics companies.

This is a sector which is likely to see further change, and a failure to respond by any related enterprise is likely to end badly.


About the speaker/s

Sara Bird - Retail Sales & Marketing Director

One of the UK's most senior retail & marketing Directors, Sara has held senior roles with such brands as Boots, Oak Furnitureland, Specsavers, Silver Cross, Vision Express and B&Q. Her diverse and successful career has spanned a number of sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, fashion and franchising.

Sara is unique and entrepreneurial and is often referred to as being a 'creative, commercial, brilliant & bonkers' and is regularly sought by top brands for her unique brand of honesty, flair and results. She is a creator and curator of brands, published author and motivational speaker and now splits her time between her main interests which is her passion for retail and marketing and her own luxury fashion brand SqWears Couture.

Will Jones - Knights Plc

Will is a partner in the insolvency team.

Will has built up an extensive practice dealing with all aspects of insolvency with a particular focus on non-contentious turnaround work. Will has formed close relationships with insolvency practitioners and lenders due to the high quality of his work, his pragmatic solutions to issues and his commercial awareness.

Will has dealt with a series of high profile insolvencies, including those in the property, sports and manufacturing sectors and has dealt with complex multi-million pound litigation resulting from administration.

Will's clients range from insolvency practitioners to asset based lenders, companies and their directors. He is also developing close links with accountants, as he is increasingly called on to discuss options and issues with clients at an early stage.

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