Q&A feature in A1 Retail magazine

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A1 Retail magazine  very kindly invited us to feature in their Question and Answer section this month on Visual Merchandising.

There are many skills and specialisms involved in successful  ‘Visual Merchandising’ and we explain how our  training for window and interior visual displays and styling  fits in.  ‘Window Dressing’ isn’t just ‘fluff’ – it is a crucial, silent selling technique which generates sales .

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Made You Look! at The Treasury!

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Many of you will know about Small Business Saturday which took place on December 5th this year.

Small Business Saturday originated in the States where it was launched by American Express in order to raise the profile of small retailers. Now running in this country too, any small firm looking to take part can join in.  Attention is focused on the small independent business, especially encouraging people to ‘shop local’ in the run-up to Christmas.

We were delighted when Small Business Saturday chose Made You Look! from many businesses around the country to highlight as one of their ‘Smallbiz100’ in the days leading up to the big event itself. We received a whole day of exposure on social media as well as press coverage, and attended the Bus Tour where we ran a Visual Display Presentation along with free consultations.

The Telegraph

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We’re Award Winners!

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Revive & Thrive is a Business group made up from experts in town regeneration, passionate about helping bring high streets back to life.

An event was organised at the Black Country Living Museum bringing together some of the most innovative town centre solutions each of which was presented to a judging panel of retailers, town team leaders, BID managers as well as anyone else passionate about place and community.

Way-finding, Pop-up shops, analysis of data, customer service training, WiFi for town centres, reward cards & Apps were just a few of the entrants along with Christmas lights & creating vibrant ‘spaces’ where there were none before…so many fabulous solutions which work together well.

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New! Workshop for Business Networkers!

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Business Generator Event

We’ve recently been networking, networking, networking  – spreading the word about how Made You Look! can help so many different types of businesses – not just retailers.  It occurred to us that there are so many micro businesses who work from  Home-Offices, they rely on Networking Events and Exhibitions to promote themselves and to find work.  So, just like any shop window display, these small businesses need to create impact and attract attention in the same way.

So we have created a short course specifically for that purpose!

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Christmas at Walmgate Alehouse in York

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We were invited to help with the re-brand of a local bar and bistro, pulling its 17th Century history back to the fore.  Working alongside the owners’ own plans and using our expertise as well as our passion to deliver a great look and feel to a fabulous building, the following ideas evolved to achieve interest and intrigue as well as a relaxing ambience.    Continue reading