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    Posted by brora (U14803827) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Although I quite like this programme I am getting a bit fed up with the business owners . They appear to be at the end of their wits with their business going down the drain and asking for help but they fight Alex on changes every step of the way.

    These business owners are offered expert help from top PR companies etc. but seem to think they know better even though they could normally never afford this kind of help in a million years. Last night is the first week of this series but I predict this theme will go on week after week - are the business owners being asked to behave in this way to make "better" TV? The BBC would not do that would they? smiley - tongueincheek

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    Posted by the_cleaner (U3423083) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Great start to the new series....Laurence, Kevin and Jeremy of Alf Onnie were stuck in the mud concerning the Shop but they can sell, it's just the shop was a tip.

    But if there wasn't any fight with Alex and the Designs and they just rolled over, there wouldn't be much of a Programme, it is the same with all these make over Shows. From where we are sitting, watching these Programmes, we can see how much better it can be, but the People who take part in them, it's there 'Family' business so there is going to be struggles, getting them to change....And with the Freedman's, as well as Alex, they had Rats to deal with.

    Loved the one behind the Sign.smiley - yikes

    The shop looked amazing at the end too.

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    Posted by brora (U14803827) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    "From where we are sitting, watching these Programmes, we can see how much better it can be"

    Well I totally agree with you there. I have no experience in running a business (I have never even worked in a shop) but I sit watching and give my expert opinion on where they are going wrong long before Alex!!

    The results at the end are always good but I would like to get more details on what difference the changes have made to the business long term. An update programme at the end of the series would be good.

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    Posted by Oldcrofter (U9532442) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Here they are ( - minus the rats !) and giving credit to Ms Polizzi:

    www.alfonnie.co.uk/...

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    Posted by megamain (U12800305) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Its amazing that these business owners desperately need help yet are so resistant to change.

    I think they expect Alex to just turn up and give them a bucket full of cash.

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Its amazing that these business owners desperately need help yet are so resistant to change.

    I think they expect Alex to just turn up and give them a bucket full of cash. 

    Very often, I believe, these programmes tend to feature businesses, and business owners, that seem to trade down to their percieved customer, and have done for so long that they have lost confidence, in the business and what value it has, and so there comes a point where all they have propping it up is pride, hence the friction that rears its head.

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    Posted by PetPig (U9766236) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    To be fair to all Alex's 'guinea pigs', the refurbishments we have seen cost a lot of money, which could be holding a lot of them back.
    The money (presumably) from appearing on the programme finances the refurbishment.
    OK, Alex gives them the kick up the bum, but the cash is what makes it happen.

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    Posted by heterodox (U14291406) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I found Alex Polizzi totally insufferable and I gave up before the end.

    At no stage was she prepared to acknowledge that this business, whatever its faults, had lasted for over ninety years and in that time it had probably provided a good value range of good to people who hadn't much money.
    Her own taste was demonstrated by the room in Brown's hotel which, were I to wake-up there, I would think I was opening my eyes in a completely vulgar chapel-of-rest.
    I think that the BBC's search for their version of Mary Portas needs to go on.

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I think shows such as The Fixer (and The Apprentice and Dragon's Den etc.) really need to be followed up on more. Not just a few months later but 5-10 years on...

    Did people walk away having learned a valuable lesson, have they been saved from bankruptcy or condemned to the pauper's house by the advice they received?

    And I'd agree that Alex Polizzi is no Mary Portas. While Mary can be uncompromising, I think even when she's forcefully making a point, she's still charismatic... Alex is - as far as I can tell - bereft of charisma at all times.

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    Posted by strictlyaddicted2dancing (U14110008) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I think shows such as The Fixer (and The Apprentice and Dragon's Den etc.) really need to be followed up on more. Not just a few months later but 5-10 years on...

    Did people walk away having learned a valuable lesson, have they been saved from bankruptcy or condemned to the pauper's house by the advice they received?

    And I'd agree that Alex Polizzi is no Mary Portas. While Mary can be uncompromising, I think even when she's forcefully making a point, she's still charismatic... Alex is - as far as I can tell - bereft of charisma at all times. 
    Agree with prophet about Alex's style of "fixing".

    She really isn't engaged with the clients as Mary Portas is. Also, she doesn't understand shops .... Her experiences is hospitality. This is completely different, as I know from my years as a Restaurateur.

    Alex seems to pass the design and refurbishment aspect to her experts and just blows hot and cold with the clients every now and then for special programme effects!

    I will watch again next week, but hope she has more involvement in the fixing.

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    Posted by daliscar (U15564228) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I disagree completely. I think Ms Polizzi is the one with charisma.
    It seems that charisma , like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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    Posted by clootiedumplin (U14281026) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I would have like to have seen where the curtains were actually made. I don't think that one man could be making them all in the same place especially when he got an order from a hotel towards the end of the programme. He must have had other people sewing for him. Maybe I missed that part.
    I admired him for wanting some sort of curtain logo on the sign and business cards as curtains were going to be their main product. There was no need for Alex to be so rude to them when they weren't overly keen on some of the logo designs, although I realise some of it was for effect. No doubt the design company was getting publicity out of the programme too.
    Just de-cluttering their shop windows was a huge improvement, but that heap of paperwork gave me the willies more than the dead rats.

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I love this programme and Alex Polizzi....she's so normal and down to earth.... she's not a woman that is pumped full of Botox and fillers just because she's on TV which is so refreshing,,,,more please...love it! smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by supernanauna (U5159866) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    As usual, I'm catching on too late - is this repeated anywhere please?

    I enjoyed Alex Polizzi as the Hotel Inspector and would like to have a look at this one.

    Anybody help pls?

    Tx.

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    Posted by per8rin (U3434755) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Having suffered the trauma of a failing business,the last thing you can afford to do when you are wondering where next month's rent is coming from is a complete shop re-fit and fancy P.R. costing many thousands.
    There is nothing clever about that and would have been much more interesting being presented by someone who knew about retailing and could re-organise the business as it was.
    After all the commercial contracts obtained were nothing to do with the shopfitting anyway !

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    As usual, I'm catching on too late - is this repeated anywhere please?

    I enjoyed Alex Polizzi as the Hotel Inspector and would like to have a look at this one.

    Anybody help pls?

    Tx. 
    It's on iPlayer hun. smiley - smiley Enjoy.

    LINK: www.bbc.co.uk/iplaye...

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    Posted by supernanauna (U5159866) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013


    Thanks Tweet - but the only computer access I have is in work. Don't have a computer at home unfortunately.

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013


    Thanks Tweet - but the only computer access I have is in work. Don't have a computer at home unfortunately. 
    Sorry hun...it probably will be repeated...I've had a look but no date has been given.

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    It was fairly uninspiring - the shop seemed to have a fair amount of customers. Why try to appeal to a more excusive clientele when you are in a poor area? Mary Portas Mark II

    And why was AP wearing a yellow sheet over her shoulder at the begining?

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    Posted by brora (U14803827) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    It was fairly uninspiring - the shop seemed to have a fair amount of customers. Why try to appeal to a more excusive clientele when you are in a poor area? Mary Portas Mark II

    And why was AP wearing a yellow sheet over her shoulder at the begining?  
    The business was failing - they were losing thousands and living off their savings. No point having a lot of customers if they are not buying.

    Just because you live in a poor area does not mean the shop has to look a mess - they did not say the prices had gone up.

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    Posted by i_amMarieAntoinette (U8354069) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    It was fairly uninspiring - the shop seemed to have a fair amount of customers. Why try to appeal to a more excusive clientele when you are in a poor area? Mary Portas Mark II

    And why was AP wearing a yellow sheet over her shoulder at the begining?  
    I agree. I think that the shop needed smartening up and their accounts system put in order but to make it just a curtain and blinds shop cuts out a large slice of people who would frequent the shop. You get a large turnover of things like bed linen, towels etc but how many people regularly buy curtains and blinds ?? Not many. Most people buy them infrequently. The last time I bought curtains was years ago. Mostly people buy them if they change house/decor or if they've become so tatty or old fashioned that they need changing. I prefer looking in shops with nooks and crannies and an exclusive curtain shop wouldn't interest me as you can get curtains in many shops or online. Also the curtain maker seemed clueless as to the latest trends of what people want - although tbf he did do a quality job.

    I also wonder how many strings were pulled so that the business could supply local colleges with blinds ? I was under the impression that these things had to be put out to tender or was the college so keen to appear on national TV that they agreed ?

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013



    I also wonder how many strings were pulled so that the business could supply local colleges with blinds ? I was under the impression that these things had to be put out to tender or was the college so keen to appear on national TV that they agreed ?

     

    It depends. For capital projects (new construction, fit out, large equipment orders, etc) almost certainly they would need to go to tender. But they would also have a reserve fund for spending at their discretion (still has to be accounted for and will be audited), so it is likely that they could just place an order at will. Along with high-end retail, sudent halls of residence have been one of the few growth areas in construction over the last few years and they really have missed a trick.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I wonder if the Fixer has done a good job, or not?

    She divided the sales strategy for the shop into passing trade, which allegedly purchases on impulse based on the window display, and commercial contracts.

    As it was also judged that commercial contracts are far more lucrative, much more effort could have been applied to their website as potential commercial clients are far more likely to browse the internet for potential suppliers rather than walk the streets of East London looking for the same.

    The branding experts said that 'Alf Onnie' had strong values. I suspect that the demographic of their catchment area has changed frequently, especially in recent years.Why should the name Alf Onnie mean anything to the newcomers to the area? It's quite likely that their local customers associate clutter with cheap prices and bargains, and elegant, well laid out displays with higher prices?.

    As it turned out, the boys have managed to dilute the impact the experts had tried to inject by calling themselves "Freedman Interiors at Alf Onnie"

    I've had a look at their website. I suspect they rejected any professional help with the copy writing.. for example, their tagline..

    London & Essex’s Premier Curtain Store ( Essex's ?? )

    Using the typical search terms to find a curtain supplier or maker in East London or Essex, Alf Onnie appears about 6 pages down on google. Very few people searches six pages to find potential suppliers. 3 pages is usually the limit.

    The website itself is kind of brash, big purple banners being the main culprit, whereas the photo gallery emphasises Jeremy's taste in curtains, which may put off at least some of the potential clients.

    I agree with other posters. This business should be re-visited in one year's time



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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    She really isn't engaged with the clients as Mary Portas is. Also, she doesn't understand shops .... Her experiences is hospitality. This is completely different, as I know from my years as a Restaurateur. 
    Yes... and it's worth noting she was born and bred in hospitality... so, it's not exactly as if one can say she has a breadth of experience... and that is why I think she's far more suited to The Hotel Inspector... it's clear that her comfort and experience rests firmly within this domain and while I'm all for delegation, the fact she pushes people off to go ad see other people makes me question why this is an Alex Polizzi vehicle and not a group effort?

    That would also eliminate the obvious similarities to the superior Mary Queen of Shops... but I wouldn't hold your breath on Alex's involvement deepening, it seems fairly clear that she feels her time is important and at times in the past, it has felt as if she's all but looking at her watch and tapping her foot.

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    Posted by Buttey (U14563284) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    I found Alex Polizzi totally insufferable and I gave up before the end.

    At no stage was she prepared to acknowledge that this business, whatever its faults, had lasted for over ninety years and in that time it had probably provided a good value range of good to people who hadn't much money.
    Her own taste was demonstrated by the room in Brown's hotel which, were I to wake-up there, I would think I was opening my eyes in a completely vulgar chapel-of-rest.
    I think that the BBC's search for their version of Mary Portas needs to go on. 

    They were losing money. So what about the past? They weren't successful in the present, and that's all the counts in business. Providing good value makes no business sense if doing so means you run at a loss. I don't see how pointing out that basic fact to the buffoons in charge makes her insufferable.

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    Posted by LaraAntiPova (U11262370) on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

    Speaking as a business owner I can completely sympathise with all the owners who have worked with Alex Polizzi and Mary Portas!

    It's a little bit like someone walking into your rather shabby home and telling you how to improve your living space. I say a "little" bit because, of course, this is different as it is how you earn your living.

    I was approached by the company Mary Portas works with - I have the card stuck on the wall!! I would NEVER ever have MP or AP tell me how to run my business.

    I sell stuff that everyone uses every day and still I struggle so over the years I have diversified and have several "departments" now. Yes, it could (and does) look a jumble but customers (especially those from the cities and big towns) love it!

    I look at the layout of my shop and "hear" Mary Portas sighing deeply behind me . . . and very probably Alex too smiley - laugh but it's all mine and I will work as hard as it takes to make it succeed - which it has for a couple of decades.

    I am still working now and will until the early hours . . I love the challenge but would hate any interference and couldn't bear anyone telling me what to do.

    I sympathise with those forced to ask for help.

    I love the programme!

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    Posted by megamain (U12800305) on Thursday, 14th February 2013

    "I am still working now"

    Perhaps if you took on board some of their advice you wouldn't still be working now. You would be on a beach and have a big fat bank account..

    smiley - winkeye

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Thursday, 14th February 2013

    She really isn't engaged with the clients as Mary Portas is. Also, she doesn't understand shops .... Her experiences is hospitality. This is completely different, as I know from my years as a Restaurateur. 
    Yes... and it's worth noting she was born and bred in hospitality... so, it's not exactly as if one can say she has a breadth of experience... and that is why I think she's far more suited to The Hotel Inspector. it's clear that her comfort and experience rests firmly within this domain and while I'm all for delegation, the fact she pushes people off to go ad see other people makes me question why this is an Alex Polizzi vehicle and not a group effort?

    That would also eliminate the obvious similarities to the superior Mary Queen of Shops... but I wouldn't hold your breath on Alex's involvement deepening, it seems fairly clear that she feels her time is important and at times in the past, it has felt as if she's all but looking at her watch and tapping her foot.  


    Alex Polizzi has done her management training though, worked the back office ( for Marco Pierre White, I believe ), and started her own business from scratch.

    Mary Portas has, very cleverly, developed her own branding agency in association with TV, but one could argue that her breadth of experience extends only to retail visual merchadising because that is what she has behind her. Hospitality is no less a business than retail (or VM/branding), but I believe the point of The Fixer is dealing with family businesses, and the difficult relationships that often go with them. Maybe that is why Alex Polizzi is favoured over Mary Portas for this programme.

    In terms of Alf Onnie, it didn't need 60 minutes of TV, or a refit, to sort that family business out. All it needed was "Gobby, you deal with manufacture and fit, speccy you deal with securing the commercial orders, tubby you run the shop, and dad be proud" (apologies, I can't remember the names, but I'm sure those that saw it will be able to reconcile the descriptions with the people). smiley - smiley





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    Posted by i_amMarieAntoinette (U8354069) on Saturday, 16th February 2013

    The main thing with small businesses is that they are up against much larger stores who are more flexible and offer more convenience and choice. I fully admit to mainly buying in larger supermarkets simply because I can buy most of the stuff I need for a weekly shop under one roof, the parking is free and they are open longer hours which is a godsend to anyone who has a busy life (like working full time and lots of caring duties) like myself. I do my weekly shop on my way home from work as I have better things to do with my time (like spending time with my family) than traipse around shops on weekends. I only occasionally buy in smaller shops as I don’t have much time to shop there, as they tend to only be open 9-5 Monday to Saturday which is pretty useless for me and my family. I do however buy at my local butchers as I’ve always been fussy about meat. Personally I think that’s why traditionally Asian shopkeepers have been successful as they opened late and all weekend which is brilliant for anyone working full time. In addition I know many small businesses (clothes, gift shops etc) who don’t accept returns or give refunds (they have notices in the shop saying so) which is off putting. If you use chain stores at least you can get your money back (within a certain period of time) if the item is unused.

    Add the above problems to the fact that many small businesses have been squeezed by high rates and rents and parking isn’t free in my local high street and city centre and you can see the reasons why customers shy away and then small businesses go to the wall.

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    Posted by LaraAntiPova (U11262370) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    Just bumping this up as a reminder!

    I nearly forgot . . so, I suppose trailers do work . . . sometimes . . .

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    Poor Alex presents the plight of peachypics.net but no posts from POV.

    Her prog need the services of The Fixer !

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    Posted by LaraAntiPova (U11262370) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    Not much interest tonight then?

    I was shocked at nearly every aspect of this family "business" and wondered just how much they all spent on having their hair done, constantly.

    How on earth could that lady afford to take on that building and have extensive work done when she's losing money? Using your savings is not the way to run a business!

    (Why do presenters have to talk to us via someone standing to the side of the camera? It is so rude and unprofessional and annoys me every time.)

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    Just the introductory bit looks like this episode could be setting back women's rights a decade or more...

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    Posted by signonymous (U14407751) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    They invented the clueless lasses at Peachy Pics for short-term televisual entertainment surely? Never have I seen a bunch of people less interested in running a business. Polizzi's researcher's need to give her something to work with at least.

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Tuesday, 19th February 2013

    They invented the clueless lasses at Peachy Pics for short-term televisual entertainment surely? Never have I seen a bunch of people less interested in running a business. Polizzi's researcher's need to give her something to work with at least.  I suspect they cracked open the champagne when they found these duffers... How old was the petulant daughter? I've seen Eastenders characters who are more emotionally mature and they're all poorly written, inconsistent and one dimensional!

    Also, must Alex get so technical? "Get more customers to spend more money", easy Alex - we're not an MBA class! Although, amusingly enough the people in this business show about as much aptitude as the majority of people with that particular qualification.

    But to expect this dysfunctional family to be overlooked... you might as well expect someone dying of thirst in a desert to turn their nose up at an oasis. Hell, they even had a cancer survival story to throw in there for icing on the cake.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    The production team have clearly subscribed to the belief that tantrums make such programmes somehow more compelling. This poster doesn't agree.

    Telly tantrums..... and tears !

    ( I'm making myself laugh.. not at the misfortune of the victixxxx subjects of this tellydrama, but at the sheer choreography of the emotional journey this family was asked to follow for the enjoyment of the viewer )

    Telly Tantrums and tears.


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    Posted by signonymous (U14407751) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    ( I'm making myself laugh.. not at the misfortune of the victixxxx subjects of this tellydrama, but at the sheer choreography of the emotional journey this family was asked to follow for the enjoyment of the viewer )
     


    Except there was no emotional journey, no real learning process and no satisfactory or even eventful conclusion. Which is honest at least but doesn't say much to the credit of anyone involved.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    The Fixer is basically 'The Troubleshooter' reborn. Who remembers Sir John Harvey Jones ? He dealt with such businesses as :-

    Apricot Computers
    Churchill China
    Copella Fruit Juices
    Morgan Motor Company
    Norton Motorcycles
    Shropshire Health Authority
    South Yorkshire Police
    Tri-ang toys

    It was very unusual in its day ( 1990's) for being direct and blunt in its analysis of a company's behaviour and attitude at a time when it may have been deemed 'unseemly' to do so. Now we have nothing but blunt analysis and critique of everone from chefs to apprentices to aspiring singers to bakers to.....

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    Posted by Jemina (U14653370) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    "From where we are sitting, watching these Programmes, we can see how much better it can be"

    Well I totally agree with you there. I have no experience in running a business (I have never even worked in a shop) but I sit watching and give my expert opinion on where they are going wrong long before Alex!!

    The results at the end are always good but I would like to get more details on what difference the changes have made to the business long term. An update programme at the end of the series would be good. 
    Oh, don't ask for an update programme, that just give the Beeb the opportunity to do endless repeats with a tiny section of update at the end. On the other hand, an update of all the businesses, in one programme, with very brief bits of the original programme would be good.

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    Agreed...what a miserable bunch of daughters....the one with the purple hair, Nicki had a face like a slapped wotsit all the way through the programme and when they said she couldn't attend the opening of their gallery exhibition because her young son was ill I I wasn't surprised.
    Emma and Rachel were trying their best but I wouldn't be surprised if the business folds as they don't seem interested in anything....don't know how Alex Polizzi puts up with these people.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    .don't know how Alex Polizzi puts up with these people.  
    They make her look good ? ( or better than them, at least )

    Did anyone notice that peachypics was considered tacky to begin with, and then at the 'pretend' gallery where the mother and her daughters were each invited to display their personal selection of photos, praise was lavished upon the monothematic arrangement of sultry, brooding and classy face shots of glamorous looking 'models'. What did they end up doing, much encouraged by Alex? Fun shoots !.... YAY!!.... Gurning girls!.... grinning children! Hats.. props.. not dissimilar to the original 'tacky' stuff they had on their walls, I seem to remember? I may be wrong.

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    Posted by captainMouse (U14652804) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    Then followed up by Jeffrey Robinson who didn't couple of series and then saved the NHS

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    Posted by captainMouse (U14652804) on Wednesday, 20th February 2013

    Flipping auto correct aaahhhhh!

    It should have said 'who did a couple of series'

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    Posted by texasboy (U3061092) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    I wish she'd stop calling people 'darling'. She sounds so patronising.

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    I wish she'd stop calling people 'darling'. She sounds so patronising.  That's probably because she's patronising.

    Now I think about it, I'm starting to think that this programme may just be a lengthy demonstration of how true the old adage "a consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you the time".

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    Posted by Quizzimodo (U551071) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    Like Kitchen Nightmares on another channel, once you've seen one of these you've seen them all as the format os always the same

    Failing business
    Resentment of interloper telling them what they're doing wrong
    Rebranding and/or revamp of premises
    Happy ending everybody loves the interloper

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    Posted by LOMF Cat (U10222060) on Tuesday, 26th February 2013

    it is a bit samey isn't it. and i agree with

    I wish she'd stop calling people 'darling'. She sounds so patronising. 

    Alex completely imo loses the higher ground when she does this, sounds like a bitchy girl in the playground rather than serious business adviser. The programme tonight was a point in question. The stroppy female manager was being stroppy and obstructive, but by addressing her points with "darling" Alex just seemed to be patronising her instead of trying to persuade her.smiley - shrug

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    Posted by MCrawford (U14684488) on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

    I have only seen last night's programme which is probably enough to get the gist of the series. I thought the father was a genuinely nice bloke and now they have found their way I hope they will be successful.

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

    Another bunch of miserable people....poor Alex. smiley - erm

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    Posted by brora (U14803827) on Wednesday, 27th February 2013

    I thought the father came across quite well and the sons were pleasant enough - it was the stroppy female who was quite nasty. I missed the beginning of the programme so I am not sure if she was actually part of the family or just an employee but I would get rid of her - she was negative and horrible about everything and was only interested in what she wanted and not the needs of the customer or the business. Sack her

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