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Women in Retail

What does the state of the high street and the growth of online mean for women - as consumers, as employees and as entrepreneurs?

Headlines talk of the death of the high street and over 21 000 retail jobs have been put at risk so far this year.

Toys R Us have shut down, Maplin have filed for administration, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and New Look are closing stores. The announcements keep on coming.

So what does this mean for women, who make up the majority of shoppers and retail workers?

Retail is a highly female sector. Women are involved in 90 per cent of all purchase decisions, and of the almost three million people working in retail, over 60 per cent are female. Yet despite this, just 10 per cent of those in the retail boardroom are female.

So what does the state of the high street and the growth of online mean for women - as consumers, as employees, and as entrepreneurs?

How has women's shopping behaviour changed? How has that contributed to the death of the high street and the growth of online? How can the boom in online shopping benefit female shoppers and entrepreneurs? What do the changes mean for women employed in retail? And as retail is dominated by female consumers and employees, does it need more women working at the top to ensure its future success?

Jane Garvey is joined by Mary Portas - retail consultant, broadcaster, and 'Queen Of Shops'; Catherine Shuttleworth - retail marketing consultant and founder of Savvy Marketing; Carol Kane - co-CEO of online fashion retailer boohoo.com; Angela Spindler - CEO of online retailer N Brown, and previously Managing Director of Debenhams and George at Asda; Kim Winser - CEO of Winser London, and previously the first female Director of Marks & Spencer, CEO of Pringle and Aquascutum, and advisor to Net A Porter; Simmone Haywood - Head of Talent at Marks & Spencer; and Kate Hardcastle - independent retail analyst and founder of Insight With Passion.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Emma Wallace
Reporter: Siobhann Tighe.

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58 minutes

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Mary Portas
Interviewed Guest Catherine Shuttleworth
Interviewed Guest Carol Kane
Interviewed Guest Angela Spindler
Interviewed Guest Kim Winser
Interviewed Guest Simmone Haywood
Interviewed Guest Kate Hardcastle
Reporter Siobhann Tighe
Producer Emma Wallace

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