Reflections on 2022 retail and Christmas trends

By Dr Sarah Montano and Dr Inci Toral Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham In conclusion, as always retail is a challenge and is always changing but retail is an important part of our lives and our communities. What will 2023 bring? As we get towards the end of the year, it is timely to … Continue reading “Reflections on 2022 retail and Christmas trends”

Becoming label literate: shop sustainably this christmas

By Professor Ian Thomson and Dominic Bates Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business With people becoming increasingly more literate about sustainability and the range of ethical products and eco-labelling growing ever wider, conscientious consumers are likely to face even more shopping confusion in future. Trying to buy Christmas gifts that are sustainably … Continue reading “Becoming label literate: shop sustainably this christmas”

The true price of winter warmth

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Emeritus Professor of Financial Economics Making suppliers offer pay-as-you-use, one month in arrears, direct debit contracts would in turn encourage more parsimonious energy usage. Both could make heating our homes this Christmas a little less stressful and easier to manage financially. With UK temperatures … Continue reading “The true price of winter warmth”

Christmas, business and the cost-of-living crisis

By Dr Jennifer TyreeHageman and Dr Scott Taylor Birmingham Business School Decisions about how we make Christmas happen, whether we choose to support smaller local businesses, and the way they are leading us towards a different future, might even reduce some of those tensions we face. The British Christmas holiday is always a time of … Continue reading “Christmas, business and the cost-of-living crisis”

Why a hit to the wealthiest could prolong any recession and its impacts for all of us

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Emeritus Professor of Financial Economics Much of the analysis following the Autumn Statement (AS) on 17th November focused on the impact of the rising cost of living and the stealth tax effects of inflation on household discretionary incomes (i.e. income after tax). With wage … Continue reading “Why a hit to the wealthiest could prolong any recession and its impacts for all of us”

Will neo-craft retailing save the high street?

By Dr Alessandro Gerosa Department of Marketing I argue that this trend envisions an emerging retail paradigm of neo-craft retailing – beyond the ones of e-commerce and mass distribution – particularly suited for small and independent shops The health of brick-and-mortar retailing is in more precarious conditions than ever. The vocabulary is very eloquent. Discussions … Continue reading “Will neo-craft retailing save the high street?”

Convenience, cost and discovery: what are consumers looking for?

By Dr Sarah Montano Birmingham Business School What unites Primark, second hand selling and clothes rental as key trends? One key factor is convenience […] Also, there is the joy of discovery Having just survived the pandemic and hoping for brighter times ahead, retail is once again facing a challenging and difficult time. Over the … Continue reading “Convenience, cost and discovery: what are consumers looking for?”

Taxing Banks Fairly

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Emeritus Professor of Financial Economics While the cost-of-living crisis tears through the UK, consumers have faced huge changes in their mortgage rates, energy bills and grocery shopping – but banks have enjoyed windfalls borne on interest rate and tax changes. With the Autumn budget … Continue reading “Taxing Banks Fairly”

How ‘scenarios thinking’ can help localise net-zero targets from COP27

By Dr Nana Osei Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Yet businesses and states went home empty-handed, with their numerous delegates achieving no significant and clear pathways to keep the 1.5-degrees target alive. So what now? Countries and businesses worldwide are stepping up their commitments to reduce greenhouse … Continue reading “How ‘scenarios thinking’ can help localise net-zero targets from COP27”