This post was written by Natalie Wardle, our marketing assistant.
Last Thursday both myself and Poq’s fashion tech whizz (and Founder of Personal Stylist in London) Mr Suds Singh, were lucky enough to be chosen as one of the ‘320 rising stars’ at Drapers Next Generation Academy 2013, in association with Success Appointments (and partners Arcadia, Aurora and Matalan). It was a pretty damn awe inspiring day, and we would like to thank Draper’s event organisers for making this possible – as well as all the speakers for their enlightening and motivational input during the day.
Some really great insights emerged from the various expert panel’s discussions and Q + A’s, of most notable merit being Pentland Brands CEO Andy Rubin’s (Speedo, Boxfresh etc.) fantastic Keynote presentation – on economic and global mass growth (with more stats then we could shake a stick at). The main points can be broken into the following subject headed summary (be warned it makes for pretty daunting Monday reading!):
The Decline of Britain’s ‘Bricks & Mortar’ Retail Trade
The Global Economic Reign of China in 2030
Countries with an increase of people with incomes above £30,000, areas of rising economic growth include China, Brazil and Russia- also referred to as ‘fast growth markets’.
How The Global Retail Market is Evolving
Aside from Andy Rubin’s jaw dropping revelations – we also heard from some of the most influential leaders in retail today, revealing their views on the fashion industry, their business strategies, their future plans, and the advice they would give to the younger generation. We also heard rags to riches success stories such as that of Julie Dean, Founder of the Cambridge Satchel Co. She was recently selected to have her phenomenal life story on +Google Chrome’s home page, charting how she began her business with just £600, and four years on now has a turnover of 15 million a year: the video can be viewed here.
Panel guests included;
The main lesson of the day – after listening to all the wise words on stage, was that above all else being passionate in all areas of business is the driving factor of long term success, and was definitely the motivating message on everyone’s lips. Here at Poq we could not agree more.