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Startup of the Week - Thriftify

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th July 2016
As we all know, over the last number of years, more and more charities have been embracing the retail sector and have a presence on many of our high streets. Whilst charity retail is therefore undoubtedly a growing sector, it tends to be of the “bricks and mortar” variety only - with few, if any, charity retailers taking advantage of the internet. Having identified that charities are ...
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Four reasons why a pop-up can benefit your business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th June 2016
In the last couple of years, more and more brands and retailers have begun to realise the multiple benefits pop-up shops can bring. In fact, the pop-up industry is now valued at £2.3bn with over a third of new businesses predicted to start their life as a pop-up.   From helping young start-ups quickly test an idea and grow their business to giving big retailers the flexibility to cre...
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5 Retail Innovations to Dissuade Complacency

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th March 2016
We have been shopping for hundreds of years. We’re fairly sure how it works. Yet even the retail industry in which we participate practically daily can be improved upon and be a platform for innovation. It just goes to show that all business is evolving, always. Here for example, are five retail innovations that show us that we should never rest on our laurels. i.Dummy... Creepy mannequins...
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Startup of the Week - PostBoxed

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th February 2016
We’ve all been there.Ordered something online, patiently waited for it to arrive and then we miss the delivery. We open the front door and rather than our coveted item lying waiting in the hallway, we find a card from the postman or courier explaining where said item now is.  Of course whilst we might be lucky and find a friendly neighbour has accepted the delivery on our behalf, it&rsq...
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Are you a market changing retail startup?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th February 2016
Are you a retail startup looking for rapid growth? Then you’ll be interested in this. The good folk at IncuBus London are back on the hunt with their IncuBus Retail Class 2 at Camden Market booked in to run from May 16th - August 5th 2016. After the success of the first programme, IncuBus are once again ready to take on the next cohort of market changing retail startups, ideally tackling Fo...
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Startup of the Week - Decorator's Notebook

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th July 2015
Into interior design or simply on the lookout for a new accessory to enhance your home? There are of course a plethora of places where you can look - some obviously a lot better than others! Our latest Startup of the Week is one such place and they’re on a mission to prove that design, quality and ethics can go hand in hand. Decorator’s Notebook is an online platform where you can di...
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Win Prime London Retail Space

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th June 2015
Win Prime London Retail Space Retail can be a great gig, but it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. Even when you set aside the endless list of demands it creates on your time, the financial risk should your budding enterprise fail, is often too much for the average sole trader to take on confidently. Nowhere in the UK is this risk more acutely felt than in London, where high bid rent...
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JLAB - John Lewis Incubator for Retail Tech Startups Returns

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th April 2015
Now in its second year, the aptly named JLAB is focused on developing those new technologies / products / services that will play a leading role in shaping the retail landscape of the future. It’s all part of John Lewis’s goal to lead the way in innovative retail technologies, and to create shopping experiences which are as enjoyable, relaxing, efficient, integrated, and seamless as p...
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How I built a successful old school gaming business in a market dominated by digital

by: ~ 30th March 2015
How I built a successful old school gaming business in a market dominated by digital. Director of Home Leisure Direct, Andy Beresford talks about the secrets of his success to Startacus... "I set up Home Leisure Direct in 2007 in a small picturesque village just outside Bristol.  It has since grown to be the UK’s leading games room retailer with an enthusiastic team and a growing cust...
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How Technologies Are Creating Opportunities for Online Retailers

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th February 2015
In this our Swansea startup month, Prince Appah of Swansea based e-commerce solution Veeqo, tells us a litte about how new technologies create opportunities for online retailers.   Over to you...The rise and rise of mobile shopping apps is great news for consumers and retailers alike: this metamorphosis of the retail landscape has made the shopping experience much quicker, easi...
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