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About


Alison Laws is a retail specialist with over 30 years of expertise in UK high street retail (food and non-food), UK travel retail, and international retail across 3 continents. Her varied career includes store management; retail operations; business development; new store planning; project management; buying and merchandising; visual merchandising; training (writing and delivering); account management; financial planning; marketing (above, through and below the line); customer service; franchise operations; logistics; and event management.

In the past ten years Alison has built and developed a number of franchise businesses for an award-winning UK high street brand, working with leading international retailers like Trent Tata in India; The Good Guys in Australia; Jawad Business Group, and Apparel Group in the Middle East. This has given her an exceptional background in people and project management across a multi-cultural working environment, and a professional style based on outstanding inter-personal communications delivering a plethora of experience across the retail spectrum.

Testimonials


  • “If you’re looking for a can-do multitasker with an in depth understanding of retail in the UK and Internationally Alison will not disappoint. Alison’s ability to react to the ever-evolving challenges presented in multichannel/ multinational retailing in a positive and focussed manner – integrating regional demands, traditions and legal obligations without compromising on the businesses standards and values maintaining brand integrity is truly impressive. A natural problem solver Alison develops trusting relationships within a very short period of time resulting in smooth transitioning and successful project execution. Committed to developing the teams she works alongside, Alison in return receives fierce loyalty – team members prepared to step up to bring the project in and maintain the ethos of the brand when she hands the project over. There is a huge amount of love for ‘Miss Alison’ in our overseas partnerships (and the cakes she bakes don’t go amiss either!) Alison’s deep understanding of retailing end to end means she can offer small to medium businesses in the UK or overseas a one-stop-shop with guidance on strategy, margin, stock, space & location, training, development, support and mentoring. As a team member or a leader, Alison earns my highest recommendation, a true professional with a great personality – win win.”

  • “Alison reflected excellent strategic Band & Operational excellence in the execution of the complete business in a consistent, sustainable and reliable manner by building efficient processes between UK and ME, which produced top-line growth creating more value for customers. Alison kept improving the capacity to pursue innovation and growth with her systematic management and a commitment to positive culture, expanding the brand as she empowered the team with a clear understanding of goals and plans and securely came up with ways to fix problems. An Actionable Business Leader always improvising the best practices and business methodologies.”

  • “If you want to get the job done, call for Alison. When Alison and I first started to work together, she was in Dubai, overseeing the retail operations of our Middle East partner. She later joined me in the UK where she was instrumental in rolling out our stores across India and Australia. Exceptionally gifted at training and developing teams and defining and implementing retail best practice, Alison was also heavily involved in range and space planning and in-store marketing. Alison seemed to relish the challenges of opening new stores. Working through the night, with no AC and light limited to one bulb shows her strength of character. I was always impressed by her ability to pull together a new multi-national/multi-cultural team and have them working together like old friends in hours. Not many people can endure the physical and mental challenges of operating a business across multiple time zones, but Alison did so with ease and a great sense of humour. As a member of a team or as an inspiring leader, Alison earns my highest recommendation.”

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