Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion

Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion, is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK, championing for the success and sustainability of smaller, independent retailers and suppliers to retail. A child born into a family of retailers and entrepreneurs, she is passionate about retail and business: it is in her blood.

Clare started out as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds and went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being head-hunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture.

Clare is engaged by clients as a business consultant, professional speaker, coach and mentor. In 2012 she created Support for Independent Retail, a campaign that offers support, advice, ideas and inspiration to help retailers, and consumer-facing businesses, to get, and stay, open for business. This campaign has already gained incredible momentum and reach under her leadership. She is founder and host of 'The Retail Conference', a well-established and highly respected annual retail industry event.

Clare is a frequent media commentator, regularly featured on BBC, Sky and Channel 5 TV News, in various radio broadcasts, and within trade press and digital media, commenting on a wide range of retail and consumer topics. As one of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) 'Real Life Entrepreneur Champions', Clare has been recognised by the UK's leading small business community as an inspirational role model for any start-up or small businesses.

Her first book, 'The Retail Champion: 10-Steps to Retail Success', was published by Kogan Page in July 2012. Her second book, 'How to sell to retailers: The secrets of getting your products to market', was also published by Kogan Page in February 2013.

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