Uncovering the hidden value of networks: the complexity of small retailers' relationships

Jackson, Keith and Jackson, Jacqui (2014) Uncovering the hidden value of networks: the complexity of small retailers' relationships. In: CRED seminar, 26 February 2014, CBIC Paternoster Row, Carlisle. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Small retailers make a significant impact on the national and local economy but their role can be underestimated by both themselves and their stakeholders who include local and national suppliers, customers, local authorities, trade bodies, business support agencies and national regulators. This underestimation may be down to the complexity of the retailers relationships with the outside world. This seminar will bring together findings from various commissioned research that Keith and Jacqui have conducted for clients including the department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Welsh Assembly, Local Better Regulation Office, SPAR UK, Lancaster University Institute of Family Business, Blakemores and CJ Langs. The seminar will examine the relationship these retailers can have with their local and national supply chains and how these impact on the local economy. Specifically the seminar will follow the process of a group of small retailers as they campaign against planning permission for a large supermarket. This case study highlights how these relationships influence the actions of the retailers to increasing competition from major multiples. The case study will then examine why the depth and value of these relationships can remain obscured from local authorities even at a time when the retail market place is under the closest scrutiny. The seminar will conclude with a brief examination of how these relationships could be improved.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development
Additional Information: Keith Jackson is based at the Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED) at the University of Cumbria and as well as commissioned work he has presented his research at various national academic conferences including British Academy of Management, Institute for Small Business and Enterprise and Industrial Marketing and Purchasing, he also lectures on retail issues for the university. Jacqui Jackson is the LEAD director for Lancaster University and a Research Associate for their Institute of Family Business. She has also served as retail vice chair of the National Guild of SPAR and sat on various national committees relating to retail. Jacqui has presented her work at various international trade conferences and academic conferences across Europe.
Depositing User: Keith Jackson
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 14:17
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 14:37
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2996

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