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December 31, 2019

As the year comes to a close, most people try to look back and re-evaluate what they've acheived that year, what they haven't, and decide on aims for the New Year.

I absolutely love the Insta 'Best Nine', a tool that calculates your top 9 Instagram posts based on likes....

December 31, 2019

I am slowly becoming more and more of a data and analytics geek as time goes on. Mainly because I enjoy it, but also because content is inherently current and therefore we need to constantly reevaluate what we're doing and why.

In the spirit of Christmas, and my new-fo...

November 28, 2019

Very pleased to see this whitepaper published after a lot of work from everyone.

Completed in the summer - pre-lovely LexisNexis days - and published this December as a 2020 trends piece in collaboration with next-gen acquiring fintech player, AEVI.

My role on the projec...

November 10, 2019

After years of ghost writing, I finally get my name on something!

Sponsored editorial for LexisNexis appearing in November's Legal Practice Management (LPM) magazine (page 25 onwards):


October 31, 2019

A significant number of UK retailers are not actively preparing for the future.

According to recent research by PushON, 35% of UK have admitted to not having a business transformation strategy in place to handle the rise of digital technology and changing consumer habit...

September 29, 2019


This year, it seems that hardly a month goes by without news of another wave of shops shutting, or of stores losing money.

Nearly 3,000 shops shut on UK High Streets in the first half of 2019. So, what's behind the crisis?

1. We (the consumer) are changing

With the rise...

September 15, 2019

It has been a while since I did some analysis on the performance of my site. The last time was when I penned the original and hilariously titled Christmas post: 'Harper Research's Christmas Wrap-up', at Christmastime in 2018, which you can read here:


August 26, 2019


In a promising twist in the UK High Street story, recent research by YouGov has voted three brick-and-mortar stores as the top three healthiest* brands in the UK.

In first position for the second year running, with a value score of +41.2 - everybody's favourite, John...

August 26, 2019

The past couple of weeks have felt like a whirlwind as I settle into my new home in the content marketing team at LexisNexis. My role is to write thought leadership content for their blogs, industry publications, event coverage, and some strategy around how it all fits...

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About Me

After 10 years of working in research and consulting, speaking to enterprises and government departments about their business needs, I now offer report writing, content writing, blogging and research services to companies on a bespoke basis.

I specialise in retail and retail technology, however, I am open to writing on a variety of topics.


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