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    Shopfitting – A Booming and Evolving Market

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    August 2015

    The UK shop fitting market is booming. Mintel estimated its value at over £3.8 billion in 2014, growing to £5 billion by 2017. This is supported by the most recent SDEA member survey. Across all respondents the average sales growth over the next twelve months is expected to be 23.8%, with 70% of respondents expecting sales to increase.

    This is welcome news to an industry that suffered badly during the recession. A few brands thrived in the tough environment, notably discount retailers, but the pressure of plummeting consumer spending hit bricks and mortar retailers hard, driving major brands including Barrats, Woolworths and Focus DIY off the high street. Investment in new outlets was rare as, simply to survive, many retailers cut or postponed any non-essential costs with shop fittings and refurbishments high up the list of cuts for many.

    Increasing economic confidence in the UK is encouraging consumers to open their wallets once again and retailers are responding both by investing in new stores and by refurbishing existing outlets that had become tired due to a lack of investment over the previous few years.

    Investing in the shopping environment is more important than ever as the high street seeks to compete with online shopping which now accounts for more than 10% of retail spend.

    Retailers are looking to make shopping into a 'day out' again - an experience to enjoy rather than simply a task to fulfill a need. Learning from museums, art galleries, airports, restaurants and other leisure destinations retailers are not only increasingly investing in high end shop fittings but are also being increasingly creative about how they engage with and retain their customers as well as skillfully blending the customer's online and offline experiences.

    Evolving client needs are of course having an impact on the shop-fitting recruitment market. For example, in terms of skills, a trend towards large, high value projects has increased demand for the back office operation skills that are critical if teams are to meet retailers’ demands for innovation, design and tight delivery deadlines. Further to changing skill requirements, there is also increasing demand for fixed term and contract positions.

    The increasing number of roles is making candidates more adventurous and many are happy to look at fixed term and contract positions as these roles will enable them to develop their CVs more rapidly.

    For a full picture of how the shop fitting sector (or any aspect of the fashion and retail talent sector) is evolving and what it means for you, please get in touch with us on 020 3668 146

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