Retail Rocks

Retail Rocks

The online magazine created for retailers of all sizes

With the current state of retail – some businesses doing well, some not so well – the finger is often pointed at online shopping, high rates and lack of parking when sales aren’t great. However these issues are long term and Rock the Cotswolds wanted to help right now so asked for advice that we could offer retailers today to make the industry rock even further.

The aim of Retail Rocks is simply to share information with local retailers so we can work together and continue to show the rest of the world that the Cotswolds is a fantastic place to live, work and most definitely shop.

A big thank you to our sponsors listed below, their belief in the industry and subsequent support of the magazine has meant it is free to read for all. Another huge thank you to one of our fave Rockers: award-winning body artist Mona Turnbull and her muse Verity Millett for our cover photo and the one above, as anyone who follows Rock the Cotswolds knows, we are big fans of those two.

If you have any feedback or areas you’d like covered in future issues please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact form on this website.

Massive thanks to the supporters of Retail Rocks online magazine including:


Guy Biggin, Managing Partner at Crowe’s Cheltenham office, says: ‘We have genuine, in-depth knowledge of the retail marketplace, including national high street retailers, partnerships and single-owner retail businesses. We support local businesses. I want the High Street to be a lively vibrant place for future generations with a good mix of both specialist and national retailers taking centre stage. Crowe is a national audit, tax, advisory and risk firm with a long-standing presence in Cheltenham. We are here to help retailers plan ahead and position themselves for growth and that’s why we’re pleased to be able to support Retail Rocks magazine.

University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire is hosted over three campuses, one in Gloucester and two in Cheltenham. It offers a wide range of exciting courses including Marketing and Retail run by Academic Subject Lead Rachel Vieira. “I have always loved retail and following my MA worked as a buyer in the fashion industry. To be able to inspire and encourage the next generation motivates me to lecture and engage with students: The university runs ‘Your Future Plan’ which allows students to set up placements, international study and work experience whilst they learn from BBC Introducing to Superdry: if students want to work with big brands, the University has got the connections to make it happen.

Kevan Blackadder, Director of Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID), said: ‘Were delighted that this new innovative magazine has been launched for retailers in the Cheltenham area and elsewhere in the Cotswolds. It’s crucial that retailers keep up-to-date with both the latest sales techniques and advice on growing and improving their businesses. We’re convinced that Retail Rocks the Cotswolds will be full of articles that will be both informative and engaging.”