Documentaries, Uncategorized

Are we witnessing the end of high street shopping?

Our department stores are collapsing as the current high street retail business model is failing today’s shoppers, according to experts.  The outlook for the British high street seems bleak, with numerous retailers, including M&S, House of Fraser and Waitrose, announcing store closures, and others going into administration.

In the past 10 years, we’ve seen several shops close their doors. Notably, the 100-year-old Woolworths in 2008, Blockbusters in 2013, BHS in 2016 and Toys ‘R’ Us falling into administration in 2018. The trend has continued with 21,355 retail workers being laid off in the first six months of 2018 alone as Poundworld went into administration. In 2017 the retail worker layoffs’ number was 12,225, according to the Centre of Retail Research.

Yet town centre spending is set to increase by 4.9% (£5.3bn) in the next five years, according to retail research company GlobalData, with food and grocery spending set to rise the most. But how is that possible with so many gloomy stories about shop closures hitting the headlines?

We see more of these

  • Convenience stores
  • Coffee shops
  • Beauty salons
  • Nail salons
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Barbers
  • Vape shops
  • Healing/treatments
  • Food takeaways
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Cafes

We see fewer of these

  • Confectionery/news
  • Fashion and clothing
  • Music/games/DVDs
  • Shoe shops
  • Card and gift shops
  • Betting shops
  • Antique shops
  • Bookshops
  • Flooring shops
  • Household goods
  • Furniture and textiles

What do you think about our high street?

Do you prefer shopping online or on the high street?

When did you last shop on the high street and what did you buy when you were there?

What shops do you think are missing from the town centre?

What shops do you miss?

I would love to hear your views on what you think the state of our high street is.  Your answers in the comments may feature in a documentary book investigating our high street.  The images will be used in a book and on these websites and

By commenting, you agree to take part in the project and give me, Tom Robson permission to use your comments in the book and for promotional reasons.  The book is not for profit and I am making no money from it, therefore you agree that there is no right to financial compensation or accounting.

Thanks for your time!




Leicester Pride

Leicester Pride is attended by more 10,000 people each year with more than 2,000 taking part in the parade through the city, starting at The Curve and ending at Victoria Park.  Leicester Pride celebrates equality and diversity in our community and is a family event with entertainment and attractions suitable for all ages.

Leicester Pride began in 2001 after being awarded a successful bid of £5000 to involve the lesbian and gay community in the production of a Leicester Pride Carnival, to involve the whole community in the carnival itself and to promote better understanding. It was supported by Arts Council England.

There had been major concerns last year that Pride 2017 which has grown to celebrate and promote the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the city and county, would have to be cancelled for due to a lack of funds.

Pride’s troubles were spotted in the media by a DMU student who involved the Student Union Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard.  #DMUlocal stepped in with £10,000 to help make a difference within the Leicester community.

Here’s some photographs from last year.. can you pick yourself out?

Product Shoots, Uncategorized

A picture is worth a thousand hits


If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good product picture is worth a thousand website visits.  I don’t have data to back up that statement (yet). Nevertheless, good product photography can be valuable if you sell online.

Your customers are watching your storefront, and you need to give your audience clear, eye-catching photos of your products, or these visitors aren’t likely to have confidence in your offerings — confidence they can get by walking into a store and seeing the item in person.

But product photography isn’t as simple as pointing and shooting. Even the most basic products need the correct equipment, lighting, and space to produce beautiful images that sell shoppers right from the purchase page.

Up your online selling game by having a professional photographer on your team, you’ll be surprised what it can do for your business!