Peter Williams: ‘The job losses are awful, but fashion needs a cull’

Peter Williams

I joined the retail industry rather a long time ago – in 1987 to be precise, at Freemans, the traditional mailorder business that produced a 1,000-page catalogue twice a year.

The employees of both Debenhams and Arcadia are the innocents. Decisions made by owners, and some senior management, have brought about this situation, causing the employees to lose their livelihoods at a time of economic mayhem from Covid and the onset of Brexit.  

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