Rowland Gee is a co-author of The Retail Start-Up Book, former chief executive of Moss Bros, a business mentor and non-executive director of a number of businesses.
As the great retail shake-out continues, hastened rather than precipitated by the Coronavirus lockdown, so we are seeing thousands lose their jobs. Many skilled retailers – with experience of head office as well as the shop floor – are currently surplus to requirement. Will they be lost forever? I hope not. Indeed, I believe there should be a concerted effort to keep them and harness their knowledge to revitalise the high street.