Nobody could deny that the last couple of years have been a rough ride for almost everyone involved in the store interiors sector. But as we head towards the end of 2010, at VINCI Construction UK we feel that things are finally on the turn.

Nobody could deny that the last couple of years have been a rough ride for almost everyone involved in the store interiors sector. But as we head towards the end of 2010, at VINCI Construction UK we feel that things are finally on the turn. As new arrivals on the retail interiors scene, the company’s retail and interiors business only formed at the end of 2009, we’ve arrived at the tail end of what has been a torrid time - tight margins and being realistic with retail clients has been a feature during our short life.

That said, retailers have been placing orders with us as they seek to keep their interior offers up to date and relevant. It’s a pleasure therefore to be able to support the first issue of Retail Week Interiors - an offshoot of Retail Week, the magazine that is the bible for anyone involved in store design and fit-out. The next 12 months will inevitably be challenging for everybody, but as you’ll see from what follows, there is much happening out there and there is every reason for optimism.

Retailers will continue to look at ways of reducing cost and the shopfitting and design industry will need to innovate in order to respond. Any examination of the current landscape however should reveal that the interiors sector is ready and capable of rising to the task. Enjoy the magazine.

Andrew Nicholson, Retail and Interiors Director, Vinci Construction

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