Business Strategy experts with over 40 years of retail experience. Get in touch to discuss how you can explore opportunities in more detail. 

Alice Stanek
Co-founder of Illuminate Retail, Alice’s passion is to empower business owners to grow in commercial confidence!
Inspired by Mary Portas, Queen of shops, Alice wanted to take her 20 years of experience working for successful high street retail brands and apply these principles to support independent business owners, helping them to become more profitable through forward thinking strategy planning and commercial understanding. 
During her career as a fashion buyer, Alice was responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction for ranging, sourcing, pricing, marketing and stock at Next, Tu clothing and Argos. Leading a team of merchandisers, designers and product technicians to create ranges that contributed to multi-channel annual turnovers in excess of £1bn and helped to achieve year on year category sales and profit margin growth.
Driven by her motivation to inspire and develop others to succeed in a retail career, Alice went on to create a Buying and Merchandising apprenticeship at Sainsbury’s Argos. Collaborating with the Fashion Retail Academy in London. This formal programme for Buyers and Merchandisers was created to develop trading skills and commercial knowledge, whilst working in an ever-changing marketplace and digital-led environment. 
Empowering people to develop and succeed is Alice’s passion, one of her recent career highlights was being selected to mentor degree students at the Fashion Retail Academy.
By leading Illuminate Retail and working with independent business owners, Alice can help to unlock maximum profit by introducing principles and methodologies to be successful in both digital and traditional trading entities.

Illuminate Retail is built on the ‘illume in 8’ programme. If you would like to know more about how you can grow your business’s profit with new found commercial insight and confidence please get in touch!

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