Any sneaker business seeking to boost its sales in the UK should be focusing on Manchester above all other cities. That's the takeaway from a new study from casual footwear retailer The Sole Supplier.
Belstaff's new owner Ineos is one of Britain's lowest-profile but largest companies and its previous fashion links were non-existent. But it has the deep pockets and dynamic management the brand wants.
2017 is set to be another record-breaking year for contactless payments with spending up by just over a third (34%) already, according to payment cards giant Barclaycard. And smartphone payments have leapt.