The Store Guru Team
Store Guru’s team have decades of experience between them in helping retailers and food outlets improve their performance. Whether you need a new logo, a simple product display, a full shop fit or just a sounding board to help you discover where you could improve your business, we are always available for a chat. Please feel free to call us, we don’t charge to talk! We have even been known to come and see you FOC in the hope we can steer you to the right expertise.
Having been responsible for over 150 people in 9 retail outlets plus a sizeable mail order operation, Dave has played a pivotal role as an Operations Director in growing a retail business from a 4 person operation turning over £600,000 p.a. to the stature of a nationally respected retailer employing in excess of 200 people who in turn generated over £16 million p.a.
Besides being able to deliver hard working, profitable interiors and brand design I am a registered and approved Growth Coach for Growth Accelerator providing expert, tailored advice to help ambitious businesses achieve rapid, sustainable growth. Find out more atwww.growthaccelerator.com.
A unique opportunity arose for Dave in 1997 to jump over the garden fence into the Shop design and fitting industry, where he is has been ever since, enjoying numerous relationships with a diverse range of clients from John Deere tractors to Euronics (large independent Electrical retailers group) and from Irelands largest Sports retailer to a small family owned perfumery.
Along the way he has designed, built and advised on such diverse projects as the distilling ‘experience’ room for the public at Plymouth Gin for Pernod Ricard, a large visitor shop for Crealy Adventure Parks ( the South West’s largest childrens visitor attractions), a chain of large format (+10,000 sq ft) tool superstores and the fitting out of numerous independent Golf Shops, Sports stores, electrical shops and perfumeries.
Dave formalised his retailing experience by being awarded an MBA from the Open Universty. When not involved with matters retail Dave’s main pastimes involve his children, so this could be going to see Swedish House Mafia, building Lego fire engines or having a tea party with Peppa pig, depending who shouts loudest. Oh yes, their Mum, Italian motorbikes and the UK’s wild places take a significant part of his life up as well!
With 10 years previous experience as the sales and marketing director for one of the UK’s leading shop fitting companies we are delighted that Kate joined Storeguru. She brings a wealth of expertise in delivering effective and cost conscious design led projects for a wide variety of well known retailers.
Kate took the lead role in designing and delivering the first ever trade counter for leading DIY retailer Screwfix and assisted in their launch to the retail world from their mail order catalogue success – they now have over 300 stores nationwide and a new bathroom showroom format to rival the best in huge market. At the other end of the spectrum Kate has also worked with prestigious cosmetic brand Molton Brown, developing point of sale items and being their principal shop fitter and manufacturer of retail displays, this client required an eye for detail and quality was paramount.
Her accolades continued with clients such as Pret a Manager, Euronics, The Army, John Deere, WHSmiths, Wyevale Garden Centres, Terraplana and Axminster Power Tools to name a few, and in each case she led the main client interface, leading the design process through to the implementation stage.
Kate has also enjoyed working with many in the independent sector where her skills and learnings from working with larger retailers could be brought to bear and benefit these clients so they could shine in their own right and be successful.
As well as her passion for making it happen in the retail world Kate enjoys family life at home with her husband and two children. Travelling to her beloved second country Italy is also high on the agenda as is a good night out with the girls to let her hair down! If fact this year she’s packing for Glastonbury festival as ‘although you can almost hear it from her garden there nothing quite like the atmosphere of 250,000 people having a huge party in a field!’
Kate was educated to degree level with an MA in Business.
Verity has been working under the broad umbrella of retail design for over 10 years. She has a degree in graphic design from Falmouth College of arts and started her career as a graduate for IKEA working as an interior designer and visual merchandiser. Here she cut her teeth working on new store planning both in Europe and the UK and not only made the crossover from 2D graphics into world of 3D retail interior design, but also got the retail bug for fast paced, trend led retail design.
Since then Verity has been fortunate enough to work with many retailers from small independents to large high street chains including Wilkinson, USC and Jojo Maman Bebe and also with many design agencies and manufacturers. The work she has been involved in has been as varied as the companies she has worked with, from one off window displays to complete store environments, furniture design to POS. Verity has the unique mix of computer based design skills and sketching abilities with hands-on visual merchandising, making her a very versatile and knowledgeable retail all rounder.
Nikki has been working in the interior design world for nearly 20 years. She qualified at KLC School of Design and has worked with the eccentric but fantastic Christopher Rowley, Joanna Wood and had many years working with the world reknowned Colefax and Fowler.
Nikki has worked on countless projects ensuring that the finished space represents the clients needs, personality and budget. She takes a very practical approach to design and uses her years of experience to select products that stand the test of time. She has worked on projects of all scales from single rooms to large premises. Her philosophy is that design should be as varied as the clients that we work with but above all practical and enjoyable.
Max, whilst having a solid interior design background has recently earnt her stripes designing, planning and installing great office spaces. Volvo, the BBC, OSMA and World Snooker have all benefitted from Max’s skills.
World Snooker had their 10,000 sq ft offices relocated, planned and designed with Max taking the brief, working with the client from conception and then surveying, drawing and working through all design & planning elements, including as-built drawings and hand over documentation.
BBC -15,500 sq ft, Volvo-60,000 sq ft, OSMA-20,000 sq ft, Helphire-64,500 sq ft, Action Aid Call Centre-12,000 sq ft….. these are Max’s credentials, but please don’t think that only size matters!
Max has had plenty of domestic and private company experience, and as she will testify these are often the most challenging, where space is at a premium and the customer needs, not only a very fliexible space that caters for future growth, but takes into account all the occupants’ ideas whilst keeping them all ‘on message’ design wise.
Besides the important things in life such as playing County level netball and tennis plus being a huge sports fan, Max has, not only a BA Hons degree in interior design, but a wealth of technical experience from CAD technician to visual creation and editing. Max brings a formidable expertise to any project.
We know this is the make or break end of the business. Delivery with care and speed means everything in shopfitting which is why we employ the best!
Rob Hilton is a fully qualified architect and a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has gained experience across a broad range of sectors including work on schools, police stations, commercial property and private residential schemes.
Rob’s skills give us an unfair advantage in the retail sector giving us a professional eye over all surveying, drawing, planning and build issues.
Rob has worked in a number of architectural practices in Dublin and Exeter. He is an enthusiastic and creative architect with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the planning process and current building regulations. Rob has the skills to drive schemes from inception to completion and enjoys taking a hands-on approach to the construction phase of his projects.
As if this doesn’t keep him busy enough Rob works as a design tutor at the Plymouth School of Architecture and has a particular interest in the sustainability of the built environment. He has attended a number of courses on sustainable and alternative construction methods and is always keen to apply his knowledge to create environmentally responsible and innovative environments. Rob is a keen cyclist, skiier and is the club captain of the Exeter Saracens rugby club.