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Report reveals tipping point for online retail - to reach 53% by 2028

Gavin Matthews

Online shopping will account for more than 50% of retail sales (up from 19% currently) in the next ten years according to a new report, The Digital Tipping Point, out today. Commissioned by law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) which advises a wide range of retailers, the report reveals that this growth will be powered by three primary factors: the changing demographic of the UK adult population, the development of faster, cheaper, in-home deliveries and fewer physical stores. However there are also potential risks ahead for retailers that don't prioritise data security when embracing the new technologies needed to thrive in a digital future.

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Trust scoops teacher and student of the year awards

Director of Sixth Form, Kathryn Loughnan (left), won staff member of the year and sixth former Lydia Hardy (right) won student of the year.

A Bournemouth education trust is celebrating a double triumph after winning both teacher and student of the year awards in a competition inspired by Dragons' Den star Peter Jones. Avonbourne Trust's director of sixth form, Kathryn Loughnan, and Year 12 student Lydia Hardy, were given the special accolades in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy awards.

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Yellow Buses go National

Simon Newport, David Squire and Phil Pannell – owners of Yellow Buses

Five brand new top-of-the-range coaches have rolled into the Yellow Buses' depot in Bournemouth ready to serve the south coast-to-London routes. The 55 seat coaches represent a £1.7m investment and have joined the fleet that the Yellows operate on behalf of National Express.

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Oxbridge siblings high tech 11+tuition

Siblings Katharine Higham and Ian Woodgate are the duo behind e-Tutoring.

Salisbury based sister and brother team Katharine Higham and Ian Woodgate have combined their respective teaching and IT experience to launch their new business, e-Tutoring, which delivers real time, interactive, online tuition with experienced UK based teachers. Initially the business is providing nationwide tuition for children studying to take the 11 Plus exam.

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