This week the fledgling suppliers experience the highs and lows of producing products for three of Britain's biggest retail names. As numbers are crunched, it looks like some suppliers and inventors are heading for the big time whilst others will need to stick to their day job for that little bit longer. Deals are made and negotiations stall in equal measure.
This week the crash course in retail reality continues for our hopeful producers and designers as they try to get to grips with the basics - stock buying, manufacturing costs and setting up studios. Along the way some long held dreams are dashed whilst others seem destined for success - at least for the time being.
Manager Wayne claims he cannot bear to work with assistant Marta any longer, forcing owner Jonathan to intervene. The hotel's sows receive a new male companion, and a husband-and-wife songwriting duo check into the hotel, hoping to draw inspiration from its surroundings - but a bout of snoring shatters their tranquillity.
CEOs from six of Australia's biggest companies go on the ultimate undercover mission, working incognito in entry-level positions within their own organisations.
This searing examination of the Enron accounting scandal reveals the psychology of greed and corporate corruption that facilitated the company's rise to power and also its fall. When Enron went bankrupt in 2001, the principals walked away millionaires - but later faced legal proceedings and jail sentences. Meanwhile, many employees and investors were left with nothing, not even their 401K retirement savings.
This week the fledgling suppliers face the harsh realities of the cut throat world of retail. The open days are over but the hard work is only just beginning. The retailers may like the producers' ideas, but a series of tricky price negotiations and design meetings mean that not all products will pass their prototype stage. Business inexperience is beginning to show through as blunders are made and professional advice ignored.
Relationships are under the spotlight this week at the Damson Dene hotel, the three-star hotel in the five- star setting - the Lake District in the UK. In the seventh episode, Pillow Talk, Nadine and Christian, who have recently been through a trial separation, check in at the Damson Dene with their teenage children and cocker spaniel in a bid to get their marriage back on track and keep their family together. Meanwhile, Scottish couple Bob and Jeanie have come to the Lake District in search of peace and solitude and to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
CEOs from six of Australia's biggest companies go on the ultimate undercover mission, working incognito in entry-level positions within their own organisation
In mid-1995, a group of Sydney businessmen backed by Kerry Packer made an audacious attempt to steal the amateur game of rugby union and transform it into a lucrative, world-wide professional sports franchise.
Retailers are always on the look out for the next big thing and in this series the buying teams of high street giants, Boots, Ha
Tonight it is the turn of home retail giant Habitat to host its open day. Home retail is a crowded market, so the store's head of range and creative director will be ruthless in their decision making.
At the Damson Dene Hotel, General Assistant, Amos, is reaching the end of his probation period. He tries harder than anyone but is still struggling with the most basic jobs. Wayne can't decide if he wants to adopt him or let him go back to Romania.
Tony Braxton-Smith, CEO for Great Southern Rail, heads undercover on his trains to clean toilets, serve the first class passengers and unload luggage.
This week Boots open their doors to just 10 lucky hopefuls. Selected from hundreds of applications, each person has just 10 minutes to impress the buyers. With the health, beauty and pharmacy market worth over 26 billon pounds and Boots selling more than 500 items every minute this is big business.
General manager Wayne and the staff of the Damson Dene deal with complaints from guests, including a bargain-hunting mother and daughter and a Newcastle couple who are unimpressed when their TV breaks down. However, the most stinging criticism comes in a review on a travel website.
Retailers are always on the look out for 'the next big thing' and in this series the buying teams of high street giants Boots, Habitat and Liberty, are prepared to take an enormous gamble by asking members of the public to supply them with the next best selling product. This is a chance of a lifetime for unknown designers and producers to pitch directly to the retail industry's power brokers and have the opportunity to get their product stocked in these prestigious stores.
In the fourth episode, Bedlam and Breakfast, Manchester couple Richard and Rebecca decide to celebrate their third anniversary by giving themselves a night off from looking after their young children and heading to the Damson Dene. However, after indulging in champagne, beer, wine and a bottle of vodka they find that their evening doesn't turn out quite as they had anticipated.
In this week's episode, Kids Eat Free, it's the school holidays and the Damson Dene is full to bursting with families and their young children. From reception to the gardens, from the bedrooms to the hallways and even under tables in the dining room, kids are everywhere, pushing the staff to the limits.
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