About Us

Real Retail Solutions was created in 2008 but the story goes back long before that.
John Cowan has been involved in retail at many levels since the late 1970’s when he started as a trainee manager with Asda, progressing to Non- Food Manager and Night Shift Manager, he later became a Store Manager with Fine Fare and Littlewoods, where he learnt his craft and skills especially in team management.
His skills were further developed whilst working for Disney as a flagship store manager in Edinburgh’s famous Princes St, and Glasgow’s St Enoch’s. The training in customer experience and team motivation learnt with Disney has allowed Real Retail Solutions to have a selection of highly inspirational training courses.
John has also worked as a regional director and multiple site manager for several well known businesses.

Since 2008 we have provided support, coaching and training for a large variety of businesses, including Falkirk BID, Falkirk for Business, Aberdeenshire council, Stirling BID, Perth Town centre, North Lanarkshire TCM, Largs BID, Harry Gow’s Bakers, Entrepreneurial Spark, Volvo Trucks, World Host, North Ayrshire Business Gateway, and numerous other businesses and organisations both large and small.

During that wonderful summer Olympics in London 2012 we worked with partners (Pursuit 3 and The Retailer) to set up and run 6 stores around London to retail a fantastic range of sporting memorabilia. The stores four in the Olympic park, one in Hyde Park, and one in Wimbledon.

Glasgow 2014 will be remembered for a long time, and we were there setting up with partners again the very successful sporting memorabilia auction, who can forget the Tea Cakes and the tartan truck in the opening ceremony both of which were sold and raised funds to stage the games.

The Rio 2016 Olympics were a colourful spectacular that showcased the best athletes the world has. We again worked with our partners to organise run and promote the Rio 2016 official auction.

If you are looking for no nonsense solutions to your retail problems either in your physical premises or online or have a sporting event and want to release the potential of your assets than contact us we talk your language.

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