Last summer, RN spoke to more than 200 retailers about why you read trade press, in order to help understand what is most important to your business and then ensure we give you a return on your investment.

Some of the common reasons we heard were to learn from other successful readers, get ideas to make your business more profitable and to help improve yourselves so you can be more effective business leaders.

For these retailers, there are four pages in this issue that you will love. Our ‘year of brilliant business’ feature, starting on page 22, contains the 53 best ideas from each of the great retailers we profiled in RN this year (including two from our 125th anniversary retailer profile double bill in July).[pull_quote_right]Next year looks set to be equally exciting with plenty of opportunities. Rest assured, RN will be giving you plenty of food for thought along the way[/pull_quote_right]

From James Brundle’s burger bar to Kuldeep Singh Lalli’s car park launderette, it shows how proactive retailers are constantly innovating.

It also demonstrates what an exciting year 2014 has been and what a vibrant industry we operate in.

The feature is packed with store refits, Subway franchises, new symbol formats, coffee machines, diversification and fresh produce.

At the same time, there are retailers using magazines, creative marketing and good old customer service to create a niche and wow their customers.

Next year looks set to be equally exciting with plenty of opportunities for those willing to invest in their businesses, listen to their customers, learn from their peers and try something new. Rest assured, RN will be giving you plenty of food for thought along the way.

Thanks to you all for your continued support in 2014. See you in 2015.