This is a list of appearances in the media by’s Graham Soult during 2017, including on radio and TV, and in the press.

Areas of expertise include supermarkets, value retailers, department stores, the changing high street, and brands and marketing.

If you would like to make contact with Graham about a potential media opportunity, call (0191) 461 0361, or send a message using the contact form or Twitter (@soult).


National radio interviews

Mentions in national press

Mentions in national retail/digital press


  • International Jewellery London (IJL), Olympia: ‘Jewel Fuel: How to Wow Your Customers on the High Street and Online’ (4 September 2017).

North East and other regions

Local television interviews

Graham Soult being interviewed by the BBC's Ian Reeve in Darlington town centre
Graham Soult being interviewed by the BBC’s Ian Reeve in Darlington town centre
  • BBC Look North: Report by Ian Reeve on the official launch of the Sacriston Shops project, featuring interview with Graham Soult (7 November 2017).
  • BBC Look North: Pre-recorded interview with Ian Reeve in Darlington, discussing the factors – such as maintaining a safe, attractive environment – that contribute to a successful town centre (25 August 2017).

Local radio interviews

  • BBC Tees: Live interview with Mike Parr about shopping in the run-up to Christmas, and whether stores should open on Christmas Eve (20 December 2017, telephone from Tamworth town centre).
  • BBC Newcastle: Live chat with Alfie Joey and Anna Foster about the issues facing Blyth town centre, drawing from’s work in Chester-le-Street and Sacriston to suggest ways in which independent shops can grow their footfall and business (15 December 2017, in studio).

  • BBC Tees: Live discussion with Mike Parr about the merits (or not) of shopping centres and supermarkets introducing fast lanes – and the appeal of independent retailers if supermarkets are too stressful (29 November 2017, telephone).

  • BBC Radio York: Live discussion with Jonathan Cowap about elderly shoppers’ needs on the high street, following research by Anchor Trust highlighting issues such as the growth of automated checkouts and a lack of seating (21 November 2017, telephone).

  • BBC Tees: Live interview talking about the opening of fashion retailer Flannels in Middlesbrough’s ex-BHS building (9 November, telephone).
  • BBC Newcastle: Live interview discussing the launch of the Sacriston Shops project (8 November 2017, telephone).
  • BBC Tees: Live interview with Scott Makin, talking about supermarket meat labelling, local butchers, and the demand for buying British (31 August 2017, telephone).
  • BBC Tees: Pre-recorded interview with Mike Parr, discussing the closure of big-name businesses in Darlington against the backdrop of what is happening elsewhere (25 August 2017, telephone).
  • BBC Tees: Live discussion about shopping habits and the role of Aldi and Lidl, in light of Tesco’s latest results released that morning (16 June 2017, telephone).
  • BBC Radio Nottingham: Live discussion about the still-extant pre-1999 Argos logo at Intu Broadmarsh in Nottingham – and what outdated fascias tell us about the retailers concerned – as previously blogged about in 2012 (21 April 2017, telephone).
  • BBC Tees: Live discussion about out-of-date offers in Tesco, and the ways that supermarket customers shop (13 February 2017, telephone).
  • BBC Newcastle: Live interview about Newcastle-based Fenwick closing its store in Leicester and launching an ecommerce site (5 January 2017, telephone).

Mentions in local/regional press

Northern Echo leader article (2 Sep 2017)
Northern Echo leader article (2 Sep 2017)
Chronicle story on Fenwick's move into ecommerce
Chronicle story on Fenwick’s move into ecommerce

Columns written by Graham Soult

Columns written for Converge cover a wide range of business-related themes, of interest to companies in North East England and beyond.

Mentions in blogs and podcasts