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"Wrexham can still be top of the shops"

Ex-Disney Stores boss says Wrexham can still be top of the shops A miner’s son from Wrexham who rose to become the boss of all the Disney stores across Europe is returning to his hometown to share the secrets of his success. Chris Davies will be discussing the future of the retail sector in North Wales with members of an influential business group, Wrexham Business Professionals (WBP) on Thursday, April 19. The group is made up of successful businesses and highly skilled professional firms of solicitors, accountants and other business professionals working together to raise the profile of enterprise and expertise that exists in the region and beyond. Mr Davies was senior Vice President of Walt Disney’s European retail operation and also worked as a CEO at leading brands such as Staples, Hunter and HSS Hire. The topic for discussion at the meeting at the town's Ramada Plaza Hotel will be Powering Regional Prosperity – Banking on the High Street. The other keynote speaker will be Giles Thorley, CEO of the Development Bank of Wales. Mr Davies, who retired in 2015 after 40 years in marketing and retail, will be talking about his belief in a prosperous future for the high street, the impact of Brexit and his past experiences in the fast-paced world of retail. The 64-year-old, who was born in Wrexham to a mining family before moving to Scotland as a young child, will also be talking about his role as an ambassador for the NSPCC. The father-of-two said: “The retail sector changes all the time so that will be a theme I will be bringing into my talk. “But my style is not to give people advice. There will be people there who run very successful businesses and I’m not going to tell them how it should be run. “All I can do is share my experiences and thoughts. The focus will be on the changes in the sector, along with the...... more ›