Richard Cope
Richard is a Senior Trends Consultant, bringing the latest consumer trends to Mintel clients through bespoke presentations and represents Mintel at global conferences.

mintel inspire future dream shopping spree

As riots sweep Britain and its shops are looted, the country takes a long hard look at itself and asks about the aspirations of its youth.

The cause gets smashed

Your future dream is a shopping spree. These lyrics are from Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols written in the ‘bad old days’ of 70s Britain – an era of three day weeks, ‘nothing to do’ and race riots at Notting Hill Carnival. Today these words sound more relevant than ever, as Britain’s youths go beyond the couch potatoism of the “Boomerang Generation” to wreak havoc and disorder. Are our young the dispossessed?

Maybe. This is a country where a university education costs an average of