HOT 100 RETAIL TITANS: Robert Ungar, owner, CS Bedford

Robert Ungar is a bit of an adrenalin junkie. His love of speed has led to a passion for longboarding and motorcycling, and he counts an absence of unwelcome spills from these respective vehicles over the past 12 months as a great personal achievement.

But his sense of adventure extends much further than his leisure pursuits. Indeed, it is undoubtedly one of the keys to his company’s success.

For the past year he has succeeded in turning CS Bedford around and maintaining its market position, following a difficult few years during the economic downturn. Old stock was thinned out through an enhanced eBay presence, and the company’s store now attracts a worldwide audience to its watch memorabilia sales, subsequently driving traffic to the CS Bedford website.

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Robert has also worked hard to expand the company’s portfolio, introducing new bespoke brands such as Eone, Junghans and Fiyta, as well as increasing its range of NOMOS Glashütte timepieces.

Moving forward into the future, he plans to stay focused on expanding the company’s online presence and boosting market share for pre-owned watches. “Advice to myself for the year ahead is to think with my head and not with my heart – I can be rather impulsive at times!” he smiles.

But Robert also has a wealth of positive traits on which to draw: “My father is a great businessman and taught me that humility and truth is the best policy.”

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