In 2007, Mary Portas first appeared in a TV series of her own. BBC2s Mary Queen of Shops focussed on Marys efforts to save flagging fashion boutiques and was immediately popular with viewers, as was Marys tough-love approach. Two further series were aired and a special series, Mary Queen of Charity Shops allowed Mary to tackle the challenges facing charitable organisations in tough economic times. She has since introduced a new style of charity shop, which are called Living and Giving stores, for Save the Children and now has seven such stores in the UK. After her success at the BBC Mary moved to Channel 4, where she has been involved in a number of successful programmes, including Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, Mary, Queen of Frocks, Mary's Bottom Line and Mary Queen of the High Street.
David Cameron commissioned an independent review of the Future of the High Street from Mary in 2011. Her report was published the same year and made a number of recommendations for improvements, some of which are being carried out in a few towns - the designated Portas Pilots.
Mary founded the retail communication agency Yellowdoor in 1997; in 2013, the business was re-launched with a range of new services to cater for the ever changing retail industry. Now called Portas, clients include Swarovski, Puma, Clarks, Matalan and Mercedes-Benz.
Having become a household name primarily for her television appearances, Mary Portas has also written two popular books to help advise consumers about how best to shop for their needs and one to educate retailers on the art of window dressing. Since 2005, Mary has been writing the column Shop! for the Sunday Telegraph Magazine.
Praise for How to Shop with Mary Queen of Shops: "...the 21st century shopping guide you simply can't be without" - Glamour magazine.