Queen of Shops Mary Portas, currently weaving her retail magic on BBC2, is set to help thousands of retailers with the launch of masterclasses.

Created by Skillsmart Retail, the Mary Portas Guide to Successful Retailing launches next month and will give hints and tips on turning a store into a high-performing business. It will include step-by-step guides, interactive workshops and video case studies.

Portas said the masterclasses would allow her to help many more retailers after 6,500 applied to the BBC to be on her show.