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Government launches product recall website today

Responding to police confirmation that the Grenfell Tower tragedy was caused by a faulty Hotpoint fridge freezer, the chief executive of Electrical Safety First, Phil Buckle, has commented: “While investigations continue into why this tragic fire spread so quickly, we know that fridge freezers – along with other large white …

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BHETA announces next Credit Forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next Credit Forum on July 12. Aimed at credit and finance professionals, the event is co-hosted by Acumen Credit Insurance Brokers and Experian and is workshop and discussion-based. The Forum starts at 9.30 am at BHETA’s headquarters: Federation House on …

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The Giftware Association commemorates 70 years

The Giftware Association celebrated its 70th birthday at its members’ day and AGM last Wednesday (June 21) in its home town of Birmingham at Fazeley Studios. The AGM held in the morning was one of the best-attended to date, drawing more than 125 members and non-members. In the afternoon, delegates …

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Cambridge named UK’s healthiest retail location

Cambridge has topped a league of 1,000 best-quality retail centres across Britain, with Westfield London in second place and Knightsbridge third. The ‘Vitality Index’, compiled by retail property specialist Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH), ranks locations by their ‘retail health’. This is measured through a combination of the proportion of up-market …

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‘Grand Designs: House of the Year’ returns for a third series

‘Grand Designs: House of the Year’ is back on Channel 4 this autumn for a third series. Presented by Kevin McCloud, the show will unveil a selection of homes in the running for the prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) House of the Year 2017 Award. Kevin and his …

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ITV commissions new consumer series ‘Eat, Shop, Save’

‘Eat, Shop, Save’ is the title of a new ITV series which aims to advise viewers on how to eat better, cook smarter and save money on their weekly shop. The four 30-minute episodes, which air this summer, are fronted by journalist Ranvir Singh, best known for her presenting role …

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John Lewis seeks staff for new Oxford store

John Lewis is recruiting staff for around 300 new jobs at its first ever store in Oxford, which opens in four months. The 120,000sq ft outlet, which represents an £18m investment in the Oxfordshire city by the retailer, will launch alongside other shops at the £440 million Westgate Oxford development …

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Tesco announces record 10.5% pay rise for store staff

Tesco has revealed details of a new pay deal for hourly paid store staff. Hourly rates will increase by 10.5% over the next two years, from the current rate of £7.62 to £8.42 an hour by November 2018. The pay will increase in three stages: from £7.62 to £8.02 in …

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BRC comments on the Queen’s speech

A host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a departure from the EU were announced in the Queen’s Speech, delivered on June 21. Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), commented: “In very uncertain times, retailers will be encouraged that the Government …

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BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef serves up series 12

BBC One’s ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ is back soon, with 20 stars from the worlds of sport and show business. In series 12, the contestants will once again take part in an assortment of culinary challenges, under the eyes of judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Tasks range from include identifying mystery …

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