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IKEA Greenwich receives highest BREEAM UK rating

IKEA UK’s newest full-sized store, which opened at Greenwich in south-east London on February 7, has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM UK New Construction certification: an accolade held by just 320 buildings around the world. IKEA Greenwich was designed and built to reach the highest BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment …

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Squire’s Garden Centres opens florist shop-in-shop in Farnham

Squire’s Garden Centre on Badshot Lea Road in the Surrey town of Farnham has opened a florist shop-in-shop. Independent retailer Petal & Stem has moved from Weybourne Road in Farnham to a prime position just inside the entrance of the centre. Run by local resident Lucie Saggs – who is …

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Spearmark goes for gold with Treasure X housewares licence

Bulldog Licensing has secured three new agreements for Treasure X: the latest collectible sensation from Moose Toys. The deals are with Spearmark for housewares and lighting; Aykroyds & TDP for nightwear, underwear and swimwear; and Blues for daywear and outerwear. Treasure X has sparked a playground craze: children dig through the …

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Which? comments on CMA decision to block Sainsbury’s/Asda merger

Consumer body Which? has commented on the findings of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) Final Report, published today (Thursday April 25), on the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda, resulting in prohibition of the merger. Which? director of advocacy Caroline Normand said: “The CMA is right to block this …

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Sainsbury’s ceo comments on CMA decision to block Sainsbury’s/Asda merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today (Thursday April 25) published its Final Report on the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda, resulting in prohibition of the merger. As a result, Sainsbury’s and Asda have mutually agreed to terminate the transaction. Sainsbury’s ceo Mike Coupe said: “The specific reason …

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CMA blocks merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed merger of the Sainsbury and Asda supermarket chains. The CMA’s final report, published today (Thursday April 25)  said that ‘UK shoppers and motorists would be worse off if Sainsbury’s and Asda – two of the country’s largest supermarkets – were …

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Dunelm sponsors ITV’s This Morning show

Homeware chain Dunelm is sponsoring ITV daytime magazine show ‘This Morning’ for a year. The programme, fronted by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, features a series of broadcast idents which showcase Dunelm products, along with licensing, digital activity and branded content collaborations. Dunelm has introduced a dedicated This Morning hub …

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Waitrose mixes it up in a world first

Waitrose & Partners has launched Sekforde, billed as a range of the world’s first and only mixers created for specific spirits.    The supermarket chain said: ‘Building on the growing trend of premium mixers, Sekforde was started to fill the gap in premium mixers for specific spirits. Championing the unique …

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Trouva teams up with real estate adviser to tackle business rates

Trouva has unveiled a strategic partnership with real estate adviser Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH) to help ‘tackle unfair business rates’ for independent retailers. Trouva is a curated online marketplace for independent homewares specialists which represents over 500 high street shops across the UK. The partnership offers a full suite of …

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Top Drawer prepares to co-locate with Pulse in September

Trade show Top Drawer is set to unveil the newly co-located Pulse show at its Autumn/Winter 2019 edition, which takes place from September 8 to September 10 at Olympia in London. Both exhibitions are organised by Clarion Events. Pulse, which was launched in 2003, is billed as ‘a destination for …

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