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The Spicery launches ‘world’s first’ curry advent calendar

The Spicery is putting a curry twist on Christmas with the launch of what it claims is the world’s first curry advent calendar. Every window in the double-sided Curry Legend advent calendar contains a recipe for a traditional Christmas dish such as turkey seekh kebabs and spicy apple chutney, vindaloo …

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Amazon research reveals the nation’s Christmas shopping habits

Each Brit spends an average of 882 hours Christmas shopping, purchasing 1,386 presents across a lifetime, according to a new survey commissioned by online retailer Amazon to mark the launch of the Christmas Shop and Gift Finder on Amazon.co.uk. Across the average adult lifetime, Brits will receive 630 presents and …

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Keith Brymer Jones to co-present new BBC2 arts & crafts design show

‘The Victorian House Of Arts And Crafts’ is the name of a new BBC Two series presented by Anita Ranim, alongside potter and ceramic designer Keith Brymer Jones (who is head of design at housewares company MAKE International) and arts and crafts expert Patch Rogers. Due to air in early 2019, the four-part …

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Robert Dyas to start Black Friday Shopping Bonanza early

High street retailer Robert Dyas will kick off its Black Friday Shopping Bonanza on Tuesday November 20, in preparation for Black Friday on November 23 – and will run the event for eight days to Wednesday November 28. Robert Dyas head of marketing Rebecca Waters said: “We’re very excited to …

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Klean Kanteen introduces TKPro to the UK

Klean Kanteen has launched a brand new product to add to its range of stainless steel re-useable drinkware. The TKPro, Klean Kanteen’s first insulated flask with integrated cup, features a 360 degree pour-through design and is 100% plastic-free. Available in three sizes (0.5L, 0.75L and 1L) and two colours, the …

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Smart gadgets soar as UK embraces the connected home

More UK households now have a home assistant than a pet rabbit, according to Argos. The retailer claims that 10% of UK households now own a home assistant – more than the number of households with a pet rabbit (2%) or hamster (1%) – with sales of smart home products …

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Waitrose launches ‘Too Good To Wait’ Christmas ad campaign

Waitrose & Partners is breaking with tradition this year with a series of six 30-second lighthearted Christmas TV adverts rather than just one, on the theme of ‘Too Good To Wait’. In a first with ITV, to tie in with the idea of ‘Too Good To Wait’, viewers will see …

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Habitat unveils new Brighton store

Habitat launched its new stand-alone flagship store in Brighton city centre today (Friday November 9). As part of the 1.3 acre Hannington Estate redevelopment, the 6,500sq ft shop at 23-25 North Street is the homeware retailer’s third largest store in the UK. The two-storey branch features more than 3,000 products across …

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John Lewis Partnership announces succession plan for chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has begun the search for a successor to Sir Charlie Mayfield, who will step down as JLP’s fifth chairman in its nearly 100 year history during 2020. The new chairman will be announced in the second half of 2019. The retailer said the selection process has …

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ProCook eliminates plastic packaging

Housewares retailer ProCook has joined the battle against plastic pollution, announcing big changes to the way its products are packaged. The specialist chain has made the commitment to use fully recyclable materials in its cookware and knife ranges, resulting in 90% of all plastic packaging being eliminated in the ranges …

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