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Sainsbury’s opens new supermarket in Kendal

Sainsbury’s opened the doors to its new Kendal supermarket last Wednesday (September 26). Located on Shap Road in the Cumbrian town, the branch offers branded and own-brand groceries and clothing, along with an in-store bakery and services including an Argos (which stocks more than 20,000 products) and a Specsavers counter …

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Amazon raises minimum wage

Amazon has announced that it is increasing its minimum wage to £10.50 for the London area and £9.50 for the rest of the UK for all full-time, part-time, temporary (including those hired by agencies), and seasonal employees, from November 1. The new Amazon £10.50/£9.50 minimum wage will benefit more than …

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Rainy Day Trust boss Bryan Clover takes a hike for charity

Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), is embarking on a week-long fund-raising challenge for the industry charity on Saturday (October 6). He will hike 175 miles along Cornwall’s coastline in just seven days to raise awareness of RDT’s work. Bryan’s ramble will start in Newquay …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards names 2018 winners

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 were announced last night (Wednesday October 4) during a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The victors of the event, which was organised by ‘Progressive Housewares’ magazine in conjunction with bira (British Independent Retailers Association), are: Retail Employee of the …

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New foodie and home shows coming soon to BBC One

BBC One has revealed details of new factual and factual entertainment daytime programmes planned for this winter, with the focus on food, homes and product inventions. Airing in the two weeks before Christmas, ‘Best Christmas Food Ever’ will feature chef Paul Ainsworth and Irish cookery school owner and home cook …

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New home show set to launch in London

A brand new trade show called the Pure Living Lifestyle & Home Fair is coming to London next March. Organised by Elite London Events, the exhibition will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington from March 4 to March 5 and will host 250 designers and brands from across …

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Top Drawer show attracts ‘very high calibre’ crowd

Exhibition organiser Clarion Events reported a ‘very high calibre of buyers’ at the Autumn/Winter edition of Top Drawer, with many of the 1,000-plus exhibitors taking orders within the first 30 minutes of the trade show’s opening day. Visitors to the fair, which took place from September 9 to September 11 …

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Waitrose celebrates tenth anniversary of its Community Matters scheme

This month Waitrose & Partners commemorates 10 years of its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme. Under the initiative, shoppers are given a green token at the checkout to place in one of three boxes – each allocated to a different local cause. At the end of each month, a donation …

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John Lewis introduces gifting collection: Find Keep Give

John Lewis & Partners has launched an exclusive gifting collection called Find Keep Give. The department store group said: ‘Designed to reflect trends for wellbeing, entertaining and all things decorative, the 200-piece collection spans gifts across tableware and glassware, ceramics, decorative accessories, fashion and more – 80% of which has …

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Asda launches glittery gingerbread gin liqueur

With colder climes on the way, Asda is helping customers get into the spirit with the introduction of a limited-edition Extra Special Gingerbread Gin Liqueur. Vibrant orange gold with a shimmering, pearlescent edible glitter, the Extra Special Gingerbread Gin Liqueur is described as ‘the perfect way to add a touch …

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