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Hobbycraft launches ‘Get Started In’ campaign

Hobbycraft has launched a new ‘Get Started In’ consumer campaign, where each month throughout 2019 the retailer will focus on a different craft to inspire creativity. This month’s focus is on crochet. Since the beginning of January, the arts and crafts retailer has seen searches for ‘crochet’ on its website …

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Co-op to serve-up newest Welsh store on St. David’s Day

The Co-op is open its newest Welsh food store in Penygroes on Saint David’s Day. The grocery retailer will relocate to its new purpose built premises on March 1, following a £600,000 investment. Located in Water Road, the new branch is 50% larger than its former store in the village, …

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Amazon launches own furniture brands

Amazon.co.uk has unveiled its first own brands of furniture available in the UK. Movian and Alkove include products for the living room, dining room, bedroom and beyond. Both ranges are available now at amazon.co.uk/amazon-home The online retailer said: ‘These home and interior lines aim to refresh the home with versatile …

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House of Fraser secures long-term lease for Belfast store

House of Fraser has agreed terms with Commerz Real, the owner of Belfast shopping centre Victoria Square, to secure a new long-term lease in the retail complex. The department store group said both parties ‘worked collaboratively to help secure this strong performing store’ in the centre of Northern Ireland’s capital. …

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Industry pays tribute to David Jarrett

The housewares industry has been paying tribute to David Jarrett, who sadly passed away last Wednesday (February 13) following a short illness, surrounded by his family. With 35 years of experience in the housewares industry, David was an independent sales agent based in the south-west. His career started in 1977 …

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Bira celebrates 120th birthday with a special offer

This year, the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) celebrates 120 years of supporting independent retailers. Since 1899, when Bira’s predecessors – the Ironmongers Federation, British Hardware Federation (BHF) and Drapers Chamber of Trade (DCT) were formed – and following a number of business acquisitions and partnerships, including the British Shops …

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‘Impressive increase’ in visitors at Ambiente

The five-day German trade show Ambiente, which closed on Tuesday (February 12), finished ‘in an excellent mood, with a rise in visitor numbers and a very upbeat atmosphere in the halls,’ according to organiser Messe Frankfurt. A total of 136,000 buyers from 166 countries visited the fair, to view the …

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Argos charts the rise of the ‘Vampire Shopper’

Argos has seen a rise in the number of ‘Vampire Shoppers’ – people who take to Argos.co.uk and the Argos app in the dead of night to buy products – and they’re buying more than ever before. The average Vampire Shopper – most active between 1am and 6am – buys …

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Spring Fair appoints new portfolio director

Charlie Cracknell has been appointed portfolio director for Spring Fair, effective from April. He will be responsible for helping to shape the strategic direction of the annual trade show, as it approaches its 2020 re-edit. Spring Fair organiser ITE Group recently announced that the event will undergo its first major …

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RHS collaborates with fragrance brand Floral Street

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced a partnership with Floral Street – a British company producing contemporary floral fragrances – to produce a new scent for the RHS. Called Electric Rhubarb, the fragrance combines white florals (island gardenia, frangipani and jasmine sambac) and Australian sandalwood with the scent of …

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