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Rex London wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade

Rex London has received the Queen’s Award for International Trade, following six years of continuous growth in overseas sales. The accolade is awarded for growth and commercial success in international trade. The company began in 1981 as a market stall in London’s Portobello market and is now a major international …

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‘Crafting queen’ Sara Davies enters Den as youngest ever Dragon

BBC Two has announced that the latest Dragon to enter the Den will be entrepreneur Sara Davies, founder of worldwide crafting company Crafter’s Companion. Sara steps into the role following the departure of Jenny Campbell, who stood down from the programme in February. She will begin filming in the Den …

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George at Asda to sell products made from recycled plastic bottles and clothing as part of new sustainability pledge

George, the fashion and homewares arm of the supermarket chain Asda, will for the first time sell products made from recycled plastic bottles and clothing, as part of a commitment to use only polyester that is sourced from recycled materials by 2025. The products launching in the retailer’s Spring/Summer 2019 …

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Jeray Sales wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

Jeray Sales has received the Queen’s Award for International Trade. This accolade is awarded for growth and commercial success in international trade. Established in 1952, Jeray Sales is a leading specialist supplier of professional quality home bar and drinking accessories. With offices in the UK and Far East, Jeray Sales …

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Portuguese ambassador to attend Divertimenti cookshop event

London cookshop Divertimenti will host a celebration of Portugal in collaboration with the Portuguese pottery studio Bordallo Pinheiro next month. His Excellency, Manuel Lobo Antunes, the Portuguese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, will attend the exclusive function to mark the launch of this showcase. The event, entitled A Taste of …

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‘Meghan effect’ draws US shoppers to British brands

Spending by shoppers visiting the UK from the US grew by 30% this March compared with the year-ago period, according to tourism shopping tax refund company Global Blue. Shoppers from the States now take a sizable 7% of the total tax-free sales in the UK – and in 2018, 54% …

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Leekes wins best team in Finance Awards

Welsh retailer Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has won the medium/large finance team of the year category of the second annual Finance Awards Wales, organised by Wired Management in partnership with Recruit 121 Finance & Accounting. The news was announced at a prestigious ceremony held at Cardiff’s City Hall on …

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Teflon Diamond Standard Awards 2020: open for entries

Teflon non-stick coatings has announced the launch of its Diamond Standard Awards 2020 for amateur chefs of all ages. Since this national cookery competition launched in 2012, it has become an annual calendar event that recognises excellence by supporting students to achieve their goals of working as chefs. More recently, …

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Tony Grimshaw of What More UK presented with Freedom of the City of London

Tony Grimshaw OBE accepted the Freedom of the City of London honour on April 12. The director of housewares supplier What More UK said he was “extremely proud as a Lancastrian” to attend the ceremony of declaration, held in the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall at London. Tony was escorted to …

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High Street footfall rises over Easter weekend as Brits enjoy Bank Holiday sunshine

The hot and sunny weather had a ‘hugely positive’ result for retail destinations this weekend, with an increase in footfall of +6.5% on Good Friday, +1.2% on Easter Saturday and +8.4% by 12pm on Easter Monday, according to the latest statistics from Springboard. The provider of retail intelligence said this …

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