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Hoover Candy appoints new sales and marketing director for SDA

Domestic appliance manufacturer Hoover Candy Group has appointed Bobby Watkins as sales and marketing director for SDA (small domestic appliances). With more than 20 years’ experiences in the consumer electronics and IT industry, he joins from senior sales roles at Sony and Acer, where he spent eight years as general …

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M&S celebrates Royal Wedding by becoming ‘Markle & Sparkle’

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced a royal rebrand in honour of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tomorrow (Saturday May 19). M&S will become Markle & Sparkle for one weekend only (May 18-20). The official unveiling of the rebrand took place today at 10am at M&S’ Windsor …

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Dunelm appoints chief financial officer

Homeware chain Dunelm Group has announced that Laura Carr will be appointed as chief financial officer in the Autumn, with the exact date to be announced in due course. She succeeds Keith Down, who is stepping down to take up a role closer to his family home, as announced in …

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Waitrose to expand vegan and vegetarian offer by 60%

Waitrose is set to expand its total vegan and vegetarian food assortment by 60%. In a supermarket first, the retailer will also introduce a dedicated vegan section, which will be signposted in its shops. In total, the range will feature 125 ingredients, ready meals and other meat-free products. Among 50 …

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Amazon reveals top wedding gifts

As Royal Wedding fever sweeps the nation, Amazon has revealed some of the most popular gift list choices registered by Brits on its wedding list service since 2016. While traditional top products gifted over the last two years include housewares such as grills, cookware and digital wine coolers, Amazon.co.uk’s wedding …

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Black + Blum appoints UK sales agents

Design-led housewares company Black + Blum has appointed three sales agents in a bid to expand business in specialist independent retailers, garden centres, gift shops and other relevant independent channels. Fiona Smith will take on the role of agent for Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria and Durham from July 1. Geraldine Finnan …

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More new exhibitors sign up for Exclusively Shows

The organiser of Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical has revealed details of more new exhibitors for the upcoming event. To date a total of 31 companies have confirmed their debut at the co-located London trade shows. They are: AEG, Sasa Demarle, Doulton Water Filters, Chilly’s Bottles, Scott (UK), New Soda, …

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Royal Wedding fever set to boost retail spend by £195.5 million, says Springboard

Latest data from the retail specialist Springboard reveals that the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday (May 19) is set to boost retail sales across the UK by an estimated £195.5 million (+0.2% uplift) by the end of August with footfall set to increase by an …

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New BBC series Million Pound Menu makes debut

BBC Two is on the hunt for Britain’s next big restaurant brand in a new series which kicked off at 9pm yesterday(Thursday May 17) entitled ‘Million Pound Menu’. Across six episodes, 12 budding restaurateurs who think they’ve got what it takes to go from pop-up to profit will seek to …

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Fruit, ice cream and BBQ meat sales boom at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose last week (to Saturday May 12) were up 3.8% on last year, as warmer weather influenced customers’ purchases. The supermarket chain’s personnel director Jo Walmsley said: “The week saw our biggest sales of ice cream this year, up 55% compared with the same week …

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