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Dunelm Group confirms appointment of Nick Wilkinson as chief executive

Further to the announcement made on December 21, homewares retailer Dunelm Group has confirmed that Nick Wilkinson has today (Thursday February 1) joined the board as chief executive. He succeeds John Browett, who stepped down from the role in early September for personal reasons. Nick has extensive retail experience across …

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Marks & Spencer announces store closures

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that six of its stores will close by the end of April, with a further eight proposed for closure. The retailer said staff from the six stores at Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Durham, Fforestfach, Putney and Redditch will move to nearby branches. The eight stores are …

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Denby will mark decade-long collaboration with James Martin at Spring Fair

Celebrity chef and TV presenter James Martin will be on Denby’s stand in Hall 9 (C20-D21) at the Spring Fair on the morning of Tuesday February 6. At the show, Denby will be exhibiting the James Martin ‘Gastro’ and ‘Serve’ entertaining kits along with the James Martin ‘Everyday’ tableware collection. …

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Lesser & Pavey commemorates the royal wedding

To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, Lesser & Pavey has launched a brand new Royal Wedding range. The collection features a fine china mug, loving cup, mug & coaster, heart dish, teabag tidy, spoon rest, set of coasters, set of place mats, wall …

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Asda grows its vegan offering

Asda has announced the launch of a new vegan food-to-go range that is fully accredited by The Vegan Society. The supermarket chain said: ‘With three and a half times as many vegans now than a decade ago, our new vegan lunchtime products aim to fill a gap in the market …

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Amazon prepares to open fulfilment centre in Rugby

Online giant Amazon has announced plans to open a new fulfilment centre, in the Warwickshire town of Rugby, later this year. Amazon director of UK customer fulfilment Stefano Perego said: “We’re delighted to expand our operations in the Midlands, where we already have a dedicated workforce of more than 2,500 …

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James Martin will demo his new cookware range on Horwood stand at Spring Fair

Celebrity chef and TV presenter James Martin will be on Horwood’s stand in Hall 9 (A30-B31) at the Spring Fair on Tuesday February 6 around lunch time. He will be demonstrating his new cookware collection, further endorsing the existing collection. The range, which comprises 11 individual lines and two sets, …

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IKEA founder dies in Sweden aged 91

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of homeware giant IKEA, passed away peacefully at his home in Sweden on Saturday (January 27) following a short illness. He was 91. Ingvar was born in 1926 in Småland, a province in southern Sweden. At the age of 17 he founded IKEA: the business that …

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Nigel Slater samples Middle Eastern cooking in new TV series

In a brand new TV series, Nigel Slater embarks on a Middle Eastern food adventure, exploring some of the oldest and grandest cuisines in the world. The food writer, journalist and broadcaster visits Lebanon in the first episode of ‘Nigel Slater’s Middle East’, which airs this Friday (February 2) at …

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Tom Kerridge tops The Sunday Times Bestsellers

Tom Kerridge’s new cookbook is top of ‘The Sunday Times’ list of bestselling manuals. ‘Lose Weight For Good’ is a tie-in to the Michelin-starred chef’s BBC Two series, which follows Tom as he mentors a group of struggling dieters and aims to prove they can lose weight for good by …

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