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No spring in step for March retail footfall

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard has released its retail footfall figures for March, covering the five weeks from February 25 to March 31. Year-on-year, footfall dropped by 6% – a substantial slump compared with the positive rate of 1.3% for March 2017 – and the steepest year-on-year fall …

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MasterChef crowns 2018 champion

Kenny Tutt was crowned champion of BBC1 cookery series ‘MasterChef’ last Friday (April 13), becoming the fourteenth amateur cook to claim the title. The 36-year-old bank manager faced competition from 55 contestants, through seven weeks of culinary challenges and a close final cook-off with fellow finalists Nawamin Pinpathomrat and David …

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BBC reheats vintage TV dinners

The BBC has delved into its archives to serve up a menu of classic foodie shows. Series dating back to the 1970s, presented by celerity cooks including Delia Smith and Fanny Cradock, can now be viewed on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service. The broadcaster said: ‘Indulge in a feast of …

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Liberty’s homeware buyer takes part in ‘Meet The Experts’ evening

London department store Liberty hosted a ‘Meet the Experts’ evening last Thursday (April 12). For one night only, the Regent Street shop welcomed a host of experts to share their advice on interiors and home styling, giving shoppers the opportunity to meet Liberty’s homeware buyer Bryony Sheridan, alongside Michelle Ogundehin, edit58 and Partnership …

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IKEA brings ‘Wonderful Everyday’ tour to Devon

To celebrate the opening of IKEA’s new store in Exeter on May 1o, the Swedish furnishings retailer has planned 10 mini-events and installations in and around the Devon city over the next three weeks. The ‘Wonderful Everyday’ tour will run from today (Friday April 13) to Thursday May 10, bringing …

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Tefal launches digital media campaign for Thermo-Spot

Cookware brand Tefal is launching a major digital media campaign to educate consumers on the benefits of its Thermo-Spot technology. Built into the non-stick coating of most Tefal cookware, Thermo-Spot features a heat indicator tells the user when the pan has reached the optimum temperature to seal in the flavour …

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Britain’s Best Home Cook is coming soon

The BBC has released a trailer for its brand new cookery series ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’. The competitive show will be broadcast on BBC One and presented by Claudia Winkleman Over eight 60-minute episodes, 10 contestants will be asked to serve meals that reflect both the modern and classic dishes …

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Tom Kerridge stars in ‘Top of the Shop’

A new TV series presented by two-Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge kicks off on BBC Two on Tuesday (April 17) and Wednesday (April 18) at 8pm. ‘Top of the Shop’ is an eight-part series in which food producers with fledgling businesses from across Britain promote and sell their wares over …

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Bunnings Warehouse opens three more stores

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse opened the doors to its 23rd branch on April 4. The new store, located on Wessex Fields at Frome in Somerset, is 47,000sq ft and offers customers a wide range of ‘global, market-leading’ brands. Services include paint mixing, key cutting, a garden centre, …

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John Lewis launches ‘home solutions’ service

Home Solutions is the name of a new service by department store group John Lewis, which allows customers to source and book trusted tradespeople for a range of home improvement services. The service has already been trialled and is being rolled out across selected areas in London and Berkshire this …

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