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Wilko appoints new retail director

Wilko has announced that Craig McGregor will be joining its senior team as retail director on August 6. With over 15 years’ senior leadership experience across the UK, US and Europe, Craig has previously held retail director roles at Topshop/Topman, Matalan and, most recently, Specsavers. He will report into Wilko chief …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 reveals names of retail finalists

The roll-call of retailers who have reached the finals of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 has been announced. Organised by trade magazine ‘Progressive Housewares’ in conjunction with the Cookshop & Housewares (CHA) division of trade body bira (British Independent Retailers Association), the awards recognise and reward the achievements of …

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Sainsbury’s appoints new non-executive chairman

Sainsbury’s has appointed Martin Scicluna as its new non-executive chairman. He will join the board as chairman-designate and non-executive director on November 1. Martin is chairman of RSA Insurance and also currently chairman of Great Portland Estates. Previous roles include senior independent director and chair of the audit committee of …

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Tesco UK & ROI ceo steps down due to illness

Tesco has announced several changes to its board and executive committee effective from today (Monday July 16). Charlie Wilson will step down as CEO Tesco UK & ROI and from the board, but remain on the executive committee. In a statement, the supermarket chain said: ‘Following an operation to remove …

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Andy Martin to join John Lewis Partnership board

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has announced the appointment of Andy Martin as a non-executive director of the JLP board and chair of the audit and risk committee. Andy succeeds Baroness Sarah Hogg who joined the board in 2011 and whose term of office ended on June 30. He has worked …

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Amazon unboxes Prime Day 2018 Deals

Amazon Prime Day (and a half) kicked off at midday today (Monday, July 16) and will run until midnight on July 17. The online giant is offering 36 hours of deal shopping across TVs, smart home, kitchen, grocery, toys, furniture, fashion and appliances. The retailer said: ‘This year in the …

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Theo Paphitis’ #SBS reveals Autumn Fair shortlist

Small Business Sunday (#SBS), the online business community founded by high profile businessman Theo Paphitis, has announced its shortlist of 36 businesses in the running to secure space in Autumn Fair’s new #SBS Pavilion. Out of the 36 shortlisted companies, 12 will be selected to fill free exhibition spots at …

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A slow burn for summer retail footfall

Retail footfall fell by 0.9% in June against the previous year, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard. In the five weeks from May 27 to June 30, high streets saw growth of 0.1% (the second month of consecutive growth since November 2017) while footfall in …

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The hottest drink trend of the summer?

Waitrose is launching frozen rosé wine popsicles into shops this weekend (July 14-15), as the trend for alcoholic ice lollies continues to soar. Available in dedicated freezers in the supermarket, the Mirabeau Frosé Popsicle (£2.99 each) is made from a blend of Classic Mirabeau rosé wine and strawberry essence. Rosé …

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Brits stock up on heatwave goods as BBQ fever continues

England’s World Cup trail and the heatwave moving into its third week has seen Brits continuing to host al fresco BBQ parties this week, according to Tesco. The supermarket chain reports that the high temperatures have created huge demand for BBQ food, beer, wine as well as ice and electric …

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