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Liz Lawson gets on her bike for charity

Liz Lawson, managing director of south-west independent housewares chain Lawsons, is hoping to raise £1,000 for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust by taking part in three 100k cycling events within four weeks. She will be participating in three sportives [a cyclosportive or ‘sportive’ is an organised, mass-participation cycling event]: Rapha …

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Bake Off returns with audience of 6.1 million viewers

‘The Great British Bake Off’ returned to Channel 4 last night (Tuesday August 28) with an average audience of 6.1 million viewers (29% share), peaking at 7 million (33% share). The broadcaster said: ‘The show significantly grew its share of the young 16-34 audience, which increased from 53% for last …

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The Great British Bake Off is back

‘The Great British Bake Off’ returns tonight (Tuesday 28 August) at 8pm on Channel 4. Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood and presenters Sandi Toksvig OBE and Noel Fielding will once again joined by 12 of Britain’s best amateur bakers competing for the Bake Off 2018 crown. Accordin to Cannel …

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Bira names Andrew Goodacre as new ceo

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has appointed Andrew Goodacre as its new ceo. He will replace Alan Hawkins, who retires after 33 years with bira. Andrew has been ceo of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) since 2013 and previously held a senior position at the Federation of Small Businesses …

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Giftware Association joins forces with BTAA

The Giftware Association and the British Travelgoods, Handbags and Accessories Association (BTAA) have announced that they are to merge their operations and members services with immediate effect. Both trade bodies will combine their day-to-day operations, whilst retaining their separate identities. GA members’ services and benefits will not be affected but …

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Brands of China returns to Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair has announced the return of its Brands of China showcase for the 15th year. The showcase will run for the duration of the Fair, which takes place from September 2 to September 5 at the NEC in Birmingham. Located in Hall 5, the showcase welcomes manufacturers and wholesalers …

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Hydration products prove popular at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday August 18) were up 3.9% on last year. The department store group’s digital director Sienne Veit said: “The cooler weather positively impacted sales as customers enjoyed buying new season items.” Sienne noted that Home sales were down 1.1% but Gifts, …

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Waitrose customers turn to cooler weather options

Divisional sales at Waitrose excluding fuel were down last week (to Saturday August 18) to 1.1% compared with the same week last year. Jo Walmsley, personnel director of the supermarket chain, said: “Customers turned to cooler weather options as the summer sunshine begins to wane. Sales of slow-cooked meat dishes …

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Sainsbury’s launches till-free shopping

Sainsbury’s is trialling new scan, pay & go technology that will enable customers in one of its London convenience stores to pay for products in-store using their smartphone. Billed by the grocer as a UK supermarket first, the new technology gives shoppers the option to grab their groceries and skip …

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Celebrity MasterChef returns this week

BBC One has revealed the line-up for the next series of Celebrity MasterChef, which returns on Thursday (August 23) at 8pm .Battling it out in the MasterChef kitchen will be: Actors Keith Allen, Chizzy Akudolu, Lisa Maxwell and John Partridge TV personality Spencer Matthews International award-winning artist and actress Stella …

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