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Selfridges celebrates Wimbledon

Throughout Wimbledon Fortnight, department store Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street will be hosting ‘The Pimm’s Wimbledon Bar’ on the terrace of its Roof Deck Restaurant and Bar. From now until Sunday July 16, sports fans can watch live coverage of The Championships on TV screens while enjoying a glass of …

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Sainsbury’s launches edible flower range

Sainsbury’s has announced the arrival of its edible flowers range Grown by local producers in the Vale of Evesham, the brightly coloured flowers include varieties such as tagete marigold, viola, dianthus, cornflowers, borage and nasturtium flowers. All can be used in summer salads, as cake toppings or to garnish smoothies …

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Silverwood issues warning to retailers: update

Following on from Alan Silverwood’s warning to retailers of a potential scam involving its bakeware products, the housewares manufacturer has supplied an update. Yesterday (Tuesday July 4) Alan Silverwood told www.housewareslive.net that seven businesses from different parts of the country have each recently received online orders for 100 “fairly large …

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Silverwood issues warning to retailers

Housewares manufacturer Alan Silverwood is warning retailers to beware of a “potential scam” involving its bakeware products. Seven businesses from different parts of the country have each recently received online orders for 100 “fairly large ticket” items of Silverwood bakeware from an email address in Dubai, with a delivery address …

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Home sales up 8% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis last week (to Saturday July 1), were up 8.8% to £98.7 million The period was the department store group’s full week of summer clearance. Barry Matheson, head of shop trade for Scotland & North, commented: “Electrical and Home Technology had a really strong week, with …

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Alfresco dining boosts Waitrose sales

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose last week (to Saturday July 1) were 0.5% higher compared with the year-ago period. The supermarket chain’s property director Nigel Keen said mixed weather conditions didn’t seem to deter customers from buying foods more traditionally associated with al fresco dining. Quiche sales were up …

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House of Fraser appoints new group chief people officer

House of Fraser has recruited Michelle Maynard as chief people officer, effective from July 4. Michelle is an experienced HR director with over 25 years of experience in customer-focused organisations including British Airways, Coca-Cola, the AA and Thomas Cook Group. Her most recent post was chief people officer for Aviva …

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Brits list their most treasured appliances

Britain has become a nation reliant on small electricals, unable to carry out basic tasks without the help of an appliance, according to new research. A survey of homeowners carried out by retailer AppliancesDirect.co.uk has revealed the top five tasks that Brits would struggle to perform without an appliance. They …

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U-Group joins BHETA

Housewares catering supplier U-Group has joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). The 35 year old company distributes 165 brands including Samuel Groves, Oneida, Arcoroc, Rubbermaid and Steelite. It supplies more than 4,000 bar, catering and janitorial products, from its 150,000sq ft manufacturing and distribution facility in Birmingham. BHETA …

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Waitrose sets recycling goal for own-label packaging

Waitrose has set a target to make its own-label packaging across all food categories widely recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2025. In a move towards meeting this goal, the supermarket chain has announced that its triangular sandwich wrappers will soon be easier to recycle. This will be achieved by …

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