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Which? names its top brands of 2017

Consumer watchdog Which? has revealed the winners of the 2017 Which? Awards. At a ceremony held in London on May 17, which was jointly hosted by Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith and TV presenter Natasha Kaplinsky, Which? celebrated businesses across a range of sectors from retailers and home appliances to …

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ASA upholds complaint over Wayfair advert

Online homeware retailer Wayfair.co.uk has had its knuckles rapped by the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) for misleading viewers in an advert. A Wayfair.co.uk TV ad, seen on January 29, featured a voice-over which stated: “When you need something for your home, Wayfair’s got you covered. At Wayfair.co.uk everything home is …

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Kitchen islands go back to the future

The trend for column-cum-tables in the kitchen fell out of favour in recent years but is being championed once again by independent and national chain retailers, according to Wilsonart UK. Ruby Kiernan, marketing communication manager for Wilsonart UK, which is part of the world’s largest manufacturer of laminate surfaces, said: …

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Which? report reveals best and worst high street shops

Toolstation and Richer Sounds have been named the highest ranking shops in the UK in 2017, according to an annual survey of shoppers. In January, consumer watchdog Which? asked 10,214 members of the public about their previous six months’ in-store shopping experiences at 100 major retailers. Questions covered overall experience …

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New TV series on its way starring Nigella Lawson

BBC2 has commissioned a new series presented by celebrity cook Nigella Lawson. ‘At My Table’ is described as ‘a delicious celebration of home cooking, and the food that makes people feel happy and welcome as they sit around your table’. The broadcaster said: ‘In her latest series, Nigella will share the …

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Tesco to trial Currys PC World outlets in stores

Tesco and Dixons Carphone have announced a new partnership which will see two Currys PC World concessions opening within Tesco Extra stores this summer. The first store is scheduled to open in July at Tesco’s Milton Keynes Extra store, followed by a second concession at its Weston Favell Extra store …

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IKEA pilots new scheme at Cardiff store

IKEA has launched a textile take-back scheme at its Cardiff store, to encourage customers to recycle unwanted textiles and help the local community. The initiative will give shoppers the opportunity to bring in unwanted textiles – from clothing to soft furnishings – purchased from any store, to be reused, repaired …

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Welcome to turkey lovers and country cooking month

This is the month when many people commemorate Father’s Day on Sunday June 18, by making a special effort to visit their Dad or to send him a card or gift. But June also sees a number of lesser known occasions, according to analysis by national retailer Clintons. Tim Fairs, …

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Gourmet Gadgetry’s Lisa Scott reaches finals of Entrepreneur of the Year award

Lisa Scott, the founder and sales & marketing director of housewares supplier Gourmet Gadgetry, has reached the finals of the 2017 First Women Awards. She has been named as one of five finalists in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. The other contenders are Angela Spang of June Medical, Kim …

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Hotpoint and Jamie Oliver take cooking lessons on the road

A Hotpoint mobile teaching kitchen will hit the road this summer to arm the nation with cooking skills, in partnership with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his Food Foundation. Teachers from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation will run daily free classes from the truck, using Hotpoint cooking appliances, The lessons …

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