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Sainsbury’s and Argos seek 11,500 Christmas temps

Sainsbury’s and Argos are recruiting 11,500 temporary colleagues to work for them during the Black Friday and Christmas periods. A total of 5,500 jobs are available at Sainsbury’s and 6,000 at Argos. Both retailers are also offering extra hours to colleagues who may want extra work in the run-up to …

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BRC reports ‘constrained’ consumer spending in September

UK retail sales slipped by 0.2% in September on a like-for-like basis from September 2017, according to the latest statistics from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. Covering the five weeks from August 26 to September 29, the BRC-KPMG’s September retail sales monitor reveals that on a total basis, …

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Wyevale Garden Centres sells five garden centres to Dobbies Garden Centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has agreed the sale of five of its largest garden centres to Dobbies Garden Centres. The centres are Gloucester, Heighley Gate, Huntingdon, Woodbridge and Woodlands. The sale is expected to complete in late October with the centres reopening as Dobbies soon after. The acquisition brings more …

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Deadline extended to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019

The deadline to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 has been extended to Friday October 12. Organised annually by Datateam Business Media – publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner HousewaresLive.net – in partnership with annual home and gift show Spring Fair, the Awards honour the UK’s most outstanding …

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Fresh new look for Freeform

Exhibiting simultaneously at Maison & Objet in Paris and for the first time at Top Drawer in London, the award-winning Freeform brand unveiled a fresh look with a new tabletop accessories collection. The brand now incorporates several elements including Connect and Duo, which come together in form and colour for …

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Fearne Cotton to present new BBC interior design show

TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton will host a new interior design competition show coming soon to BBC. ‘Project Interiors’ will be judged by former editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration magazine Michelle Ogundehin, who will enlist the help of celebrities Mary Portas, Jade Jagger and Matthew Williamson as specialist guest judges. …

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Two Jack’s stores open in Merseyside

Tesco opened two shops under its new Jack’s brand at Edge Hill and St Helens in Merseyside last Thursday (October 4). The launch of Jack’s is part of Tesco’s centenary celebrations. Over the next six months, Tesco will launch 10-15 Jack’s stores in the UK. The first two branches opened …

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Half Moon Bay collaborates with Huskup

Licensed and themed giftware wholesaler Half Moon Bay has collaborated with eco-friendly coffee cup brand Huskup, which offers reusable travel mugs made of rice husk, on a new collection. Huskup claims its rice husk products ‘outshine reusable plastic or bamboo cups by being 100% biodegradable, plastic- and BPA-free, and dishwasher- and …

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Waitrose is first UK supermarket to launch alternatives to plastic sandwich wrap products

Waitrose & Partners is selling  reusable food wraps and paper food bags for sandwiches and snacks, as an alternative to plastic sandwich bags and clingfilm. The retailer says it is the first UK supermarket to sell Bee’s Wrap reusable food wraps, which are available in most branches. They are organic …

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Cath Kidston joins retail mix at intu Derby

Homeware retailer Cath Kidston opens a store at intu Derby this month. The unit, which is located on Level 2 of the shopping centre, joins 50 Cath Kidston stores across the UK. It stocks a variety of home furnishings, accessories, and fashion. Cath Kidston retail director Sue Carvell said: “We’re …

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