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Charlie Dimmock revisits Squire’s Garden Centres

Hundreds of children from schools across the south-east have been visiting Squire’s Garden Centres to find out the results of the retailer’s ‘Grow Your Own Chips’ competition. The pupils originally visited Squire’s back in March, when the contest was launched by celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock, She showed local schoolchildren at …

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IKEA UK and Ireland set to remove all single-use plastic straws

IKEA UK and Ireland has pledged to remove all single-use plastic straws from its product range and restaurants by October 1. The commitment applies to all UK and Ireland stores, including the recently opened IKEA Exeter store, all future IKEA outlets and IKEA online. The move is part of the …

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It’s Pimm’s o’clock in the Tesco freezer aisle

The English fruit cup brand Pimm’s is to be launched on British high streets as an ice lolly. Pimm’s POPS, which contain just 32 calories, will be exclusively available at nearly 700 Tesco stores across the UK. Tesco ice cream buyer Sonia Morland said: “These refreshing ice lollies are a …

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Sainsbury’s shakes up cocktail hour

Sainsbury’s claims to be the first supermarket to launch a variety of cocktail ingredients in 35cl and 20cl bottles, retailing between £5 and £8.50. The grocer said: ‘This range is designed to be affordable for everyone, so shoppers can swap the cocktail bar for their kitchen – and the bottle …

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Morrisons announces nationwide ‘Quieter Hour’

Morrisons is set to introduce a quieter hour in all of its stores for customers who would benefit from a calmer shopping trip. Designed to help customers who struggle with music and the other noise associated with supermarket shopping, Quieter Hour will take place every Saturday in all of the …

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Have your say on the Offensive Weapons Bill

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Offensive Weapons Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament? If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill. A post at www.parliament.uk …

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Lakeland signs up to WRAP’s The UK Plastics Pact

Lakeland has pledged its support to charity WRAP’s (Waste & Resources Action Programme) The UK Plastics Pact. The initiative is a collaboration which brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain to change the way plastic is designed, produced, used, re-used, disposed of and reprocessed. The housewares chain …

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Indesit launches free cake kit promotion

Indesit has partnered with award-winning cake and biscuit kit company Craft & Crumb to offer consumers a free cake baking kit with the purchase of a selected Indesit oven. The promotion, which runs until August 30, supports the appliance manufacturer’s #DoItTogether campaign, which encourages families to share the household chores …

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Gift of the Year 2019 open for entries

The Gift of the Year 2019 competition is now open for entries, and will remain open until November 30. Organised by the Giftware Association (GA), the contest was launched at the Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival in Harrogate this week. Gift of the Year celebrates the best home and gift …

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New podcast takes listeners ‘behind the scenes’ at M&S

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a podcast series that goes behind the scenes of the retailer. Featuring interviews with M&S staff and guests from the world of business, government and campaign groups, it will tackle some of the issues facing business today, the history of the High Street and …

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