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Tom Basford rejoins Grunwerg

Tom Basford has rejoined housewares supplier Grunwerg as sales manager A well-known figure in the housewares industry, Tom started his sales career working for Dixons many years ago, then moved to field sales with Brabantia. Two years later, he joined Grunwerg and completed nearly 15 years of service before deciding …

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Grunwerg moves offices after 70 years in Sheffield

Housewares supplier Grunwerg is moving from its Sheffield base on Rockingham Street, where it has been since 1984, to new offices in the valley of Sheepbridge in Chesterfield. Grunwerg said the new premises at Silversteel Manor feature ‘state-of-the art facilities, including a brand new showroom’ and offers the business ‘more …

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Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of 11 centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) announced the sale of 11 garden centres in four separate transactions to British Garden Centres, The Plant Area Limited (trading as Clandon Park Garden Centre), Coolings Garden Centres and Maidenhead Aquatics on Wednesday (June 19). British Garden Centres will acquire 8 centres: Albrighton, Birchencliffe, Bressingham, Gardenlands, …

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Tefal teams up with Men In Black

Tefal is working with Sony in a partnership with the new Men In Black film entitled ‘Men In Black: International’ to create awareness and drive sales of its new IXEO linen care product. IXEO is described as ‘the first all-in-one ironing and steaming solution that is a totally new way …

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Sainsbury’s unveils UK’s first meat-free butchers

The UK’s first meat-free butchers opened its doors to the public today (Friday June 21). Launched by Sainsbury’s during World Meat Free Week (which runs from June 21 to June 23), the traditional style butcher in East London offers an array of cuts and joints derived from 100% plant-based alternatives …

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Theo Paphitis’ #SBS Small Business Sunday announces Autumn Fair 2019 shortlist

#SBS Small Business Sunday, the online business community founded by retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, has announced the names of 36 businesses that have been shortlisted to be part of Autumn Fair 2019’s #SBS showcase, which made its debut at the trade show last year. From this list, 12 businesses will …

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Bryan Clover of Rainy Day Trust starts 24-hour hike for charity

Bryan Clover, ceo of Rainy Day Trust, is undertaking a non-stop 24-hour hiking marathon today (Friday June 21) to raise funds for the industry charity’s apprenticeship programme. He is aiming to cover between 50 and 60 miles of The Ridgeway [an ancient trackway described as Britain’s oldest road that extends …

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Smidge set to take part in beach clean

Staff from housewares brand Smidge will be taking part in a beach clean on June 25 at Sand Bay in Weston-Super-Mare. Smidge has partnered with the Marine Conservation Society for the initiative and the Bristol-based business has decided to close for the day to enable more than 50 staff members to …

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Administrators complete sale of Bennetts Department Store in Derby

The joint administrators of Derbyshire retailer Bennetts (Irongate) Limited, which trades as Bennetts Department Store, have confirmed that the sale of the Bennetts name and all assets in the Derby store to London Sole Limited has been completed today (Thursday June 20). Billed as ‘the oldest department store in the …

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Debenhams unveils A/W19 home offer

Debenhams has revealed details of its Autumn/Winter 2019 home collections from designers Jasper Conran, Julien MacDonald, Matthew Williamson and Abigail Ahern. The department store group said: ‘Abstract Expressionism and the American art scene of the 1950s are direct inspirations for the J by Jasper Conran A/W19 collection. Contemporary in its …

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