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Sofology teams up with Owen Wilson for TV ad campaign sequel

Sofa retailer Sofology has joined forces with Hollywood actor Owen Wilson again for the second instalment of its TV advertising campaign. Aimed at ‘instilling the importance of feeling happy, comfortable and at home on a sofa you love’, the ads capture Wilson, star of films ‘Marley & Me’ and ‘Wedding …

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Squire’s Garden Centres introduces ‘Chatter & Natter’ tables

Squire’s Garden Centres is one of the latest companies to join the Chatty Café scheme. The aim of Chatty Café is to encourage people to talk to others. The initiative is the brainchild of Alexandra Hoskyn, who founded it after a miserable day at a supermarket café with her infant …

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Scott Brothers appointed exclusive UK distributor for new Honeywell dehumidifier

  Cheshire-based appliance supplier Scott Brothers has announced that it is the exclusive UK stockist of the Honeywell TP-Compact 12 litre portable dehumidifier. Scott Brothers said: ‘The TP-Compact offers a durable and portable solution to household mould and damp issues in small sized rooms including bedrooms, dens, bathrooms – and …

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Channel 4 celebrates 20 Years of the Naked Chef

It’s been 20 years since Jamie Oliver exploded onto our screens and into our homes with ‘The Naked Chef’ and gave culinary culture a radical shake-up. Jamie has helped changed how we cook and eat over the last two decades – but how has the past 20 years changed him? …

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Fred Sirieix to host brand new series: Snackmasters

Fred Sirieix has set some of the country’s top chefs an extraordinary challenge: to work out the secret recipes behind Britain’s best-loved snacks. The French Maître d’hôtel, best known for appearing on Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’, will present the new four-part Channel 4 show entitled ‘Snackmasters’. The broadcaster said: ‘In …

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Three associate members join BHETA

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has welcomed three new associate members to its roster of approved supplier companies. i-Corporate Risk Consultants Ltd (i-CRC) is an investigation company dealing in all aspects of corporate security and risk management consulting. Liz Pinks Marketing (LPMR Ltd) is a specialist in marketing recruitment, …

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Sales of housewares for students heading for university up at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 2.8% last week (to Saturday August 17) on the same week last year. The department store group’s buying director Christine Kasoulis said: “Home sales were down 5.9% but sales of the House by John Lewis range were up 15%, as students …

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Sales of home baking products up 9% at Waitrose

Total sales at Waitrose & Partners excluding fuel were down 2.1% last week (to Saturday August 17) compared with the same week last year, as the country continued to experience mixed weather. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said: “Ahead of the first episode of ‘The Great British Bake …

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Homebase acquires Bathstore

Home improvement and garden retailer Homebase has announced the acquisition of bathroom specialist retailer Bathstore. Under the deal, Homebase will take control of Bathstore’s 44 stores and its website, which will continue to trade independently from the Homebase website. Homebase will also open ‘a significant number’ of Bathstore concessions in …

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Bira urges Prime Minister to take action on retail issues

Following Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is challenging the government to resolve ‘some of the ongoing issues that are burdening independent retail businesses’. Bira is urging the new Prime Minister to: Find a Brexit solution that works for independent businesses. Bira said: ‘We …

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