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Back to the future for the high street?

Services such as cafés, markets and tattoo parlours have thrived even as major retailers struggle amid concerns for the future of the UK high street, new analysis from Which? reveals. The consumers’ association analysed almost 1.5 million Ordnance Survey [national mapping agency] business records from 2014 and 2019 to compare …

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M&S plans 60,000sq ft store for the Midlands

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to open a new 60,000sq ft store at British Land’s Giltbrook Retail Park in Nottingham in Summer 2020. Up to 150 new and existing M&S staff will work at the new store in Nottingham, with recruitment in Spring 2020. The announcement comes less …

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Debenhams marks milestone

Debenhams is commemorating 40 years of trading in Blackburn. The department store group’s branch at The Mall Blackburn Shopping Centre in Lancashire is holding a variety of events this weekend (October 19-20) to help its 120 staff celebrate with customers including 20% off in the store restaurant, a special cardholder promotion, …

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BHETA to hold Meet The Buyer day with Wilko

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will host a Meet The Buyer retail networking day with Wilko at the Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel at Retford in Nottinghamshire on November 13. The event will include the 400-strong home and hardware chain’s whole buying team. Wilko’s listings include home …

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David Mason Design collaborates with Ashley Thomas

David Mason Design (DMD) has announced a collaboration with designer Ashley Thomas. The housewares company said: ‘Working in partnership with Ashley, we have created the first phase of the launch of the Ashley Thomas Brand for DMD, scheduled for Spring 2020, with an extensive collection covering bakeware, teatime accessories and …

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John Lewis reveals what’s hot, what’s not and what’s next in housewares

John Lewis & Partners has released its annual Retail Report which looks back on sales trends at the department store group over the past 12 months. ‘How We Shop, Live And Look’ analyses internal shopping data from August 2018 to August 2019 to get an insight into the products which …

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BHETA to host service provider forum for members

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) is hosting a Service Provider Forum aimed at showcasing its business services to members. The event takes place on November 19 at BHETA’s headquarters in central Birmingham. BHETA members have access to a wide range of support services via the trade body’s 29 business …

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Borough Kitchen set to open branch in Islington

London-based cookshop chain is preparing to open its fourth store, in the new Islington Square premium retail and leisure complex situated in north London’s old postal sorting office on Upper Street. A pop-up will open in early November and a permanent cookshop and cook school, also in Islington Square, will …

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Kenwood launches a collaboration with Mary Berry

Kenwood has launched a brand new collaboration with celebrity cook Mary Berry. Available exclusively at Lakeland, the range includes a new mushroom cream colourway designed in partnership with Mary and a special edition branding of three Kenwood products: the Chef Elite, Chefette and Hand Mixer. Mary said: “My first experience …

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Dominic West joins The Wine Show

‘The Wine Show’ has announced the name of the newest member of the TV series’ presenting team. Joining co-presenters Joe Fattorini, James Purefoy and the Matthews Goode for season three is the actor, director, musician – and wine enthusiast – Dominic West. Dominic said: “When I was asked if I …

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