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IKEA opens Croydon store’s Swedish Food Market for vulnerable customers and key workers

IKEA is opening its Croydon store’s Swedish Food Market from today (Tuesday March 31), in a move to help feed vulnerable customers and key workers. The Swedish Food Market – which typically sells Swedish food items and is located after the tills in every IKEA – is opening to key …

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U Group increases hospital bin production five-fold to meet NHS needs

Birmingham based manufacturer U Group has increased its hospital bin production five-fold to satisfy orders for the NHS. Historically a housewares distributer, the company has made significant investments in its production capabilities and now produces a vast array of products from bakeware to bins to service the hospitality industry, the …

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Bira: ‘High street banks should hang heads in shame’

High street banks are failing to support small independent retailers in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, a new members’ survey by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has revealed. Bira asked its members about the support they have received following the outbreak of coronavirus – and the results show …

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Bira: ‘Many members won’t benefit from rescue package for self-employed’

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has welcomed yesterday’s (Thursday March 26) rescue plan for the self-employed – but has raised concerns that many of its members won’t benefit. The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a package of support for self-employed people unable to work following the outbreak …

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Rainy Day Trust boss says: donate your commute

Bryan Clover, ceo of the Rainy Day Trust, has suggested that remote workers can donate one day of their saved commuting costs to the industry charity. He said: “If you are following government advice and working from home, then you will be saving fuel costs. Please donate your saving of …

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BHETA postpones National Home Improvement Month

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has postponed its annual DIY and garden industry consumer promotion National Home Improvement Month until later in the year in the light of the Covid-19 crisis. BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones said: “While BHETA is pleased to see the Government acknowledge home …

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Bira: more support needed for small independent retailers through Covid-19 emergency

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has announced that it is ‘continuing in its efforts to get the best deal for its members’ during the coronavirus crisis. Bira has already lobbied for extra support for independent retailers following the outbreak of Covid-19. However, the trade body’s ceo Andrew Goodacre said …

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Bira launches new coronavirus hub to help independent retailers through crisis

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has launched a dedicated coronavirus hub to guide its members and the wider retail community through the crisis. The online resource, accessible through the Bira website, is a one-stop shop featuring information and advice. It is being updated every day, throughout the day. Information …

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Tramontina wins best display stand at Home Hardware show

  Housewares supplier Tramontina won the Best Display Stand award at Home Hardware’s Spring Trade Show, held on March 10 at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter. Tramontina’s managing director Alexandre Frubel and sales manager Bruno Bortollini were rewarded with a cash prize of £100, a certificate and a glass trophy. …

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