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Groupe SEB appoints new managing director

Will Yates has been announced as the new managing director of Groupe SEB for the UK & Ireland, as of September 1. Will joined Groupe SEB in January 2016 as sales director. He was promoted to commercial director in June. His previous positions include sales revenue controller (Northern Europe) of …

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First pea-based milk alternative product arrives in Waitrose

Waitrose & Partners claims to have exclusively launched the first pea-based milk alternative product: Sproud. The supermarket chain said: ’With the ever-increasing demand for dairy-free and plant-based milk alternatives, we’re pleased to offer another exciting product in this fast growing category.’ Sales of the dairy alternatives category have risen 16% …

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New Squire’s garden centre opens in Wokingham

Squire’s Garden Centres has bought Heathlands Garden Centre at Wokingham in Berkshire. Previously owned by Wyevale Garden Centres, the garden centre will now be known as Squire’s in Wokingham. All 33 employees have been retained and now work for Squire’s, including the manager Graham Carter. The garden centre offers a …

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Klean Kanteen named as finalist in the 2020 UK Outdoor Industry Awards

Klean Kanteen’s reusable and plastic-free insulated bottle TKPro has been named as a finalist in the accessories category of the 2020 UK Outdoor Industry Awards. The shortlisted finalists were revealed at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) on July 10 after being selected from 120 products entered by manufacturers and distributors …

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Consumer spending ‘left languishing’ says BRC boss

UK retail sales increased by 0.1% on a like-for-like basis from July 2018, when they had increased 0.5% from the preceding year, according to the latest figures from BRC (British Retail Consortium) and KPMG. Covering the four weeks from June 30 to July 27, the BRC-KPMG monthly sales monitor reported …

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John Lewis continues collaboration with Swoon

John Lewis & Partners and online interiors brand Swoon have announced the launch of their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, continuing their design collaboration into the next season. The 18-piece collection, available from the department store group from September 1, has been exclusively designed by Swoon’s in-house design studio and manufactured by …

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John Lewis & Partners introduces 1815 Bold from Royal Doulton

1815 Bold is the name of a new collection from tabletop company Royal Doulton, exclusive to John Lewis & Partners. The department store group said: ‘This selection of timeless, modern shapes features two design combinations of hand-dipped glazes and brushstrokes in three on-trend colours – aqua, lilac and red – …

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John Lewis customers refresh their homes with decorative touches

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 2.7 % last week (to Saturday August 3) on the same week last year. The department store group’s director of merchandising operations Jon Williams said: “Home sales were down 7.1%. However, customers were refreshing their homes with decorative touches as we …

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Waitrose weekly sales down 2.7%

Total sales excluding fuel were 2.7% lower last week (to Saturday August 3) at Waitrose & Partners than the same week last year, as the country continued to see mixed weather. The supermarket chain’s finance director Ross Avery said: “Sales of wine were up, with English and Welsh wine proving …

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Ross Kemp’s knife crime documentary airs this week

In the third episode of Ross Kemp’s four-part ‘Living With…’ TV series,which explores some of Britain’s most critical issues, the actor and investigative journalist turns the spotlight on knife crime. In ‘Ross Kemp Living With Knife Crime’, which airs on ITV on Thursday (August 8) at 7.30pm, the ex-EastEnder addresses …

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