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Christmas comes early at M&S

This year Marks & Spencer (M&S) customers are getting ready for Christmas earlier than ever before. The clothing, home and food products chain said ‘Christmas’ has been in the top 10 customer searches on M&S.com since the beginning of September, with an average of 2,500 searches a day. In response …

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Co-op serves-up new store in Cardiff’s Capital Quarter

Co-op opened a new food store in Cardiff last Friday (October 4) following a £700,000 investment creating 15 jobs. Located in the city’s Capital Quarter, the store runs on 100% renewable electricity, and is one of three to open in South Wales this week, with other new Co-op food stores …

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Fenwick to headline BHETA forum

The next retailer networking forum organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) will feature Fenwick director of buying for furniture, home and food Kieran McBride. BHETA said: ‘After a year of much change at the independent department store chain, Kieran will be bringing our members up to speed on …

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Co-op and Steel Warriors open gym made from recycled knives

Charity Steel Warriors had launched an outdoor gym made from recycled knives at Ruskin Park in the south London borough of Lambeth, built in partnership with supermarket chain Co-op. Steel Warriors aims to reduce the number of young people carrying knives by melting down tonnes of seized and surrendered weapons …

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A new face at Meyer

The Meyer Group has announced the appointment of Claire Whalley-Livesey as sales director. Meyer chairman and managing director Mark Ivory commented: “Claire joins us at a particularly exciting time as Meyer expands its leadership position in gourmet cookware and invests further across its kitchenware brand portfolio, providing a full service …

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Sir David Attenborough in Bristol for one-off preview screening of ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’

Sir David Attenborough is visiting Bristol later thismonth for an exclusive screening of BBC Studios’ new natural history series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’. The first episode of the series will be shown at the Showcase de Lux cinema in Cabot Circus on the evening of October 23 – and tickets …

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Electrical Safety First chief executive retires

Phil Buckle has retired from his position of chief executive of charity Electrical Safety First. Phil has led the charity for over 10 years and has seen it grow from a niche organisation into one of the UK’s leading consumer protection bodies. During his tenure, he has overseen the charity …

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Shop Direct adds seven homeware brands

Shop Direct has added seven home and furniture brands to its portfolio of more than 150 over the last six weeks. The move supports the integrated pureplay digital retailer’s company’s plans to drive sales within its home category by complementing its own-brand offer with a greater proportion of branded products. …

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Tesco launches new Clubcard Plus

Tesco is launching a new loyalty subscription service called Clubcard Plus. New and existing Tesco Clubcard customers can subscribe to the new Clubcard Plus for £7.99 a month and get up to four benefits each month: 10% off two big shops in-store (exclusions and limits apply); 10% off selected Tesco …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards names 2019 winners

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 were announced last night (Wednesday October 3) during a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The victors of the event, which was organised by ‘Progressive Housewares’ magazine in conjunction with bira (British Independent Retailers Association), are: Retail Employee of …

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