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Bira calls for uniform rates relief across the UK

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for uniform rates relief across the UK in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Bira said: ‘As part of the spring Budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak took the exceptional measure of abolishing business rates for one year for retailers and …

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BHETA taskforce meets Metropolitan Police

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s responsible knife retailing steering group has met with the Metropolitan Police Business Care Hub. The round table forum, which took place on March 4, discussed forthcoming Offensive Weapons Act (OWA) legislation – which is expected in the summer – and proactive police and …

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Waitrose & Partners closure announcement

Waitrose & Partners said it ‘has taken the difficult decision’ to close three branches at Helensburgh in Argyll & Bute in Scotland, Four Oaks in the West Midlands, and Waterlooville in Hampshire. The supermarket retailer said details of the arrangements are not yet finalised but the expectation is that Helensburgh …

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Bira supports members through coronavirus

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is helping members access the emergency funds offered by the Government in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak delivered the £30 billion package to help the UK economy respond to the coronavirus as part of his spring Budget. …

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Wayfair headlines BHETA forum

The latest retailer networking forum organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) offered a glimpse into Wayfair’s category expansion in the UK, with a big focus on sustainability in both housewares and DIY – in terms of buying trends, product development and packaging. At the event, which took place …

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The Repair Shop is coming back to BBC One

Following the success of ‘The Repair Shop At Christmas’, which attracted 5.5 million viewers, BBC One series ‘The Repair Shop’ – where family heirlooms are restored to their former glory by a team of craftsmen and women – will air on BBC One in peak-time, at 8pm from Wednesday March …

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John Lewis launches first ever spring TV campaign

John Lewis & Partners has launched an advertising campaign which will see the department store group retailer advertise its Spring/Summer season on TV for the first time ever. It is also the first time that the retailer has run product-focused TV adverts outside of Christmas and Clearance periods. The campaign, …

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IKEA UK to close Coventry store in summer 2020

IKEA UK has announced the proposed closure of its Coventry store in summer 2020. The West Midlands branch – one of 22 IKEA stores in the UK – was built in 2007 in the city centre and is one of the homeware giant’s earliest examples of testing a new format …

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John Lewis collaborates with Orla Kiely

John Lewis & Partners has teamed up with designer Orla Kiely to create a new and exclusive collaboration, described as ‘reflecting the two brand’s shared love of bold colour and strong graphic style’. The John Lewis & Partners + Orla Kiely collection aims to ‘celebrate pattern and timeless style, combining …

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CVA challenge update from Debenhams

Department store group Debenhams issued the following statement today (Wednesday March 11): “The Debenhams Group confirms that all relevant procedural matters dealt with at the recent CVA challenge hearing in February have been concluded in its favour, and that the time period for any appeal to be lodged has now …

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