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Retailers aim to help combat covid with contactless

In response to extensive pressure from BRC (British Retail Consortium) and widespread consumer demand, the contactless limit for in-store card transactions will increase from £30 to £45. This move is being introduced in response to the coronavirus epidemic, to reduce the need for physical contact with PIN-Entry Devices (PEDs) at …

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Dunelm: update on current trading and coronavirus

In light of the rapidly changing developments regarding COVID-19, homeware chain Dunelm has issued the following update (which will replace its third quarter trading statement): ‘We have been working closely with our colleagues to assess the risks that they and our customers were facing from the COVID-19 outbreak across our …

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Home Hardware trade show raises £400 for charities

A successful draw which took place at Home Hardware Southwest’s Spring Trade Show, held on March 10 at Westpoint Arena in Exeter, raised £400 to be split equally between Cancer Research and the Rainy Day Trust. Home Hardware Southwest said it would like to thank ‘all Home Hardware members, suppliers …

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Waitrose introduces new measures to protect customers and staff

Waitrose has today (Tuesday March 24) backed the Government’s plea for social distancing by announcing a set of new measures to help its customers shop safely and to protect its staff. The new measures include: – Supermarkets and convenience shops (excluding Welcome Break and Shell shops) will limit the number …

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Bira: ‘Transparent and detailed support’ needed for independent retailers forced to shut in UK lockdown

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for immediate access to financial support for independent retailers affected by the Government-imposed lockdown of the country. At 8.30pm this evening (Monday March 23) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a UK-wide lockdown including the closure of all ‘non-essential’ shops in a bid …

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Squire’s suspends trading at garden centres

Sarah Squire, chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres, released this message today (Monday March 23): ‘In this rapidly changing environment we have taken the unprecedented decision to suspend trading from our garden centres and we shall close with effect from 2pm this afternoon. The safety of our teams and our customers …

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Springboard: decline in retail footfall ‘three times greater than the worst recorded’

Retail intelligence expert Springboard revealed today (Monday March 23) that we are starting to see the true impact of Coronavirus on consumer activity. The result for the week before last – which began to reveal the potential impact of Coronavirus on consumer activity – pales into insignificance against the result …

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Rainy Day Trust: ‘Help us ride this storm’

Bryan Clover, ceo of the industry charity Rainy Day Trust, has issued a plea for help following coronovirus’ impact on the home improvement sector. He said: “The last few weeks have witnessed scenes and changes that wouldn’t be out of place in a science fiction novel. The analogies and metaphors …

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Great British Menu announces biggest series ever

The heat has been turned up in the kitchen of the new BBC Two series of ‘Great British Menu’, as more chefs than ever before compete for the chance to cook for famous names from the literary world. A total of 32 chefs will be curating literary-based menus, in the …

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Lakeland temporarily closes all stores

Lakeland announced the temporary closure of all of its stores nationwide yesterday (Sunday March 22). The housewares chain’s ceo Catherine Nunn said in a statement: “I am sure that you have all been closely following the latest updates on the coronavirus situation and there’s no doubt we find ourselves in …

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