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IKEA UK and Ireland to temporarily close stores

IKEA UK & Ireland announced today (Thursday March 19) that, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing risk of COVID-19, it will temporarily close its stores to customers at 6pm on Friday (March 20). IKEA country retail manager and chief sustainability officer Peter Jelkeby said: “These are extraordinary times, and …

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Lakeland boss: “We’re here for you”

Catherine Nunn, ceo of housewares chain Lakeland, issued a message to customers today (Thursday March 19). Headlined ‘We’re here for you’, the message reads: “For over 50 years our colleagues and customers have been at the very heart of everything we do, and never has this been more true than …

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John Lewis Partnership announces new measures to support customers and the vulnerable

The John Lewis Partnership, which owns and operates department store group John Lewis & Partners and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners, has today (Thursday March 19) announced new measures to help its shops meet the needs of customers, with a particular focus on the elderly and the vulnerable. These include …

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Bira welcomes temporary abolition of business rates in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s move to temporarily abolish business rates in a bid to minimise the impact of coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP has unveiled a new economic package to the Holyrood Parliament in response to coronavirus, including 12 months …

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Bira welcomes latest emergency measures to help small businesses through coronavirus crisis

The Government’s £350 billion bailout of the UK economy in response to coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). However, Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre says the funds must be made available immediately to stop the collapse of many small independent retailers already seeing reduced trade. Chancellor …

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Sainsbury’s comments on business rates

J Sainsbury plc has commented on the statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday (Tuesday March 17) which included the news that the government will be “giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months”.   The supermarket …

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Rainy Day Trust: update on coronavirus and flooding support

Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), has issued the following statement: “The last few months have brought some serious disruption to our industries. First the flooding brought by storms Ciara, Dennis and Elena, and now coronavirus. “For the flooding we have been – and still …

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BHETA postpones Housewares Forum with Leekes

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) is postponing its Housewares Forum with retailer Leekes, which was due to be held on Wednesday (March 25) – and is moving its quarterly Credit Forum on March 24 online. BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones said: “We will …

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Curver launches new sustainability programme

The indoor plastic storage solutions company Curver has announced a new sustainability programme called ‘We Care’. The initiative commits the business to doubling the use of recycled materials across its operations by 2028. Meeting this target will mean 80% of all materials used to create Curver’s product range will derive …

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Denby’s Imperial Blue celebrates its 30th anniversary

In the year that Classic Blue has been named Colour of the Year by The Pantone Color Institute, Denby’s Imperial Blue is commemorating its 30th year anniversary. The housewares manufacturer said: ‘As popular today as ever, Denby is celebrating this special milestone of a true design classic with a specific …

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