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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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Robert Dyas boss Theo Paphitis returns to Dragon’s Den

Theo Paphitis is returning to BBC Two business show ‘Dragons’ Den’ as a guest Dragon in the new series. He will stand in for Touker Suleyman, who was unable to film for part of series 17, which airs from Sunday (August 11) at 8pm. Theo will appear later in the …

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ESA Sales joins forces with Lékué

ESA Sales has been appointed as UK sales and marketing agency for housewares supplier Lékué. ESA Sales managing director Chris Hoyle said: “Representing a brand with such a strong heritage of innovation is really exciting – not just for us, but for our retail partners and their customers. The Lékué …

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Wyevale Garden Centres announces the sale of two garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery to Blue Diamond Garden Centres, and Cheltenham Garden Centre to Webbs Garden Centres. The acquisition of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery at Nantwich in Cheshire increases the footprint of the Blue Diamond brand to …

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Squire’s Garden Centres to donate trees as part of ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign

Squire’s Garden Centres is donating hundreds of silver birch trees to local communities as part of its ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign. Throughout September, for every plant, pack of bulbs or tree (of any variety) bought at a Squire’s garden centre, the retailer will donate 5p. The money will go …

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Caroline Gardner designs eco-friendly shopping bags in aid of Meningitis Now

Supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners and Jutexpo – the supplier of eco-friendly reusable bags – have joined forces with designer Caroline Gardner to produce a range of shopping bags in aid of UK charity Meningitis Now. The large shopping bags are made from a blend of jute and cotton known …

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What’s trending at Hobbycraft?

Hobbycraft has revealed the ‘highs and goodbyes’ in crafting trends over the past 12 months. The arts & crafts retailer has noticed a new-found interest in crafting amongst millennials, with increasingly younger generations embracing their creativity. This is reflected by a rise of crafting conversations and communities on social channels …

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Fall in retail employment “likely to endure” says BRC boss

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the second quarter (Q2) represented the fourteenth consecutive quarter of year-on-year decline in the retail workforce. Year-on-year, the total number of employees fell by 2.3% in Q2, with full-time employment seeing a higher reduction (3.0%) compared with a decrease in part-time employees (2.0%). …

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Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of two more garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of two of its centres in two separate transactions. Springfield Garden Centre at Chelmsford in Essex is being sold to Longacres Garden Centres. Par Garden Centre at St Austell in Cornwall is being sold to Maidenhead Aquatics, following its purchase of Dummer …

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Housewares bucks the trend in Bira survey

The latest quarterly sales figures reported by members of the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) show an average fall in sales of -2.94% compared with same three months in 2018. Scotland saw the sharpest fall in the UK compared with April, May and June in 2018. East Anglia was the …

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