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Sainsbury’s to halve plastic packaging by 2025

Sainsbury’s has announced an ambitious commitment to reduce plastic packaging by 50% by 2025. This target includes all branded food packaging, Sainsbury’s brand food packaging and packaging across all of Sainsbury’s operations. Sainsbury’s currently uses almost 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging per year and believes a ‘transformational leap in thinking …

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New home for Rainy Day Trust

The Rainy Day Trust has movd from the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham to new offices in Stoke Prior near Bromsgrove, maintaining its links to the West Midlands. The industry charity said: ‘Since 2015 we have quadrupled the number of people that we help every year and aim to grow further …

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Emma Bridgewater supports Action Oak campaign

Ceramic company Emma Bridgewater is supporting Action Oak with the release of a limited edition Action Oak half-pint mug. The mug will be available from September 2, priced at £19.95 at Emma Bridgewater shops and emmabridgewater.co.uk. For every one sold, Emma Bridgewater will donate £5 to the Action Oak campaign. …

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Lakeland opens pop-up shop in Westfield White City

Today (Friday September 20) sees Lakeland celebrate the opening of its brand new pop-up shop at Westfield White City Shopping Centre in London. The housewares chain said: ‘The location in Westfield White City, now the largest shopping centre in Europe, presents a great opportunity to engage with existing customers by …

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Emma Bridgwater supports The Royal British Legion

Ceramics company Emma Bridgewater is supporting The Royal British Legion with the release of the Poppy half-pint mug. Each mug is decorated in the Emma Bridgewater factory at Stoke-On-Trent in Staffordshire, with the sponge design applied by hand. The Royal British Legion is a charity that provides financial, social and …

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Plastic Patrol to stage mass clean-up

On Saturday September 21, Plastic Patrol – a global movement to eradicate single-use plastic – is co-ordinating a series of clean-ups across the UK as well as Europe, Brazil, Thailand, Mexico and the US, to mark World Clean Up Day. The UK locations are London, Falmouth, Plymouth, Torquay, Southampton, Brighton …

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Bira calls for clarity on what Brexit means for the workforce

Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) has written to Andrea Leadsom, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, calling for greater clarity on what Brexit will mean for the UK workforce. Bira said: ‘With many independent businesses relying heavily on foreign workers, the suggested £30,000 minimum salary threshold would …

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John Lewis weekly home sales down 10.7%

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 6.1% last week (to Saturday September 14) on the same week last year. The department store group’s shop trade director Maggie Porteous said: “Home sales were down 10.7% as we were annualising a competitor price-match event. However, our own-brand House range …

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Indian summer boosts deli sales at Waitrose

Waitrose & Partners’ sales excluding fuel were 1% lower last week (to Saturday September 14) compared with the same period last year. The supermarket chain’s supply chain director Wim Van Aalst said: “With temperatures rising towards the weekend, sales of suncare products increased four-fold. Deli sales were up and soft …

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Cash prize up for grabs for one lucky Bira member

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) and its insurance partner Towergate Insurance are offering one Bira member the chance to win £1,000 in cash. The prize draw is open to all retail members of the association – or those that join before December 2019. To be in with the chance …

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