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A sneak peek of Asda’s 2019 Christmas range

Asda has unveiled an exclusive look at some of its anticipated Christmas products for this year. The supermarket chain said: ‘This festive season will be all about opulence, inclusivity and adding a touch of novelty to the yuletide celebration. Despite the humid weather and summer sun, retailers are underway producing …

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Crime figures reveal rise in ‘barbecue bandits’ and ‘porch pirates’

‘Barbecue bandits’ are on the rise as thieves take advantage of a growing trend for garden gadgets, according to John Lewis. The Crime Survey for England and Wales, published by the ONS (Office for National Statistics), reveals the number of thefts from outside people’s homes jumped from 483,000 in 2017 …

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Waitrose Cookery Schools introduce kids’ classes for Summer

Waitrose & Partners Cookery Schools are running a series of children’s cookery classes during August to help entertain kids over the summer holidays while teaching them new skills and inspiring a love of food. Classes tailored to children aged from five to eight and nine to 12 will take place …

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Tefal refreshes its ActiFry app

Tefal has refreshed the app for its low-fat fryer brand ActiFry Air Fryer to offer more benefits. Designed to promote the versatility of the Tefal ActiFry Genius (which features nine automatic menu settings for a variety of fried foods, and uses little to no oil) the new ActiProgramme promises ‘a …

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Smidge takes part in beach clean

Housewares brand Smidge took part in a beach clean on June 25 at Sand Bay in Weston-Super-Mare. Smidge partnered with the Marine Conservation Society for the initiative and the Bristol-based business decided to close for the day to enable more than 50 staff members to participate in the activity, which it …

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Update on Steamer Trading closures

Housewares chain ProCook is permanently closing the Steamer Trading brand, which it saved from administration in January. ProCook originally bought 27 of Steamer Trading’s 38 stores, along with the ecommerce business. Ten underperforming Steamer Trading stores which were not part of the sale closed immediately. One store in Knightsbridge, trading …

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Amazon to create over 2,000 permanent jobs in UK in 2019

Amazon announced today (Wednesday July 3) that it will create 2,000 new jobs in the UK in 2019, in a move that will take its total permanent workforce to more than 29,500 by the end of the year. The roles include engineers, software developers, data scientists, and cloud and machine learning experts, along …

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Bryan Clover of Rainy Day Trust’s hiking marathon raises £3,500 for industry charity

Bryan Clover, ceo of Rainy Day Trust (RDT), successfully completed a non-stop 24-hour hiking marathon on June 21 to raise funds for the industry charity’s apprenticeship support programme. He trekked a total of 85.4km (53.4 miles) along The Ridgeway [an ancient trackway described as Britain’s oldest road that extends from …

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Horwood sales manager Grant Simmons retires after 49 years of service

Horwood south-west area sales manager Grant Simmons retired last Wednesday (June 26) after 49 years of service with the Bristol-based housewares supplier. Horwood marketing manager James Robinson said: “Grant joined Horwood in 1970, starting in the warehouse. Within a few years he got his driving licence, and when the company …

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Outdoor Living sales up 9% at John Lewis

John Lewis & Partners’ total sales for last week (to Saturday June 29) were up 4.1% on the same week last year. The department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis said: “Summer Clearance continued to perform well and price-matching competitors’ promotions drove sales in shops and online. “Home sales were …

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