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YouTubers star in new BBC show: The Customer Is Always Right

YouTube personalities including the faces behind LadBaby (3.1 million Facebook followers), Mark and Roxanne Hoyle (3 million Facebook followers), and Antonella The Uncensored Reviewer (1.3 million Facebook followers), will star in a new BBC daytime programme entitled ‘The Customer Is Always Right’. The 15-part series, presented by Lucy Alexander, airs …

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Brand Showcase is back for Exclusively Shows 2019

The Brand Showcase is returning to the co-located London trade shows Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical, which take place on June 11 and June 12 at the Business Design Centre in Islington. BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), which owns and organises the Exclusively Shows, said: ‘This initiative is a …

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Horwood appoints new finance director

Horwood has named Kerry Heathcote as its new financial director. She succeeds Nigel Hardman, who retired last week after 28 years with Horwood. The housewares supplier said: ‘Nigel has witnessed changes and development of the company and achieved some noteworthy accomplishments during his time at Horwood.’ Kerry has 19 years …

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Tesco to offer vegan foods in the meat aisle

From this month, flexitarians (who eat both meat and plant-based alternatives) will be able to find both next to each other in a new fixture in the meat aisle at larger Tesco stores. The supermarket chain said the move comes as more and more Brits reduce their meat consumption, either …

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Administrators agree sale of Bennetts department store in Derby

The joint administrators of Derbyshire retailer Bennetts (Irongate) Limited, which trades as Bennetts Department Store at 8 Iron Gate in Derby, have confirmed that a sale of the Bennetts name and all assets in the Derby store has been agreed, subject to contract. Details of the buyer will be disclosed …

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Springboard predicts Easter weekend footfall to bounce back from 2018

Easter weekend footfall in 2019 is forecast to be 2.1% higher than last year when it dropped by -3.3% from Easter 2017, according to Springboard. The provider of retail intelligence said high street footfall is set to have the greatest rise by 4.1% against -7.1% from Easter 2017. Retail parks …

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KitchenAid celebrates centenary with limited edition Queen of Hearts collection

KitchenAid is celebrating its 100 year anniversary with the introduction of the limited edition Queen of Hearts collection in Passion Red. The collection features a stand mixer, blender, food processor, hand mixer, hand blender, kettle and toaster, all with unique commemorative features including a trim band with miniature red hearts and a logo …

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Sophie Allport reveals royal baby mug

Homewares designer Sophie Allport has launched a commemorative mug to celebrate the imminent arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first child. Sophie has designed a red, white and blue themed fine bone china mug featuring teddies holding Union Jack and United States of America flags. Tiny footprints, Union Jack …

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Co-op removes single kitchen knives from sale

Co-op is the latest high street multiple to take action to stop selling single kitchen knives. The supermarket chain took the decision to remove knives last month, so no Co-op stores now sell single knives. The retailer does not sell knife packs but does sell cutlery in selected stores, along …

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Cookshop weekly sales up 16% for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 4.8% last week (to Saturday April 13). Christine Kasoulis, fashion buying director for the department store group, said: “Customers enjoyed shopping Easter promotions, with Easter falling later this year compared to last year. “Home sales were up 6.9%. Furniture and Flooring …

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