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Chefs Heston Blumenthal, Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt revealed as ‘Food Gods’

Chefs Heston Blumenthal, Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt are to take on the roles of ‘Food Gods’ in Channel 4’s new food contest ‘Crazy Delicious’. The six-episode series, presented by comedian and foodie Jayde Adams, is described by the broadcaster as ‘an innovative and imaginative food competition set on the …

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Shoppers’ enthusiasm for Black Friday confounds expectations

Retail intelligence company Springboard today (Monday December 2) announced that Black Friday saw a rise in footfall of +3.3% compared with 2018. Shopper numbers increased in all three destination types (shopping centres, high streets and retail parks) with shopping centres faring the best, with an increase in footfall of +6.5% …

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Habitat MD Clare Askem steps down

Habitat managing director Clare Askem has resigned from her role at the homeware chain after eight years. In a statement, Habitat said: ‘Clare has decided that the time is right to leave the business and Sainsbury’s commercial director of general merchandise & clothing James Brown will take on responsibility for …

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Wilko appoints new head of design

Alexei Cowan has been appointed to the newly created role of head of design for Wilko. The retailer said: ‘Alexei will establish a dedicated product design capability within Wilko Retail, focusing on trend interpretation and the development of desirable products specifically for Wilko customers.’ With more than 20 years’ experience …

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Mintel forecasts a steady retail growth for Christmas

Despite a particularly tough year, Mintel forecasts some Christmas cheer for Britain’s retailers. Latest data from the market research firm predicts that December’s retail sales will reach £48.7 billion, growing 3.8% compared with last December when sales hit £46.9 billion. Sales through non-food retailers this December are expected to reach …

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Rainy Day Trust Christmas auction launches on December 1

Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity The Rainy Day Trust, put out an appeal earlier this month for businesses in the home improvement industry to donate lots for a special 12 Days of Christmas auction – and following a great response, the auction is ready to launch on Sunday December …

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Fenwick headlines BHETA forum

Fenwick director of buying for furniture, home and food Kieran McBride was the headline speaker at the latest networking forum held by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). At the event, held on October 31 at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham, Kieran opened his presentation by outlining the changes that have …

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John Lewis & Waitrose create experimental concept shop

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners will launch a customer-centric concept shop at its Southampton location opening tomorrow (Tuesday November 19), where a combination of services and experiences led by staff will take centre stage on every floor. If these ‘experience playgrounds’ are successful, they could be rolled …

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John Lewis and Waitrose launch joint Christmas TV advert

In their first ever joint Christmas campaign, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners have come together to create an advert which tells the story of a girl and her friendship with an young dragon. From 6am today (Thursday November 14), staff at both John Lewis and Waitrose were …

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Buyfair launches crowdfunding campaign

Buyfair has launched a crowdfunding campaign which is now live on Crowdcube. Dominic Speelman, ceo & co-founder of www.buyfair.global , said: “More than 14 years ago, I set up a global homeware brand called MAKE International. Since our inception, we have sold thousands of products worldwide, to some of the …

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