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Debenhams files NOI to appoint Administrator

In a statement today, Debenhams announced that it has filed a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) to appoint an Administrator in the UK. This move will protect the retailer from the threat of legal action that could have the effect of pushing the business into liquidation while its 142 UK stores …

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Rainy Day Trust offers coronavirus support

Bryan Clover, ceo of the Rainy Day Trust, has highlighted the programmes and support that the Rainy Day Trust can offer. The organisation and its programmes are designed to support businesses and their staff through times of trouble, offering flexibility in terms of the kind of help available. There are …

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BHETA postpones National Home Improvement Month

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has postponed its annual DIY and garden industry consumer promotion National Home Improvement Month until later in the year in the light of the Covid-19 crisis. BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones said: “While BHETA is pleased to see the Government acknowledge home …

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Bira launches new coronavirus hub to help independent retailers through crisis

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has launched a dedicated coronavirus hub to guide its members and the wider retail community through the crisis. The online resource, accessible through the Bira website, is a one-stop shop featuring information and advice. It is being updated every day, throughout the day. Information …

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Bira: ‘Transparent and detailed support’ needed for independent retailers forced to shut in UK lockdown

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling for immediate access to financial support for independent retailers affected by the Government-imposed lockdown of the country. At 8.30pm this evening (Monday March 23) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a UK-wide lockdown including the closure of all ‘non-essential’ shops in a bid …

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Lakeland temporarily closes all stores

Lakeland announced the temporary closure of all of its stores nationwide yesterday (Sunday March 22). The housewares chain’s ceo Catherine Nunn said in a statement: “I am sure that you have all been closely following the latest updates on the coronavirus situation and there’s no doubt we find ourselves in …

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Jamie: ‘Keep Cooking and Carry On’

Starting tonight (Monday March 23) on Channel 4, Jamie Oliver is set to show the nation some easy-to-follow recipes, tips and hacks, specifically tailored for the unique times we’re living in with so many people staying at home. In ‘Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On’, the celebrity cook will advise …

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