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Bira welcomes Mica as a new division

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) confirmed today (Wednesday August 14) an investment in Mica, which will see the UK co-operative group of 50-plus DIY, hardware and garden shops join the association as a new division. Bira will become a major shareholder in Mica. Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “This …

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BHETA secures Challenge 25 strategy for kitchen knives

Following a meeting between BHETA (British Enhancement Trade Association) and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) to discuss the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group’s (RASG) Challenge 25 scheme retailing strategy, BHETA has confirmed to members that this initiative can now be extended to cover the sale of other aged-related …

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Lakeland launches members-only club

Lakeland has introduced a club for customers that offers benefits when they shop with the housewares chain. The retailer said: ‘It’s been a long time coming, but we are unbelievably excited to be able to announce the arrival of myLakeland: our shiny new members-only club for wonderful customers. ‘We’re passionate …

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Debenhams appoints new ceo

Debenhams Group announced the appointment of Stefaan Vansteenkiste as chief executive officer (ceo) on August 8 Stefaan joined the department store chain in April 2019 as chief restructuring officer and has been working closely with the executive team on a new business plan to deliver a turnaround. The retailer said: …

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Mary Portas to headline Autumn Fair speaker line-up

Broadcaster and retail consultant Mary Portas will speak at Autumn Fair 2019, which runs from September 1 to September 4 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. Show organiser ITE Group said: ‘As part of a live Q&A session, Mary will talk about how retailers should be creating communities out of their …

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Two British baking brands join forces

Housewares brand Mason Cash has collaborated with flour miller Homepride to launch limited edition Mason Cash & Homepride Fred Mixing Bowls. The 29cm earthenware bowls come in two colours of baby pink and powder blue. Both feature the diamond design that Mason Cash Mixing Bowls are known for, with the …

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Groupe SEB appoints new managing director

Will Yates has been announced as the new managing director of Groupe SEB for the UK & Ireland, as of September 1. Will joined Groupe SEB in January 2016 as sales director. He was promoted to commercial director in June. His previous positions include sales revenue controller (Northern Europe) of …

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Selfridges opens its Christmas Shop

Selfridges unveiled its new Christmas Shop on the fourth floor of its flagship branch last Monday (July 29). The retailer claims to be the first department store in the world to launch its Christmas Shop – 149 days before Christmas Day. As in previous years, Selfridges launches its Christmas Shop …

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C4 reveals trailer for new series of The Great British Bake Off

A trailer for the new series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ made its debut yesterday (Tuesday July 30) at approximately 8pm on Channel 4. The campaign will be accompanied by press cover wraps, posters, radio spot ads and social media activity that will go live nearer to the show’s …

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Alastair Fisher becomes new BHETA president

Alastair Fisher, joint managing director of Taylor’s Eye Witness, was appointed as the new president of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) at the trade body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 10. This is a non-executive position. Alastair succeeds Roger Morgan-Grenville, business development director of Dexam, in the …

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