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Which? survey names best and worst high street shops

WHSmith has finished bottom of Which?’s annual UK high street shops survey, while specialist retailers come out on top. Conducted in January, the annual survey of 7,784 members of consumer body Which? was based on in-store purchases made during the past 12 months. It looked at the bricks-and-mortar shops offering …

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John Lewis to invest £21 million in Peterborough store

John Lewis & Partners has announced details of a £21 million investment and refurbishment of its 93,000sq ft Peterborough shop in Cambridgeshire, which is located within the Queensgate shopping centre. Due to be completed by January 2020, the revamp includes an overhaul and reconfiguration of the entire shop with improvements …

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Government takes action to ban plastic straws and drinks stirrers

Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England last Wednesday (May 22), following overwhelming public support for the move. The ban will come into force in April 2020. It will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or …

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Big name brands attend BHETA workshop on knife retailing

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) chaired a consultative retailer and supplier workshop on knife retailing last Wednesday (May 15), attended by big name retail and supplier brands. The workshop was BHETA’s opening move in its responsible knife retailing campaign: an initiative agreed with members following an initial consultation …

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John Lewis reveals 2019 wedding gift list trends

British couples have fallen in love with the ‘farmyard wedding’ as growing numbers seek the rural idyll, according to John Lewis & Partners wedding insurance data. The department store group said: ‘Couples are shunning glitzy urban hotels in favour of Instagrammable ‘Boho’ venues, complete with bridal wellies, fields of wildflowers …

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BHETA appoints new DIY sector manager

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Keeley Vernon as its new DIY sector manager for home improvement and garden. Her appointment follows closely after that of Seema Grantham as housewares sector manager, the two new roles having been created as part of the Association’s recent restructure. Keeley …

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Offensive Weapons Act receives Royal Assent

The Offensive Weapons Act has today (Thursday May 16) received Royal Assent, bringing in new measures in response to violent crime. The Act will make it illegal to possess dangerous weapons in private, including knuckledusters, zombie knives and death star knives, and will make it a criminal offence to dispatch …

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Lakeland celebrates 40 years in the heart of Chester

Lakeland will commemorate the 40th anniversary of its store in the Cheshire city of Chester during the upcoming late May Bank Holiday. The housewares chain is inviting customers to mark the milestone in-store, along with colleagues old and new, over the Spring Bank Holiday (from Friday May 24 through to …

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IKEA appoints new UK & Ireland country retail manager

IKEA has appointed Peter Jelkeby as country retail manager to lead the UK and Ireland business of the Swedish homeware giant. He succeeds Javier Quiñones, who joins IKEA USA as country retail manager. Swedish-born Peter is returning to IKEA following a career of over 20 years with the company in …

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