Shop Direct chief executive, Mark Newton-Jones, has helped raise more than £15,000 for the UK’s military heroes. Newton-Jones led an 11-strong team of senior management and other staff which successfully completed the grueling Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours. Former
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Independent retailers are trapped in a vice of rising business costs, which is squeezing margins, choking growth and threatening their survival, according to a major new study by business advisor, Make It Cheaper, and the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr).
Renshaw, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cake coverings, fillings and toppings, has extended its professional product offer with four new ranges. Targeted at cake manufacturers, high street bakers and retailers plus specialist sugarcraft stores, the range has been designed in response to
Eco-manufacturing company, Remarkable, is supplying its range of recycled stationery to the award-winning Lake District visitor attraction, The Rheged Centre, The Rheged Centre is Europe’s largest grass covered building and is designed to resemble a Lakeland hill. It attracts over
Retail sales figures issued today by the Office for National Statistics show a better than expected sales volume rise of 0.7% month-on-month. The high street has bounced back from a painful month for consumer spending but the market remains fragile,
Motorway service area operator, Roadchef, has extended its contract with Cashzone for the supply and management of ATM services at its network up to 2017. Exceeding projected forecasts, Roadchef reports its ATM revenues up by some 3% on 2010, which
A new packaging material has been launched, which is claimed to stop scanning problems and prevent retailers undercharging for multi-packs at the till. It has been introduced by Hi-Cone, an international leader in multi-packaging for beverage, food and consumer goods; and
Current UK weather conditions, which see sudden downpours followed by bursts of heat, is creating a humid climate ideal for insects to breed in big numbers and many pest exterminators are now reporting significant increases in calls from infested workplaces,
Brands including Dewhurst the Master Butcher; 200-year-old Glen Rossie Whisky; Zorbit, the original manufacturer of toweling nappies; and luxury pen maker Conway Stewart are poised for a comeback in the stable of a new business, The Brand Cellar. The so-called
Bart Spices is launching a range of Fairtrade organic herbs in Tesco stores this week. The Bristol-based ingredients brand claims to be the first major herbs and spices supplier to bring Fairtrade certified herbs to the UK consumer. The move
Spar is celebrating the success of its second consecutive Wine Festival promotion, which saw sales grow by 11% compared to 2010. Sales of promotional wines increased by 38% during the same period, driving sales of all Spar branded wines up
Sainsbury’s has launched a mobile website for non-food, which allows customers to search from 15,000 products across home and garden, appliances, technology, toys, games, sport and leisure. The mobile site follows the launch of Sainsbury’s iPhone app, subsequently introduced for Android and
Eighty school children from six Black Country schools put their best striking skills into action at the ninth annual AF Blakemore Junior Football Competition. Pupils from Bantock, Busil Jones, Castle, Fibbersley Park, Harden and Hillary Primary Schools fought it out
The Co-operative is launching a range of products for autumn and Halloween. In store from 7 September 2011 are autumnal desserts including The Co-operative Limited Edition Ginger Sponges; The Co-operative Limited Edition Spiced Apple Crumble and The Co-operative Truly Irresistible
UK retailers are failing to use the micro-blogging website, Twitter, for business purposes, according to new research by Virgin Media Business. Its survey, which coincides with Twitter’s fifth birthday on 15July 2011, explores retailer use of the social networking channel.
Superdrug, the UK’s second largest beauty and health retailer, has teamed up with parenting club Bounty, to sample its packs aimed at expectant mothers in-store. The 18-month partnership includes access to Bounty’s membership database, which comprises 2m active members, plus
Local and regional British food promoter, FoodLovers Britain, is exhibiting at garden trade show Glee for the second year running and doubling the number of businesses in its group. The 2011 event takes place on 19-21 September 2011 at the
US Pizza Hut franchisee, Rage, has rolled out fingerprint biometrics in 118 locations throughout the east coast in South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to reduce employee theft. The solution, provided by DigitalPersona, has been deployed as part
Transport for London (TfL) and London 2012 have launched two programmes designed to help retailers run their businesses smoothly during the 2012 Olympic Games and minimise any transport challenges. From August, multi-site companies employing more than 200 people, such as
Discount retailer Poundworld is planning to open 120 new stores in the next three years after relocating to a new 215,000sq ft warehouse in Normanton, West Yorkshire. The retailer, which currently trades from 118 stores, claims to have enjoyed record
Leading UK fashion website, ASOS, has taken its online wardrobe to foreign shores in the past year launching country-specific websites in the US, France and Germany. Localised websites have contributed to a 142% growth in international sales, and ASOS credits Webtrends for providing it with vital
Morrisons has opened its first convenience store under the M-local brand and is putting the emphasis on fresh foods. The Ilkley,Yorkshire, store opened at 1pm today and is the first of a three-store trial designed to evaluate the convenience offer,
The Co-operative is launching Free From and Wholefoods ranges under its own label. The retailer has also picked up a couple of awards for responsible retailing. The Co-operative has been named Most Improved Supermarket at Compassion in World Farming’s annual Good
Hitachi Capital (UK) has announced expansion plans for its consumer finance division with a new billion pound lending fund and the launch of a consumer money-saving brand, savvi, for over 750,000 of its UK customers. The company has also appointed
Bra brand Maidenform reports it has increased its online business after partnering with ChannelAdvisor, a global e-commerce platform provider, that enables retailers to sell more across online channels. Maidenform said it has increased its paid search revenue since implementing ChannelAdvisor’s Managed Paid Search solution.