Leading Welsh brewer and hospitality retailer S.A. Brain & Co has agreed an £85m funding package, jointly provided by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and HSBC Corporate Banking. The funding constitutes a re-financing of the company’s existing debt and provides the necessary
Spar staff from the North West of England came together to support Operation Christmas Child. On Tuesday 24 November, over 30 staff from 13 Blakemore Retail Spar stores a division of AF Blakemore donated over 300 hours in one day to
Britons’ fondness for a bargain will drive this year’s Black Friday weekend to new heights, but MasterCard SpendingPulse analysis of UK retail sales shows momentum slowing for the promotional shopping weekend and sales growth halving from 13% in 2014 to
Black Friday 2015 will see nearly £1.9bn of sales rung up in UK shops and online, but a study from Worldpay’s Insight Services team suggests the bargain frenzy may be built on a ‘false economy’ which could see some retailers
River Island, the high street fashion retailer, is pioneering a new instore collection service from Shutl, the platform that gives people control over their deliveries. Click and Don’t Collect is the first service of its kind designed to solve the
TCC’s new range of cookware, developed in partnership with the team behind MasterChef, makes a great addition to the kitchen.
A Polish company, Intenson, a leader in superfoods distribution in Poland, is expanding in the UK. Intenson products have been available for some time in TK Maxx stores in the UK but now the company is planning a further offensive
BRC welcomes extension of business rates review and continues pressure for process to deliver fundamental reform
Yesterday’s Autumn Statement will only have a minimum positive impact on the retail industry, which is still expected to find approximately £14bn over five years to meet new government policy announcements. Although retailers have committed to achieving the National Living
Liam McElroy, managing director of retail at Wincanton, considers the implications for Black Friday in the UK Black Friday is back. And this time everyone knows what's coming. Launched in the UK just five years ago, it is thought the
The vast majority of European retailers (91%) predict that, over the next two years, better use of big data analytics will bring even closer engagement with customers in the retail and consumer space.
Award-winning e-commerce agency PushON has been appointed by leading furniture retailer Sofaworks to deliver a fully optimised SEO strategy, in order to drive more traffic to the website and increase footfall to the physical stores.
Demandware, an industry-leading provider of enterprise cloud commerce solutions, has predicted steady growth in digital commerce for the Christmas shopping season.
This Christmas, The London Jam Factory is updating its festive offering with a new Champagne-style box of four striking flavour combinations: Mango & Passionfruit, Fig & Cinnamon, Cherry, Raspberry & Rose and limited edition Raspberry & Champagne (RRP £25). The
Electronics retailer, Media Markt, debuts in-store interactive ‘buy and win’ promotion with Luckycycle
Media Markt has debuted a new type of multi-channel promotional campaign, offering instore customers the chance to win their purchases for free.
UK is world’s third most popular shopping destination for international online shoppers, PayPal reveals
New research from PayPal reveals the UK is the world’s third most popular shopping destination for international online shoppers. The research found an estimated 86.4 million of them from 29 countries surveyed bought from the UK in the last 12
London’s West End prepares for the £100m Friday – with £200m expected to be spent across ‘Black Friday’ weekend
Retailers across London’s West End are preparing for a Black Friday rush which is set to see nearly £100m spent in the area in just 24 hours. The day is expected to be the biggest trading day so far in
Three-fifths of marketers overlooking Instagram, as Greenlight research reveals its growing influence on shopper behaviour
With one month ‘til Christmas, consumers are increasingly turning to Instagram to drop hints about what they want for Christmas (41%) or to gain inspiration when buying gifts for others (57%), according to a survey of 1,000 UK consumers commissioned
MetaPack, a global leader in e-commerce delivery technology, has today announced that Bleckmann, a leading provider of fashion & lifestyle logistics specialising in retail and e-commerce, will use MetaPack Delivery Management solutions across all of its European operations to support
Lush has joined Amazon and John Lewis as the nation’s favourite retailers - knocking Apple out of the top three - according to the fifth annual Retail Propositions Index published today by OC&C Strategy Consultants.
Retail sales growth slow but employment grows strongly, latest CBI quarterly Distributive Trades Survey shows
Retail sales growth slowed again in the year to November and orders fell for the first time since April 2015, but firms have been recruiting at their strongest rate for 17 years and expect sales to recover next month.
As we are about to enter the busiest time of the year in retail, Adrien Nussenbaum, CEO of Mirakl Inc discusses how online marketplaces are increasingly at the heart of digital strategies for retailers, online pure players or B2B companies
Worldpay predicts that the digital payments market will leave its growing pains behind in 2016. The payments leader says next year will herald “the third age of digital payments” now that eWallets are growing in popularity, NFC offerings from technology
E-commerce software provider Ve dissects Cyber weekend data from 2014 to see what’s in store for this year
Black Friday famously overtook Cyber Monday last year as the UK’s top online shopping day event. But is this trend true for the other global players when it comes to e-commerce? And on a granular level, what were the abandonment
Fast growing UK convenience store chain, Central Convenience Stores, has appointed Lee Peck Media as its PR and marketing agency. Ringwood based Central was founded in 2012 and already has more than 60 stores in its target territory, the south
BigDL, a consumer promotion platform, has announced the impressive initial results of its partnership with brands to drive sales in the convenience sector. The partnership saw bigDL and brands work together to create exclusive mobile coupons which could be exclusively