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Edinburgh Woollen Mill to open new department store in Wales

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Reports have emerged that the parent company of Edinburgh Woollen Mill is poised to launch a new department store concept in as former BHS store in Carmarthen, South Wales. According to the reports in Retail Week and Drapers, the concept is slated to open in April after a plan...

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Debenhams tops list of minimum wage offenders

Thursday 16 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Debenhams has topped an extensive list of businesses that underpaid its workers the national minimum or living wage. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) last night published a list of 360 businesses who underpaid its workers, with Debenhams named...

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French M&S workers protest at London HQ over store closures

Wednesday 15 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

A group of Marks & Spence staff members from across the English Channel have descended upon the retailer’s London headquarters to protest against the closure of M&S’ French stores. The planned closures, which was announced last year as part of M&S’ turnaround plan, are earmark...

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5th-gen Fenwick chairman to be replaced by former Co-op CEO

Wednesday 15 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Former Co-op chief executive Richard Pennycook is poised to become the next non-executive chairman of Fenwick, after Mark Fenwick announced he would step down from the position in a few months’ time. Fenwick, the fifth-generation chair, will resign from the retailer during the...

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M&S in talks with Next veteran Christos Angelides over senior role

Tuesday 14 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

M &S has reportedly held talks with the former Next product director Christos Angelides around the possibility of having him lead its latest turnaround effort. According to Sky News, M&S is considering Angelides, who is largely credited with the huge success of Next, as new le...

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BHS collapse prompts MPs to recommend private companies face more scrutiny

Monday 13 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The collapse of retail giant BHS has prompted MPs to call for sweeping reforms to corporate governance that could see private and publicly-listed companies face the same level of scrutiny. In a series of recommendations in response to the government's consultation on corporate...

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Asda, DFS, Harrods beat other retailers in Certified Top Employers list

Friday 10 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Asda, DFS and Harrods have all just been recognised as three of the UK’s top 78 employers on the Top Employers Institute’s annual list of Certified Top Employers. The three companies are the only retailers to have been honoured with the international accolade, announced by the...

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BHS investigation won't be over until at least April 2019: insolvency watchdog

Thursday 09 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The UK’s insolvency watchdog body has said the investigation into the collapse of BHS may not be completed until 2019, even though they were ordered by the government to fast-track it. The head of the Insolvency Service, Sarah Albon, told MPs that they have now gathered all th...

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Ex-BHS stores continue to find new owners

Tuesday 07 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Two former BHS stores at shopping centres in Walthamstow and Redditch have found new tenants. Lidl has signed a 25-year lease on an 18,000sq ft space at The Mall in Walthamstow, which is expected to open in early summer. Capital & Regional, the company who let the properties, ...

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House of Fraser announces plans for 100,000 sq ft Chester store

Friday 03 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Department store giant House of Fraser has announced plans to open a new 100,000sq ft store in Chester. Slated to open in 2021, House of Fraser will anchor a new shopping complex stretching over 500,000sq ft, aiming to reinvigorate Chester’s city centre. The complex will creat...