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Are retail workplaces improving for people living with mental health issues?

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

New research has found that only three per cent of senior decision makers in retail feel they are given enough support to assist employees living with mental health issues. The YouGov study, commissioned by job search platform Totaljobs, surveyed senior business decision maker...

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"Appropriate relief" for retailers hard-hit by business rates: Theresa May

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The latest chapter in the intensifying business rates row has seen Prime Minister Theresa May confirm that help will be provided to small businesses hardest hit by the looming rates revaluation. Westminster Hall was told today that "appropriate relief" would be made available ...

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Trade with foreign retailers grows to £7.7 billion despite Brexit fears

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Brexit has failed to dent cross-border trade as new research reveals overseas spending continued to rise last year. New data from online retailer VoucherCodes.co.uk has found that spend from overseas retailers saw growth of 0.4 per cent to 12.8 per cent. The figure topped £7.7...

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Primark removes "fantastically offensive" Walking Dead t-shirt

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Discount fashion retailer Primark has pulled a range of t-shirts from its shelves after a minister complained it contained a “racially explicit graphic". The t-shirt bears a picture of a bloodied barb-wired baseball bat, with the phrase “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” emblazoned on i...

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Hotel Chocolat continues strong growth following float

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Hotel Chocolat’s continued expansion efforts boosted its profits in the last half of 2016 after going public in May. The luxury chocolate retailer posted a 28 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £11.2 million in the 26 weeks to Christmas Day. Sales also shot up by 14 per cent ...

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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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Festival Place welcomes Skechers & bigger Next as part of refurb programme

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Basingstoke’s Festival Place shopping centre has welcomed the opening of a new Next anchor store and the signing of footwear brand Skechers. The stores are part of the ongoing refurbishment programme for the North Hampshire shopping centre, which is operated by real estate fir...

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BHS liquidators attempt to regain losses through business rates reforms

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

BHS liquidators have entered the intensifying business rates row in an attempt to win back some costs sustained during its breakdown, according to Sky News. In an update to creditors, FRP Advisory, one of the two companies responsible for handling BHS’s liquidation, sought the...

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1 in 8 businesses appeared in court over unpaid business rates last year

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

New figures suggest that one in eight businesses have been taken to court over unpaid business rates, with this figure expected to skyrocket once the next revaluation comes into effect. Rates specialist CVS has released new figures that show almost 200,000 business stood befor...

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Frenchgate shopping centre to welcome New Look's 21st menswear store

Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

New Look has announced plans to open its 21st standalone menswear store at Doncaster’s Frenchgate Shopping Centre next month. Taking a 3500sq ft space, the new store will complement the separate 16,000sq ft New Look womenswear store that already exists in the shopping centre. ...