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Marks & Spencer teams up with British Fashion Council to promote home-grown talent Tuesday, 19th February 2013
Photo credit: British Fashion Council
Two great British institutions are set to team up to promote home-grown talent over the next three years.
Marks & Spencer will partner with the British Fashion Council (BFC) as part of the Best of British initiative, which will include two clothing collections and an emphasis on sustainability and local production.
"The M&S brand is synonymous with all things British so we are delighted that they will be partnering with us to champion the very best of the UK's manufacturing, textiles and practice," said Natalie Massenet, chairman of the BFC and Net-A-Porter founder.
"We are charging them with taking a lead on positive fashion and change within our industry. Myself and the team are looking forward to developing this with them over the next three years."
The clothing collections, which have been dubbed as “luxury capsule edits”, will run across both mens and womenswear and will mark the first stage of the partnership.
"We are proud to collaborate with the British Fashion Council and look forward to working alongside them on our exciting Best of British initiative," said Marc Bolland, chief executive of M&S. "This is the start of an exciting journey to put more emphasis on British design and talent."
Survey finds almost 60p in every retail £1 goes to supermarkets Tuesday, 19th February 2013
Photo credit: My Retail Media
New figures released this week found nearly 60p in every £1 spent on British retail changes hands at the tills of supermarket giants.
The Payments Council, which represents debit and credit card companies, said consumers spent a total of £181 billion in supermarkets in 2011, the last year the figure was available. The figure is just £10 billion less than the total amount of money withdrawn from cash machines for the same year, and around £80 billion more than they spent ten years ago.
Save the People’s Supermarket: Not-for-profit on the brink as Camden Council refuses to negotiate Monday, 27th February 2012
Despite a flourishing operation and lift in sales, the 1st of March could mark the last day of trading for The People’s Supermarket, a not-for-profit organisation and a champion of local, independent food in inner city London.
With the rent deadline looming and insolvency in sight, the People’s Supermarket has now begun a petition to pressure Camden Council into re-thinking its ruling on business rates for the group.
A message posted to the petition website reads:
“Due to financial difficulties, The People's Supermarket has struggled to keep up with the payment of business rates to Camden Council. The People's Supermarket is a Co-operative and Community Benefit Society and operates for the benefit of its members and the community, not in pursuit of profit. For that reason, we ask that Camden Council continue to support us by allowing for the renegotiation of rate payments. In the absence of such support, The People's Supermarket will become insolvent by March 1st.”
Tara Mulqueen, membership co-ordinator at The People’s Supermarket and the creator of the online petition told My-Retail Media: “All we’re asking for from the Council at the moment is more time. Call off the bailiffs; give us a little longer to meet this deadline. After that, we’ll start looking at rate negotiations.”
In its second year and with an average of 60 new members a month, Mulqueen described how other creditors had been very patient with extending payments, yet The People’s Supermarket still has no access to credit from Camden Council, and is still paying full business rates whilst running a co-operative, community benefit society and not-for-profit organisation.
Although a familiar story for many retailers across the UK, the closure of The People’s Supermarket would be a major blow to the local community of Holborn, where the shop is based, as well as a huge step backwards for independent, enterprising retailers nationwide, who hold The People’s Supermarket as an example of what is possible against the odds.
Click here to sign the petition for The People’s Supermarket.
Dylan Jones to chair BFC’s new menswear committee Monday, 16th January 2012
The editor of British GQ has been appointed as Chair of the Fashion 2012 Menswear committee by the British Fashion Council, as part of its Fashion 2012 programme.
Jones’ first role in his newly created position will be to form the committee comprising of influential figures within the menswear industry to work on a calendar of events.
The events will celebrate British Menswear and its many heritage and avant-garde brands. Jones will co-host the first event alongside Harold Tillman in Paris, during Men’s Fashion week on 22 January to announce their places for British menswear in London during 2012.
Fashion 2012 is a base under which the industry is able to showcase and celebrate British fashion. It will provide a core focus for the industry and a schedule for the major fashion events and activities throughout London’s Olympic year.
Tougher than Oxbridge: Primark gets 8 candidates to every job Thursday, 10th November 2011
Even the UK’s most prestigious universities don’t have to deal with applications like Primark.
The business received nearly 4,500 applications for 557 retail and management positions at its new store in Edinburgh, on the city’s Princes Street.
All positions have now been filled and staff training has begun in time for the store opening on 10 December at 09:00.
The new store will be Primark’s 19th in Scotland.
"We have recruited a total of 557 management and staff in our Princes Street store and received almost 4,500 applications for these positions.
"The new store, which covers 75,000 sq ft of retail space over five floors, will bring strong economic benefits to the city and will also help revitalise the shopping experience in the city centre.
"We have also worked closely with the Edinburgh City Council towards its 'string of pearls' vision for Princes Street."
Tom Buchanan, Edinburgh City council's economic development committee convener, said: "The new Primark store is an exciting flagship development for the city which is eagerly anticipated by many shoppers in the area.
"Clearly, it's also very attractive to jobseekers and I'm pleased that there's been such a strong level of interest.
"Both the development of the store and the ongoing employment it will provide are of great economic benefit to Edinburgh."
The value retailer currently operates 226 shops in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Belgium.
Merseyside bans fast-food outlets Thursday, 30th June 2011A district of Merseyside has banned fast-food outlets from opening in a 430- yard exclusion zone around schools.
St Helen's council has barred kebab, fish and chip and fried chicken shops, pizza, Chinese and Indian take-aways according to the Estates Gazette.
Cllr Andy Bowden, cabinet member for urban regeneration and housing for the council, said: “We have become increasingly concerned at the dominance of takeaways in the borough, particularly near schools.
“This move is in response to these concerns and will have an impact on health, particularly for our younger residents, as well as helping to tackle parking, crime and disorder issues in our neighbourhoods.”
The council estimates obesity costs the borough £3.6m a year, and has blamed St Helen’s 161 hot food takeaways as part of the problem.
Reverse retail psychology? Harrow Council sets up fake shop Monday, 20th June 2011Harrow Council has taken the battle for the high street into its own hands, by opening up London’s first mock-up shop. The Council hopes the move will attract new traders and investors to the area.
With 20 percent of Harrow’s retail units lying vacant, the Council had plenty of locations to choose from when setting up its fake florist which opens for business today. Fronted with the title “this retail space could be yours”, the fake shop is the first in a two year programme launched by Harrow to regenerate its retail centre.
Cllr Keith Ferry, portfolio holder for planning and economic development on Harrow Council, said: “The Council is doing everything it can to help our local shopping centres and businesses. They have been hard hit by the recession and this eye-catching and cost effective campaign is about showing the business potential in North Harrow, while improving the look of the high street.
“We want it to inspire investors to set up shop in the area and we are working with commercial agents to provide supporting market research.”
Watch the BBC New's video report on the launch here.
Tesco’s Stokes Croft store plans to be reviewed Thursday, 16th June 2011
An element of Tesco’s plans for its Stokes Croft store will be put under judicial review this autumn.
Tesco’s Express store in Bristol has garnered much attention in previous months having become the focus of a number of riots and protests. Local residents and members of a No Tesco group claim the city council was wrong to give the go-ahead to the store.
Although lauded as a ‘win’ by protestors, the review will not cover the supermarket’s planning permission as a whole, but a segment concerning the installation of equipment.
A spokesperson for Tesco today told press: “This judicial review is about the decision to allow the installation of plant equipment not about whether our popular local store should be open.”
Henry Boot next in line for Watford’s Charter Place Thursday, 9th June 2011
After a series of false starts, Watford Council have selected Henry Boot Developments for its Charter Place scheme.
Following the withdrawal of both London & Regional and Capital Shopping Centres, Henry Boot will now head up the 400,000 sq ft project.
Watford borough council managing director Manny Lewis told Estates Gazette "The vision for Charter Place remains and the new shopping centre continues to be an important part of the council's aim to deliver a more family-friendly town centre. The redevelopment will still provide new retailers, a re-provided market, together with a new cinema."
Although the planned completion date for 2014/2015 remains in place, the phasing of the development has been altered, taking into account the changeover to Henry Boot.