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Harvey Nichols Manchester to host piercing and tattoo artists
Here’s an initiative that wouldn’t have happened until relatively recently. Debut Studios opens a space at Harvey Nichols in Manchester on 19 June focusing on tattooing and piercing in a trusted, inclusive environment.
CBI survives as members vote in its favour
Businesses that are members of the Confederation of British Industry, one of the main UK lobby groups, voted that they had confidence in reforms aimed at restoring the CBI's reputation after sexual assault allegations.
Sandersons names Savile Row-trained manager for Five Valleys store
Upscale regional department store group Sandersons has appointed a new manager for its Five Valleys boutique store in Stroud.
UK May fashion spend is weak say Barclays and BRC
Britain's retail and consumer spending was sluggish in May, two reports showed on Tuesday, with the latest figures from the British retail Consortium and from Barclays offering up bad news for the fashion sector.
Superdrug's Bear appointed SCS president
Beauty retail giant Superdrug’s Quality and Technical Manager Shona Bear has been appointed President of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS).
L’Oréal invests in US biotech company Debut
L’Oréal has bought a minority stake in US biotech company Debut, a specialist in synthetic biology.
Chelsea retailers asked to sign tougher leases as neighbourhood booms
Tenants of Cadogan Estates — the landlord controlling vast swathes of London’s Chelsea — are having to sign inflation-linked leases and put down “hefty deposits”, a newspaper report has claimed.
ASOS sees bid approach as share price slumbers - report
ASOS is believed to have received a £1 billion takeover approach a few months ago from a Turkish company taking advantage of the potential in its giant market but also its falling share price.
Revolution beauty narrows losses as sales rise in H1
It's only a few days since the last set of Revolution Beauty results were released, but they were the delayed figures for FY22. On Friday, it almost got back on track with its results for H1 of FY23.
Physical stores boom, but don't neglect omnichannel says retail think tank
The members of the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) have been looking at the retail market again and are questioning whether an online-only model is still viable.
Freemans enters beauty box market as beauty sales surge
Digital department store Freemans has released its first-ever Beauty Box as it aims to make the most of massive growth in the beauty category overall.
Unilever CFO Pitkethly to leave company by May 2024
Unilever Plc said on Tuesday Chief Financial Officer Graeme Pitkethly would leave the consumer goods giant by the end of May 2024 after more than two decades.
UK footfall enjoys spring positives in latest week... but not Central London
The positives certainly came together for UK retail in the 21-27 May trading week. The run-up to school half-term week, the late May public holiday weekend and good spring weather all contributed to strengthen footfall.
Matalan's interim buying chief becomes trading head as changes at firm continue
Matalan has made a key change to its line-up as it continues to transform itself under new owners. Interim buying and merchandising director Ben Smith is now chief trading officer, reporting to CEO Jo Whitfield,
Chanel to double London HQ space
News last week that Chanel’s sales rose in double digits in 2022 was followed by the company saying it would double the size of its global HQ in London’s Mayfair and will move in during 2025.
New official figures show UK tourist visits still well behind 2019
The Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey has shown that tourist visitors to the UK are well below 2019 levels with the New West End Co directly blaming the abolition of tax-free tourist shopping.