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With Bread & Butter off the menu, Berlin loses some of its flavour

22 January 2015 | By

This week was a good time for taxi drivers in Berlin.

Dean Dunham

Protect yourself from bogus or weak complaints

22 January 2015

Dean Dunham is chief executive and ombudsman at The Retail Ombudsman.

Tanya

Discounting for indies: our rules of engagement

21 January 2015

Tanya Marriott is owner of footwear retailer Solelution, which has two stores in Portishead and Clifton in Somerset.

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Jules B owners inject £875k to make up for accounting errors

28 January 2015 | By

Julian and Rhona Blades, owners of premium mini-chain Jules B, have invested more than £875,000 into the business to compensate for accounting errors stretching back four years.

Fleur Bird outside the Fleur B store in Chelsea

Fleur B launches Fashion Springboard fund

27 January 2015 | By

Fleur Bird, owner of the Fleur B boutiques in London’s Chelsea and Duke Street, is expanding her wholesale collection for autumn 15 and has launched a fund to help emerging British brands develop their own collections.

Shoppers outside Topshop on the morning of Black Friday

Black Friday hit department stores' December sales

27 January 2015 | By

Black Friday on November 28 dragged department store sales down 4.5% to their lowest level in 20 years in December, data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

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Retail staff top list of UK's unhappiest workers

27 January 2015 | By

Retail staff are the UK’s unhappiest workers when it comes to rates of pay, according to research by job search engine Adzuna.

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Little Mistress Group announces Li & Fung deal

27 January 2015 | By

Little Mistress Group has signed a three-year deal with global supply chain managers Li & Fung to supply and distribute the brand house’s new offering of handbags, accessories and small leather goods from autumn 15.

Anna Sweeting (centre) has joined Natasha Rufus Isaacs (right) and Lavinia Brennan on the board of Beulah London

Beulah London appoints chief executive and plans expansion

26 January 2015 | Updated: 27 January 2015 | By

Womenswear brand Beulah London has appointed Anna Sweeting as chief executive, tasked with expanding the business through wholesale and retail.

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Footfall dips as shoppers wait for payday

26 January 2015 | By

Footfall fell by 0.4% across all retail locations last week as shoppers felt the strain of Christmas spending before payday, according to the latest figures from Springboard.

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Brent council to cut business rates for companies paying living wage

26 January 2015 | By

A Labour council is due to become the first in the country to offer companies a discount on their business rate if they pay the London living wage today.

DPD is launching a nationwide Sunday delivery service from July

DPD to launch delivery network as alternative to click-and-collect

23 January 2015 | By

DPD will open its own parcel shop network in June, to provide an alternative to competitors’ click-and-collect services.

Element, Seven Dials

Shopwatch: Element

22 January 2015 | By

Streetwear brand Element skates into Seven Dials with a store showcasing the artistry of the boardsports tribe.

Jigsaw, Milton Keynes

Shopwatch: Jigsaw

15 January 2015 | By

The opening of its store at The Centre MK in Milton Keynes represents a change of pattern for the contemporary retailer.

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The Drapers Interview: Steve Hudson, Curvy Kate

22 January 2015 | By

Focusing on ‘real women’, Curvy Kate lingerie has enjoyed a meteoric rise, culminating in a Drapers Award last year.

Bridging the gap: positioning itself in the space between high street and designer,  but with a quirky twist, Bridge has sealed its reputation by carefully selecting the perfect product lines for its loyal customer base.  Its location in Solihull centre a

The Drapers Interview: Janie Theaker, Bridge

15 January 2015 | By

Dedicated customer service helped Janie Theaker turn Bridge into a Drapers Independents Award winner.

Love match: the game is free to play

Björn Borg uses shoppable game to serve up range

28 January 2015 | By

Sports fashion brand Björn Borg will launch its spring 15 collection this week using a free web-based game called First Person Lover, which will feature in-game shopping.

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Harrods to sell Dragons’ Den smart running jackets

28 January 2015 | By

A former Royal Marine Commando who unsuccessfully appeared on BBC One’s Dragons’ Den has signed an exclusive deal to sell his wearable technology clothing range in Harrods for six weeks from January 19.

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