2005 Archive

It’s going to be a pants Christmas… For the UK's men anyway

Selfridges, one of the country's favourite department stores is reporting record sales of men's underwear with a staggering 5600 pairs of underwear sold last week. 

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Superdrug toasts gay wedding success with Elton-fest

Celebrating the gay wedding gifts

Since Superdrug introduced its Darling, Dearest, Queerest range of gay wedding gifts, stores have been celebrating the power of the pink pound as sales rocket before the official start of the gay wedding season tomorrow (21st December).  To mark the occasion Superdrug is inviting customers to enjoy Elton-Fest a day long celebration of Elton's music in all 700 stores across the country.

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Selfridges window of opportunity with ZPR

Selfridges, has appointed public relations company, ZPR Ltd to work alongside its in-house team as part of its ongoing development and growth of the brand.

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New year. New you. New magazine

As most people say goodbye to the diet and hello to a second helping of pudding over the festive period, it's New Year when many take a look at their belt and realise it fastens a notch nearer the end.  But don't panic, in 2006 help will be on hand as River Publishing launches the new look Weight Watchers Magazine.

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Bonmarché fashions its niche

Retailer launches new collection specifically targeted at 45+ market

Bonmarché, one of the UK's leading value retailers for women over 45 years, is gearing up to take on its high street competitors with a fashionable flair as the company unveils its new collection.

Lakeland - the holy grail of the house proud

As Lakeland, the creative kitchenware retailer, makes it into Vogue's definitive top 100 predictions for the year ahead, the art of home making looks set to become Britain's most fashionable pastime! Follow Lakeland's top trends for kitchenware that's both stylish and practical in 2006…

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Coochy cool bambino show launches

If you have discovered you are pregnant or are a parent with young children then The Bambino Show is the one-stop-shop for bump, baby and beyond and is the first consumer baby show in the North  dedicated to mums and mums-to-be.

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Basque kept secret in Harrogate

Thursday night is Txakoli night at Biscaya Bay on Mount Parade in Harrogate. The first and only Basque restaurant in the North of England, run by French-born proprietor chef Alex Alzuri.

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Superdrug Gets You Through the Night With the launch of UK’s first 24 hour beauty & health store

From facials at four am to treatments for tickly coughs at two am or simply stress-free seasonal shopping, London customers will now be able to buy their Christmas beauty and health must-haves at times that suit their busy lives. 

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Calling all Sharon Osborne wannabes

Shoppers on Oxford Street will be getting a taste of the X-Factor next Thursday (3rd November) as Superdrug launches SHAZ-FEST, a celebration of all things fabulous in homage to Sharon Osbourne

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Bonmarché Spring / Summer 2006 collection Press Show @ The Hospital

New for spring / summer 2006 this exciting new fashion label will offer outstanding quality and value, available exclusively at bonmarché exclusive sets on display featuring bm collection and bonmarché spring / summer 2006 fashion collections.

24th november 2005
Open house 12pm to 6pm
@ The Hospital, 24 Endell Street
London, WC2h 9HQ

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Get house perfect with Lakeland

Who needs Anthea Turner to be a perfect housewife, when Lakeland, the creative kitchenware and homeware specialist, has everything you need to keep your home spick-and-span?

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Andy Varma - Saturday Kitchen

When Saturday Kitchen, the UK's leading cooking programme decided to do a special on Diwali, they called on one of the UK's foremost Indian chefs.

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It's hard cheese for Yorkshire feta

Yorkshire cheesemaker, Shepherds Purse, has lost its 5 year long battle with bureaucracy following a negative ruling from the European Court of Justice announced today, that will force the company to change the name of its second best selling cheese, Yorkshire Feta.

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Basque kept secret in Harrogate

Thursday night is Txakoli night at Biscaya Bay on Mount Parade in Harrogate. The first and only Basque restaurant in the North of England, run by French-born proprietor chef Alex Alzuri, is set to introduce an exciting new concept gourmet menu and to celebrate customers will be offered a complimentary glass of Txakoli white wine with their meal.

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Work group acquires armstrong craven

Manchester-based Armstrong Craven, Europe’s leading executive research company, has been acquired by Work Group Ltd, creating a company of nearly 200 people.

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Redbridge celebrates its 10th anniversary with listing in Top Track 250

Redbridge Holdings, one of the UK's largest suppliers of fresh produce to the retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors has been listed in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 League Table, at number 82, which ranks Britain’s 250 biggest, mid-market private companies by latest sales.

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Yule love Lakeland this Christmas

Yule love Lakeland, the creative kitchenware and homeware specialists, this Christmas. With a great range of ideas in store, you'll find gifts for Him and Her, plus super stocking fillers for the kids.

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MP gets into bed with Superdrug condoms
As Superdrug delivers another 10,000 condoms to the Treasury

Birmingham MP, Lynne Jones has thrown the covers off and put condoms on, the top of her agenda that is, and tabled a parliamentary motion in support of Superdrug's campaign for the reduction of VAT on condoms.  Superdrug is now poised to step up its campaign and will be delivering another 10,000 condoms to the Treasury today; the number of under-16 teenage pregnancies and average number of new cases of HIV per year combined.

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Superdrug on the Right Scent

Superdrug, the UK's second largest health & beauty retailer and a subsidiary of the AS Watson Group, is set to capitalise on the growth of the UK fragrance market with the announcement today (Thursday 29 September) that it is to increase its number of perfume counters by 30 per cent in the run up to Christmas.

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Cool cookware for kitchen Casanovas

You’ve heard it said that “the way to a man's heart is through his stomach”, but according to a recent survey by a leading men’s magazine it’s men who are using their cooking skills to turn on the charm in the kitchen. To help kitchen Casanovas in their quest to impress, Lakeland has a range of the coolest kitchen greats for guys:

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Gordon Ramsey at Claridges toasts Terroir

Young Skipton and London wine merchant, Gemma Crangle, 27 of Terroir, has a real nose for good business.  The Languedoc specialist has added London's most elegant restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, to her growing portfolio of high profile customers.  The luxurious, fine dining restaurant has selected 8 Terroir wines to add to its list.

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Superdrug's new drive

Superdrug launches its Beauty Inside & Out Bus

Superdrug hits the road with a new marketing drive. This September, the London Fashion Week official sponsor is launching its Beauty Inside & Out Bus, a double decker homage to all things glamorous, beautiful and fashionable.

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Superdrug is seriously in fashion

Beauty and Health retailer announces sponsorship of London Fashion Week and the launch of its new fashion accessories collection.

Superdrug’s shoppers already know that it’s the most fashion conscious beauty retailer and the fashion industry will have a stylish surprise as they attend London Fashion Week in September to discover Superdrug is the official one stop shop to the UK’s most credible fashion forum. From emery boards to essential oils and paracetemol to party feet the beauty and health retailer will furnish all fashionistas with their show survival supplies.

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For more information visit www.superdrug.com

Sparkle and save at bonmarché this Christmas

Spendthrifts can afford to shimmer and sparkle in spectacular Christmas style, courtesy of bonmarché, one of the UK’s leading value retailers for women over 45 years.

Bonmarché offers this season’s key catwalk fabric favourites at everyday great value. The range includes fabulous faux furs and velvets in a choice of tailored jackets, capes and comfortable coats.

For more information visit www.bonmarche.co.uk

Yule love Lakeland this Christmas

Yule love Lakeland, the creative kitchenware and homeware specialists, this Christmas. With a great range of ideas in store, you’ll find everything you need for the festive season, from super stocking fillers and top table treats to decadent decorations and iridescent indoor lights.

For more information visit www.lakelandlimited.co.uk

Fusion of Anglo-French flavours comes to Yorkshire tutored cheese and wine workshop

Lovers of cheese and wine are in for an Anglo-French treat in September with the launch of a new tutored workshop - a collaboration between Yorkshire’s finest cheesemaker Shepherds Purse and wine merchant Gemma Crangle of Terroir, who specialises in premium wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.

For more information visit www.terriorlanguedoc.co.uk

Full of Eastern promise

Rajan group expands with new offices in Hong Kong and China

The multi-national Rajan Group, one of the leading suppliers of ladies and men’s fashion to high street retailers in the UK and overseas, is set to expand its operation in the Far East creating 8 new jobs. The office in Hong-Kong has re-located to a 4,000 sq ft premises on Granville Street in Kowloon and a new 1,200 sq ft office, has opened in the Nanjing region of China. This brings their total number around the globe to eight, including London, Madrid, Cologne, New York, South Africa and Canada with plans to open in Denmark during October this year.

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For more information visit www.rajan-group.co.uk

Chelsea’s VAMA is in vogue the world over

The cream of 'Who's Who' will be flying in to London from far and wide as
Vama today announces its mouth watering new menu. Regulars to the
restaurant on Chelsea's famous Kings Road love the food so much they insist
that they provide the upper class food on its flights to India, in the case
of Richard Branson, or request that they build a restaurant in their country
as the King and Queen of Jordan have recently asked.

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For more information visit www.vama.co.uk

The Christmas MATALAN Press Show

82 Journalists – Attendance up 46% on last year's show

Journalist feedback/quotes

"Really stylish collection I liked it a lot" - Essentials

"Great theme - beautiful" - Good Housekeeping

"Love the passport holder and the layout was beautiful - Thanks" - Take a Break

"One of the best Christmas ranges yet! Excellent" - Prima Baby

"Absolutely fabulous collection" - New World

"Huge variety, really good decoration" - Country Homes & Interiors

"Love the snow!! Everything look great! Thank you" - Best

It's official - Superdrug is now in fashion

Superdrug, the UK’s second largest health and beauty retailer is pleased to announce its launch of fashion jewellery and accessory ranges under a new exclusive brand, True Spirit. This launch marks a major strategic move in the growth and positioning of the Superdrug brand.

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For more information please visit www.superdrug.com

A beautiful Christmas

Superdrug launches its largest ever Christmas gifts range

Superdrug launches its Christmas collection, designed to offer something a little bit different for every high street shopper this Christmas.

Superdrug’s Christmas teams have spent over a year putting together the range, and are delighted by the items they have to offer.

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For more information please visit www.superdrug.com

ODYSSEY

An ‘ipodesque’ fusion of James Bond meets Austin Powers 

From bed-booths to suspended egg chairs, the Greater Manchester rich-list will have a new ultra-cool place to play from early June with the launch of Odyssey. 

Odyssey is a new unique uber-chic club concept, a 3G hybrid of London’s China White, Bed Bar in Bangkok and The Supper Club in Amsterdam.  It is the brain-child of North West entrepreneur, Arnie Hira. 

Odyssey n. a long adventurous journey - The question is how far will you go to get your invite?

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For more information visit www.odysseybar.co.uk

Somethong’s going on at Wolsey – World Record Breaking Attempt is Pants

If you want to be a record breaker, dedication, that’s what you need!  To celebrate the official opening of its store in Leicester and to mark its 250th anniversary, lifestyle brand, Wolsey invited shoppers to get their kit on and not off in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most underpants that can be put on in 60 seconds.

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For more information visit www.wolsey.com

Cheesy recipes for every occasion

Mouth-watering dishes from Shepherds Purse Cheeses

Whether you’re throwing a dinner party, feeding the family or simply looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat, Shepherds Purse Cheeses, Yorkshire’s finest blue cheese maker, has developed a range of mouth-watering recipe ideas that are sure to inspire you.

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For more information visit www.shepherdspurse.co.uk

ZPR Bags Superdrug

Superdrug, the UK’s second-largest beauty and health retailer, has appointed public relations company, ZPR Ltd as part of its ongoing development and growth of the brand.

Superdrug's Christmas Press Show @ The Hospital

14 July 2005, 12 noon to 7 pm
The Hospital
24 Endell Street
London WC2H 9HQ

For more information visit www.superdrug.com

The Great Government Condom Con - Superdrug Slashes VAT from Condoms

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For more information visit www.superdrug.com

Matalan's new Spring Summer 05 Homewares Lookbook

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Matalan's new Spring Summer 05 Fashion Lookbook for mens, ladies and kids

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Launch of Calendar Wedding of the Year in association with Yorkshire Brides

14 February 2005 - competition open to couples in the YTV transmission area to win a complete £30K wedding decided by the Calendar viewers
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Ten commitments - ten PR success stories

Here at ZPR, our ten commitments clearly set out the way we work with all our clients.

Every single commitment is important, each one helps us make the work we do effective, enjoyable and successful. However, the one that often matters the most is the first - value for money.

So, the following ten success stories show how our ten commitments have helped us get the kind of consistent, measurable results our clients love to see. We have included the impressive Advertising Equivalent (AVE) and PR value figures to demonstrate just what we can deliver.

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