2011 Archive


 

-Early season British daffodils on sale before Christmas at Waitrose-

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Daffodils long considered as one of the heralds of spring are hitting Waitrose branches early, so early they’re vying with Poinsettias for shelf space. Planted in late summer, daffodils are traditionally associated as a sign of spring.

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GIRL MEETS BOY

New exclusive capsule collection launches at Peacocks on Boxing Day

Start the New Year in style as Peacocks, the UK’s hottest value fashion retailer launches its first ever Preview Collection entitled Girl Meets Boy.

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B&Q SET TO CHANGE THE FACE OF THE KITCHEN AND BATHROOM MARKET WITH AN UNBEATABLE PRICE COMMITMENT

£60 million price investment and longest ever; a sale is not just for January it’s for Winter

Using the power of its market leading position as part of Kingfisher plc, Europe’s leading home improvement group, B&Q is committing to beat any price in the kitchen and bathroom market in its Winter sale this year. The retailer is responding to customers’ budgets by reducing prices in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom market with a £60 million price investment. It is also launching an industry leading four year interest free credit deal to help customers spread the cost of their home investment.

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DOES MY TUM LOOK BIG IN THIS?

As the trend for ladies’ control wear drives sales 110 per cent up on the year, Peacocks launches its first ever control tee shirt for men
Peacocks, the UK’s hottest value fashion retailer launches its first ever “tummy tightening” tee shirt which has sold out online in its first week of launching.

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SINGLE TOWIE FEMALES SET THIS YEAR’S ARTIFICIAL, COLOURED CHRISTMAS
TREE TREND

 

....THEY’RE VERY PINK AND VERY CUTE

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SELFRIDGES DEFINES CHRISTMAS 2011
Just four weeks ahead of December’s big day, Selfridges reveals this week’s Christmas winners: racy lingerie, collectable watches, luxury pens, miniature food and fine fragrance candles (to name but a few)

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THE ONLY SPRAY IS ESSEX
- Superdrug launches TOWIE fragrance -

A new distinctive fragrance hits the shelves this week as Superdrug launches the first The Only Way is Essex fragrances for him and her launch this Friday (25th November).

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We’ve had the Delia effect, now it’s Delia Day as
Delia’s Classic Christmas cake ingredients boxes fly off the shelves at Waitrose

Following a huge surge in sales of Delia’s Classic Christmas Cake Prepared Ingredients box at Waitrose this week, the retailer is declaring this Sunday to be ‘Delia Day’ with sales of the cake box up almost 97% on last year.

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I Can Cook

This autumn, Lakeland are proud to announce the arrival of their range of official I Can Cook merchandise, exclusively designed for Lakeland in partnership with the producers of the enormously successful CBeebies show.

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GET ‘SPRUCED’ UP THIS CHRISTMAS!
- Real Christmas trees go on sale at B&Q this weekend –


The UK’s largest home improvement and garden centre retailer sells more Christmas trees than any other, with customers snapping up over 300,000 last year. B&Q was the first large retailer to sell real Christmas trees over 30 years ago.

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School Pressures are making Household Chores a thing of the past
New study by B&Q suggests modern day children too busy to help around the house

The age old tradition of children helping around the home has become a thing of the past as British kids are now too busy to do household chores and are lacking essential practical skills.

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SELFRIDGES EMPLOYS 1,500 EXTRA STAFF FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD


Selfridges, the world’s best department store*, is pleased to announce the employment of 1,500 additional members of staff to offer support during its Christmas trading period.

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Waitrose has it all Muttoned Up

Waitrose is to put mutton back on the menu with the introduction of Duchy Originals From Waitrose Organic Mutton available from the 1st November. Waitrose is the only supermarket to stock organic British mutton, which will be seasonally available from November to March, in ten stores.

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FORGET THE SUN… FLU SEASON IS AROUND THE CORNER
- Superdrug announces ‘lowest priced’ vaccination programme for 2011 -

While the sun is shining it’s easy to forget that winter is just around the corner. Tomorrow (3rd October) Superdrug launches its annual flu vaccination programme. This year sees more stores involved than before, and Superdrug offering its lowest price ever with vaccinations on offer at just £7.95, plus 200 Beautycard points (Superdrug’s loyalty card) with every jab.

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Grape Scott! Supermarket launches sweet dessert grapes grown in Derbyshire

Sweet, juicy grapes grown and hand-picked in England will be launched by a supermarket for the first time this week (Sept 22).

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PAINTING THE TOWN RED

Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating, is driving paint colour trends into the red, as consumers succumb to the “Lipstick Effect”.

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September’s Seasonal Sarnies
Good to Go launches new Autumnal Range of Sandwiches

The Waitrose Good to Go range is perfect for those wishing to grab a quick bite whilst on the move but don’t want to compromise on quality or choice. Now there’s even more to try with the new delicious, autumnal sandwiches and drinks.

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BIEBER FEVER… A DAY EARLY
- Superdrug launches Justin Bieber fragrance a day early -

 

Superdrug has launched Justin Bieber fragrance a day earlier than official Bieber Day to cope with the overwhelming demand from customers.

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SOAP AND WATER FIGHTS BACK
Superdrug’s latest skin care must-have heralds ‘flannel revolution’

While expensive skin care cleansers and gadgets have become staples of the £6.2bn European skin care market*, Superdrug is celebrating the success of its latest skin care must have.

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THE MAN-GRO

 

Selfridges brings fashion to the all-in-one for men as sales of nightwear for men soar by 80 per cent

 

Selfridges, the world’s best department store ensures restful nights, with the launch of the UK’s first sleepsuit for men, the Man-Gro.

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Brits turn to online shopping for staycations-
Domestic holidaymakers opt for hassle-free deliveries to barges, campsites and holiday homes

Holidaying under canvas is no longer about roughing it as ‘staycationers’ get online shopping delivered to their tents.

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SUPERDRUG PLANS £1M MID SUMMER POINTS BOOST
- first ever loyalty card Super Weekend -

This weekend (Friday 19th to Monday 22nd August) Superdrug is planning its first ever Super Weekend to celebrate the ongoing success of its loyalty card giving away more than £1m worth of bonus points.

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Rise of the Handy M’am
- The DIY gender gap closes as seven in 10 women reveal they do it themselves -



Pictured: B&Q celebrity ambassador Kirstie Allsopp

DIY tasks such as hanging pictures, gloss work and building furniture no longer phases the average female, according to new research conducted by B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement retailer .
how that DIY is no longer just a man’s game. More women are

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COST CONSCIOUS BEAUTY LOVERS GO APE FOR GRAPE
- Superdrug celebrates latest skincare sell-out -

Word of mouth has seen Superdrug’s new grape skincare range become the nation’s most-wanted, with a unprecedented demand for the products since its launch; selling one every five seconds since Saturday.

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ZPR shortlisted for PR Week Awards ‘Specialist Consultancy of the Year’

 

THE ONLY SCENT IS ESSEX
- Superdrug to launch exclusive TOWIE gift sets -

Superdrug is delighted to launch its 2011 Christmas collection in central London with a wide ranging collection of gifts including a brand new TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex) range.

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KIRSTIE ALLSOPP’S ON A ROLL
- Kirstie Allsopp to launch range of wallpaper exclusive to B&Q -


“Given half a chance I would wallpaper every wall of every room in every house I see. I have a genuine love for wallpaper. So imagine how thrilled I was to be given the chance to design my own wallpaper.” Kirstie Allsopp

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CHERYL LIGHTENS UP
Superdrug predicts blonde hair colourant sales to rocket

In 2010 when Cheryl Cole changed her hair colour from brunette to red Superdrug saw sales rocket 95 per cent on the colour she

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AS THE NATION BASKS IN TROPICAL TEMPERATURES, SELFRIDGES UNVEILS ITS TOP TEN CHRISTMAS TOY LIST FOR 2011



As the nation basks in one of hottest June's on record, Selfridges, the world’s best department store looks ahead to winter, unveiling its Top Ten Christmas Toy list for 2011.

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ROLL UP, ROLL UP

 

This season’s man puts his ‘mankle’ on parade as sales of rolled up trousers increase by 40 per cent, selling THREE times as fast as their non-rolled rivals at Peacocks

Peacocks, the UK’s hottest value fashion retailer confirms this season’s man is opting to put his ankle (or ‘mankle’) on parade, with sales of rolled up trousers soaring by 40 per cent (June 2011 compared to May 2010), and rolled up styles selling three times faster than their non-rolled rivals.

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‘B&Q Prepared’ with Scouts DIY badge

The UK’s largest DIY retailer has joined forces with the UK’s largest coeducational youth movement to help plug the skills gap and encourage the next generation to learn essential DIY skills.

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Super hot 'Man Salad' caters to British taste for fiery food

 

Britain’s fieriest salad hits supermarket shelves today in response to the shoppers' hotter-than-ever taste in food.

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You Can Do It… at B&Q Sutton
- Kirstie Allsopp launches in-store DIY classes –

If you are one of the 60 per cent* of people who claim they don’t have the necessary skills to do DIY, then help is at hand from B&Q, which has launched nine new You Can Do It Centres across the UK and Ireland as part of its pledge to help get the nation DIYing, bringing its total of You Can Do It Centres to 15.

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TOPLESS? NO THANKS WE’RE BRITISH
- new Superdrug research reveals women’s sunbathing habits -

British women are turning their backs on burnt boobs as new research from Superdrug shows just one in five (21 per cent) British women go topless when on holiday.

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Leading retail PR consultancy ZPR celebrated their tenth anniversary on 1 June 2011 with a ‘Thanks to You’ party at their offices in Soho attended by clients including Ian Cheshire and Euan Sutherland from Kingfisher plc and guests from B&Q, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Superdrug and Peacocks alongside key city and consumer journalists.

ZPR founder, Zaria Pinchbeck, formerly of ASDA set the business up ten years ago and it is seen by its long standing blue chip retail clients and consumer journalists as the leading retail PR consultancy.

Guests were presented with a ten year celebratory cheque book to suggest a charity they would like ZPR to donate to as part of their thank you to clients for ten amazing years.

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THIS SEASON’S UNDER-BARE

Today’s lingerie buyer opts for the stealth support of nude, as sales of neutral lingerie outperform classic white for the first time at Peacocks


Peacocks, the UK’s hottest value fashion retailer declares that the era of flashing mismatching bra straps is finally over, as sales of nude lingerie outperforms classic white for the first time.

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TALLEST GARDEN STRIKES GOLD AT CHELSEA



Today (Tuesday 24th May 2011) B&Q received a Gold medal for its garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.

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SUPERDRUG CELEBRATES FIRST MILLION
USERS OF THE BEAUTYCARD

Superdrug is delighted to announce the first million users of its new Beautycard loyalty card. Since its launch on 11th May customers have been snapping up the card in store and there are now over one million active users.

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PAINTING THE TOWN RED
Tomato Plants Given Away in London Flash Grow



Londoners will get a surprise this Friday (20th May) morning when they cross Trafalgar Square to work, as it is set to be re-named Tomato Square as 100,000 tomato plants descend on the famous London landmark.

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Salad Days for the Sandwich as Lettuce Replaces Bread

Unique new wraps and boats encased in lettuce instead of tortilla bread are set to be a must-have light lunch this summer. Bikini season is just around the corner and now the indulgence of the past few weeks is behind us – Easter and the Royal Wedding, it’s time to think thin.

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JAMIE OLIVER LAUNCHES QUALITY COOKED MEATS

After the success of his range of sausages and bacon, Jamie Oliver has developed a range of four quality cooked meats, using Freedom Food Outdoor-bred British pork and Farm Assured British beef. The range includes traditional cured ham and pink salt beef and each meat has been developed by Jamie to bring something different and exciting to the cold meats counter.

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INTRODUCING THE BEAUTYCARD
- Superdrug launches the Beautycard -

May 2011 saw Superdrug launch its first ever loyalty card. The Beautycard launched in all stores on 11th May and offers customers a programme of beauty and health focused rewards.

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Brits take on the banger
as sales of BBQ frying pans and woks sizzle…

Brits are becoming more adventurous behind the barbecue, according to Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware. As they basked in the Bank Holiday sunshine and hot weather, Lakeland customers weren’t just throwing a sausage on the BBQ, but looking to create more exciting Al Fresco dishes as sales of the BBQ frying pan were up 55% and BBQ woks were up 20% YOY.

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COUNTDOWN TO THE VERTICAL GARDEN



With The RHS Chelsea Flower Show just under a month away, it’s every green fingered hand to the toil as the ground breaking B&Q Garden takes shape.

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PRETTY WOMAN SHIFTS INTO GERE

The most famous dress in Rom Com history celebrates a revival after becoming Peacocks’ surprise best seller for a second week running

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Royal Wedding bells help ring up strong sales at Waitrose.

The Royal Wedding festivities crowned an outstanding week of sales for Waitrose as shoppers celebrated the prolonged holiday with family and friends.

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DESIGNS ON PEACOCKS

Peacocks bridges the gap between designer and high street with the launch of its new premium brand, Peacocks by Design

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A dessert designed for a right royal knees up

The Heston of all puddings

A dessert designed for royalty, and big enough to feed a party of 10 is launching in Waitrose to celebrate the royal wedding.

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SUPERDRUG CELEBRATES ITS NEW STORE REINVENTION PLAN
- New concept store launches national store refurbishment programme -


Today the Superdrug store in Wimbledon opens its doors to customers and is the first store to be ‘reinvented’ as part of a new store refreshment programme.

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DIY SHY BRITAIN
- As 53 per cent of Brits admit they're fearful of DIY-


53 per cent of us are scared of DIY*, it was revealed today (24 March 2011). The figures which emerged in a poll of 2,000 people also show that four out of ten of us even go so far as to say we hate DIY with 83 per cent of us currently viewing DIY as a solitary rather than social activity.

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Traditional doilies back in vogue

…as bakeware sales rise

Previously popular in the 1950’s, as an alternative to the linen version, the traditional paper doily is making a come back in 2011. Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware, first introduced the traditional white doilies back in 2003 and since then sales have topped 17 million.

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WAM BAM JELLY IS BACK
Peacocks wobbles its way back to the 80’s with the return of the jelly shoe.

Peacocks, the UK’s leading value fashion retailer wobbles its way back to the 80’s bringing Bananarama style from the catwalk to the high street with the return of this season’s must-have jelly shoe.
Neon brights, block colours and flares are the look du jour for Spring Summer and the catwalks have been inundated with jelly shoes in various styles and colours. Jelly sandals were the ultimate item of the 80’s and are back with a vengeance, boasting superior styles than their 80’s predecessors.

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Baking with Mary Berry at Waitrose

Not many of us can hope to become a Mary Berry in the kitchen. With over 40 cookbooks under her belt and a slew of TV programmes including the recent Great British Bake Off, Mary is as much of a British institution as afternoon tea. But now those new to home baking – or just short on time – can create a little Mary Berry magic in their kitchens.

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GET AN ECO HOME LIKE THE BARLOWS
DIY Retailer Teams Up with George Clarke, The Restoration Man and the Ideal Home Show to Retrofit Weatherfield Home

With the Ideal Home Show opening tomorrow, B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement retailer today gives home enthusiasts across the UK a peak into the newly ‘eco-vated’ home of the Barlows.

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THE ROYAL FASCINATION
Peacocks reports a 95 per cent increase in sales of fascinators after Kate revived the bridal classic at her first Royal engagement



Peacocks feather fascinators, £5 and Kate during a visit to Teatddur Bay Lifeboat Station

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SUPERDRUG’S OPTIMUM SELL OUT SWISS APPLE STEM CELL SERUM HAS A NEW SISTER
Superdrug introduces day cream to the Optimum Swiss Apple stem cell anti-ageing skincare collection


When Superdrug launched the Superdrug OPTIMUM Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum in August 2010 it was an instant hit, selling out in stores across the country, with almost one hundred thousand bottles sold to date. The product was Superdrug’s best selling anti-ageing serum in 2010 and now the team is adding another product to the Swiss Apple family.

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SOMETHING FISHY IN THE BEAUTY MARKET
Superdrug brings the ‘piscine pedicure’ to the high street

February will see a new beauty service added to Superdrug’s growing roster of instore treatments. From 17th February Superdrug Kensington High Street will be offering something a little more esoteric than the everyday manicure.

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Real Bacon Bites Back
Introducing the ‘I love Real Bacon’ campaign

Tired of imported bacon pumped full of water? Looking for a bacon sandwich which is tasty, flavoursome and mouth wateringly delicious?

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Popeye’s favourite superfood is a hit with modern diners.



Popeye would be proud: his beloved spinach is enjoying an unexpected popularity surge in the UK.

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THE MARITAL GNOME
- B&Q introduces wedding gnomes to celebrate Royal Wedding -


To celebrate the Royal Wedding (29th April 2011) B&Q’s garden designers have created a commemorative pair of gnomes which mark the occasion.

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B&Q BECOMES FIRST RETAILER TO BUY 100 PER CENT RESPONSIBLY SOURCED WOOD


Forest Friendly Forever

After a campaign that spans over 20 years when B&Q became a founding partner of the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), the retailer announces today that it is the first major UK retailer to achieve its goal of only buying timber products from proven responsible sources.

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Make your own dough with this little number …
Which is flying off the shelves

Nothing quite beats the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread wafting around the house, but if you don’t have time to knead your own, then this bread machine will turn out loaf after lovely loaf. At Lakeland, customers have taken such a shine to the Morphy Richards Daily Loaf that it has been flying off the shelves and has already become one of their top selling products.

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Real Bacon Bites Back
Introducing the ‘I love Real Bacon’ campaign

Tired of imported bacon pumped full of water? Looking for a bacon sandwich which is tasty, flavoursome and mouth wateringly delicious?

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B&Q Announces Partnership with UK Youth

Today, 10 February 2011, B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement and garden centre retailer, is pleased to announce a new community strategy that focuses on giving young people the opportunity and confidence to take on DIY and home improvement projects of their own.

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B&Q SIGNS HOME STARS KIRSTIE ALLSOPP AND GEORGE CLARKE TO GET MORE BRITS DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer announces that it has signed up Kirstie Allsopp and George Clarke as part of its campaign to make DIY and home improvement easier for everyone. Kirstie and George join CEO Euan Sutherland in B&Q’s (Acton/Wandsworth) store to launch the partnership today (31 January 2011).

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Amateur cook’s invention set to become a kitchen essential in 2011

The Scrudle from Lakeland

Two years ago the search began for the next essential kitchen tool, with the launch of The Finish Diamond Standard Innovation Challenge, in association with award winning retailer Lakeland. The competition was judged by a small team headed by Innovative chef Heston Blumenthal, who listened to Dragons’ Den style pitches from the 10 short-listed finalists.

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Romantic foodies could find love at Waitrose Cookery School’s first singles’ night

Food-lovers will brush up their cooking skills and could find romance at a new singles’ night launching at the Waitrose Cookery School. Love might blossom as the group of 24 singles learn how to make canapés and cocktails at the evening event.

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DESIGNS ON DAISY

Peacocks to collaborate with trend setter Daisy Lowe, who has designed her first collection of vintage inspired swimwear for summer 2011

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BRITISH WOMEN AND THE TAKE-UP OF EVERYDAY MAKE-UP
- new research shows a third of all women never leave home without their make-up -

British women won’t leave the house without their make-up, a study by Superdrug has revealed. More than a third admitted they would never walk out of their front door without their trusty cosmetics on.

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