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The latest retail business news & consumer goods industry news from across the Northern retail sector.

Entrepreneurs create £1M brand after discovering secret microscopic allies that clean your home

Two North West entrepreneurs have created a £1M brand after discovering that probiotics are the future of cleaning, not harsh chemical cleaners that are harmful to the environment and peoples’ health.

Investment works completed at Farnell Land Rover Bradford

A £2.4 million investment at Farnell Land Rover Bradford has led to a full renovation at the retailer on King’s Road, off Canal Road. It...

70 plate will serve up profit bonanza for dealers, says MotorVise Automotive’s Fraser Brown

Strong public demand for the range of newly launched 70 plate models will make this a profitable quarter for many dealers, motor trade sales...

Dusk sleep soundly thanks to social media surge

100,000 is the magic number - Bedding company sleep soundly thanks to popularity surge on back of social media success

Law firm Bromleys backs new awards honouring independent retailers

A business awards scheme is being launched to honour a town’s independent retailers. Organisers say the initiative will recognise the importance of the sector and the value that traders bring to Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside.

Yorkshire cycle retailer supports ‘virtual peleton’ for hospice

Harrogate-based All Terrain Cycles, which has cycle stores in Wetherby and at Salts Mill in Bradford, is supporting the new ‘4 Hours or Bust’...

Absurd Strikes a Deal to Design Umbro Global Site

UMBRO has appointed Manchester agency Absurd as its digital partner to create a new global web platform which will replace its existing site.

Innovative online designer store launched by Teesside autism charity

Daisy Chain, the Teesside-based charity for people with autism, has launched its online store for high-end clothing. The charity has estimated a shortfall of £400,000...

75% of Leasing Customers Surveyed Consider Moving to an Electric or Hybrid Lease Car

To celebrate World EV day on 9th September 2020, Harrogate based Synergy Car Leasing surveyed its clients* and 75% of respondents were ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to consider an electric or hybrid vehicle as their next lease car.

Aquatics expert who took the plunge into entrepreneurship scales start up

The prospect of running a business can make even the most aspirational entrepreneur feel like a fish out of water, but with a lifelong...

Manchester Design Studio Collaborates with Beauty Influencer NikkieTutorials

One of the biggest influencers in the world of beauty NikkieTutorials has collaborated with online beauty destination Beauty Bay to launch a new makeup palette, which is being backed by a multi-channel digital marketing campaign.

Business group sees 10-year membership high during pandemic

A group created just over 10 years ago to support traders and businesses in LS29 has seen a surge in membership during the Covid-19...

Relax lending regulations or risk business sales crisis, says UK business broker

Hilton Smythe Group, a UK-wide business and finance brokerage service, has warned that the tightening of lending regulations caused by Coronavirus could reduce the...

Creative emporium offers array of artistic talent at Flemingate

Creative retail hub, Art and Soul, aimed at putting the talents of local and regional artists and makers on the map has opened at Beverley’s Flemingate centre.

Engagement with One Day smashed all-time sales for Manchester-based KOI Footwear

One Day Agency appointed little over 5 months ago to oversee all digital marketing for the growing Manchester-based niche footwear brand KOI Footwear have just set an all-time sales record for August and doubling last year’s November shopping season.

North West brand Built for Athletes post £2M in turnover with growth in US...

Founded in 2018, Built for Athletes is experiencing phenomenal growth, posting a turnover in excess of £2M in their latest figures, a rise of 1373% year on year.

Wren Joins Warrington’s Junction Nine Retail Park

Wren has signed a 10 year lease, which will see the national kitchen retailer move its Warrington store from Riverside Retail Park to Junction Nine Retail Park.

Bridging Overgate Hospice’s Fundraising Gap with £70 Per 70-Plate Vehicle

Ideal Autolease, a car and van leasing company in Halifax has launched a charity initiative which will see £70 donated to Overgate Hospice for every 70-plate vehicle or van leased through the company.

Businesses in North West to remain vigilant during ‘critical’ weeks ahead

With cases in the North West now exceeding 50,000 and many areas teetering on the brink of local lockdown, Alastair Lockwood (MA, BM BCh, FRCOphth, PhD) is urging businesses in the North West to remain extra vigilant in the coming weeks.
Open and shut case: Alexander Windows’ Steve Wood is pictured, left, with Joe Heath, of Mercedes-Benz Vans of Stockport, and three of the new vehicles

Mercedes-Benz Vans of Stockport delivers maximum fleet visibility for windows specialist

Family-owned Alexander Windows is enjoying the benefits of increased efficiency and productivity after turning to the newest member of the Mercedes-Benz Vans retail network...

Online card retailer raises a smile with exclusive face-coverings range

Fast-growing online cards and gifts business Love Layla has launched its first-ever range of face-coverings. The 'cough blockers' range includes 150 designs including amusing and...
Blinding Sales for Online Retailer During Lockdown

Blinding Sales for Online Retailer During Lockdown

Family run, Yorkshire-based Swift Direct Blinds have reported unprecedented growth in online sales since the start of lockdown, an outcome of the nation embarking...

Charity receives support from York flooring store

A flooring retailer has donated products to a local charity in York as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.

Bradford Based Power Sheds Shortlisted For A Third National Awards Final

Bradford based Power Sheds has been shortlisted for the Best New Business at the prestigious 2020 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. Power Sheds, based on...

Online retailer proves it’s no mug with range expansion

Fast-growing online cards and gifts business Love Layla is trebling its range of exclusive mugs to offer consumers a choice from 190 designs. The Pontefract-based...

Locals support Urmston’s August Pop Up Markets

Residents in Urmston and the surrounding areas are being encouraged to help local traders get back on their feet by supporting a series of fully Covid-compliant community pop up markets.

Teenager Named as Vertu Motors’ Apprentice of the Year

Vertu Motors has named 17-year-old Susannah Kendall, service advisor apprentice at Farnell Land Rover Nelson, as the winner of its annual ‘Apprentice of the...

Innovative MotorVise Showroom Solution set to deliver huge savings to dealerships

MotorVise has launched an advanced automotive software product able to save dealerships thousands of pounds a year by rationalising the number of systems required...

Uniform design new Mitre Delta Max EFL football 

 Brand Design Agency, Uniform reveal the Mitre Delta Max - the new season 2020/21 football for the English Football League. The ball's new design will be unveiled today on the plinth at Wembley.

Bolton business expert calls for more support for small businesses in wake of WH...

Gareth Smyth, CEO of Bolton-based Hilton Smythe group, is calling on the government to offer more support to the ‘local’ high street following the...

Mercedes-Benz of Stockport celebrates outstanding first year

LSH Auto UK, part of LSH International, one of the largest dealer groups for Mercedes-Benz cars worldwide, is celebrating an outstanding first year of...

Kingsland Drinks partners with The Hidden Sea on ocean clean up initiative

Iriam-Based Kingsland Drinks partners with The Hidden Sea on global campaign to remove one billion plastic bottles from the ocean

Creative Spark launch Trending Travel the first influencer travel company- in lockdown!

Strategic brand agency, Creative Spark have creatively collaborated with fellow Mancunian entrepreneurs to launch Trending Travel, the first social media influencer travel company. The Spark team worked remotely to create new business’ brand.

Nursery Retailer, Kiddies Kingdom, Donates 50 Cot Mattresses to Local Baby Bank

Dewsbury-based nursery retailer Kiddies Kingdom has made a hugely generous donation to local baby charity, Rainbow Baby Bank, in Heckmondwike. The much-needed donation, which...

Widd Signs creates stunning signage for Primark’s multi-million-euro flagship Barcelona store

Leeds-headquartered Widd Signs has completed another unique and unquestionably stunning project for retail giant Primark at its new multi-million-euro flagship Barcelona store, which sits...

Initiative encourages locals to explore Bradford this summer

“Keeping the sparkle going” is the theme of a new campaign which aims to encourage local people to start exploring Bradford’s hospitality, retail and...

Thirteen set top open permanent Stockton store

Following the success of its pop-up earlier this year, Thirteen’s vibrant permanent Stockton store is gearing up to open safely on Monday 3 August...

Bradford manufacturer Power Sheds in line for two national awards

Bradford based Power Sheds was set up in 2019 by entrepreneurs Jack Sutcliffe and Simon Hobson. They are now manufacturing over 1000 sheds a...

Unique deal will help vulnerable UK children and put a smile on shoppers’ faces

Cheshire hygiene specialists Qualkem Brands has struck a unique deal which will support UK vulnerable children and put a smile on shoppers’ faces from...

Flooring retailer invests £200,000 in new augmented reality technology

A flooring retailer has invested in augmented reality technology which lets customers see what flooring will look like in their home before they buy it.