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

Leeds Entrepreneurs launch OPEN Gift Card to help boost independent businesses.

This month, local entrepreneurs Paul Lenihan, Tim Rooke and Greg Brant officially launch a new type of gift card which can be used across...

The North’s largest E-scooter and E-bike showroom to open in Leeds

On Monday (30th November), the Leeds based online business, ManFirth, Yorkshires largest seller of E-bikes and E-scooters open their new store and showroom. Will Pugh,...

Wrights Food Group develops seasonal products for Marks & Spencer

Food specialists at Crewe-based food manufacturer Wrights Food Group have created two new winter product lines for Marks & Spencer. Teams across the 600-strong business...

Leeds-based Stories Flooring sees sales increase by 45% as more people turn to DIY...

Leading Yorkshire-based flooring company Stories Flooring, previously known as Lifestyle Flooring, reported a 45% sales increase compared to the same period in 2019. They also...

Awesome Merchandise £50k campaign to support Yorkshire homeless charity

The Leeds-based printing company, Awesome Merchandise, is launching a campaign to raise £50k to support local homeless charity, Simon on the Streets.

SDA Cleanzone launches continuously cleaning wraps for door handles

To prepare the nation for the return to work, new start-up from Manchester, SDA Cleanzone have produced continuous cleaning touch pads that can be...

Cycling boom powers 270% growth and new jobs at Leeds bike luggage manufacturer

Restrap, a Leeds company that has manufactured cycle luggage in the city for over a decade, has experienced such a steep rise in demand...

MotorVise calls on motor trade for ‘Xmas Do-nation’ in response to Ben funding crisis

MotorVise has responded to an urgent call by automotive benevolent charity Ben to plug its £1m funding shortfall by launching a festive-themed ‘Xmas Do-nation’...

UK Fuels adds over 300 new supermarket sites to its fuel card network

UK Fuels believes it has now become the largest independent fuel card network in the UK

Expert Urges Retailers to Embrace Digital Giant Quickly

Independent retailers are being urged to take action now, and embrace online retail through Amazon quickly, if UK lockdown has already impacted on what should have been their ‘golden quarter’ for sales and especially if they did not source new back-u

Reducing staff tops list of cost cutting measures for SMEs during Coronavirus

Reducing staff (36%), reviewing expenses (35%) and cutting back on marketing (30%) are the biggest changes being made by SMEs in ongoing attempts to cut costs during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Furniture retailer expands with new jobs and premises in Wakefield

Growing online furniture retailer Furniture And Choice has expanded its storage space after taking a long-term lease on a 100,000sq ft warehouse unit at...

Fast-growing Yorkshire interiors business invests £40,000 in new e-commerce platform

Richard Grafton Interiors is continuing to expand with the launch of a brand new online platform that aims to offer all the items available...

Porcelain Superstore create nine new jobs after recording 80% growth

Manchester firm looks set to hit sales of £8.5million by end of year.

Growth follows success of lockdown launch for Northumberland hard seltzer pioneer

Northumberladn-based Allendale Brewery has secured up to 13 jobs following the success of its new Ride hard seltzer drink launched in lockdown.

Virtual Christmas Market launches to help Merseyside Independents

Liverpool agencies, Mayfly and Brand & Glory, have joined forces to develop an online charitable trading platform, YAMAket, which will provide additional trading support for Merseyside’s independent businesses in the run up to Christmas.

Top retailers are the toast of Ashton

The cream of a town’s independent retailers have been crowned in a new awards scheme which drew more than 1,600 nominations and over 20,000 engagements on social media.

Dealerships can maintain sales by learning the lessons of spring lockdown, says MotorVise boss...

Car dealerships can ill-afford a month of zero revenue so it’s time to ensure they continue trading safely, efficiently, and effectively – despite the...

Freaks of Nature expands into Foodservice

Osset-based Freaks of Nature's award-winning vegan, egg and gluten free desserts will now be available in restaurants, hotels, pubs, cafes, garden centres and from contract caterers, independent grocers and convenience stores nationwide.

Collectables bucks coronavirus trend with new store opening in Newcastle

North East-based home fragrance and gift firm Collectables has opened a new store in the centre of Newcastle - a rare example of a retailer expanding during the coronavirus pandemic.

Suit Direct invests £35,000 in North East flagship and creates 6 new jobs

Suit Direct, one of the UK’s leading men’s formal wear retailers, has opened a new flagship store in the Metro Centre during the pandemic,...

Major investment completed at Farnell Land Rover Nelson

Farnell Land Rover Nelson has undergone significant renovation following a £3.6million investment in the retailer on Lomeshaye Business Park. The new building, which replaces the...

Why is Continuous Improvement a Necessity?

By acknowledging that there’s always room for improvement, even when everything appears to be running at optimal efficiency, a business gains the ability to see both the details and the bigger picture more clearly with each month that passes.

The Towns & Cities Drinking The Most Coffee In The UK

We’re a nation of coffee-lovers, and when the pandemic hit back in spring, we never needed it more. Fast forward a few months, and we’re...

Jobs boost at flooring company

A flooring wholesale has created 50 new jobs with plans for more as demand for its products increase.

Retailer prepares for Newcastle store opening

A flooring retailer is preparing to open its newest store in the North East.

Wood Specialist Logs Nominations in Warming Winter Gesture

A wood fuel specialist has created a warming winter gesture, to deliver welcome heat to one deserving home.

Accounting firm HURST scores a winner with Classic Football Shirts

A vintage football shirts retailer has moved to new headquarters to accommodate its growth, with sales on track to rise by 25 per cent this year and staff numbers increasing.

Bookswap – Innovative new start-up launches in the UK

This month sees the UK launch of Bookswap – an innovative award-winning start up from Estonia – a new, more sustainable way, to enjoy...

Love for Nelson Leads To Big Business

A North Tyneside woman has launched an international business aimed at pooch lovers, which has become an instant success. The company, Nel-Luxe, was born when...

Ten Locks backs local brands putting Greater Manchester on the map for spiced rum

New partners include The Salford Rum Company and Diablesse Rum

Teen entrepreneur launches successful business during lockdown

Whilst many teenagers were happily watching Netflix or checking Instagram feeds when lockdown started back in March, 17-year-old Tyler Gore had other ideas. The Tadcaster Grammar School sixth former decided to launch his own business – AIAS Candle

Formula One Autocentres To Open In Castleford, Creating New Jobs

Family run business Formula One Autocentres, one of the country’s largest independent autocentre chains, has acquired a new site in Castleford, resulting in the creation of at least 7 new jobs.

Easier, faster, safer and now, even more stylish contactless wearables from K-pay

Inspired by aw2020 fashion and catwalk trends K-pay has released their first season collection of wearable wallets – in the form of easy to...

Youngsters go behind the scenes at MeadowSide to gain an insight into how their...

Schoolchildren explore their neighbourhood and gain inspiration on tour of MeadowSide development by FEC

Candle Sales Ignite for Snug Aromatics

Stressed-out Yorkshire residents are turning to aromatherapy in huge numbers to help relax and unwind during these troubled times. Qualified aromatherapist Maureen Connor has seen...

Green Bell Packaging Launch UK’s First Mailing Bag Using New Plastic Free Technology

Leading plastic-free packaging solution provider Green Bell Packaging has launched ground-breaking mailing bags that use unique state-of-the-art technology to replicate the look, feel and...

Franks the Flooring Store opens first store in Durham

Franks the Flooring Store has opened its 29th store in the North East and its 1st in Durham city.

Dine Wednesdays Dishes Up Discounts in Hull City Centre Restaurants

Food and drink businesses through Hull city centre are serving up some delicious discounts in partnership with HullBID as they join forces to tempt diners back to their tables.

Life’s a beach at new HQ for Continental Textiles

Fashion and accessories distributor Continental Textiles has moved to bigger and better headquarters to accommodate a growing team amid strong expansion for its leading beachwear and loungewear brands.