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Are you attending designjunction?

August 16th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

designjunction presents more than 200 of the world’s most iconic design brands to the world’s leading design professionals. It is a junction connecting the industry – a place to meet, do business and be inspired. After its most successful show to date in 2016, the seventh edition of designjunction returns to the spectacular King’s Cross site.

Spanning five destinations, expect to discover a unique mix of furniture, lighting, accessory, material and technology brands alongside pop-up shops, installations and large-scale activations.

As always, designjunction is set to be the platform for hundreds of product launches from global brands including: Another Country, Bethan Gray, Channels, Deadgood, Decode, Design House Stockholm, Frederica, Friends & Founders, Humanscale, LSA International, Icons of Denmark, Isokon Plus, James Burleigh, Morgan Furniture, TON, Very Good & Proper – and many more.

As well as this, The Canopy will play home to more than 70 design-led pop-up shops. Shop a curated mix of homewares, textiles, tech accessories, jewellery prints and much more. Highlight brands include; Areaware, Another Studio, Cherchbi, Dashel Helmets, Kickstarter, Lexon, One We Made Earlier, Someday Designs, Tom Pigeon.

Tickets
£12 standard advance
£15 on the door

Trade professionals free in advance
£15 on the door

For more information, visit www.thedesignjunction.co.uk #wheredesignmeets

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New independent art retail experience has arrived at Albert Dock Liverpool

August 15th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

A new and exciting independent, art retail experience has arrived at Albert Dock Liverpool.

Dock Art is a pop-up shop that allows customers to watch local artists create works right in front of their eyes, before taking home a purchase or two, from traditional prints and one-off limited editions, to quirky items such as mugs, tea towels and bespoke t-shirts made from organic cotton.

Located in Unit 16 on The Colonnades, close to Tate Liverpool, Dock Art is the latest independent to set up shop at Albert Dock, following the likes of Leather Satchel Co. and more recently, Utility. It is all part of the strategic reinvention of the retail and leisure offer of Albert Dock, led by the developer, Aberdeen Asset Management.

Simon Moscow, of Aberdeen Asset Management, said:

“We launched our ambitious vision for Albert Dock earlier this year, after acquiring the commercial spaces in 2016. Albert Dock is a truly unique location, and it is our intention to enhance the already high quality local and national restaurant and retail brands here, with new, fiercely independent, and evolving brands. We want people to be excited when they visit the Dock – seeing and experiencing new things each time.

“Dock Art is the latest piece in the jigsaw and a key component of our long-term strategy for this iconic destination. We welcome them to the Dock family, and look forward to working with them.”

Co-founded by Katherine Caldwell and Freida McKitrick, Dock Art is the team’s latest venture, having run several pop-ups across the city centre in the last few years. But is it the Albert Dock location that is the icing on the cake for the business partners.

Katherine said:

“This is a dream location for us. It is without doubt one of Liverpool’s most iconic sites – with the heritage, attractions, architecture and events, and we are absolutely honoured to set up a business here.”

Dock Art features works from 10 specially chosen, local artists, from illustrators and photographers, to a traditional letterpress printer. The pop-up is in response to the current high-street trend in creating unique, retail experiences for customers. Visitors to Dock Art will witness art being created first-hand, and the chance to hear the stories behind it from the creators themselves.

Katherine added:

“For us it is about making art accessible to all and affordable. Our customers feel involved in the process, and can hear the full story behind what they are buying – where it was made and the origins of the materials used. It is a unique concept that we think is perfectly suited to Albert Dock.”

For more information about Albert Dock, please visit the Albert Dock website. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – @thealbertdock #AlbertDock

CHAVASSE PARK IS FLYING THE FLAG AS ONE OF THE UK’S VERY BEST GREEN SPACES

August 14th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE has been recognised for the fourth consecutive year by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Chavasse Park, the only city centre park to be awarded Green Flag status, includes five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with winding paths and peaceful spots to take five from the bustle of the city centre.  Throughout the year, Chavasse Park is home to summer and Christmas celebrations in.

Liverpool ONE and has played host to everything from a sandy beach to a sub-zero ice bar, to a sporting village complete with a running track and winners’ podiums.  This summer the park’s iconic Sugar House steps were remodelled in the style of an amphitheatre with the addition of artificial grass, creating a new place for people to relax.

Miles Dunnett from Grosvenor Europe said: “To win the Green Flag Award for the fourth consecutive year is a fantastic achievement.  The green spaces at Liverpool ONE are a beloved part of the scheme and go hand in hand with the line-up providing the very best retail and leisure experience possible. Nestled near the historic Liverpool waterfront and the outstanding range of dining options on The Terrace, we’re keen for visitors to enjoy their whole visit to the city centre.”

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme.  Each flag is a celebration of the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.  The success of the scheme, especially in these challenging times, demonstrates just how much parks matter to people.”

Inspired by Liverpool’s 2022 Commonwealth Bid, Liverpool ONE will host a range of sports on Chavasse Park during the school summer holidays.

This follows a range of enlivenment activities that have taken place across Liverpool ONE this year.  In addition to the artificial turf steps and amphitheatre created in Chavasse Park, the Luminarium inflatable maze was in place for two weeks in June and Liverpool ONE welcomed back the award-winning ‘Tickle the Ivories’ installation, providing six public pianos across the scheme from July until September.  Liverpool ONE was also host to a number of events as part of its partnership with The British Style Collective (BSC) during a two-day festival in early July.park

 Image above: LazyLawn installed the artificial grass on the Sugar House steps

New waste management service launched for retail sector

August 10th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

A free waste management service that aims to get more retail businesses to recognise the cost and environmental benefits of baling and compacting waste is being launched.

Wastesaving Audit is being launched by phs Wastekit, one of the biggest divisions in the phs Group and a key player in the UK’s waste management market.

The service includes a free site survey to review businesses’ current waste management practices, a bespoke consultation to advise on where cost savings can be made and a free trial of a baler or compactor machine, plus training in how to use it. It’s the most comprehensive free audit with no obligation currently on offer in the waste management sector.

“It’s surprising how many businesses are still unaware of the huge cost reductions that they can make using a baler or compactor machine,” said Joe Roberts, managing director of phs Wastekit. “That’s why we felt compelled to do something to open their eyes to the savings and created the Wastesaving Audit.

“Balers and compactors will – without exception – save businesses up to 90% of their waste disposal costs, which will have a huge impact on their bottom line. The machines work by reducing the volume of general and recyclable waste by compacting it down and baling it, which means businesses can dramatically reduce the number of waste collections they need to pay for.

“A lot of businesses also don’t realise that they can actually make money from baled recyclables like cardboard and plastic. Selling baled recyclables to recycling companies can generate a whole new revenue stream for them and reduce their landfill tax bill. We work with many businesses to ensure they make the most of that opportunity,” added Joe Roberts.

Standard landfill taxes will rise to £88.95 per tonne in April 2018 and the latest figures suggest that UK commercial businesses are still producing around 15 million tonnes of waste per year*

phs Wastekit is a leading expert in waste management and has been providing high quality  baler and compactor machines, as well as servicing, maintenance and accessories suitable for all machine types, for over 35 years.

To arrange a free Wastesaving Audit visit www.phswastekit.co.uk

Retail Design Expo announces top new names for 2018 steering panel

August 10th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, marketing, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting, has announced the Steering Panel for its 2018 event.
New members this year include both national and international players including Duracell, Bata, GfK, House of Fraser, M&S, Debenhams, Wickes, Mothercare, KFC and Costa Coffee.
The panel advises on all aspects of Retail Design Expo, from which companies should be speaking and exhibiting to what special features should be included. There are 10 new additions from international retailers and brands joining as the event grows.

“The level of support for Retail Design Expo within the design community is one of the keys to its success,” says event manager Sarah Adams. “The steering panel is like our eyes and ears, making sure that we use our conference programme to address all of the issues that really matter. With such a high standard of members, the panel will ensure that this year’s programme is the best one yet.”
The new members join a number of top names who had already been advising Retail Design Expo, including Unilever creative controller Nick Widdowson, Lancôme and Clarisonic retail design and visual merchandising director Sandrine Gravsholt and B&Q head of retail design Alan Taylor.
Retail Design Expo 2018 –Steering Panel Members:
• Adrienne Davitt, VM director, The Body Shop International
• Alan Taylor, head of retail design, B&Q
• Andrew Price, head of retail equipment & store planning, Mothercare
• Andy Turnbull, creative director, The Honest Brand
• Antony Behiels, director, Shop and Display Equipment Association
• Charlotte Parsons, global visual manager, food, ambient and seasonal events, M&S
• David Blakeney, director of store development, House of Fraser
• Ian Johnston, founder, Quinine
• Jade Swaby, brand creative design manager, KFC
• James Llewellyn, UK head of shopper, GfK
• Jeff Fisher, retail experience consultant, Bata
• Jenny Lau – Fuller, senior retail design manager, Westfield
• Jon Tollit, principal, Gensler
• Judith Kelly, retail delivery manager, Land Securities
• Keith Andrews, head of retail portfolio & innovation, Thomas Cook
• Mark Jordan, space planning and store development director, Debenhams
• Nick Widdowson, merchandising & creative controller, Unilever UK
• Peter Duys, head of customer experience, Samsung
• Peter Kramers, portfolio director, Clarks
• Phil Day, director, POPAI UK & Ireland
• Rebecca Parker, head of merchandising and macro space, Superdrug
• Richard Ash, CEO & founder, Green Room
• Robert Hudson, chief executive, The National Association of Shopfitters
• Rosie Wise, head of customer experience, Wickes
• Sandrine Gravsholt, retail design and visual merchandising director, Lancôme and Clarisonic
• Sigrid Brewka-Steeves, director retail concepts, Adidas
• Simon Bentley, retail director Europe, Trek Bicycle Corporation
• Simon Treadwell, Design, Formats & Planning Director, Tesco stores Ltd.
• Sonal Redgrove, senior manager – global store design and proposition, Costa Coffee
• Thomas Just Rasmussen, chief operating officer and director, Intersport
• Tom Nathan, general manager, Brent Cross Shopping Centre
• Xenia Olajosova, brand management director, Duracell

The dates for Retail Design Expo 2018 are May 2nd & 3rd. For more information visit www.retaildesignexpo.com

BULLRING WELCOMES RUSSELL & BROMLEY’S BIRMINGHAM DEBUT

August 9th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

 

Bullring has today announced that Russell & Bromley, the luxury British footwear and handbag retailer, has opened a new 260 sq m store at the centre, the brand’s first in Birmingham.

Still owned by the Bromley family, Russell & Bromley prides itself on exceptional quality and experienced staff in order to deliver the highest standards in product and trend knowledge. The new store offers accessible luxury to the fast-paced city with its collection of exclusive hand crafted Italian-made products. The opening complements the dynamic retail mix at the Bullring, with the authentic British brand trading alongside other high-end brands, Diesel and Swarovski.

Michaela Moore, General Manager, Bullring & Grand Central, commented: “Russell & Bromley is a great addition to the aspirational retail line-up at Bullring. The debut in Birmingham marks an important first for Bullring and will soon be joined by a new Coach store later this month, another brand first for the city.  These openings cement the centre’s position as the leading regional retail and leisure destination, and are reflective of both Bullring and the city’s ever-growing appeal.”

Russell & Bromley added: “We are delighted to open our latest store in the iconic Bullring Birmingham location. Bringing luxury shoes and accessories to this exciting city, the store will stock exclusive and hand crafted Italian made Russell & Bromley products for men, women and children.”

This news follows the recent opening of Volkswagen’s first retail store in the UK, located on the lower mall adjacent to Selfridges & CO.  In the last 12 months, Bullring has also welcomed regional debuts for Ben Sherman, T2, New Look Men and Smashbox. Bullring welcomes an annual footfall of over 36 million, with retailers performing on average 55% ahead of their national averages.

Little Jose, Canary Wharf

August 9th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

DesignLSM, designlsm.com were approached by renowned Spanish chef Jose Pizarro to create the interiors for the launch of his new street food concept in Canary Wharf, London.

Little Jose forms part of London Union/Street Feast’s latest food venue, Giant Robot. Situated in a striking 10,000 sqft rooftop space in Crossrail Place, Giant Robot offers an ‘eating and drinking rooftopia’ for foodie loving Londoners. The new site features a 360-island bar and outdoor terrace alongside a host of notable F&B vendors.

We worked closely with the team at London Union to create an intimate and vibrant tapas bar that showcases Jose’s authentic offering of true Spanish street food. The design aesthetic embraces a lively Mediterranean ambience featuring ornate Spanish tiles, brass mesh and a decorative array of festoon lighting.

A bold array of timber and black steel poseur seating are perfectly positioned in front of the kiosk creating a social and relaxed setting for Jose’s customers.

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Gumtree Hits the Road with AnyVan and New Delivery & Removal Options

August 8th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

  • First time Gumtree has partnered with a delivery and removal company
  • Delivering the power of the sharing economy

UK’s #1 Classifieds Website Partners with Leading Delivery Site to Transport Benefits to Consumers and Businesses

Gumtree has teamed up with fellow sharing economy stalwart, AnyVan, to offer users a wealth of delivery options. The partnership gives users who are looking to buy or sell second hand goods the option to use AnyVan when completing a transaction to arrange delivery.

Launched in 2009, AnyVan takes advantage of the fact 50% of vans travelling across the UK are empty, and offers the additional space to consumers. The service means cheaper delivery costs, but also benefits the environment by reducing the number of vans on the road, saving an estimated 49 million kilograms of carbon since its inception.

It’s hoped Gumtree buyers and sellers will be able to take advantage of the new partnership with AnyVan. It’s a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option, for buying and selling secondhand goods from further afield, as well as home removals. So, whether you’re a Londoner wanting to buy a couch from Aberdeen, or a Bristolian who wants to sell a car seat to Newcastle, Gumtree and AnyVan are working together to make this possible

Michael Stoelwinder, Head of Product, Gumtree said: “We are constantly talking to our users to gather feedback and make improvements to our site and service. We know they want to be able to buy and sell items when they want, and crucially where they want, in the most convenient way possible. That’s why Gumtree is thrilled to be working with AnyVan, to offer our buyers and sellers a new option to cheaply and easily transport goods across the UK.”

Angus Elphinstone, Founder and CEO, AnyVan said: “We founded AnyVan eight years ago to reduce the amount of empty vehicles travelling on our roads. Working with Gumtree is a fantastic opportunity for us to offer its customers a reliable and convenient way to transport those goods that people no longer need, or that they cannot wait to receive. Together with Gumtree, we’re offering consumers the best of the sharing economy to ensure they can shop or sell on their own terms. We’ve seen over 20,000 additional customers come through to us from Gumtree in recent weeks and we’re hoping to build on this success as we strengthen our ties with the site”.

New independent art retail experience has arrived at Albert Dock Liverpool

August 8th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

A new and exciting independent, art retail experience has arrived at Albert Dock Liverpool.

Dock Art is a pop-up shop that allows customers to watch local artists create works right in front of their eyes, before taking home a purchase or two, from traditional prints and one-off limited editions, to quirky items such as mugs, tea towels and bespoke t-shirts made from organic cotton.

Located in Unit 16 on The Colonnades, close to Tate Liverpool, Dock Art is the latest independent to set up shop at Albert Dock, following the likes of Leather Satchel Co. and more recently, Utility. It is all part of the strategic reinvention of the retail and leisure offer of Albert Dock, led by the developer, Aberdeen Asset Management.

Simon Moscow, of Aberdeen Asset Management, said:

“We launched our ambitious vision for Albert Dock earlier this year, after acquiring the commercial spaces in 2016. Albert Dock is a truly unique location, and it is our intention to enhance the already high quality local and national restaurant and retail brands here, with new, fiercely independent, and evolving brands. We want people to be excited when they visit the Dock – seeing and experiencing new things each time.

“Dock Art is the latest piece in the jigsaw and a key component of our long-term strategy for this iconic destination. We welcome them to the Dock family, and look forward to working with them.”

Co-founded by Katherine Caldwell and Freida McKitrick, Dock Art is the team’s latest venture, having run several pop-ups across the city centre in the last few years. But is it the Albert Dock location that is the icing on the cake for the business partners.

Katherine said:

“This is a dream location for us. It is without doubt one of Liverpool’s most iconic sites – with the heritage, attractions, architecture and events, and we are absolutely honoured to set up a business here.”

Dock Art features works from 10 specially chosen, local artists, from illustrators and photographers, to a traditional letterpress printer. The pop-up is in response to the current high-street trend in creating unique, retail experiences for customers. Visitors to Dock Art will witness art being created first-hand, and the chance to hear the stories behind it from the creators themselves.

Katherine added:

“For us it is about making art accessible to all and affordable. Our customers feel involved in the process, and can hear the full story behind what they are buying – where it was made and the origins of the materials used. It is a unique concept that we think is perfectly suited to Albert Dock.”

For more information about Albert Dock, please visit the Albert Dock website. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – @thealbertdock #AlbertDock

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