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SOHO Coffee Co. have appointed Project and Construction Management specialists RISE to support their nationwide roll out of the SOHO Coffee Co. chain.

May 24th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

The appointment is a culmination of SOHO Coffee Co.’s aggressive expansion plans across the UK and London which has meant an increase in the number of planned new store openings. In the last 3 months alone SOHO Coffee Co. have opened new stores at the Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham; the Bull Ring Birmingham and Baker Street, London.

Penny Manuel, Managing Director of SOHO Coffee Co. commented “We are embarking upon a crucial phase of growth where maximising synergies and driving efficiencies are vital to our success. We are confident that RISE are perfectly placed to support us achieve these goals and are looking forward to developing a successful and long term relationship with them.”

Gareth Stapleton, RISE CEO said, “It’s a pleasure to be appointed by Soho Coffee Co. during this existing time in their development. There are many synergies between our companies as we are both young, vibrant and innovative in our approach to our respective businesses, and we look forward to delivering successful projects across London and the UK.”

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Smurfit Kappa celebrates a decade of excellence in sustainability achievements

May 23rd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Smurfit Kappa is well on its way to meeting its ambitious 2020 sustainability goals, according to its tenth annual sustainability report which was released today. In the decade since it started formally measuring its sustainability impact, Smurfit Kappa reached full Chain of Custody certification for its entire raw material supply chain. At the same time it has cut CO₂ emissions by 23% and the quality of its discharge water improved by 32%, both on track for its 2020 target of 25% and 33% respectively.

Smurfit Kappa’s sustainability report, which measures year-on-year progress with a focus on five priority areas (Forest, Climate Change, Water, Waste and People), shows that over the past ten years the packaging giant has also achieved a significant reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill and has invested €60 million in water treatment plants.

Smurfit Kappa is also celebrating over ten years of investment in social and scientific projects with the aim of supporting the communities in which it operates. Over €30 million has been invested in projects ranging from providing improved facilities and play therapy at a school for children with disabilities in Italy, to working with Colombian universities to study and protect the flora and fauna in the company’s forests.

“Smurfit Kappa is playing its part in creating a sustainable future by building a profitable business based on sustainable principles. We will continue to pioneer innovative ways to be sustainable to create value for both our customers and shareholders,” said Tony Smurfit, Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa.

Steven Stoffer, Group Vice President of Development, with responsibility for sustainability within Smurfit Kappa, said: “Compared to other packaging materials, paper is the most sustainable, therefore sustainability is within the very DNA of our company. These latest results are a testament to the contribution everyone at Smurfit Kappa makes to reach our ambitious goals. We’re proud of the progress we’ve made over the past decade, and very pleased to be on track to meet our 2020 sustainability goals.”

Key findings from the 2016 report include:

Forest

  • Over 90% of packaging supplied to customers is Chain of Custody certified

Climate Change

  • 22.9% reduction of fossil CO₂ emissions per tonne of paper produced (against 2005 baseline)

Water

  • Completed mill-specific water risk assessments in eleven paper mills
  • 31.9% reduction in relative amounts of COD in discharge water (compared to 2005)

Waste

  • 13.3%  reduction in waste sent to landfill

People

  • Health and Safety: Reduced the Lost Time Accident (LTA) frequency rate by 10% in 2016
  • Implemented over 1,000 follow-up actions as a result of the MyVoice employee survey

Click here to download the 2016 report.

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Consumer spending grew 5.5 per cent in April as inflation drives up cost of everyday essentials

May 22nd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Consumer spending grew 5.5 per cent in April as inflation drives up cost of everyday essentials

  • Consumer spending rose 5.5 per cent year-on-year in April driven by inflation on essentials and a later Easter in 2017
  • Essential item expenditure grew 11.4 per cent, partially due to an ‘Easter bounce’ in supermarket spending (10.3 per cent) and another strong month for petrol (14.7 per cent)
  • Although meals out during the bank holiday led to rises in pubs (20.4 per cent) and restaurants (16.5 per cent), non-essential spending overall only increased by 3.7 per cent
  • The proportion of consumers feeling confident in their household finances dipped 14 percentage points to 56 per cent from 70 per cent in March – with two-thirds of Brits saying they are focusing more on getting value for money on purchases

Consumers spent 5.5 per cent more year-on-year in April as a late Easter and inflation drove noticeable uplifts across a number of categories. Shoppers also continued to spend on the ‘experience economy’ – prioritising time with friends and family despite the higher cost of day-to-day necessities. 

Data from Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, shows high levels of growth across everyday essentials with Brits spending more on groceries in particular, pushing supermarket growth to 10.3 per cent. This double digit rise, however, was underpinned by the later timing of Easter relative to 2016 and by inflation, which rose to a 42-month high of 2.3 per cent in March.

The buoyant growth in the supermarket sector, and another strong month for petrol, which remained high at 14.7 per cent, meant that spending on essential items soared to 11.4 per cent – comfortably the highest level seen since Barclaycard began compiling data in 2012.

Barclaycard also saw a concurrent rise in discount store spending (16.6 per cent), indicating more shoppers are looking for bargains, potentially in a bid to save some cash in the household budget where possible as the cost of everyday goods increased.

Despite this, and perhaps because of the extra days off work, shoppers were still willing to loosen the purse strings when it came to spending on ’the experience economy’. While growth in discretionary categories slowed overall, up 3.7 per cent in comparison to March’s 4.8 per cent, entertainment remained a bright spot (up 15 per cent) as Brits took advantage of the bank holiday weekend to dine out with friends and family in pubs (up 20.4 per cent) and restaurants (up 16.5 per cent).

DIY stores and garden centres also performed strongly, rising 26.6 per cent and 7.7 per cent respectively, as shoppers took advantage of the ‘mini-heatwave’ early on in the month to spruce up their homes and gardens.

Research undertaken for Barclaycard amongst consumers found that this ‘business as usual’ approach to spending is likely to continue in many categories; four in 10 (40 per cent) say that the value of the pound will not affect their summer holiday plans, and one in five (21 per cent) plan to spend more on experiences over physical things in May.

There is evidence, however, of a broader fall in perceived spending power as a result of inflationary pressures, with just over half (56 per cent) of Brits indicating they feel confident in their household finances – down from 70 per cent who said the same in March. Many are looking to adjust their spending to counteract the rising prices of everyday goods, with two-thirds of Brits (67 per cent) saying they have become much more careful to seek out value for money in the purchases they make, the second-highest figure in the past 12 months.

Paul Lockstone, Managing Director at Barclaycard, said:

“A late Easter and rising prices provided a superficial boost to spending in April, but behind the headline figure it’s clear consumers are recognising and responding to the inflationary pressures being placed on household budgets. Despite growth across a number of categories, the spending picture in real terms is one of growing caution, as seen by declining confidence levels amongst the UK’s consumers.

“The relatively dry and warm weather was a natural benefit to pubs, restaurants and garden centres, giving consumers the opportunity to treat themselves where they felt comfortable doing so. With a renewed focus on value for money it is likely that consumers will need to make necessary adjustments to their monthly budgets in a bid to balance essential and discretionary spending.”

 

SDEA presents its Best Stand Award at two key UK exhibitions

May 19th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Competition was fierce at this year’s VM & Display Show in April and Retail Design Expo in May for the hugely coveted SDEA Best Stand Award.

At the VM & Display Show, Snow Business won with their inspirational stand showing how snow can be used across a broad spectrum.  Commercial Director of Snow Business, Luke Buxton commented: “We were absolutely delighted to win the award for best stand. Everybody loves snow… and that’s bound to help! Thank you to the SDEA and to the show organisers for a great show.”  Luke was presented the award on the Snow Business stand by SDEA President, Alan Pegram.

During Retail Design Expo, SDEA members crowned retail design specialist Display By Design the winner of the SDEA Best Stand Award.  The captivating ice feature on the beautifully designed stand fired up the imagination of visitors.

Ben Winfield, Managing Director of Display By Design was delighted at coming first and was presented with the award on his stand by SDEA Director, Antony Behiels.  Chris Henshaw, Key Account Director of Display By Design commented, “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to come and see us during the Expo, it made it a fantastic two days for us.  Having looked around the other stands it is a great privilege that our stand was awarded the Best Stand given that the overall standard was excellent.  It is a great accolade to all the time and hard work our team put into the event.”

SDEA Director, Mr Behiels commented on winning stands at the shows, “They were both carefully thought out, innovative and exciting stand designs which attracted a lot of interest during each show.  They were both worthy winners voted for by SDEA members.”

Two weeks to nominate: Do you know the next Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador?

May 18th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programmeuntil 29th May. The Programme increases awareness of the diverse range of opportunities for women in retail, by shining the spotlight on role models, inspiring more women to consider a career in retail.

Digital development is the hot prediction for 2017,worldpay awards with brands investing heavily to add value to customer experiences and increase the efficiency of operations within the business. Drawing on the theme of “Reinventing Retail” the 10th anniversary of the Ambassador Programme will recognise the role and impact that technology has had and will play in the future in the sector.

Becoming an Ambassador is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles, as well as encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in Retail. Nominations are free and the Ambassador Programme is open to women at all stages of their career.

Who do you know that is contributing to reinventing the future of retail as well as inspiring success in others? Put them or yourself forward today www.everywoman.com/retail-ambassadors
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SDEA presents its Best Stand Award at two key UK exhibitions

May 17th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Competition was fierce at this year’s VM & Display Show in April and Retail Design Expo in May for the hugely coveted SDEA Best Stand Award.

At the VM & Display Show, Snow Business won with their inspirational stand showing how snow can be used across a broad spectrum.  Commercial Director of Snow Business, Luke Buxton commented: “We were absolutely delighted to win the award for best stand. Everybody loves snow… and that’s bound to help! Thank you to the SDEA and to the show organisers for a great show.”  Luke was presented the award on the Snow Business stand by SDEA President, Alan Pegram.

During Retail Design Expo, SDEA members crowned retail design specialist Display By Design the winner of the SDEA Best Stand Award.  The captivating ice feature on the beautifully designed stand fired up the imagination of visitors.

Ben Winfield, Managing Director of Display By Design was delighted at coming first and was presented with the award on his stand by SDEA Director, Antony Behiels.  Chris Henshaw, Key Account Director of Display By Design commented, “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to come and see us during the Expo, it made it a fantastic two days for us.  Having looked around the other stands it is a great privilege that our stand was awarded the Best Stand given that the overall standard was excellent.  It is a great accolade to all the time and hard work our team put into the event.”

SDEA Director, Mr Behiels commented on winning stands at the shows, “They were both carefully thought out, innovative and exciting stand designs which attracted a lot of interest during each show.  They were both worthy winners voted for by SDEA members.”

Mercedes-Benz pops up at intu

May 16th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Mercedes-Benz has launched a pop-up store at intu Lakeside, giving customers the chance to get behind the wheel and see its latest collection.

Open until 29 May, the pop-up store features an array of Mercedes-Benz and Hugo Boss merchandise, including MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ teamwear.

Customers also have the chance to compete for the fastest lap in a Formula One™ Simulator and test drive a selection of vehicles from intu Lakeside’s car park. The immersive experience allows customers to play and discover the brand further through a digital playground and discuss their motoring needs with staff.

Rebecca Ryman, regional director of intu, said: “More and more car brands are seeing the benefit of bringing their brands into new high footfall areas such as shopping centres. These immersive brand experiences bring something unique to the retail mix, helping to surprise and delight our customers and encouraging them to stay with us for longer. Recent research suggests that a high percentage of all major car purchase decisions are made by females – which fits perfectly with intu Lakeside’s key demographics. In the future we could well be buying our cars alongside a new pair of shoes and a trip to the cinema, as the trend continues.”

This latest pop-up follows the recent announcement from SEAT, which is targeting intu Lakeside’s annual footfall of 25 million customers with its permanent retail unit in the centre. More and more traditional large-format retailers like DFS and Sharps Bedrooms as well as car manufactures like SEAT and Mercedes-Benz are miniaturising their traditional large format stores by taking smaller space at intu centres to get access to intu’s high footfall of customers.

 

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Signbox wins FESPA Award for work at Hachette UK

May 15th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

UK-based signage pioneer, Signbox, has won a FESPA Award in the Decals and Printed Labels category for its work at book publisher Hachette UK.

Recognised during the FESPA Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday May 10th at the Grand Elysee Hotel in Hamburg, Signbox’s Hachette project impressed the judges amidst a strong field. “This is a great example of the best of both worlds,” one judge commented. “Print and contour cut to ease production and application, with the appearance of vinyl cut lettering.”

In collaboration with the Graphics History Company last summer, Signbox delivered a mural made up of thousands of iconic author names published by London based Hachette UK. The final work represents a “river of authors”, a flowing representation of the River Thames that runs by Hachette UK’s home on the north bank of the River Thames.

Mark Bartlett, Managing Director at Signbox says: “We are delighted to see our work at Hachette UK recognised through the FESPA Awards. It was a real honour to be shortlisted alongside such prestigious projects, and to actually win is fantastic.”

The mural celebrates the combined, distinguished publishing history of Hachette UK, and features 3,500 authors, selected from over 55,000 published since 1768 by publishing houses that are now part of Hachette UK.

The flagship Thames mural was digitally printed by HP Latex 360 printers on 450 linear metres of Class O fire retardant LG 3880 high tack vinyl. The vinyl was then matt laminated, CAD-cut and weeded for application. With the base film digitally printed in multi colours and precision cut inside the bleed, the author names were able to be pre-spaced and applied as one, a technique Signbox has utilised for many years on similar projects. As well as catching the eye of the judges, our ability to deliver using this method was a key reason Signbox was appointed in the first place by the Graphic History Company, to handle the production and installation elements of the project.

“The project was both challenging and rewarding throughout the production and installation phases, as we needed to ensure the highest possible quality finished product within a tight timeframe,” continues Bartlett. “We were delighted with the end result and we look forward to partnering with both The Graphic History Company and Hachette UK again in the future.”

Signbox has won a FESPA Award

SHAFTESBURY’S CENTRAL CROSS, CHINATOWN, TO BE A NEW HALO LOCATION FOR RESTAURANTS IN LONDON’S WEST END

May 15th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Shaftesbury is progressing a £15m development at the eastern gateway to Chinatown that will create a 48,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme providing a range of new double-height restaurant and retail units across up to three floors.  A key part of the scheme will complement Chinatown’s existing diverse range of F&B choices, with units ranging from 400 sq ft to 4,300 sq ft.  The development is scheduled to complete late spring 2017.

Central Cross has been conceived by Shaftesbury to provide a critical mass of commercial space that meets the aspirations of domestic and international operators seeking a flagship restaurant location in London’s West End.  Central Cross borders Chinatown London to the west and the major thoroughfare of Charing Cross Road to the east, and is located where Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square meet.  The site is opposite Leicester Square Tube station and a short walk from Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station, which is set to become the busiest transport hub in the West End when the service commences in 2018.

The restaurant element of Central Cross, with elevations to Newport Court and Newport Place, both Chinatown London gateway streets, will create seven new restaurants, three with external seating, a first for Chinatown London.  The units will vary in size, offering a range of opportunities for both home-grown and international operators.  Newport Place is also to be pedestrianised and enhanced to create a landscaped public space which will become a new focal point for Chinatown.

Julia Wilkinson, Portfolio and Group Restaurant and Strategy Executive at Shaftesbury, said: “Central Cross’s curated mix of new Chinese and East Asian F&B concepts will attract a cosmopolitan consumer, providing an opportunity for operators to connect with a young, multi-cultural, foodie audience throughout the day and into the evening, seven days a week.

“We are already experiencing strong demand from restaurant operators ranging from local independent operators to international concepts, all seeking to create a presence in central London that truly embodies their brand.”

Shaftesbury has confirmed the appointment of DCL as the restaurant agent.

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