retail

Consumers called on to cut carbon footprint by reducing clothing purchases

Climate conscious Devon residents are being urged to reduce their carbon footprint by cutting down on the clothes they buy and instead get the most out of what they have.

And if residents do have to buy new clothes, they are encouraged to buy better-quality, ethically sourced items, preferably from a local retailer.

The ‘fast fashion’ industry is the second highest carbon-...

Setting higher standards in zoo retail

Local zoos are setting high environmental and ethical standards for their suppliers to ensure the quality of products in their shops. Questionnaires were sent to some 70 different suppliers asking about the environmental, ethical and recycling components of their businesses. The initiative was launched by South West Zoo Enterprises, the retail arm of Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Torquay’s...

Drake Circus helps young people kick-start their career with free training programme

Drake Circus is calling for young people in Plymouth to take the first step in their retail careers by registering for its free training programme, Bright Lights Starting Out in Retail.

The five-week programme starts on the 10th September and will give young people in Plymouth access to high quality training, including advice from industry experts, support with interviews and CV...

Drake Circus helps Plymouth residents get a foot on the career ladder with free training

Drake Circus is giving people in Plymouth the chance to embark on a free five-week training programme, designed to provide them with the skills they need to build a successful career in retail or hospitality.

The ‘Bright Lights Starting Out in Retail and Hospitality’ programme gets underway in February and will combine classroom teaching alongside work placements at one of Drake Circus...

Plymouth Furniture Store 'moves house'

Moving house is always stressful but imagine a move that involved around 60 sofas, 40 beds and at least 20 dining tables at the last count.

That’s the task facing Ryan Long and his team as they create a series of ‘rooms’ within Furniture World’s latest store in Plymouth which opens its doors next week.

‘I guess it’s a bit like moving house maybe 50 times over,’ Ryan reflected,...

Plymouth identified as one of the retail success stories of SW

Plymouth has been identified as one of the success stories of the South West in adapting to the changing demands of modern consumers.

The town is one of just three out of 36 key locations in the region to enjoy retail rental growth during the 12 months to April 2016, according to the latest Midsummer Retail Report (MSRR) from real estate advisor Colliers International.

This...

High Streets have weathered worst of downturn

A number of key towns across the West Country have registered the largest quarterly fall in empty shops since 2006, according to Colliers International’s latest research.

Colliers International’s National Retail Barometer for Q3 2014 shows that the average void rate across the UK by number of units now stands at 13 per cent. Bournemouth, Chippenham, Plymouth and Worcester were among 12...

Internet Only or Hands on Shopping Experience?

How about both! With the closure of many shops on the high streets around Britain today you’d be forgiven for thinking that businesses are abandoning the high street in their droves to concentrate on internet sales. Well we learnt today of two businesses that started off as internet only catalogue businesses that have now built their presence in shops as well as retaining their internet...

HMV on the verge of £50m rescue deal with Hilco

Sky News has revealed that HMV, the British music and video retail chain, is on the verge of being rescued in a £50m deal that will preserve 2,500 jobs. Hilco UK, which has been operating in Europe for over 10 years, was founded out of a partnership between UK Management and the Hilco Group in the US, the global leader in distressed retail investment and advisory services. Hilco also already...