The Northbank BID introduces excitement and flavour to Victoria Embankment with a street food market bursting with character and offering something for everyone.
The Real Food Festival traders bring an amazing range of great sustainable and ethically produced food and drink at an affordable price. Real Food producers rear and grow high quality food. Each trader is handpicked for their creative contribution to the global street food cuisine offer here at Victoria Embankment Gardens.
Try something different from salt beef, pickles and mustard, mouth-watering tapas, duck confit and biodynamic burgers, all of which will give you a taste of the world in one lunchtime.
Another pioneering event produced by Cellar Door, so do come and have a bite to eat with us.
You may remember Fabian Belassie who we were fortunate to have perform at the last Cellar Door Takeover session down at The Nest in Dalston. One track that took our fancy was this cover classic ‘I Got a Woman‘ by ‘Ray Charles‘. Recently Fabian visited the team at Ont’Sofa down at the Gibson studios to shoot this track. Check it out below:
Courtesy of ‘The Thinker‘
What’s happening in retail & with brands – trends for week ending 7th March 2014 #retailtrends #retailnews #marketingweek #eventmagazine
- The John Lewis Partnership have reported a 6.6% increase in gross sales to £10.2bn for the 52 weeks to 25 January 2014. Pre-tax profit increased by 9.6% to £376.4m for the same period.
- Lookers have reported a 19.4% increase in revenue to £2.4bn for the year to 31 December 2013. Pre-tax profit increased by 27.9% to £43.9m for the same period.
- SuperValu have reported a 1% increase in retail sales to 2.1bn in 2013. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Thorntons have reported a 4.5% increase in sales to £139.7m for the 28 weeks to 11 January 2014. Pre-tax profit increased by 47.3% to £7.2m for the same period. Own store like-for-like sales increased by 2.1%.
- Vertu Motors have reported a 41.6% increase in new retail sales for the five months to 31 January 2014. Like-for-like new retail volumes increased by 21.5% while the used car sales volumes increased by 23.4% for the same period. Like-for-like used car sales volumes increased by 11.1%.
- Waitrose have reported a 6.2% increase in sales (including petrol) for the week to 01 March 2014.
Non-fashion sales were polarised this week with some of the retailers relying on Mothers day gifting losing out due to it falling on a later date. Outdoors goods (particularly bicycles) as well as electronics generally performed strongest.
Fashion was the sector where increased discounting was most prevalent. Mainstream fashion performed quite strongly whilst the more specialist retailers struggled for the most part.
Homewares was exceptional again this week with all but one retailer posting positive like-for-likes. Big ticket furniture and department stores were the stand out sub-sectors.
More subdued like-for-likes were reported through non-store channels this week. A number of retailers cited strong comparables from last year making growth slightly harder to come by this year.
Clothing, Footwear & Accessories
- Asos have appointed Hilary Riva and Rita Clifton as their Non-Executive Directors, with effect from 01 April 2014. (Source: Verdict)
- Uniqlo has teamed up with Happy singer Pharrell Williams for spring 14 with a collaboration on its T-shirt line UT.
- M&S have announced that they have become the first retailer to win the triple award of certification for achievements in reducing carbon, water and waste from the Carbon Trust. (Source: Verdict)
- Mulberry have hired Steven Newey as their Group Commercial Director, effective 01 May 2014. (Source: Retail Week)
- New Look have announced that their Chairman, Alistair McGeorge will step down from the board at the end of May 2014. Founder, Tom Singh will become the Interim Non-Executive Chairman until a permanent successor is appointed. (Source: Fashion United)
Food & Drink
- Amazon have signed a deal with a Mexican food company to sell their products on Amazon.co.uk. (Source: The Telegraph)
- Asda have partnered with British Heart Foundation to install defibrillators across their estate, depots and offices by the end of 2014. The retailer have also committed to having CPR-trained staff in every store. (Source: The Grocer)
- Moet Hennessy has secured an online tie-up for its Glenmorangie single malt Scotch brand with high-end shirt-maker Thomas Pink
- The Co-operative Group have plans to double store numbers to 4,000, by opening 150 new small stores per year. The grocer also have plans to revamp 1,000 stores across their estate to a second generation store format. (Source: IGD Retail Analysis)
- Iceland have been named as the Best Big Company to work for in the UK at the annual Best Companies Awards in 2014. The retailer also won a special award as Most Improved Big Company. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- The John Lewis Partnership have plans to launch four new Waitrose stores in Scotland. (Source: Herald Scotland)
- Tesco have raised £10m for charity Diabetes UK in the first year of their partnership. The funds raised will go towards diabetes research, education and awareness programmes. (Source: The Grocer)
- Waitrose are looking to add services such as dry cleaning and wine-tasting to their stores in response to the competition from the German discount supermarkets. (Source: The Telegraph)
- House of Fraser are planning to open 12 standalone click and collect outlets. The retailer are also seeking partners with sympathetic collection locations. (Source: Retail Week)
- Superdrug have plans to launch three new store formats, a standalone beauty format, a pharmacy in a doctors surgery, and a well-being shop design. (Source: Retail Week)
Courtesy of ‘The Thinker‘
After national radio support for her last EP a couple of years ago, Australian singer-songwriter Katie Cole is returning to the UK once again with her first full length album, ‘Lay It All Down’. Inspired by the likes of KT Tunstall & Sheryl Crow, the new album is a refreshing dose of Americana which is currently missing from the mainstream.
Preceded by single ‘(We Started a) Fire’ – an infectious, drum led tune which really showcases Cole’s country vocals – the album brings together 11 songs which, while radio-friendly, pay tribute to the roots traditions of the US scene. It comes as no surprise to learn that a vast chunk of the writing took place in Nashville, now one of the music world’s capital cities.
The quality is unquestionable – produced by Howard Willing, who’s worked with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow and OK Go, the band Katie put together for the album is full of enviable talent. Comprising 2 members of John Mayer’s band, drummer Aaron Sterling (Natasha Bedingfield, Glen Campbell), Bassist Sean Hurley (Kris Kristofferson, Colbie Caillat), pianist Roger Manning Jr (Jellyfish, Beck) and veteran guitarist Tim Pierce (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill), it’s a demonstration of the pulling power of her music.
On top of all that, the legend himself Kris Kristofferson guests on one of the album tracks. And you can’t say fairer than that.
Written by Harry Dean of Labelled Independent