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Wide Awake Halloween Fancy Dress Party #wewideawake

October 13, 2014

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Salacious adventures realised on their recent Scotland tour, Wide Awake return to their exclusive London residency at the Hoxton Pony for a Halloween fancy dress special. Delivering an uninhibited night of mischief and bass line wobblers from filthy Jackin House, Strip Club Hip Hop and all other manner less club music genres.

Led by the 7ft tall 18st Winston (the rabbit) the kind of guy to be One Direction’s number one supplier Wide Awake features CJ Beatz and Jordan Crisp.

Keeping the sullied flesh in motion on the dance floor are East London DJ Booth scoundrels Bill and Will.

2-4-1 cocktails till 9PM| Tables from £350

Strictly guest list only – Entry is free on the Wide Awake guest list until 9pm.
Entry free all night should you flash the door girl a Wide Awake T-shirt which can be obtained with a click or two at http://cjbeatz.com/.

RSVP by sending an e-mail with your full name(s) for the guest list to
wideawake@cellardoorgroup.com

Mo Parker – FOLD

October 22, 2014

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Invisible Umbrella Has Arrived

October 22, 2014

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The Air Umbrella shields from the rain with a temporary, air-circulating roof

Umbrellas are the best until you enter the building. By then you have a soaking wet piece of fabric to carry around you. That is why this idea by Chuan Wang, an inventor from Nanjing, China, is just so good. Also, it looks a lot like magic.

The device looks like a wand (what else) and is comprised of three major segments. The switch and control part sits at the bottom, a big lithium battery in the middle and a functional head with the air pump mechanism on top. When turned on, the functional head spews out air in all directions, with a force enough to change the course of raindrops. The controls at the bottom include a knob you can turn to change the speed of airflow. A strong airflow means a bigger umbrella diameter that could accommodate more people.

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The first functional prototype was created in November 2012. However, it wasn’t entirely usable. The Air Umbrella’s Kickstarter recalls that the amount of airflow needed created a prototype which was too big.

From there, Wang took to seeking help from PhD students from his locale. Graduates of both the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Nanjing University were able to improve the design and create a more portable umbrella.

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The prototype closest to the final version was achieved last July and has been developed into three versions: Air Umbrella A, B and C.

Umbrella A, which the creators describe as “available for female”, is shorter at only 30 cm. Umbrella B is the original option at 50 cm and weighing in at 800 grams. The Umbrella C features a scalable handle that could be extended by up to 80 cm.

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One major limitation of the air umbrella is the battery life. Although the schematic diagram shows a big battery pack, the high-power airflow can squeeze dry the fully-charged batteries in just 30 minutes of use.

The umbrellas range from $88 to $148 each for backers. Packages of ten start at $1,120 for the Umbrella B and increases to $1,320 for Umbrella C including the car charges.

The creators target to get the first final units out by September 2015 and shipped by December.

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Ashley Madekwe Could Sit On My Face Before Cheryl Cole #wcw

October 22, 2014
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Ashley Madekwe

TIEKS ft. Celeste – Sing That Song (Extended Version)

October 21, 2014
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TIEKS ft. Celeste

Is Life really so #Black&White? The Exhibition @ejsphotographer #photography #londonphotographers

October 20, 2014

Ernest Simons, Black and White, Black & White, Ghana, Photographer, Photographer, London Photographer, Stephen Lawrence Centre, Ocotber 2014

The Beauty of ‘Black & White’ by Ernest Simons

This October, the Stephen Lawrence Centre in South East London will open its door to exhibit an intimate series of photographs titled ‘Black & White’, from esteemed London based photographer Ernest Simons.

WHEN: 22nd October – 20th November
TIME: 09:00 – 17:00

Black & White is a project through which Ernest Simons was inspired by the beauty and personality of villagers going about their normal day-to-day life. Ernest adds, “Whilst I was in Ghana, I saw a simplicity that I tried to preserve through a lens, Black & White breathes life and captures the imperfections made perfect of those people”. Ernest is also passionate about having this powerful documentation open to the public during black history month. As well as photographs, this wonderful showcase will also include cards and photographic print available to purchase with an opportunity of getting signed images from Ernest himself.

Ernest Simons photographs specialises in sports, fashion & portraits. He has a proven track record of expertise spanning 8 years. His unique methods behind the camera have allowed him to develop his unique skill.

Courtesy of ‘The Thinker

What’s happening in #retail & with brands – trends for w/e 17th October 2014 #retailtrends #retailnews #marketingweek #eventmagazine

October 20, 2014

Company Results

- Asda have reported a 2.1% increase in sales to £23.3bn for the year to 31 December 2013. Like-for-like sales excluding petrol and VAT increased by 0.6% while pre-tax profit increased by 22.6% to £913.8m for the same period. (Source: Verdict)
Boohoo.com have reported a 31% increase in revenue to £67.2m for the six months to 31 August 2014. UK sales increased by 47% to £45.6m while pre-tax profit increased by 23% to £4.5m for the same period.
Boohoo.com have reported a 31% increase in revenue to £67.2m for the six months to 31 August 2014.

- Booker have reported a 1.9% increase in total sales to £2.3bn for the six months to 12 September 2014. Like-for-like sales to retailers increased by 2.6% to £1.3bn while pre-tax profit increased by 16% to £67.4m for the same period. Internet sales increased by 12% to £413m. (Source: The Grocer)
Burberry have reported a 14% increase in total revenue to £1.1bn for the six months to 30 September 2014. Retail & wholesale revenue increased by 15% to £748m while comparable sales increased by 10% for the same period. Wholesale revenue increased by 13% to £317m.
Carpetright have reported a 3.6% increase in group sales for the 11 weeks to 11 October 2014. UK sales increased by 5.7% while UK like-for-like sales increased by 7.0% for the same period.
Game Digital have reported a 31% increase in total sales to £862m for the 52 weeks to 26 July 2014. Pre-tax profit was reported at £7.3m for the same period. (Source: Reuters)
Home Bargains have reported a 21% increase in sales to £1.28bn for the year to 30 June 2014. Pre-tax profit increased by 12.5% to £124.8m for the same period. (Source: Retail Week)
John Lewis have reported a 12.9% increase in sales for the week to 11 October 2014. Fashion, Electricals & Home Technology and Home sales increased by 12.5%, 11.9% and 15.0% respectively. Sales at johnlewis.com increased by 31.2%.
Mulberry have reported a 17% decrease in total revenue to £64.7m for the six months to 30 September 2014. Retail revenue increased by 9% to £45.1m while wholesale revenue decreased by 31% to £19.6m for the same period.
Mulberry have reported a 17% decrease in total revenue to £64.7m for the six months to 30 September 2014

- Thorntons have reported an 11.9% decrease in sales to £41.4m for the 14 weeks to 04 October 2014. Retail sales decreased by 10.9% to £20.6m for the same period.
Travis Perkins have reported a 6.9% increase in total sales for the third quarter of 2014. Like-for-like sales increased by 5.7% for the same period.
Vertu Motors have reported a 29.5% increase in sales to £1.1bn for the six months to 31 August 2014. Like-for-like new car retail volumes increased by 11.8% while like-for-like used car sales volumes increased by 11.6% for the same period. Profit before tax increased by 48.8% to £12.8m.
Waitrose have reported a 4.2% increase in sales (including petrol) for the week to 11 October 2014.
WH Smith have reported a 9% increase in group pre-tax profit to £112m in the year to 31 August 2014. Total group sales decreased by 2% for the same period while high street total sales decreased by 6%. Trading profit in the travel division was up 11% to £73m, with total sales up 4%.

Lifestyle sales were strong with growth almost universal across subsectors. Electronics struggled slightly whilst those products related to outdoors activities sold well.

Fashion sales were particularly robust this week with both specialist and mainstream retailers performing ahead of expectations. A number of retailers report strong outerwear sales with consumers making purchases to help brace themselves against the elements.

Homewares continue to perform strongly against tough comparative figures from this week last year. Big ticket furniture and department stores were the stand out sub-sectors whilst DIY products underperformed against the market.

Non-store sales were exceptional this week with Fashion and Lifestyle sales way ahead of expectations. Whilst homewares were less exceptional, results were still strong in a sector that hasn’t traditional performed well through these channels.

Clothing, Footwear & Accessories

- British Land announces that it has agreed separate deals with Outfit totalling 50,000 sq ft across four of its retail parks. (Source: British Land)
Clarks have announced plans to open a men’s pop-up shop on Neal Street in Seven Dials on 23 October 2014, in an attempt to attract ‘stylish’ male shoppers. (Source: Retail Week)
Harrods have announced plans to launch a series of films ‘Inside The Studio’ to showcase four of the UK’s most talented fashion designers. (Source: Fashion United)
Moda in Pelle have announced plans to expand after receiving funding worth £3.5m from the Business Growth Fund. The retailer plans to roll-out new stores, enhance in-store customer experience and develop their website and e-commerce channels. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
Moda in Pelle have announced plans to expand after receiving funding worth £3.5m from the Business Growth Fund

- Signet have announced that their Chief Executive, Michael Barnes will leave the company on 31 October 2014 and will be replaced by their President and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Light. (Source: Verdict)

Electrical & Entertainment

- Amazon have announced plans to create 1,000 new permanent jobs in the UK at their distribution centres over the coming months. (Source: BBC)
Smiths News and Amazon have teamed up to launch a same-day collection service at 500 newsagents and convenience stores. (Source: The Telegraph)
The Co-operative Electrical have become the first UK retailer to sell extended warranties on all electrical products at cost price. (Source: Company Press Release)

According to forecasts from Mintel, retailers are expected to benefit from £240m worth of Halloween-related sales in 2014. The figure is up from the £230m spent on ghoulish treats in 2013. The research found that 43% of Britons spent on Halloween products or services in 2013. Younger shoppers are the most enthusiastic, with 58% of 16 to 24-year-olds spending to celebrate the event. Three in five British parents bought products or services for Halloween last year for their children, rising to 73% of Britons with children aged 6 to 12. Two in five (40%) parents bought trick-or-treat confectionery and one in four bought fancy dress.

Food & Drink

- Sainsbury’s have announced plans to halve the number of Nectar points to one point per pound spent compared with two at present, starting from 11 April 2015. Shoppers will no longer receive points for reusing bags however they will still earn a point for each litre of fuel purchased. (Source: The Telegraph)
Waitrose have started to recruit for the first 250 roles at their new dotcom fulfilment centre in Coulsdon in South London, which is due to open in Spring 2015. (Source: Company Press Release)
Waitrose have announced plans to launch Hiku home scanner as part of their new incubator programme. The device allows customers to scan barcodes at home on products that Waitrose stocks to automatically add the product to their online shopping basket. (Source: Retail Week)

The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have revealed that online retail sales increased by 7% year-on-year in September 2014, the slowest growth since 2010. An estimated £8.2bn was spent online and multi-channel retailers were found to be more successful than online only retailers in resisting the downward trend. Multi-channel retailers saw 8% year-on-year growth compared to 5% for online only merchants.

Household

- Argos have teamed up with a charity, ‘Go ON UK’ to run digital workshops, in an attempt to develop the digital skills of some of the 9.5 million people in the UK who are still not online. (Source: The Telegraph)
Clinique have announced plans to open their first UK standalone store on 24 October 2014. The store will use interactive pods that will show shoppers what their skin could look like in the future and provide a ‘digital experience’ to engage shoppers. (Source: Retail Week)
Clinique have announced plans to open their first UK standalone store on 24 October 2014

- House of Fraser have announced plans to launch guaranteed early morning delivery before 9am to enable customers to receive online orders before they leave for work. (Source: Drapers)
John Lewis have opened their first-ever railway station shop at St. Pancras International on 14 October 2014. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
Made.com have hired John Clarke as their first Chief Financial Officer, to support their rapid growth. (Source: Retail Week)
Poundland have appointed Miles Roberts and Tim Jones as their Non-Executive Directors. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
Shop Direct have promoted Gareth Jones to the newly created role of Deputy Chief Executive. (Source: Drapers)

Courtesy of ‘Barclays

RIP – Elizabeth Pena

October 16, 2014

Elizabeth Pena, RIP, Lone Star, Rush Hour, I Married Dora, Modern Family, Sofia Vergara, Gloria

Courtesy of ‘Simon

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