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Bollywood Fever announces partnership with BFI

January 25, 2018
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SHOLAY 3D IOS

On 17th & 18th March, Cellar Door is delighted to present Bollywood Fever 2018 with a takeover of the ICC, Birmingham. At its centrepiece, will be the exclusive screening of the Indian action epic ‘SHOLAY‘ in the restored and converted 3D format. This will be the first time that the movie will be screened on such a wide scale. Conceptualised in 2015, this years edition of Bollywood Fever has secured a partnership with the renowned British Film Institute (BFI).

First release tickets have SOLD OUT. Second release tickets are on sale until the end of January 2018.

Cellar Door will be making further announcements ahead of the March launch.

Tickets available from: www.bollywoodfever.co.uk

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February 19, 2018

Company Results

• Laura Ashley have reported a 0.5% decrease in like-for-like sales for the 26 weeks to 31 December 2017. Pre-tax profits decreased to £4.3m for the same period. (Source: BBC)

Pendragon have reported a 5.1% increase in like-for-like revenue to £4.7bn for the year ending 31 December 2017. Like-for-like profit before tax decreased by 18.4% to £62.4m for the same period.

Lifestyle LFLs were down by –2.92% this week from a base of -5.29%. This marked the fourth negative week for lifestyle in a row. High end gift retailers continued to perform well this week, but the picture for gift, perfume and jewellery retailers overall was more mixed. Retailers will be looking to take advantage of last minute Valentine’s purchases over the weekend and into next week.

Fashion LFLs were down by –0.39% this week from a base of -6.94% for the equivalent week last year. In-store fashion sales have now been in negative territory for the last four weeks. However, the sample was fairly divided this week, with 47% of respondents reporting positive LFL sales growth.

Homeware LFLs were down by –4.25% this week from a very low base of -7.83% for the equivalent week last year. Negative in three of the last five weeks, homeware sales appear to have been impacted by consumer restraint, despite an increase in footfall at retail parks.

Non-store sales were up by +18.72% this week from a base of +20.20% for the same week last year. The result means that non-store sales have not broken through the +20% threshold in any week of the year-to-date. However, homeware and fashion performed better, with lifestyle sales more muted.

Clothing, Footwear & Accessories

AllSaints have announced the appointment of Suzanne Egleton as their new Global Digital Director with immediate effect. (Source: Retail Gazette)

ASOS drops its first ever fitness range, ASOS 4505 (Source: Cosmopolitan)

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Burberry have announced a new partnership with the online retailer Farfetch, which allows Burberry to extend their products online to over 150 countries. Burberry will sell all of their products from trench coats to accessories online through the partnership. (Source: Telegraph)

Burberry have announced a new partnership with the online retailer Farfetch, which allows Burberry to extend their products online to over 150 countries

Cath Kidston have announced plans to open a new store at the newly renovated London Bridge railway terminal in February 2018. (Source: Retail Gazette)

• Crew Clothing have announced that their Brand Director, Lisa Illis, will step down from the business with effect from May 2018. (Source: Drapers)

Olivia Burton, the online watch brand, have announced plans to open their first UK store in Covent Garden, London in May 2018. (Source: Retail Gazette)

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Paul Smith have announced plans to open a store at Coal Drops Yard, London in October 2018. The store will be designed by an in-house team to reflect the local surroundings. (Source: Retail Bulletin)

Paul Smith have announced plans to open a store at Coal Drops Yard, London in October 2018.

River Island have opened their first standalone childrenswear store in Glasgow, Scotland. The new 3,000 sq.ft store will offer all of River Island’s baby, toddler and childrenswear collections, including their recently launched gender-neutral kidswear line. (Source: Drapers)

Topman have announced the appointment of former New Look Director, Christopher Englinde as their new Global Brand Director with immediate effect. (Source: Drapers)

Electrical & Entertainment

• The Entertainer have launched a daily “quiet hour” in their stores to help create a more calming environment for children with autism. The retailer began hosting a quiet hour each day from 12 February 2018, switching off the music in store and informing customers of its efforts to keep noise levels low in order to make the shops less daunting to children with the developmental disability. (Source: Retail Bulletin)

Game have announced the sale of half of the total stake in their Belong esports division to Sports Direct. Sports Direct plans to install gaming concessions across their stores through the deal. (Source: Financial Times)

Hamleys have announced plans to open a new store at the newly renovated London Bridge railway terminal in February 2018. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Smiggle, the Australian stationery retailer, have announced plans to open a two-storey flagship store on Oxford Street, London in May 2018. Smiggle currently has 125 UK stores and plans to open 200 stores by 2019. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Food & Drink

• Co-op have announced that almost a third of their planned 100 new store openings in 2018 will be located in London. The grocery and convenience store retailer will invest on 30 food shops across London, including Cricklewood, Paddington and Walthamstow, as part of its aggressive expansion plan. (Source: Company Press Release)

Co-op have also announced plans to invest in the makeover of their store in Olney, Buckinghamshire. The 7,000 sq.ft food store is expected to bring a funding boost locally through its Membership scheme. (Source: Company Press Release)

Lidl have announced plans to open 50 stores in 2018, creating 700 new jobs in the UK in the process. The retailer’s expansion drive has seen it open stores in Edinburgh, Stockton, Hull, Polegate and Rosehill in February 2018, bringing the total over the last eight weeks to 19 stores. (Source: The Independent)

Morrisons have announced a franchise and wholesale deal with Sandpiper CI, an operator of 43 mini supermarkets and convenience stores in the Channel Islands. The partnership will lead to 100 jobs being created and most of Sandpiper’s shops being rebranded into “Morrisons Daily”. (Source: Global Data)

Tesco have announced plans to launch a separate discount store in order to regain lost market share over the past decade. The retailer will offer a more limited range of products than a standard store, keeping prices as low as possible. (Source: The Guardian)

Household

• John Lewis Partnership have appointed Michael Herlihy as their new Partnership Secretary with effect from 16 April 2018. Michael has joined from Smiths Group, where he was general counsel for 10 years and headed up their group’s legal function. (Source: Company Press Release)

Selfridges have opened a boxing gym inside their Oxford Street flagship in London. The 3500 sq.ft gym space is located on the lower ground floor of the flagship, and offers 20 heavy water-loaded rubber punch bags and a bespoke boxing ring where customers can book in 55-minute group boxing classes. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Selfridges have opened a boxing gym inside their Oxford Street flagship in London

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February 12, 2018

Company Results

• DFS Furniture have reported a 4.0% increase in gross sales for the 26 weeks to 27 January 2018.

• Dune London have reported a 5.2% increase in sales for the year ending 27 January 2018. Like-for-like sales increased by 6.5% for the same period. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Dune London have reported a 5.2% increase in sales for the year ending 27 January 2018. Like-for-like sales increased by 6.5% for the same period

Glyn Hopkin have reported a 6.4% decrease in turnover to £426.5m for the year to 31 December 2017. Pre-tax profits decreased by 55.2% to £3.3m for the same period. (Source: Motor Trader)

• New Look have reported a 6.3% decrease in group revenue to £1.1bn for the 39 weeks to 23 December 2017. UK like-for-like sales decreased by 10.7% for the same period.

• Pernod Ricard has continued its healthy start to fiscal-2018, with sales in the first six months of the year recording a mid-single-digit rise.

Pernod Ricard has continued its healthy start to fiscal-2018, with sales in the first six months of the year recording a mid-single-digit rise.

Ocado have reported a 15.2% increase in sales to £1.4bn for the 53 weeks ending 03 December 2017. Profit before tax stood at £1.0m for the same period.

 

Lifestyle LFLs were down by -3.72% this week from a base of +2.32% for the same week last year. A challenging run for lifestyle continued as it posted its third negative in-store week in succession. However, the sample was polarised, with 50% reporting positive LFL sales growth this week.

Fashion LFLs were down by -0.55% this week from a negative base of -2.66% for the same week last year. This was the third negative in-store result for fashion in a row.

Homeware LFLs were down by -2.10% this week, but from a solid base of +3.75% for the equivalent week last year. Homeware has been negative in three of the last five weeks.

Non-store sales were up by +15.35% this week from a base of +16.20% for the same week last year. The result means that non-store sales have not broken through the +20% growth threshold in any week so far in 2018. However, non-store fashion sales continued to be ahead of the pack, up by +23.99% this week.

Clothing, Footwear & Accessories

• Dr. Martens have announced the appointment of Mathieu Garcia as their new Global Marketing Director with effect from 08 February 2018. Mathieu will be responsible for driving and enhancing footwear retailer’s business value through development of a brand strategy. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Dr. Martens have announced the appointment of Mathieu Garcia as their new Global Marketing Director

House of Fraser have announced that their Chief Operating Officer, Peter Gross, and their Chief Information Officer, Julian Burnett, will step down from business with immediate effect. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Clarks Originals teamed up with Marvel for the launch of Black Panther, to create the Limited Edition Trigenic Evo shoe, inspired by The King of Wakanda himself. (Source: Hypebeast)

Clarks Originals teamed up with new Marvel movie Black Panther for a limited edition trainer which is gonna have you instantly embracing your inner superhero

• House of Fraser have also announced the promotions of Gary Slattery as the Executive Director for Retail and Gary Monk as Executive Director of Operations with immediate effect. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Lululemon have announced that their Chief Executive Officer, Laurent Potdevin, has stepped down from the business with immediate effect. Glenn Murphy, Executive Chairman will take control of the company while Lululemon searches for a successor. (Source: Financial Times)

Lululemon have announced that their Chief Executive Officer, Laurent Potdevin, has stepped down from the business with immediate effect

• Marks & Spencer have announced a new partnership with data science company, Starcount, in efforts to gain a better understanding of their customer base as part of turnaround efforts. The partnership will utilise customer data from M&S’s loyalty scheme, Sparks, which currently has over six million members. (Source: Drapers)

Morrisons have announced plans to launch their own-brand clothing range, Nutmeg, on an ecommerce platform from September 2018. The retailer has partnered with cloud commerce platform Kooomo on Nutmeg’s online launch. (Source: Drapers)

N Brown have announced the appointments of Adam Wayne as their new Chief Information Officer and Alyson Fadil as their new Chief People Officer with effect from April 2018. (Source: Retail Week)

• Net-a-Porter have announced the appointment of their new Buying Director, Nayla Touma, with effect from February 2018. Touma will be responsible for Net-a-Porter’s buying strategy for shoes, handbags and accessories. (Source: Drapers)

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• New Look have announced that Mark Axon will be re-joining as Retail Director for UK & Republic of Ireland with effect from 19 February 2018, replacing their Managing Director for UK & Republic of Ireland, Danny Barrasso, who is stepping down from the business with as of 09 February 2018. (Source: Company Press Release)

Patagonia have opened a new UK store in Manchester. The 3,300 sq.ft store is located at 51 King Street and spans three floors. The store will sell items across its climbing, cycling and camping ranges. (Source: Retail Week)

• River Island have opened their first standalone children’s store, River Island Kids, in Intu Braehead shopping centre, Glasgow. The 3,000 sq.ft River Island Kids store will sell babywear as well as apparel for children aged from three to teens. (Source: Retail Week)

Electrical & Entertainment

Toys R Us have revealed plans to sell their UK and European division. The retailer’s UK and European businesses are being sold through separate processes being run by financial advisory firms, Lazard and Alvarez & Marsal. (Source: Retail Week)

Food & Drink

Asda have announced to slash their own-brand packaging by 10.0% by the end of 2018. The grocer plans to scrap 5p carrier bags in all stores by the end of 2018, switch 2.4 million plastic straws used in its cafes to paper, and introduce reusable drinks cups in its shops and cafes by the end of 2019. (Source: Company Press Release)

Asda have also announced plans to invest at least £20.0m to fight food poverty in partnership with charities FareShare and the Trussell Trust. Asda’s support will enable food distribution network FareShare and foodbank operator Trussell Trust to develop their infrastructure and improve services to those in need. (Source: Company Press Release)

• Co-op have announced plans to open 10 stores in Yorkshire including sites in York, Harrogate and Northowram. The regional expansion comes as part of the grocer’s plan to open over 100 stores across the UK in 2018. (Source: Company Press Release)

• Sparkling wines outside of the Champagne category will lead a breakthrough in consumption among Chinese drinkers, according to new research. (Source: Just Drinks)

Sparkling wines outside of the Champagne category will lead a breakthrough in consumption among Chinese drinkers, according to new research.jpg

Morrisons have announced plans to stop selling 5p plastic bags by the end of 2018, starting from March 2018, in an effort to reduce plastic waste. The grocer has become the final member of the Big 4 to commit to doing away with single-use plastic bags. (Source: The Sun)

• Sainsbury’s have announced to terminate their partnership with the petrol station forecourt operator, Euro Garages, which marked Sainsbury’s first foray into the franchise model. (Source: Telegraph)

Tesco have announced the appointment of Charles Wilson as their Chief Executive Officer for their UK & Irish arm, replacing Matt Davies in April 2018. (Source: Company Press Release)

Waitrose have revealed plans to end their “pick your own offers” loyalty scheme by the end of February 2018. The scheme is available to anyone who holds a myWaitrose card and currently allows customers to choose 10 items from a range of hundreds which will be discounted 20.0%. (Source: The Guardian)

Waitrose have also announced a pilot scheme offering customers evening yoga classes at three of their supermarkets in Basingstoke, Banbury and Newbury for £7. (Source: Retail Gazette)

Household

• Barker & Stonehouse, the UK furniture retailer, have opened a new store at Ladymead, Guildford. The 42,000 sq.ft store spans two floors and stocks furniture of various brands such as Timothy Oulton, Riva 1920, Vi-Spring and Ercol. (Source: Retail Bulletin)

Debenhams have announced plans to slash 320 jobs as part of their latest cost-cutting effort. The move is expected to hit 25.0% of store management roles across the retailer’s network and a new structure is expected to be rolled out by the end of March 2018. (Source: BBC)

Debenhams have announced plans to slash 320 jobs as part of their latest cost-cutting effort.jpg

• John Lewis have announced the appointment of Roger Davies as their Group Procurement Director with immediate effect. (Source: Retail Gazette)

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@nightczar @wearethentia – Cellar Door’s Farouk Deen speaks at inaugural Appetite For Disruption Conference

February 10, 2018

Night Time Tzar, Night Time Economy, Licensing, Conference, Music, Panel, Farouk Deen, Brighton, Appetite For Disruption

The very first Appetite For Disruption Conference was held in Brighton, UK, on Friday 26th January and saw 700 students from over 15 prestigious educational institutions join leading representatives to discuss the future challenges of the music industry.

The array of panel sessions and talks throughout the day focussed on many aspects of the industry, including the future of streaming, the art of songwriting, mental health, gaining fans through social media, and much more.

MI Focus sat in of a number of sessions, one of which centred around how we can save grassroots music venues.

35% of London’s grassroots music venues, or GMVs, have been lost since 2007. With London managing to turn the tide with nearly 14,000 people going to a gig in a GMV every day, Brighton seeming to be doing quite well in the GMV stakes, and the recent success of the Agent Of Change campaign, the panel looked at what these venues can do to survive and how higher profile figures can help draw attention to the importance of the grassroots scene.

Chaired by Music Venues Trust’s Bev Whitrick, the panel kicked off the session by looking at why certain areas have more trouble with GMVs than others.

“We’ve got lucky and unlucky towns and cities in terms of small venues. There are some issues that impact differently in different places. One of the big challenges for GMVs is that they are such small operations that their limited in the amount of money they can make, and we have a strong rise in business rates,” said Whitrick.

“We need to find more figures to fight for grassroots music venues.”

Natasha Bent, CODA

 

Farouk Deen from event specialist Cellar Door added: “Grassroots music venues need to recognise they are not alone. If their rates affect their businesses, there will be others in the area having the same issues. Engage with your fellow businesses in your area and team up with your business neighbours. Strength in numbers.”

Asking how the industry could bring developers, councillors and the industry together to help keep venuse open, Toni Coe, from music venue The Green Door Store, stressed that funding is important: “I don’t think councils are seeing GMVs as important. They care more about high art. We need the council to hold more value with these venues and allocate a certain amount of funding to go to these venues so they can put in more soundproofing to help with noise problems. Funding is absolutely essential.

“We need to remove the stigma that live music venues are just for young people.”

Toni Coe, The Green Door Store

Deen commented: In Croydon, what we’ve found Is that the offices turning into residential property is a problem as venues had set up there originally when there weren’t any residential properties. So, it’s important to keep an eye on the developers.”

On the subject of getting more people through the door, Coe said: “We need to remove the stigma that live music venues are just for young people.”

Deen suggested that making sure venues are catering for all is key: “We need to take a look at if we’re putting on the right kinds of shows at grassroots levels in relation to what’s popular. The most listened to genre in music for online streaming is hip hop and there’s a lack of that genre at GMVs.

To read the full article from Laura Barnes, Founder/Publisher of UK musical instrument industry publication MI Focus, click HERE

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