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Mary Portas series seeks independent retailers

Mary Portas is once again seeking independent retailers for a brand new series for Channel 4. The programme makers would like to hear from retailers who are struggling to make their business a success and are looking for advice and guidance.


"After months of research for her government review on the state of our high street, Mary Portas is determined to do more to breathe life back into our local shopping areas," explain the producers. "In her new series, Mary will work with small, independent shops to implement some of her ideas. Shop by shop, she wants to transform the high street into a centre for socialising and deliver the kind of service that will give locals a reason to go there.

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Pandora to close 100 accounts

Pandora recently announced the closure of another 100 accounts in Australia and New Zealand. The decision was announced by Karin Adcock, president of Pandora Australia, who explained that Pandora was looking to continue to grow its brand and needed to change its distribution strategy.

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Wirral resident named ‘Jeweller of the Nile’

Pete Seeger marked his 60th birthday by raising money for cancer. The jeweller, who lives in Meols, originally pledged to raise £5,000 by taking part in a 200-mile cycle along the Nile, but finished the journey as Clatterbridge Cancer Research's fundraiser of the year, after having raised £14,800.


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Popularity peak for pre-owned watches


wfcowebOnline retailer Watchfinder has reported that like-for-like sales of pre-owned watches are up 39 per cent following the recent WF&Co rebranding.


The figures, which relate to sales in September, October, and November, follow a year of internal investment which has seen the number of staff grow to over 40; the introduction of the WF&Co group; a re-designed website; and a magazine.


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New website to showcase Weston Beamor’s services

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Weston Beamor has launched a new website www.westonbeamor.co.uk, designed to “demonstrate the breadth of jewellery making services it now offers its customers.”   Weston Beamor director Yvonne Brookes said: “We wanted a site that is easily accessible, clear and easy to use, and which also shows at a glance the …

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