n CV-Library, reveals that salaries for new roles have risen by 1.4% year-on- year. Despite this positive trend, the findings, which compared job market data from August 2019 with the same period in 2018, reveal that the number of retail jobs on offer dropped by a staggering 26.8% year on year and a further 23.3% month on month. The data also showed that applications for new retail jobs fell by 25.3% last month when looking at year-on-year data. n As the good weather continues and consumers seek to make the most of their gardens, the department store chain reported another big spike in sales of barbecues and outdoor furniture last week, despite home sales being down overall. Total sales for the week to August 31 were down 7.2% on the same week last year, as warm weather over the Bank holiday weekend impacted trade. n Tapi and Bathroom Village are amongst a number of retailers to see targeted TV campaigns give business a boost. According to new research from Sky Media and, addressable TV – which targets a specific customer type or even location – can boost ad engagement by more than a third and cuts channel switching by half. n What More UK is investing in the future of employees and young adults in education through funding apprenticeship and NVQ courses at its Altham warehouse site. A number of existing employees, including James Howell and Alex Graham, have recently completed their NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Performance Engineering Operations. n Ahead of International Wallpaper Week (October 7-13), Akzo Nobel’s Dulux Academy is giving decorators the opportunity to create their very own wallpaper before putting their application skills to the test. To take part, entrants need to post their design – on a 1m length standard 1200 grade lining paper – to Dulux Academy, compete with a short description explaining the inspiration and functionality behind their idea.


Al-Murad snaps up British Ceramic Tiles

stone distributor and retailers which operates over 70 stores across the UK.

Hilco Streambank has

announced the completion of the sale of the intellectual property assets of British Ceramic Tile Limited, which fell into administration in January, to Al-Murad, Britain’s largest independent tile and natural

The acquisition follows a competitive bidding process run by Hilco Streambank on the appointment of Anthony Wright, Alistair Masseyand Andrew Sheridan of FRP Advisory LLP as the Joint Administrators of British Ceramic Tile Limited. Al Murad’s acquisition the “British Ceramic


Tile” and “National Tile Week” brands; registered trade marks; the recently re-launched BritishCeramicT

Weak consumer spending see retail prices decrease

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), August Shop Prices fell by 0.4% compared to a 0.1% decrease in July. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases, both of 0.3%, and is the fastest rate of decline since June 2018.

Non-Food prices fell by 1.5% in August compared to July’s decrease of 1.2%. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price declines of 0.6 and 0.7%, respectively. It is the fastest rate of decline since June 2018. Overall prices were pushed

further into deflationary territory by Non-Food goods that saw prices decline at a faster pace in August. Out of the seven Non- Food categories, three were deflationary. Weak consumer spend and intense competition kept price increases well at

e-commerce website; domain names; and an extensive portfolio of appealing product designs. Prior

to entering

administration in January 2019, British Ceramic Tile was the UK’s largest manufacturer and distributor of ceramic wall and floor tiles. It had a long-standing heritage and stellar reputation for quality products. With a history dating back to the 1870s, the British Ceramic Tile brand is a respected heritage brand associated with passion for British quality and design. Hilco Streambank managing

bay, with many retailers using discounts, especially for basic items (which are oversampled in our index). Case in point, prices for five categories – DIY, Furniture,

Clothing, Electricals

and Other Non-Food, are below their August 2015 prices. Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium commented: “Weak consumer spending and stiff competition

has kept prices

down in the UK, however a disruptive no-deal Brexit, which would raise the cost of imported goods, could reverse this trend. In the interests of both consumers and retailers, the Government must redouble its efforts to find a workable agreement with the EU that would avoid a no deal scenario.”

John Lewis becomes first UK retailer to apply for self-supply water license

If Ofwat grants the licence, it will be for John Lewis plc, with Waitrose & Partners sites also included under the self- supply licence as an associated company. Waterscan has significant expertise in the retail sector, having also worked with Sainsbury’s,

Tesco and

John Lewis plc has become the first UK retailer to apply to Ofwat for a water and sewerage self-supply licence. The department store retailer is partnering with Waterscan to facilitate the application process and to subsequently deliver water cost and consumption savings. The company has achieved a

reduction in carbon intensity by 70% against a 2010 baseline and has set further targets around waste, packaging, recycling/ reuse and emissions reduction. Water efficiency is now a major focus in its strategy to 2028, with targets aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UK’s 2050 emissions targets.

Morrison’s on a wide range of water efficiency programmes. MD Neil Pendle said: “We applaud John Lewis plc for taking this leadership position to drive sustainable water procurement to the next level. Having analysed the options for John Lewis, we are extremely confident that self- supply will influence its ability to meet its targets and give it an all- important customer voice in the water marketplace – a first for the retail sector. We look forward to helping John Lewis set a new benchmark when it comes to water efficiency in retailing.”

Dormole says it is laying the foundations for future growth by

The family-owned Dormole

group of companies which includes Toolbank, Forgefix, Faithfull, Olympia, Biz, Tucks O’Brien and Tucks Fasteners & Fixings, has invested in a single integrated HR, payroll and time & attendance system, as part of a project to centralise its processes and embrace new digital ways of working to replace outdated systems.

MHR’s cloud-based HR and payroll solution iTrent

The system will bring together with

a time & attendance solution from workforce management specialists HFX, enabling the company to automate many repetitive tasks and simplify the management of

its 1,100

employees across multiple sites. The new system will enable Dormole to gain total transparency of its people and perform all tasks from a single source, which will reduce administration time and drive cost savings. Integration of HFX Time & Attendance enables employee data to be shared and flow directly between the two systems without the need for manual data entry, accelerating the payroll process and improving accuracy. director the Nat British Baldwin

commented: “We are delighted to have found a fitting home for

Ceramic Tile

brand, designs and other key assets, following a competitive sales process. We congratulate Al-Murad on its strategic acquisition.” Al-Murad’s operations manager Asif Badat commented: “British


Tile is recognised as a leading ceramic wall and floor tiles brand globally, known for innovative British design-led products. We were determined to keep the brand in Britain.

“Following this acquisition,

we are stronger positioned to provide not only our existing customers but now also ex-BCT customers with a wide range of creative, unique and high quality tiles which are sourced globally at very competitive prices.”

Toolbank parent overhauls HR & payroll system

undertaking a major overhaul of its HR and payroll processes.

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