Marks Electrical boss on how his business is the filling gap left by the big retailers

The boss of Marks Electrical says he is continuing to scoop up sales from the big UK retailers. Mark Smithson, who founded the Leicester-based business 35 years ago, said a combination of decent stock levels, free next day delivery and investing cash back into the business had helped it continue its double digit growth. Speaking to BusinessLive he said the group was also continue to build brand awareness in a challenging market. Mr Smithson spoke as Marks announced sales of £43.1 million for the last six months – up 15…

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Primark lists 25 UK stores to trial its click and collect service

First time Primark shoppers can buy online and collect in store as expanded range of products announced. Primark has named 25 stores that will trial a new click and collect service this year. The retailer says the stores are a mix of large city centre and out-of-town stores as well as smaller high street locations. Shoppers will be able to choose from an extended children’s range, including clothing, accessories, nursery products and toys. There will also be hundreds of items that are exclusive to its Click + Collect service. The…

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Heritage takes centre stage in rebirth of much-loved Leeds street

A new era for New Briggate is dawning as this historic Leeds street gets the love, care, attention and investment that will help ensure its future is every bit as bright as its past. A range of co-ordinated investments designed to make the character-filled and culturally-rich area even better for visitors, residents and businesses are now having a positive impact, contributing to the wider ongoing transformation of the city centre. Highway infrastructure improvements – made possible by the permanent re-routing of buses to Vicar Lane as part of the £173.5m…

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