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A still from M&S’ Women’s Fashion Autumn 2016 advert. Image: Marks and Spencer plc
Deal signed for 15,620 sq ft M&S at Walkden Town Centre

Richard Bell

Property firm The Derwent Group has agreed terms with M&S at its 160,000 sq ft Walkden Town Centre Retail Park development. The multinational retailer has signed up for 15,620 sq ft…

Twins Emma and Holly Westerside with Richard Sutton
Poco Coffee boosts career prospects with apprentice scheme

Craig Guy

One of the North West’s most popular community coffee shops is helping youngsters boost their career prospects as part of its apprentice scheme.  The Kirkby based Poco Coffee outlet, which is…

The Hammy
#Lunchercise is on!

Antonia Brindle

DAILY ESSENTIAL EXERCISES Welcome to It’s Lunchtime’s very own ‘#Lunchercise’. What better way to create a healthy appetite than to do a little exercise in a fun and easy way!?  #Lunchercise is…

Leeds city centre’s Merrion Centre.
Grocery retailer Heron Foods creates 16 new jobs with Merrion Centre move

Nick Hill

Herons Foods is set to create 16 new jobs with a new store opening in Leeds’ Merrion Centre. The Hull-headquartered grocery retailer will open a 2,988 sq ft store on November…

The interior of the new Chick ‘n’ Sours restaurant in Seven Dials.
Chick ‘n’ Sours has opened its second outlet in the capital

Billy Wood

Fried chicken and sour cocktail restaurant Chick 'n' Sours has launched its second venue in London this week at Seven Dials. The hip eatery has grown out of its first branch…

The owers of Seven Brothers Brewery
Family-owned Salford brewery expands with Manchester bar and eatery

Richard Bell

A brewery based in Salford Quays is launching its first city centre bar after landing a £200k investment through crowdfunding. Seven Brothers Brewery, located at the Enterprise Centre on Daniel Adamson…

Crawshaw Group is headquartered in Rotherham.
Crawshaw Group continues store expansion plan despite ‘disappointment’ in LFL sales

Nick Hill

Crawshaw Group Plc, the fresh meat and food-to-go retailer, has seen a decrease in like-for-like sales for the financial results ending 31st July 2016. During the first 26 weeks of the…

Revery, Greenwood IN
Clerkenwell eatery serving up ‘mindful food’ to open next week

Billy Wood

Counter Kitchen, the all-day 'mindful food' restaurant, is set to open in Clerkenwell next week. Serving up breakfast and lunch in the burgeoning tech startup hub, the new restaurant on Goswell…

Charlie Thomas
Creamline’s Charlie Thomas Wins Milkman of the Year

Hannah Rogers

Creamline milkman Charlie Thomas is proving himself to be the crème de la crème, winning the highly competitive Milkman of the Year title, in the annual Dairy UK awards. Charlie, 24…

Luisco Chocolate was first established as a home-based business in 2014
Wigan chocolatier expands with Haigh Woodland Park shop

Richard Bell

A new store for chocoholics has launched at Haigh Woodland Park in Wigan. Located within the park’s Kitchen Courtyard, Luisco Chocolate provides chocolate products such as bars, bonbons and stirrers for…

Newcomers in 2016 include El Gato Negro, Grafene and Busaba
Manchester culinary scene ‘thriving’ as restaurant unit count surpasses 150

Richard Bell

There are now more than 150 restaurant units in Manchester, according to a new report, with upmarket and casual dining operators doubling their supply during the last five years. Data analysed…

Cobb Salad
Debut outlet for The Food Yard to open in south west London

Billy Wood

Healthy dining concept The Food Yard is to open its first UK outlet on the Fulham Road this Autumn. The deli-style restaurant is due to open in late October after taking…