A survey ranking 1,000 shopping districts has put Nottingham as the 54th best in Britain. The 2019 Vitality Index from retail property consultancy Harper Dennis Hobbs looks at the retail health of a shopping area based on the proportion of upmarket and discount stores, and vacancy rates. It also takes into consideration the number of less aspirational tenants, such as pawnbrokers, money lenders and bookmakers. Elsewhere in the list, Newark was in position 359, while Mansfield came in at number 594. Nottingham was still the best-ranked city in the East Midlands, ahead of Leicester at 160 and Derby at 187. Jonathan De Mello, head of retail consultancy at Harper Dennis Hobbs, said: “The Vitality Ranking is a unique approach to assessing retail centres. "By scoring centres based upon a number of aspects that both retailers and shoppers think of when they consider a quality retail environment, HDH provide a different perspective to rankings based solely on size or total sales. … [Read more...] about Where is Nottingham in the list of the 1,000 best shopping districts in Britain?
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She's the Spar worker with a smile who just wants to make a bit of a difference in her community. But now Lyndsay Howden-Smith from Spar Bradley in Grimsby has been recognised as one of the best shop workers in Britain. Lyndsay is reeling after being named Community Hero at the annual Convenience Retail Awards, which recognise the best retail staff in the country. In 2018 alone, store supervisor Lyndsay helped more than 100 local organisations, from feeding Grimsby’s homeless community to organising Christmas gift bags for children in care homes. Speaking after attending an awards night in London, Lyndsay said: “I don’t do any of this for the recognition, I do it because I genuinely love to help people and I’m in a role where I have the luxury of being able to do that.” “Seeing the difference that my work can make in the community, particularly the help and support that we have give to local homeless people and those in real need is a reward in … [Read more...] about Grimsby Spar worker named as one of Britain’s best shop staff
Reusable coffee cups are hot news right now, standing at the forefront of the battle against single-use waste. They are an easy way to do your bit for the planet, and a vital first step in establishing a long term solution to plastic pollution. As well as supporting a sustainable future, these cups can save you a lot of money. More and more high street cafes are offering a discount to eco-friendly customers for their skinny mocha or flat white. But which chains offer the best discounts, and why do they do it? Future London takes a look. Can you recycle disposable coffee cups? Most single use coffee cups contain a film of polyethylene which releases methane gas after being sent to a landfill and thus renders them non-recyclable. The polyethylene is incredibly difficult to separate from the cardboard, and there are just three centres in the UK which can recycle them. It is estimated that the average disposable coffee cup can take up to 50 years to fully break down when … [Read more...] about These London coffee shops give you a discount for being eco-friendly
It's been a controversial 12 months for pay after many firms were forced to declare their gender pay gap figures last April. In the grocery sector, staff at Asda and Tesco also took the two chains to court over equal pay, with 1,000 shop floor workers at Britain's largest grocer claiming they were paid 'considerably' less than staff in distribution centres. In May, Sainsbury's also made headlines over plans to scrap legacy contracts, including paid breaks and Sunday premium pay as part of plans to streamline its working terms. The decision came despite fears it would leave 9,000 workers poorer. But at the time, it said it would also give 121,000 store colleagues a pay rise - with basic wages jumping from £8 to £9.20 an hour. But where does that rank compared to the other supermarkets and are wages going up this year? We've taken a look: How the supermarkets compare Source: Good House Keeping Sainsbury's In September last year, Sainsbury's upped its basic rate to £9.20 … [Read more...] about Britain’s best paying supermarkets
Drink Wine & Food Spectator Life 15 Jan 2019 The first month of the year can be feel a bit sparse and bland in the drinks department. Dry January and the new-year caffeine purge make it difficult to know what to drink with friends. Thank goodness, then, for the decadent hot chocolate: it provides all the satisfaction of a warm cup in your hand and is the perfect way to stave off any January blues. Find yourself a cosy corner in one of these cafés and enjoy the finest hot chocolate London has to offer: Rabot 1745, London Bridge Hotel Chocolat’s Restaurant in Borough Market offers eight different hot chocolates including white chocolate & nutmeg, chilli and hazlenut. And, if none of these tempt you, a rum-infused option is also on the menu. L’Eto Cafe, King’s Road L’Eto’s original cafe in Soho or to the King’s Road for their pistaccio and rose petal hot chocolate. In addition to hot chocolate, L’Eto is like an art gallery … [Read more...] about London’s best hot chocolates