The Howard London Entire Contents to be sold at Auction

Pro Auction of Bath announces an auction of the entire contents of The Howard Hotel, London’s world renowned five star establishment, and sister hotel to The Savoy, to be held on the 25th & 26th October 2011. The entire contents will go under the gavel over a two day auction and will encompass everything at the premises, from the 189 luxury bedroom contents to the designer inspired guest areas, including the bar, foyer areas, library and the fully fitted award winning restaurant. Day two will see the sale of the fully equipped kitchens, housekeeping administration areas on the 26th October 2011.

The sale will be live from The Howard Hotel premises, and webcast over the internet via the Bidspotter platform. Viewing is available to the public on Monday 24th October and prior to the sale commencing each day at 10.30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The event offers both the hospitality industry and design specifiers an unrivalled opportunity to purchase the contents of this first class hotel at a fraction of new replacement cost. The property, has recently had an extensive, high end designer led refurbishment over the last 12 months; which was completed within the last 3 months with many items and areas in first class order and not fully “worn in”.

Items of note include the contents of the luxurious 189 hotel rooms and suites, the recently refurbished contemporary and sophisticated Mauve Lounge & Bar, Temple Place Restaurant and the Library Lounge, plus the well equipped conference facilities. The contents of lobbies, offices, modern fully equipped kitchens, together with crockery, cutlery, soft furnishings, boilers and generator, laundry equipment, housekeeping and back of house are to be included within the sale.

In total, there are over 1,300 lots – constantly upgraded mostly within the last 12 months, to meet the requirements of a five star hotel of the Howard’s position – included within the sale. A new lounge & bar, library and associated facilities, only completed and opened within last 3 months are within the sale particulars.

Further, the newly refurbished conferencing spaces installed within the last 6 months offers an opportunity to acquire “as new” condition equipment immediately available at the sale. With the inclusion of the modern gas boilers, generator and comprehensive maintenance plant & equipment, lighting and stores area lotted the sale is set to appeal to a wide audience of operators, developers and designers.

Mark Flynn of Pro Auction comments: “The auction allows operators to trade up when aspiring to five star standards, the sale presents a rare opportunity to acquire quality assets quickly and cost effectively given such a large newly refurbished 5 star hotel, only becoming available because of site redevelopment. It is possible for bidders to buy the entire contents of the bedrooms with three types of accommodation schemes to attract a variety of buyers and scales of purchase, accommodating the quality of a classic 5 star while also tempting the cutting edge design led operators”.

Along with the new modern and sophisticated designer bar and lounge areas, as well as the huge collection of designer fixtures and furnishings throughout, this sale would appeal to buyers in search of individual packages or within this rare opportunity, the chance to set up a new designer hotel at a fraction of the cost. This is one the biggest auction sales of an entire five star establishment and the event is expected to attract significant interest.

The two day auction takes place at The Howard, London Temple Place, London WC2R 2PR via two rostrums commencing at 10:30am. The auction will also be available via a live webcast. The viewing takes place from 8.30am-4.30pm on 24th October 2011. Online bidding is possible through www.bidSpotter.co.uk Catalogues are available by calling (44) 01761 414000 or via a down from the auctioneers website.

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Bargain Restaurant Deals for Autumn Served Up by DiscountVouchers.co.uk

Saving money when eating out remains as popular as ever with UK consumers – and voucher codes website DiscountVouchers.co.uk can help them do just that this autumn. Among the deals redeemable at over 800 stores and suppliers right now are deals for money off at Burger King, Italian diner Prezzo and Pizza Hut throughout October.

Dining out with all the family on flame-grilled burgers in autumn can be done on a budget thanks to the new offers sourced by DiscountVouchers.co.uk. By logging onto the website UK consumers can get hold of new Burger King vouchers which they can exchange at their local branch to get 2 for 1 on selected burgers and the Double Cheeseburger King Deal just £3.49.

Top quality Italian food can be enjoyed on a budget this autumn too through the new round of deals available on DiscountVouchers.co.uk. Popular Italian chain Prezzo has branches around the UK and can be enjoyed on a budget right now – the DiscountVouchers.co.uk site is carrying Prezzo vouchers for 2 courses and a drink for £11.95 or 3 courses and a drink for £13.95..

Great value pizza, pasta and salads can be had on a budget too this autumn through the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website – with deals available for use at Pizza Hut. Consumers can log on this week and get hold of a new choice of Pizza Hut vouchers which includes Happy Hour – eat for just £5 at Pizza Hut as well as Kids Eat free and free unlimited salad.

Doug Scott, managing director at DiscountVouchers.co.uk, comments, “Eating out whether as a couple or a whole family can be expensive as every consumer knows – so we’re pleased to be able to help. New vouchers available on our site can help UK consumers eat out on a budget at top places like Prezzo, Pizza Hut and Burger King right now.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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Debenhams Announces 6500 Festive Jobs Up For Grabs

Debenhams announced that it is on the lookout for 6,500 seasonal temps to cope with its busiest time of year; Christmas.

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The retailer’s emphasis on flexible shift patterns will ensure additional staff are in store whenever customers need them.

Successful candidates will work with the department store from mid-November until the beginning of January, to cover the pre-Christmas spectacular through to the beginning of the January sale.

Michael Sharp, Debenhams CEO said: “These jobs are sure to be welcomed by local economies during the most financially challenging part of the year.

“Approximately a quarter of staff that works with us over the festive season will stay on in permanent roles, making this a crucial period in our employment calendar.”

The jobs will be split across Debenhams’ 163 stores and average out at 40 per store, and are based in the menswear, womenswear, accessories, childrenswear, home, gifts or cosmetics departments.

To improve efficiency and productivity, Debenhams is also hoping to re-recruit temporary staff who worked for the retailer last year in around 30% of stores.

In addition the fashion store will also be calling on its 2,100 casual employees already on Debenhams’ payroll to step in to deal with the festive season shopping frenzy.

Roles available are varied and include everything from stock handling and general sales advisor jobs to gift advisor roles which require special training.

Debenhams is recruiting directly through its website and looking for energetic people with a talent for customer service. Previous retail experience isn’t essential.

Michael Sharp continued: “In recent years we have noticed a much broader range of candidates applying for these roles, including many more school leavers and graduates looking for their first step on the employment ladder.

“It’s fantastic that we have the opportunity to give some of these young people valuable retail experience.”

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling added: “These roles offer invaluable retail experience for first-jobbers whilst giving those with families the flexible working hours they need.

“We are committed to injecting new life into the economy and this is a great example of how major players in the private sector are playing a key role in that.”

Contracts will be for flexible working hours with the majority of positions running from November through to the January sale.

Staff will benefit from a Debenhams discount – the perfect perk for saving on Christmas shopping.

More information and application forms can be found on www.debenhams-jobs.com or by contacting the local store.

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Computing Turns Nasty, As Manufacturers Compete And Retailers Go Head To Head With The Use Of Voucher Codes Says VoucherMole.co.uk

Today’s computing industry is fiercely competitive, with big brands battling it out for their market share – sometimes taking their arguments into the courtroom in the case of Apple vs. Samsung.

And, according to leading UK voucher codes website VoucherMole.co.uk, such aggression breeds through into the consumer end of the spectrum, with members of the public jostling to be the first to get their hands on the latest device.

“The manufacturers of computers, laptops and now tablets, often seem to be at loggerheads with each other as they strive to make products which they intend to be better than the rest,” said a spokesperson from Voucher Mole who feature PC World Voucher Codes on their website. “By their very nature they all end up offering similar features which is why the tensions really run high. In the case of the Apple and Samsung feud for instance, the US company claim that their South Korean counterparts copied their iPads and iPhones in the form of their Galaxy line of products, powered by Google’s Android operating system.

“Similarly, out on the street there are Android consumers and Apple consumers each remaining loyal to their gadget of choice – and with both brands trying to out-do each other by trying to be bigger and better, it’s the consumer who ultimately benefits.”

Rather than camping out in front of the big stores waiting for the latest tablet to go on sale, Voucher Mole recommends that shoppers hold back and hunt out better discount codes and deals.

“We know that some people just love their gadgets and simply want to be the first to try out the next generation of product,” added Voucher Mole. “But for those with a bit more restraint, by searching around for online discount codes to be used at retailers such as Dell, Dixons and Currys, take for instance, using a Dell Voucher Code you’ll find that you won’t have to pay top whack like everyone else.”

The arrival of Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablet has made the sector even more competitive as it sold 95,000 units on its first day, presenting itself as a value-for-money alternative to the iPad 2.

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Ernest Jones Introduces Swarovski Jewellery Collection

Ernest Jones has announced a new brand partnership with Swarovski, which will see Swarovski branded jewellery available, both in selected stores and online. Ernest Jones Love & Life already has a wide selection of jewellery, gifts and pens which uses Swarovski Crystal Elements in their design such as.

Ernest Jones’ Head of buying, Beverley Mitchell said: “This is an exciting fashion forward brand and Ernest Jones is very pleased to have formed a partnership with Swarovski, enabling us to stock this brand online and in 105 stores.”

The Swarovski jewellery range features a selection of timeless and iconic pieces created for evening and daytime wear. The range consists of 69 pieces of jewellery including bracelets, necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and jewellery sets. Thirteen of the items are only available online and not in store. The prices range from £40 for a simple pair ofSwarovski earrings up to £245 for the Swarovski Diamanta Collar, which has already been featured in Vogue and The Sunday Express newspaper. Included in the collection is the Oceanic pendant featuring a heart shape tanzanite coloured crystal centre and elegant matching earrings. The Alicia earrings set with pave crystals and Intervalle bangle also feature within the range. The Intervalle bangle is available in white, gold and red, although the red and gold versions are also only available to buy online.

Since it was founded in 1895 by Daniel Swarovski I. (1862-1956), a visionary scientist and entrepreneur, Swarovski has been family-owned. Born and raised in Bohemia, Daniel Swarovski I. revolutionized the industry by inventing the first machine for cutting and polishing crystal stones.

The new crystal chatons, more brilliant, perfectly cut and faceted, and more consistent than any crystals previously produced, were welcomed by jewelers and couturiers such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, and became an essential ingredient of 20th century luxury, glamour and style.

Today, Swarovski jewellery and accessory collections showcase the creativity and versatility of crystal, ranging from timeless classic creations to on-trend fashionable designs for men and women, including watches, eyewear, handbags, small leather goods and technology accessories.

Ernest Jones has a broad range of brands suitable for all gifts and occasions. The recentjewellery brand additions include Sattva, Amanda Wakeley, Daisy Chakra and Swarovski. Ernest Jones shows commitment to all their brands and embraces new trends.

Using fashion expertise, industry knowledge and experience Ernest Jones brings to the customer only the best jewellery collections from leading brands. If customers are shopping online the jewellery retailer has buyer’s guides for watches, diamonds, and metals with expert information to assist customers with their research.

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