Sport and futurism themes at H&M Studio show for autumn/winter 2015 held at the Grand Palais in Paris

PARIS, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sport and futurism were the themes at last night’s H&M Studio show for autumn/winter 2015, held at the Grand Palais in Paris. Models such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Edie Campbell wore pieces from H&M’s key seasonal collection, which also mixed together functional pieces and feminine layers. Solange Knowles, Audrey Tautou and Noomi Rapace were among the guests who sat front row at the H&M Studio show, held during Paris Fashion Week in a specially constructed lunar landscape inside the Grand Palais.

The set imagined a fashion moon landing, with a colony of space craft dotted around the catwalk. The show was opened by style icon and music producer Caroline de Maigret, who walked the runway like the first woman on the moon, before entering a space pod and starting her live DJ set that activated the show itself.

The show was attended by 600 international editors and guests, as well as a worldwide audience who watched the show live on hm.com, specially hosted by the French fashion journalist and presenter Alexandra Golovanoff.

“There’s such great energy about this H&M Studio collection. I love the sporty and futuristic pieces, which are perfect to mix and match with functional outerwear and the tomboy glamour of lurex and sequins,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Zip-up jackets and coats and slender pants set the sporty mood on the H&M Studio catwalk for autumn/winter 2015, with futuristic shimmer from lurex knits and dresses, along with functional pieces like hooded anoraks and zip-fronted jumpsuits.

H&M Studio is H&M’s limited-edition collection of key seasonal pieces, with its own dedicated design team. The autumn/winter 2015 collection will be available in 200 stores, as well as online, from September 10.

“That was my favourite H&M Studio collection so far. I loved everything about the H&M Studio show. There’s a green turtleneck and pants I want to get my hands on right now,” said Solange Knowles

“H&M is such a great brand. Every cool girl, every model, everybody wears H&M,” said Karolina Kurkova

For film material from the show please see H&M Studio AW15 – The Paris Fashion Show, H&M Studio AW15 – Full Show and the full show film for TV broadcasting and B-roll.

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Sport and futurism themes at H&M Studio show for autumn/winter 2015 held at the Grand Palais in Paris

Sport and futurism themes at H&M Studio show for autumn/winter 2015 held at the Grand Palais in Paris

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. ranked #7 at this year’s FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — FORTUNE announced this morning that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is once again on the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, this year ranking #7.   For Wegmans, this marks the 18th year in a row that the family-owned supermarket chain has appeared on the FORTUNE list.  Wegmans is one of only 12 companies that have been on the list since it began in 1998.  They are also the highest ranked retailer.

“I’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating.   Our employees make Wegmans a place where customers feel happy and cared about, and my job is to make sure our employees feel that way, too,” says CEO Danny Wegman

What FORTUNE Says About Great Workplaces:
Fortune editors write: ” As we read through thousands of employee comments and survey results, we noticed three trends.   First, the best workplaces are getting better.  Second trend: The best employers are better because more business leaders are focused on workplace culture as a competitive tool.   Third trend: Each of the 100 Best Companies has leaders who genuinely listen to their employees and craft distinctive policies and programs that suit today’s workforce.”

What FORTUNE Says About Wegmans:
“Employees of (the) family-owned supermarket chain wear name tags that bear the number of years of ‘incredible service’ they have accumulated. Hundreds of them visit the company’s own 50-acre organic farm each year. Consumer Reports rates Wegmans as the best grocery store in America.”

Jobs at Wegmans
In 2015, Wegmans is now hiring for new stores it will open in Alexandria, VA (June), Westwood, MA (fall), and Concordville, PA (fall).  In combination, the three new stores will employ approximately 1,600 people.  There are also positions available at Wegmans’ existing stores and in manufacturing, distribution, and corporate.  Interested candidates should visit wegmans.com and click on careers.

Celebration at Wegmans
Customers and employees will celebrate the honor on Saturday, March 7, when cake will be served at every Wegmans store at a time selected by individual stores. If customers prefer a healthy option instead of cake, Clementine tangerines will be offered. Stores will announce the time on signs posted in each store’s entryway.

Full list

This issue of FORTUNE magazine will be on sale beginning March 9.

Methodology:

Fortune partners annually with Great Place to Work® to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America to identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For ®. Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index © Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit ©, which includes detailed questionnaires about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.

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Jo Natale, vice president of media relations 585-429-3627
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110

Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

FORTUNE PR Contacts: PR HOTLINE, (212) 522-4800
Kelsey Rohwer (212) 522- 2401; Danny Leonard (212) 522-0361

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. ranked #7 at this year's FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. ranked #7 at this year’s FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

TV presenter and ex-Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts transformed into the ultimate ‘Golden Girl’ as part of Sainsbury’s Red Nose Day campaign

LONDON, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts is given a stunning golden makeover, to encourage shoppers to find the remaining Golden Noses ahead of Red Nose Day.

TV presenter and ex-Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, was transformed into the ultimate ‘Golden Girl’ when she was hand painted gold for a one-of-a-kind photo-shoot, posing with a limited edition Golden Nose, as part of Sainsbury’s Red Nose Day campaign.

There are still Golden Noses to be discovered in surprise bags in Sainsbury’s stores and online. Shoppers lucky enough to find one of the Golden Noses will enjoy an extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experience.

With only one week to go until Red Nose Day (Friday 13th March), Ashley took part to encourage the public to head to Sainsbury’s to pick up their Red Nose before it’s too late.

Ashley commented: “It was great fun getting dressed up and being painted gold for Red Nose Day. I feel like the ultimate Golden Girl, complete with the ultimate gold nose! I’m wearing one of the limited edition, prize winning Golden Noses that are hidden in surprise bags across Sainsbury’s stores and online. Shoppers have only one week left to pick up their Red Nose and potentially track down one of the remaining Golden Noses before the big day!”

With at least 60p from each £1 Nose going to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people here in the UK and across Africa, Sainsbury’s is encouraging everyone to show their support for Comic Relief by picking up one of the official Red Noses or Red Nose Day merchandise at their nearest store or online.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson commented: “We’re delighted to work with Ashley to raise awareness of the remaining limited edition Golden Noses that are still hiding away in our Red Nose surprise bags – we want shoppers to have the opportunity to enjoy a once in a lifetime prize!

“We’ve been a supporter of Comic Relief since 1999 and in 2013 we raised a huge £11.5m; but we’re hoping that this time we can help make an even bigger difference to those in need, both here in the UK and across Africa.”

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TV presenter and ex-Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts transformed into the ultimate ‘Golden Girl’ as part of Sainsbury’s Red Nose Day campaign

TV presenter and ex-Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts transformed into the ultimate ‘Golden Girl’ as part of Sainsbury’s Red Nose Day campaign

Sainsbury’s opened its 700th convenience store this week; created 25 new jobs for the community

LONDON, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s opened its 700th convenience store this week. The new Local on Elliot Street in Liverpool’s St. Johns Precinct created 25 new jobs for the community.

The Local will trade from 7am until 11pm, seven days a week, offering customers a wide range of groceries and fresh foods. The store features include a hot food counter, Costa coffee, an in-store bakery, ready meals, fresh fruit and vegetables, sandwiches and chilled beer and wine. Another feature of the store is a cash machine.

Stephen Yip, founder of children’s charity Kind, joined store manager, Patrick Seery, to cut the official ribbon of the new store and declared it open for business on Friday 27th February 2015.

Commenting on the opening, store manager Patrick Seery, said: “As the new store manager of the Liverpool Elliot Street, I am extremely proud to be opening our new store today. Colleagues and I have been looking forward to welcoming our new customers and showcasing the great range of products we have on offer.

I would like to thank Stephen Yip and our Local Charity Partner, Kind, who joined us today for the ribbon cutting, we hope to continue working closely with Kind and the rest of the local community.”

The new Sainsbury’s Local has chosen Kind as their chosen Local Charity Partner. Kind works with thousands of children, young people and families across Liverpool and Merseyside, developing new and imaginative ways to help them cope with many forms of disadvantage. Kind also runs services including family learning, half term clubs and residential breaks so they can enjoy activities away from home.

Stephen Yip, Charity Founder of Kind, said: “Thank you to the new Sainsbury’s Liverpool Elliot Street for choosing us as their Local Charity Partner. Kind has been an important part of my life for 37 years, so I am really proud that all the work we have done to help young people is recognised by the community.”

The Cake Shop Liverpool, who are located next to the new Sainsbury’s Local, designed a ‘700’ birthday themed cake for store colleagues and customers and were in attendance on opening day.

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Sainsbury’s opened its 700th convenience store this week; created 25 new jobs for the community

Sainsbury’s opened its 700th convenience store this week; created 25 new jobs for the community

Sainsbury’s introduces click and collect service to give customers quick and convenient option to pick up the shopping they’ve ordered online

LONDON, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is rolling out a new service to give customers a quick and convenient option to pick up the shopping they’ve ordered online from store.

The first collection service from store is live today at Water Lane store in Farnham, Surrey, with nearly 20 more going live in the next two weeks. 100 stores are in the pipeline to deliver the service by the end of the year.

Customers shopping online in catchment areas where a collection service is available will soon be given a new option when they shop online, in addition to still being able to book the usual home delivery slots. Customers can then choose a participating store and collection time to pick up their shopping from a refrigerated van which will be parked in designated area in the store’s car park – manned and supported by a Sainsbury’s colleague.

Sainsbury’s Online Director, Robbie Feather, said: “This is yet another step for Sainsbury’s increasingly popular online service, and a demonstration of our commitment to giving our customers more convenient ways to shop with us, wherever and whenever they want.

“We’ll have 20 locations live by the end of March and will quickly roll out our service from there, incorporating feedback from our customers and colleagues as we go.”

The free collection slots will be available at eligible stores from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 1pm and then 2pm until 8pm in the evening. The service will also be available during store opening times on a Sunday.

All collections are subject to a minimum £20 spend, with no collection charge. Customers can place orders up to 20 days in advance. The latest an order can be placed for next day collection is 11pm, and collection slots will be subject to availability.

Our first Grocery Click and Collect stores

  • Tuesday 3 March – Water Lane store in Farnham, Surrey
  • Tuesday 5 March – Newbury store in Berkshire
  • Thursday 5 March – Fosse Park store in Leicestershire
  • Monday 9 March – Calcot store in Berkshire
  • Monday 9 March – Archer Road store in Sheffield
  • Monday 9 March – Cannock store in West Midlands
  • Monday 9 March – Bamber Bridge store in Preston
  • Tuesday 10 March – Kiln Lane store in Epsom, Surrey
  • Tuesday 10 March – Harrogate store in Yorkshire
  • Tuesday 10 March – St Albans store in Hertfordshire
  • Tuesday 10 March – Watchmoor store in Camberley
  • Tuesday 10 March – West Hove store in Hove
  • Wednesday 11 March – East Grinstead store in West Sussex
  • Wednesday 11 March – North Cheam store in Cheam, Surrey
  • Wednesday 11 March – Bybrook store in Kent
  • Wednesday 11 March – St Clares store in Hampton, Surrey
  • Wednesday 11 March – Bagshot Rd store in Bracknell, Berkshire
  • Thursday 12 March – Rustington store in Littlehampton, West Sussex
  • Thursday 12 March – Springfield store in Essex

Sainsbury’s online facts

  • Sainsbury’s sees 24 million customer transactions a week – that includes both in store and online
  • Sainsbury’s online business is 18 years old and a £1 billion business (5% of sales). It now covers 98 per cent of UK postcodes
  • Sainsbury’s first ‘dark store’ will open in Bromley-by-Bow in 2016
  • Sainsburys.co.uk has recently been upgraded with better, faster IT systems. It also includes a bigger range of general merchandise such as household items, making it easier for customers to shop for everyday items with their online food shop

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Sainsbury’s introduces click and collect service to give customers quick and convenient option to pick up the shopping they’ve ordered online

Sainsbury’s introduces click and collect service to give customers quick and convenient option to pick up the shopping they’ve ordered online

Homebase research: over 50% of UK householders think DIY is now about ‘creating’ a look or style within their home without expert help

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The meaning of the term ‘DIY’ is in need of a makeover as it is too narrow for today’s socially connected, creative consumer, Homebase has revealed.

  • Half of people think that DIY is now about ‘creating’ a look or style within their home without expert help
  • People spend on average 29 days looking for ideas and undertaking research before taking on home and garden projects.

Paul Emslie, Commercial Director at Homebase, said: “Our research has shown that the consumers’ relationship with traditional DIY has evolved from the practical 1950s ‘Do It Yourself’ definition that endured for decades to more ‘Create It Yourself’ terminology. This has emerged as content shifts from the expert-led home improvement TV heyday of the ‘90s’ and ‘00s’ to online inspiration-sharing sites such as pinterest, houzz and instagram in the ‘10s’.”

The research, carried out by Homebase across the UK, revealed that over 50% of householders think that DIY is now about ‘creating’ a look or style within their home without expert help. And an increasingly socially-connected consumer is more likely to use ‘friendspiration’ to look for these home design ideas with 55% saying that they now get their inspiration from friends both on and off line.

Tom Dyckhoff, presenter of Great lnterior Design Challenge, believes DIY has broadened and evolved since its emergence in popular culture in the 1950s.

“DIY TV is one of the most successful television formats of all time. It’s helped the nation learn how to lay tiles, knock through walls, put up shelves AND learn about the latest trends, from shabby chic to minimalism. Today, though, it’s changing. It’s not just about doing it yourself; it’s about designing it yourself, too, encouraging a new, more confident generation brought up on the internet to be even more creative at home.”

This ever growing confidence to ‘Create it Yourself’ is demonstrated by the fact that interior design/home improvement will take top priority with almost a quarter of people planning on changing the colour scheme of a room whilst a fifth will restyle an entire room.

For bigger projects, such as kitchens and extensions, over half of consumers will outsource the work but 35% of men said they would avoid professional help for undertaking other restoration projects – such as restoring floorboards or upgrading fireplaces – themselves.

The shift towards an increasingly creatively-confident consumers is supported by 43% of consumers saying they happily upcycle old furniture and take on ‘CIY’ art projects that include techniques like stencilling and stressing.

There is still a split in the DIY skills between the sexes with twice as many women as men saying that they use home improvement projects to express their creativity. However, 37% of women say they would delegate the actual ‘doing’ of these projects to their partner. It seems the chaps don’t mind though as the research showed twice as many men as women said they have the knowledge and ability to carry out home improvement tasks.

The creative part of the process is now taken so seriously that people spend on average 29 days looking for ideas and undertaking research before taking on home enhancement work. However cost (80%), ease of completion of a project (51%) and inconvenience (30%) are the biggest factors that delay the start of a project in UK households.

Homebase is launching a new online Project Centre to help customers find inspiration as well as help and advice on undertaking a project in their home or garden (homebase.co.uk/myway).

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Note to Editors:
For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@homebase.co.uk .

Follow us @Homebase_PR.

About the research:
The research for Homebase was carried out between: 30 / 12 / 2014 and 06 / 01 / 2015 by Opinion Matters

Sample: 2,057 UK Homeowners or Tenants

All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

Top 10 DIY skills the UK deems it’s most important to have:

  1. Changing a lightbulb
  2. Changing a fuse
  3. Fitting a plug
  4. Painting a room
  5. Fixing a leaking tap
  6. Unblocking a drain
  7. Hanging curtains
  8. Hanging a picture
  9. Putting up shelves
  10. Drilling a hole in the wall

Top 10 list of UK DIY capability

  1. Changing a light bulb
  2. Changing a fuse
  3. Hanging a picture
  4. Fitting a plug
  5. Hanging curtains
  6. Painting a room
  7. Using a spirit level
  8. Putting up flat pack furniture
  9. Drilling a hole in the wall
  10. Filling a hole in the wall

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 60 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 304 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2014, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 18,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Homebase research: over 50% of UK householders think DIY is now about ‘creating’ a look or style within their home without expert help

Homebase research: over 50% of UK householders think DIY is now about ‘creating’ a look or style within their home without expert help

Homebase: homeowners are choosing period style patterned wallpapers to decorate their homes this season

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — People are taking inspiration from popular TV dramas, like the historical Wolf Hall, Mr. Selfridge and new series Indian Summers, by getting braver with their choices in wallpaper, says leading home enhancement retailer Homebase.

This season, homeowners are choosing period style patterned wallpapers to decorate their homes as they look to previous eras for inspiration when revamping their living spaces.

Annie Henley, Homebase Decorating Academy student, said: “We’ve seen our customers being increasingly experimental with wallpaper, and buying more decadent, eclectic styles to make a statement in their homes.

“Feature walls have been popular for a while, but people are now taking the plunge and wallpapering whole rooms, with inspiration from TV dramas.

“Styles featuring delicate birds, flowers and decorative designs have been particularly popular recently and are perfect for those who are unsure about using bright colours or bold patterns.”

Leanne Oakley, Wallpaper Buyer for Homebase, said: “Using patterned wallpaper is a great way to add a touch of your own unique personality to your home. Whether it’s delicate floral designs or vintage inspired patterns, the right wallpaper can add a touch of character to a hallway, bedroom or living room.

“To get the regal look of Wolf Hall, mix patterned wallpaper with decorative home accessories, using a sophisticated deep shade like masala or oxblood to add warmth to rooms, alongside deep walnut furniture. Incorporating gold tones will also create a sense of grandeur, like that of Hampton Court.

“The look featured in Indian Summers is that of 1920s Colonial style, using soft coloured botanical print wallpaper in tones of cream, light green and yellow to maintain a light and airy feel. Travel inspired accessories will give a worldly, eclectic look, like our Metal Decorative Armillary Sphere and Large Globe, while potted ferns and palms will add drama of the tropics to an elegant room.”

Homebase sells over 500 ranges of wallpaper, including collections by Graham and Brown and the V&A. Homebase offers plenty of help and advice for wallpapering, as well as a ‘Do it for you service’. For more information go to www.homebase.co.uk.

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Note to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@homebase.co.uk .

Follow us @Homebase_PR.

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 60 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 304 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2014. Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 18,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

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Homebase: homeowners are choosing period style patterned wallpapers to decorate their homes this season

Homebase: homeowners are choosing period style patterned wallpapers to decorate their homes this season

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded $2.3 million in Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grants to schools nationwide

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded $2.3 million in Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grants to 515 schools in 46 states during the program’s fall 2014 grant cycle. The grants will fund school-improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education during the current school year. Lowe’s awarded $4.7 million in grants to more than 1,100 schools this past year.

“The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program delivers on Lowe’s commitment to improve the educational environment for students across the country,” said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We’re honored to work with schools in our communities to support the needs of our local students, teachers and families.”

The Toolbox for Education grants will fund public school projects, including technology and safety improvements, library renovations, walking trails and outdoor learning environments. Since its inception in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $42 million in grants to improve 9,600 schools, benefiting more than 5 million schoolchildren. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects. Large schools and school districts are eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000.

“Our library has had the same furnishings since opening in the 1970′s,” said Ginger Corder, librarian at North Coffee Elementary in Manchester, Tennessee, recipient of a$14,000 grant for new furniture and flooring. “With the help of the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, we will be able to create a space for our students that is safe and inviting while fostering a love and excitement for reading and exploring.”

Lowe’s fall Toolbox for Education grant recipients include:

  • Metcalfe Elementary School, Gainesville, Florida: The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Metcalfe Elementary to build a playground. The school has been without a playground for two years. The new playground will provide students with a safe place to play and exercise.
  •  Jewell Elementary School, Aurora, Colorado: Jewell Elementary School received a $5,000grant to convert a mobile classroom into a Parent Resource Center. The mobile classroom was no longer being used, and the school was in need of a place where parents could support their children’s educational needs.
  • Priest Elementary School, Detroit: The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a $3,000 Lowe’s grant to Priest Elementary School to build an outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom will include four raised garden beds, a butterfly garden and a small library.

To view the complete list of grant winners and for information about applying for a grant, visit ToolboxForEducation.com. The spring cycle is currently open and will close Feb. 13, 2015.

Since 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped communities nationwide through financial contributions and support for employee volunteerism.

ABOUT LOWE’S
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

Contact

If you’re a journalist working on a story about Lowe’s:
704-758-2917
PublicRelations@lowes.com

For customer inquiries:
1-800-445-6937

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The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded $2.3 million in Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grants to schools nationwide

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded $2.3 million in Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grants to schools nationwide

Marks and Spencer Group plc announces changes to its Board and Committee membership

LONDON, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks and Spencer Group plc (“M&S”) today announces the following changes to its Board and Committee membership.

Further to the announcement in August 2014, M&S confirms that Jan du Plessis, Senior Independent Director, will step down from the Board on 4 March 2015, having served on the Board since 2008.

Vindi Banga, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, and Non-Executive Director since 2012, will succeed Jan as Senior Independent Director.  He will continue to Chair the Remuneration Committee.

Miranda Curtis will be appointed to the Audit Committee with immediate effect. Miranda is also a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Robert Swannell will join the Remuneration Committee with immediate effect.

Robert Swannell, Marks & Spencer Chairman said: “On behalf of the M&S Board, I would like to thank Jan for his outstanding commitment and contribution to M&S.  His insights and experience have been invaluable over the last seven years. We wish him well in his new appointment at SABMiller plc.

“The Nominations Committee has set clear criteria for the experience and skills for Non-Executive Director succession and we expect to make an additional appointment in due course”.

For more information, please call:
M&S Corporate PR
0208 718 1919

The first home grown strawberries of the year arrives at Tesco

Cheshunt, England, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first home grown strawberries of the year will arrive in supermarkets on Thursday March 5 – a week earlier than usual.

Fine weather with good levels of sunshine this week on top of a generally mild winter have helped growers produce the early fruit.

And with temperatures set to reach 13C this weekend, the arrival of the strawberries at Tesco stores is a clear sign that spring is around the corner.

Traditionally, the earliest home grown strawberries come from either Kent, Sussex or Hampshire but this year growers in Wales have won the race to produce the first UK fruit of the year.

Tesco berry buyer Harriet Turnbull said: “Shoppers will be able to get an early taste of summer thanks to the arrival of these sweet, luscious strawberries.

“We have worked with growers to select a particular variety of strawberry that grows well in glasshouses and produces perfectly shaped, ruby red fruit.

“This is a real coup for Wales which only began growing strawberries on a commercial scale two years ago. These berries, grown in the Rhymney Valley, near Cardiff, will put Wales on the UK’s strawberry growing map.”

The variety of Tesco’s Welsh grown strawberries is called Driscoll’s Lusa and has been selected because of its consistent, sweet taste.

Thanks to milder winters recently, Britain is also enjoying longer fruit growing seasons.

The British strawberry season can now last for up to nine months – a whole four months longer   than last decade years ago when winters were longer and harsher.

Harriet Turnbull added: “The arrival of the first homegrown strawberries brings about a real feel good factor – not only does it herald the start of British Summer Time but it is also the start of the UK produce growing season.”

The Tesco strawberries will cost £3 for a 250g punnet.

Note to editors:

Glasshouses used in the production of the strawberries use environmentally friendly Bio Mass boilers which heat the glasshouses.

Bio Mass boilers are fuelled by sustainable energy such as wood chip and have the additional advantage of reducing the consumption of traditional energy souces by up to 60 per cent.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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The first home grown strawberries of the year arrives at Tesco

The first home grown strawberries of the year arrives at Tesco