Kaenon Polarized Releases New Sunglasses For Holiday ’09

Kaenon Polarized™ , the Newport Beach-based maker of lifestyle and performance sunglasses, proudly announces the Holiday arrival of three new Luxury Performance frame designs for men and women.  The men’s and women’s sunglass styles will be available November 1 and launched to retail in limited release through Kaenon’s premium dealer network, including 20 southwest Nordstrom locations.

Designed in California and made in Italy, PINO™ and BURNET™ are modern, west coast interpretations of retro-period designs that are pure Luxury Performance to be worn equally, by both men and women.  JOSS™ was inspired by, and designed with racecar-driving pop star Danica Patrick for women looking for something feminine and stylish, yet comfy and sporty in a women’s sunglass.

The initial Holiday 2009 release will make each style available in a rich, gloss black frame with the company’s patented SR-91 polarized lens in Grey 12™ as well as a new frame color the company calls Havana – a beautiful tobacco brown accented by deep, dark rich tones.  Each frame is hand painted and assembled in Italy following Kaenon’s creative direction and strict quality control.  Joss will offer Havana with Copper 12™ SR-91 polarized lenses, while Burnet and Pino will house G12 lenses in Havana.  Each frame is Rx adaptable with Kaenon’s SR-91 prescription lenses – in Single Vision or Freestyle™ Progressive.

PINO
Simple, clean, and stylish, PINO is a modern, west coast take of a 50’s-period classic to be worn by both men and women looking for a moderately sized fun, yet functional sunglass.  Designed in California, made in Italy, Pino’s injection molded TR-90 8-base wrapped frame is pure Luxury Performance.  Old school styling with low-key Kaenon branding engraved on a decorative metal inlay, all defy Pino’s light weight, performance fit.  Only further enhanced by our patented SR-91 polarized lenses that provide unsurpassed razor sharp optical clarity and glare reduction.  Pino comes with a protective metal case and is Rx adaptable.  MSRP begins at $229.

BURNET
BURNET is a subtle reshaping and condensed interpretation of our popular, retro-inspired Burny™ frame style.  Designed to be worn by both women and men equally, it’s a timeless, classic design that features subtle, yet distinctive styling with the performance and comfort Kaenon Polarized is known for.  Easy to wear for a wide variety of face shapes, and featuring a throw-back temple design highlighted by discrete branding and logo detailing in a pure metal inlay, this durable, performance-wrapped TR-90 frame houses 8-base SR-91 polarized lenses for razor sharp optical clarity and unsurpassed glare reduction.   Made in Italy, BURNET comes with a protective metal case and is Rx adaptable.  MSRP begins at $229.

JOSS
Inspired by Danica Patrick, and designed with input from the racecar-driving pop star, JOSS is the shapely sister to our popular Georgia™ frame style that Danica has been so instrumental in popularizing.   Joss is distinguished by a slightly oversized round lens shape, enhanced by supple, curvy surfaces that taper aft into thin sleek temples that support our female-fit geometry.   Made in Italy using TR-90 frame material, Joss is light weight, durable and super comfy, with buried Variflex nose pads for additional comfort and security that come standard as do the wrapped 8-base SR-91 polarized lenses for maximum protection with unsurpassed razor sharp optical clarity and glare reduction.  Complete with a protective metal case and Rx adaptable, Joss is the choice in women’s sunglasses that begs to be worn…and loves to play!  MSRP begins at $209.

Kaenon Polarized has quickly become the luxury performance choice of those who live the Southern California lifestyle to its fullest. Superior lens performance is the engine that differentiates Kaenon Polarized sunglasses, verified by scientists and validated by professionals in both land and water sports such as, sailing, golf, baseball, snow, surf, paddling, fishing, cycling, climbing and driving, as well as celebrities in film and music.

At the core of every Kaenon Polarized sunglass is the company’s proprietary and patented SR-91 ® lens material. No other lens on the market offers better clarity, impact protection, and glare reduction, all in one ultra-lightweight lens. Every SR-91 polarized lens carries a Lifetime Guarantee against delamination, cracking or splitting – including Kaenon Polarized prescription sunglasses made from SR-91 prescription polarized lenses.

With an initial 20+-store launch that started in July, Nordstrom will sell all three new Kaenon Polarized sunglass styles in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii – including its four flagship locations at South Coast Plaza, Fashion Valley Mall, The Grove and Scottsdale.  Including Nordstrom in this initial Holiday launch of Burnet, Pino and Joss, demonstrates the success both companies have enjoyed since partnering in July – with sales of Kaenon Polarized sunglasses out-performing Nordstrom expectations.

“Nordstrom has always been the first to recognize true leadership and trend direction in fashion and sensibility, and we’re very excited they’ve shown such confidence in Kaenon Polarized to once again demonstrate their knack for quality product and ability to differentiate themselves with distinctive brands,” said Steve Rosenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Kaenon Polarized. “Nordstrom not only understands the trends, they have exceptional insight behind the product that drives those trends,” he added.

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Storewide Clearance Sale on Children’s Clothes At Naartjie Kids

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, announced today, it’s storewide clearance sale featuring up to 60% off selected fall fashions for boys, girls and infants. The clearance sale begins today, and is good on items purchased in-store and online. Choose f r o m a variety of styles f r o m Naartjie Kids’ Fall collections. In addition, shoppers will receive an additional 30% off girls’ velour fashions including dresses, pants and coats, f r o m November 19-25.

“Little ones are constantly growing and outgrowing their clothes, so kids clothing is always a natural for holiday shopping lists and gift giving,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “This year, Naartjie Kids helps holiday shoppers with find great fashions at unbeatable prices, during our storewide clearance sale. Our promotion on girls’ velour fashions make great holiday ensembles that are stylish without the spendy price tag.”

The Naartjie Kids fall styles are on clearance during the pre-Thanksgiving shopping season and feature easy-to-wear and maintain styles in kids, baby girl and baby boy clothes. The girls’ velour collection features girls dresses and optional matching Mommy Tunics that make wonderful ensembles for holiday parties and photo shoots. (Mommy Tunics are not discounted during the Velour promotion.)

Naartjie Kids’ designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie Kids uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

The ultimate in mix and match, Naartjie Kids introduces new colors, prints and styles within a grouping to allow customers to mix and match across the entire assortment. In addition, shoppers can mix and match between Naartjie Kids seasonal collections, which showcase the freshest and broadest color assortment in the industry, distinctive detailing, mixing of fabrics, appliqués and embroidery details. Always “Kid-Friendly” design concepts made primarily of natural fabrics that feature weight-right fabrications for maximum comfort and easy care. Each item is designed and constructed for easy-wear comfort, whether the garment is dressed up or dressed down.

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H.Samuel Has Joined The Twitterati With Its Own Twitter Page

H.Samuel the jeweller has launched its own Twitter page, joining other leading high street brands such as Tesco and Next on the popular social networking site.

H.Samuel is following a growing trend in retail for engaging directly with customers. Any retailer looking to maintain its brand presence in the future and to stay competitive will be using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to engage with customers and manage brands and reputations.

The H.Samuel Twitter page is designed to inform customers about offers, promotions, new products and brands as well as keeping consumers up to date with news about competitions and charity affiliations. The messages will be a mixture of information and fun and will be aimed at consumers, journalists and anyone interested in H.Samuel and its products, promotions, offers and brands.

According to Jason Edworthy, Signet Digital Comms Manager, “We want to engage with our customers, promote our offers and build our brand and online presence with witty, fun and informative Tweets aimed directly at our customer base.”

The benefit for consumers is access to up-to-the minute information about new brands, new offers, competitions and an insight into products that they might otherwise not consider or realise that H.Samuel stock, such as gifts and collectibles. Other benefits include news on exclusive products and competitions and the possibility for customers to engage in conversations directly with the brand if they have queries.

Regardless of the topic, the company intends for each Tweet to link to a promotion, information page or product. The Tweets themselves will not all be directly sales orientated and are intended to entertain and please the customer as well as inform them.

As well as promoting products and offers, H.Samuel is hoping to increase brand awareness at a crucial time in trading for all high street retailers. It is hoped that the Twitter page will drive footfall to stores and visits to the website.

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The Body Shop Revives 80s Favourites

The Body Shop has announced it is bringing back some of its most popular products f r o m the 80s for a limited period.

The Body Shop is re-introducing classic products, now featuring new retro packaging. Old favourites such as Fuzzy Peach, the Banana collection and Ice Blue are all present, as well as a range of cleansers and moisturisers for face and body, and hair care products.

The Body Shop Revives 80s Favourites

Other original products included in the range are Dewberry Bath and Shower Gel, with a fragrance still fondly remembered by almost half of British women (44%) and now containing Community Trade aloe vera, specially selected for its ability to soothe and hydrate skin. Cucumber Cleansing Milk is also making a return, to help cleanse without drying the skin. In addition to gentle cucumber extract, the Cucumber Cleansing Milk features Community Trade organically grown soya oil.

The Body Shop customers can also have their say about which products f r o m the 80s they’d like to see make a comeback by visiting the company’s website and voting on the items they’d like back on shelves.

With its strong and unique heritage, The Body Shop was founded by Dame Anita Roddick in 1976 and has taken a place in the hearts of British women. A survey* showed that two-thirds of women fondly recall its 1980s campaigning against animal testing (63%) which today remains uncompromised, and its innovative use of natural ingredients (60%). A brand known for taking pioneering steps forward, in the 1980s its introduction of fair trade ingredients is still remembered by one-third of British women (31%).

The Body Shop has consistently developed new innovative ways of helping protect the planet through its use of packaging, with products in the originals collection now packaged in 100% PCR PET (made f r o m post-consumer recyclate).

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Cloggs.co.uk Launches One Day Website Discount Days

Cloggs.co.uk prides itself on offering in-season fashion footwear at incredibly competitive prices, which is why the company has been trading successfully online for nearly a decade. However, it also cares about its customers and has empathy with those that face financial hardship this year. As a result, it has taken the brave decision to introduce discount days on its website to ensure that those consumers who have had to tighten their belts this year can still afford the shoes and boots they want to buy as presents.

To take advantage of the one day discount days, all consumers have to do is visit the website on the right day throughout November and December. If they visit the website on a discount day they will find banners and promotional material advertising the tempting offer available. They then just have to note down the promotion code and start selecting the shoes and boots they want and proceed to the checkout. Once they get to the checkout they can then redeem the promotion code and the discount will automatically be applied to their purchase. It couldn’t be simpler.

Whether they are looking for UGG Boots like the UGG Bailey Button or the Classic Short for their wife, daughter or sister, Dr Martens Boots for their husband, son or brother, or something funky like the latest Converse Boots for nieces and nephews, purchasers just need to keep an eye on the website and use the offer when it appears.

Nick Thomas, Cloggs.co.uk Director stated: “At Cloggs we are all too aware of the financial pressures that face consumers this Christmas. Millions of people have had to deal with unfortunate events like losing their job, wage cuts or redeployment. Many of those are probably panicking that they won’t be able to afford the presents that their friends, family and loved ones really want. Recognising this, we have taken the decision to introduce one day discount days in the run up to Christmas so that buyers can grab the presents they want at hugely discounted prices.”

Despite the recession, online shopping in the UK is predicted to grow by 13.3% in 2009; accounting for 10% of the UK’s total spending. Consumers are turning to the internet more and more as they realise that branded products like footwear and electricals tend to be cheaper online. It is also far easier to spot bargains f r o m  the comfort of their home, rather than trudging f r o m shop to shop on the high street.

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Roman Originals Celebrates New Accessories Collection

Roman Originals are having an exciting end to 2009. They have announced the launch of their new trendy accessories range, with a wonderful array of colourful clutch handbags and elegant ladies hats, perfect for the holiday season. If that is not enough, the women’s wear company are also providing free UK standard delivery for those orders over £45, not to mention new customers can sign-up to receive an extra 10% off all orders – go to the homepage and look on the right hand side for the ‘GET AN EXTRA 10% OFF TODAY’ button just click and enter your details to receive your 10% off.

Like Roman Originals clothing ranges, their new range of womens handbags and womens hats have undergone the same rigorous testing to ensure that they meet the desired high quality standards expected. The range consists of vibrant beautifully made clutch bags made from fantastic fabrics and designs. Nevertheless, the handbag and hat ranges are not the only exciting new developments for affordable retailer Roman Originals.

Customers will be pleased to know none of their orders will be affected by the postal strikes. As of the 16th of November, Roman Originals will be offering Next day delivery within the UK, and will also commence international shipping.

Traditionally all Roman Originals ladies clothing and accessories were available in over 150 outlets across the United Kingdom. However, due to increasing demand for their well made garments, all Roman originals clothing and accessories are available internationally. Customers outside the UK will now be able to order online from Roman Originals just in time for the holiday season. On top of that, the company now offers free standard delivery for UK customers who spend as little as £45 on an order.

Customers visiting the site can also sign up to receive the Roman Originals catalogue. The catalogue is available on request to keep customers up-to-date with all the seasons’ trends and latest garments from Roman Originals. For those who like to keep a close eye on fashion, there is also an email list to with the latest fashion news and details of their special offers.

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H.Samuel The Jeweller Provides In-Store Proposal Packs For Romantic Men

H.Samuel, Britain’s biggest chain of jewellers is kitting out its shops with ‘proposal cushions’ to cater for men who suddenly go down on one knee in their stores.

The spontaneous acts of romance have tripled in branches of High Street giant H.Samuel in the past year, often by men acting spontaneously when they see sight of trays of engagement rings. Store staff have now been provided with a ‘proposal pack’ including a soft cushion and a bottle of bubbly to make it more comfortable and romantic for the men caught up in the moment.

The pack also includes a pack of tissues to dry any tears from emotional women as they, hopefully, say yes. The pack will be given to any love-struck couple who get engaged in the store, as long as they buy a ring from the new Christmas Kisses range. The novel innovation came after H.Samuel, which has more than 300 branches, noticed a rise in the number of proposals actually taking place in its shops.

Modern women want to choose their own diamond ring, so traditional proposals where a man suddenly produces a diamond and gets down on one knee are not as commonplace as they once were. Instead, couples go to stores to look at the available range, the guy buys the ring his girlfriend has chosen, and pops the question later. So many men get caught up in the moment when they go into the store that a growing number are getting down on one knee and proposing there and then, even when there are other customers about.

Kevin Ryan, stores director at H.Samuel said: “In-store proposals are proving increasingly popular with our customers. It seems that if a couple come in to look at a ring together, the moment just seems right to propose. Our staff are getting quite used to dealing with emotional women whose partners spring a marriage proposal surprise on them there and then.”

The high street jeweller said it used to get around 10 proposals in store a year, but this has nearly trebled in the past 12 months. H.Samuel reckons this is because more men are now choosing an engagement ring with their partners by their side, rather than risk buying one that is not liked.

The proposal pack of soft cushion, mini bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne and tissues is being launched to mark a new romantic collection of diamond jewellery out before Christmas, traditionally the most popular time for engagement proposals.

Mr Ryan said: “Engagement proposals in store certainly cheer up our staff and one of our sales staff was invited to be a flower girl at the wedding of a couple who got engaged in our Kings Heath branch in Birmingham.

“Men have told us it is easier to choose a ring with their girlfriend so they don’t risk having to exchange it.

“We hope that our proposal packs – including our soft cushion to kneel on – will help to remind men to get down on one knee when they want to propose marriage to their partner.”

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Lauren Klein Jewelry Introduces Gold Jewelry for the Holidays

Lauren Klein, a leading online retailer of designer jewelry, rates the winter holiday season its busiest, along with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Hot items this year in both men’s and women’s jewelry and accessories include yellow gold and yellow gold and diamond combinations. From personalized and monogrammed jewelry, Lauren Klein offers early holiday shoppers a hassle-free shopping experience, f r o m the comfort of their own homes. In addition, customers using the code “NOV09” will receive a 15% discount off their entire order.

“At Lauren Klein, all that glitters is gold this season, as jewelry still ranks one of the most popular and classy gifts around,” said Sarah Leight, manager, Lauren Klein. “Holiday party goers who want to dress up their ensembles can choose f r o m the most exciting new styles this season as we are continually adding new and inspired selections to our inventory throughout the year.”

Lauren Klein’s selection of gold and diamond heart-shaped jewelry will set hearts aflutter this holiday season, with the magical allure of jewelry boxes transporting the likes of Monogram Hammered Yellow Gold Heart necklace to a Citrine Heart and Diamond Bezel Dangle Necklace, with matching earrings, to a variety of fashionable yellow gold necklaces.

Featuring treasured keepsake gifts such as monogrammed jewelry for men and women and diamond necklaces to take her breath away, Lauren Klein has a gift for everyone’s wish list. Some of the popular gift items this year include an unexpected pairing of leather and diamonds in the collection of leather bracelets. Whether engagement, promise or costume, a ring makes a great gift, and just about any style can be personalized with the gemstone of choice.

Lauren Klein specializes in all types of jewelry — whatever the style, Lauren Klein has it all. F r o m traditional diamond jewelry to trendy fashion jewelry, Lauren Klein carries only the best selection of women’s jewelry — rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and baby jewelry — at the most competitive prices. The company’s new Monogram Collection offers personalized jewelry for that extra special touch.

The finest collection of jewelry available to the public is also backed by Lauren Klein’s incomparable experience rooted in the fine jewelry industry. As a customer-focused company, Lauren Klein strives to bring the highest quality products directly to consumers to ensure their satisfaction is exceeded. With more than half a century of heritage in the diamond industry, this family operation began its ecommerce business on eBay and Amazon. After great success, Lauren Klein showcases its entire jewelry collection on Laurenklein.com.

To receive a 15% discount of purchases, enter code NOV09 at checkout.

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Online Boutique Specializes In Sweet Baby Gifts For The Sophisticated Gift-Giver

BabyStuffGifts.com, a leading online baby boutique, today announced its full line of one-of-a-kind personalized baby gifts and accessories, for those with discriminating tastes. As a trusted industry leader in specialty baby gifts, BabyStuffGifts.com offers an exclusive selection of fine baby clothes, gift baskets, accessories, blankets, hooded towels, bibs, burp cloths, dolls and plush toys.

“In a time when everything we purchase is mass-produced, we are pleased to offer charming gifts that are treasured for their uniqueness and uncompromising quality,” says Nancilyn Gray Scott, founder, BabyStuffGifts.com. “Most of our gift items and toys are manufactured exclusively for our store. These one-of-a-kind gifts are created by our talented team of designers, who share our philosophy about producing the highest quality baby products and gifts.”

Specializing in gifts for infants f r o m birth to 12 months of age, BabyStuffGifts.com offers dozens of gifts in every price range and for every occasion. In addition to a full line of exclusive boys’ and girls’ baby gifts, BabyStuffGifts.com offers a variety of bibs and burp cloths, bath and beach wear, nursery décor, stuffed animals and more, all personalized with the baby’s name or monogrammed with his or her initials.

About BabyStuffGifts.com
Every baby is a special gift and each one deserves only the very best! At BabyStuffGifts.com, our passion is to provide each precious baby with personalized baby gifts and baby gift baskets, at reasonable prices. Founded with a deep appreciation for finer quality items and sophisticated gift-giving, BabyStuffGifts.com offers a distinctive selection of personalized baby toys direct to consumers or through select retailers. Shipping to both domestic and international destinations, BabyStuffGifts.com manufactures most of its own products, which make wonderful baby shower, birthday, holiday and all-occasion baby gifts. For more information, please visit www.babystuffgifts.com.

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British Site Which Saved Consumers $87m Throughout The Recession Officially Launches In The US

Former Gordon Ramsay protégé Mark Pearson is the founder of CouponCodes4U.com, a discount coupon site that has officially launched today and is aiming to save Americans millions of dollars. Mark Pearson worked as a sous chef under celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at the prestigious Claridges restaurant in London. MyVoucherCodes is officially the UK’s most popular discount voucher code website in the UK.

Discount site CouponCodes4u.com officially launches today, and looks set to follow in the footsteps of UK-based sister website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, which 15% of Brits use every month to save money on purchases ranging from supermarket shopping to money off on holidays and other one off purchases.

During the recession, MyVoucherCodes was responsible for nearly £1/2bn worth of sales in the UK, the equivalent of $787m. Throughout this period, Brits saved the equivalent of $87m USD, and the company hopes to repeat this sort of success across the Atlantic.

CouponCodes4U already features thousands of discounts and offers from top retailers keen to establish themselves on the site due to Mark’s background, with current deals including $75 off at Dell, 55% off at Amazon, $50 off at Sears, 35% off at Macy’s and many more.

In pre-launch beta testing, the site managed to amass a following of over 300,000 unique users a month, with no formal marketing in place. Over 15,000 retailers are listed on the site, all of which provide discount coupons, which are redeemable at online checkout.

CouponCodes4U.com has over 100,000 coupon codes, deals and discounts live on the site, and regularly generates over $1m in sales every month, all of which point to great success in the long run for the site.

CouponCodes4U is the Stateside birth-child of one of the UK’s leading young entrepreneurs, Mark Pearson. Since the recession, MyVoucherCodes, officially the UK’s leading discount website has saved Brits over $87m in the last year, and Mark hopes to bring his award-winning style to America.

Although there are many discount coupon sites which have popped up since the Credit Crunch, Managing Director Mark Pearson said,

“The discount coupon industry in the States is in desperate need of a shake-up, as too many US websites offer codes that they don’t actually have on the site, or that are already expired.

“Consumers deserve to see the discount coupon codes that retailers are releasing, and deserve to benefit from them too. In the UK, the rules around the discount sector are quite stringent, and I’m looking to bring the same discipline that has made MyVoucherCodes such a success to the US.

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Four in Ten SME’S seeing signs of Economic Recovery

 

Greenshoots: 42% of SMEs are seeing some signs of economic recovery – but only 1% say the signs are strong

•Recovery time: 27% of SME owners predict six months to a year for their business to recover f r o m the recession, but 26% say it will take more than a year to get back on their feet again

•Growing confidence: 81% of SMEs think they will survive the recession – a 5% increase since February this year

•Trading conditions: 58% still finding it tough, but a small increase in the number now saying that the current trading environment is OK

•Recession headache: cutting costs remains the biggest issue for SMES, but cashflow concerns now taking over f r o m worries about falling demand.

Over four in ten SME owners (42%) report seeing some signs of economic recovery, with a further 1% saying that these signs are strong, according to new research f r o m uSwitchforBusiness.com.

And while the Government has been forced to acknowledge that Britain is still in a recession that is likely to be longer and deeper than originally feared, the findings reveal a small increase in the number of small businesses confident that they will survive. 81% now think that they will get through the downturn, compared with 76% in the first quarter of this year.

However, small business owners expect the recession to have a long lasting impact. Over a quarter (27%) say that it will take their business between six months and a year to get back to normal again, while 26% say that it will take them more than a year. Incredibly though, 32% say it will only take up to six months to recover with 14% of these saying it will take them no time at all to get back on their feet.

The findings come f r o m the latest uSwitchforBusiness.com SME Confidence Survey, which tracks small business confidence over time and highlights current issues and concerns facing Britain’s small traders. It shows that, despite increased optimism, 58% of small companies are finding trading conditions difficult (59% in Q1). However, there has been a small increase in those saying that current trading conditions are OK (40% compared with 38% in Q1).

Earlier in the year, cutting costs was the biggest issue for SMEs and this remains the case today with 58% of companies actively looking for ways to cut back. Similarly, the number of small companies reporting a drop in demand remains unchanged f r o m Q1 (34%). However, 35% are now experiencing cashflow concerns (up f r o m 33%) making cashflow the second biggest concern facing SME owners today.

In Q1, 19% said that the recession was having no impact on their business at all. Today this has dropped to 14%. Overall though, 62% of SME owners report that the recession has been tough, but manageable. Only 18% say that it has been very damaging to their business.

Looking forward to 2010, and with many clearly believing that there is light at the end of the tunnel, SMEs say that their biggest challenges will be increasing sales/turnover (39%), getting over the recession (19%), dealing with regulation and red tape (15%) and overcoming issues with late payments and cashflow (12%).

Jake Ridge, small business expert at www.uswitchforbusiness.com, says: “Despite having the odds stacked against them, Britain’s SMEs have battled to stay afloat and to survive the recession. It has meant making tough decisions and inevitably most small businesses have felt some pain, whether having to lay off staff, find ways to cut costs or learning to combat cashflow concerns. In the first quarter of 2009, 59% were looking for ways to cut costs and this strategy seems to have paid off as most small businesses are now feeling confident about surviving this downturn.

“Small business owners are not feeling complacent though – 43% can see signs of recovery but they know they are not out of the woods yet. They are continuing to keep a tight lid on costs and know that the next challenge comes at the end of the recession when they begin the task of building their businesses back up again.

“In this climate, shopping around for your next energy contract makes sense as no business can afford to be paying more for their energy than competitors. Once they are paying the lowest possible price for the energy they use, businesses can then focus on using less of it – these two simple steps will help them reduce costs substantially and will be a good habit to get into for the challenging times ahead.”

uSwitchforBusiness can save your business money by helping you make smarter decisions about your business electricity, communications and insurance.

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UK Manufacturer Of Point-Of-Sale Products Highlights Must-Have Display Items For Christmas Promotions

Stuck for inspiration this season on how to display any last minute seasonal point-of-sale? Well there’s still plenty of time to order items for the run-up to Christmas, and to make product selection easier, UK Point Of Sale Group Limited has come up with a quick-fix solution – a Christmas wish list.

The UK manufacturer of point-of-sale (UK Point Of Sale) materials has created the must-have list as it has been reported that consumers can look forward to seeing significant promotions and early winter sales this year. So UK POS believed a quick call stating the Christmas wish-list would assist retailers with their orders during this extremely busy period.

With UK POS’ best possible prices and next day delivery available, the list features six point-of-sale options, including:
– A1 Pavement A Boards Sign to get customers in store
– A4 Snap Frames to promote Christmas special offers and deals with interchangeable posters
– Shelf Talkers for stand out pricing displays
– A4 pallet Stacking Card Holders for large displays of product promotions
– Flag Sign Holders to catch the customers attention with special offers and deals
– Extending Wire Hooks for ceiling posters to guide customers through the store

It was Rob Templeman, the chief executive of Debenhams, who predicted that consumers can look forward to significant promotions this Christmas with retailers looking to boost revenues after a somewhat turbulent year*. However UK POS fears that retail outlets could soon become over run with offers or overcrowded sales, when in fact retailers should be taking the less is more approach.

UK POS’ sales and marketing director, Debra Jamieson advises:
“Overcrowding shelf space with various offers and promotions can be off putting for consumers and leave shoppers confused as to what product is truly the best value for money. Being clear and concise about your brand offerings is more important than ever this Christmas to ensure retailers secure those all important sales.”

“Retailers need to make consumers feel that an offer is too good to be missed. As such, we are advising our customers to rotate displays during the run up to Christmas, creating first come first serve offers that encourage that immediate impulse response.”

UK POS’ next day delivery service means that retailer’s can select their must-have display products and have them delivered in time for the Christmas rush. For further information call UK POS on 0161 431 4400 and quote: Christmas Wish List.

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FotoLum Offers Child Safety Kit Free For Field Testing

Each year, more than 650 children in the United States are hit and killed by cars while another 20,000 are injured. Invariably, the accidents are due to the child’s lack of vehicle awareness and the driver’s inability to see the child. That problem is particularly critical now as we await the end of daylight saving time, and the days continue to grow shorter. For 2009, the day of the year with the least amount of sunlight is December 21st.

This year FotoLum – a leading developer of photo luminescent products and solutions – is offering an inexpensive, yet effective safety kit designed to increase children’s visibility when walking to school or school bus stops, or playing outside after dark. Fotolum products are far superior to novelty glow in the dark items. They represent the fruits of years of research and testing on high-grade, proprietary, materials that yield photo luminescent performance unmatched in the industry.

For a limited time, FotoLum is seeking individuals to conduct testing of their Child Safety Kit products. Interested parties simply visit the FotoLum website, click on the contact link and send a request. FotoLum will mail out a free Child Safety Kit to the address provided by the requester.

The FotoLum Child Safety Kit was designed for safety outdoors and in. The outdoor components consist of photo luminescent vinyl combined with 3M Scotchlite silver retro-reflective coating in a tread-plate pattern backed with 3M adhesive where applicable. The retro-reflective shines brightly when hit with light, such as that from a vehicle’s headlights while the photo luminescence glows brightly in the dark for hours after proper charging from a natural or artificial light source.

Outdoor components include a glowing Safety Wrist Band with tread-plate reflective, two 1/2″ x 12″ strips of the same material backed with the 3M adhesive for application to bicycle helmets, backpacks or jackets and a 3″ tread-plate reflective photo luminescent glow stick alternative. Fotolum developed the glow stick alternative to counter the toxic waste generated by the disposal of hundreds of millions of one-use chemical glow sticks and glow accessories piling up in land fills every year. The glow stick alternative can be attached to the zipper pull of a jacket, school bags, backpacks, bikes as examples. AllFotolum components are reusable over and over and will last for 10 years or more.

Indoor components include a glow in the dark light switch locator and the award-winning After-Lite Crystal Energy Cell which fastens to a low-energy compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) to provide energy-free emergency lighting. After-Lite also works great as a night light. The light switch locator absorbs light during the day, then gently illuminates at night indicating the location of the light switch.

The same material used in the FotoLum Child Safety Kit is used on helmet and equipment patches implemented by the Fire Department of New York and many other fire departments across the nation to which FotoLum supplies.

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Megaman Energy Saving Bulbs Rated as Best Buy in November Which? Report

20% of the cost of most domestic electricity bills is from lighting. Although energy-saving light bulbs are more expensive to buy than ordinary bulbs they can last up to 15 times longer, depending on the type of the bulb you buy. Changing saves energy and thus money.

The November 2009 ©Which? report on Megaman® GSU111d 11w Dimmerable® (fully dimmable with standard dimmers) had this to say:

“Test score 75%. Megaman® GSU111d Dimmerable® Warm White 11W.

Pros. One of the best bulbs for starting up, this one produces a good amount of light quickly and light output meets the manufacturer’s claim. It lasts well, too – we test bulbs for up to 8,000 hours, and every one of the Megaman® bulbs lasted the duration. It handles frequent switching on and off well and can be used with dimmer switches.”

With many traditional light bulbs disappearing from the shops for good, now is the time to change to more energy-efficient lamps & bulbs.

In September the phase out of traditional bulbs started with 100w clear and most pearl/frosted wattages being discontinued, all others will go over the next few years.

The humble light bulb is dead….. to be replaced by more efficient lighting such as compact fluorescent lamps — known as CFLs, or energy-saving light bulbs.

The light output of older compact fluorescent lamps reduces significantly with age. Now is a good time to replace your old energy saving bulbs as well as replacing any traditional style bulbs. GW supplies has a wide range of energy saving bulbs and because they can buy in bulk they can offer excellent prices.

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Men’s Gift And Accessories Firm Is Groomed For Success Thanks To Bank And Government Funding

£987,000 enterprise fund cash helps ensure new stores are looking good. EXPANSION plans for mens gift and accessories company Menkind Stores certainly created the right impression with the Royal Bank of Scotland, when it agreed to help fund the company’s plans to open five new stores.

The high street bank decided that Menkind could benefit from a little ‘grooming’ if its plans to expand beyond its original single store and launch a cutting-edge new website were to take it to the next level.

So Menkind Stores’ founder, Paul Kraftman, went to his bank manager, Robert Laurie, with his plans, and was put in touch with the administrators of the government’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme.

And the bank helped Menkind secure £987,000 of EFG cash which has gone a long way to funding the buying and fitting out of the five new stores. The funding boost has certainly had the desired effect on the business’s fortunes.

“Our new store openings were fitted out in a new concept, which has proven to be a great success in driving sales,” said Mr Kraftman.

“We are grateful to Robert and the team at RBS for arranging the finance package we needed.”

One thing Mr Kraftman is only too well aware of is the seasonal nature of the men’s gift market, but he believes Menkind’s growth has been achieved because of, rather than in spite of, this.

“Our flexible operating model allows us to manage and align costs so effectively with the seasonality of our market,” he added.

Menkind opened its first store in 2001 in the Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex. The five new stores are in Aberdeen, Cardiff, Nottingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Its new-look website, www.menkind.co.uk, is now live in good time for Christmas, and is crammed with thousands gift and novelty ideas for men (and big boys) of all ages to suit every pocket from football gifts to mens watches and remote control cars.

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The Guess Watches Anniversary Collection Now Available At H.Samuel

H.Samuel has announced that it will be helping Guess watches to celebrate its 25 year anniversary by launching the Guess special edition watch collection, available at H.Samuel.co.uk and in-store.

The new special edition Guess collection features signature looks with a modern twist. The Guess Pink 25th Bling ladies watch is exclusive to H.Samuel and offers customers a real taste of Guess glamour, featuring a pink strap and large round crystal set dial with Guess logo.

Guess Watches has also created three new styles in ten variations for the Guess Girl – all with a specially designed 25th anniversary case back.

Also amongst this new line of watches is the ever-popular and iconic Guess logo and Guess triangle with glitz bezels as well as crystal-studded dials and cases. These styles are highlighted in an array of colourful leather straps suitable for every woman’s fashion wardrobe.

Guess was founded in 1981 by the Marciano brothers. One of the most widely recognisable brands in the world, Guess is known for its ground breaking and innovative style. Through their design, marketing and distribution of fashion lifestyle products, Guess has become one of the fashion leaders in young contemporary markets across the globe and consistently produces designs that are fashion-forward and trend setting.

Guess is also famous for spotting up and coming talent. Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Laetitia Casta, Eva Herzigova, Charlize Theron and a host of today’s top celebs, models and actresses have taken part in Guess campaigns in the past.

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H.Samuel Launches Silverstone Competition With Citizen Eco-Drive

H.Samuel, the UK’s leading high street jeweller, has teamed up with Citizen watches to offer customers a unique opportunity to win a day test driving cars at Silverstone racetrack. Prize winners will be given the chance to drive high performance cars in a variety of scenarios. With full training and supervision, this will be an amazing day out. Entry to the competition is by signing up for the H.Samuel email newsletter, no purchase is required.

The Silverstone Grand Prix Challenge offers the winner the opportunity to drive a Ferrari 360, Porsche 911, Lotus Exige and a Land Rover around the world famous track, experiencing the thrill and excitement first hand. Customers will also take part in an auto-test in a Caterham 7, Peugot 206 GTI or Ford Fiesta, spinning and driving a car at speed through obstacles and around bollards.

With a full briefing and expert instructors to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, this is a once in a lifetime chance for consumers to live out their petrol dreams. Breakfast and lunch is also included and participants will receive a trophy and presentation pack so that the lucky winners can remember their big day.

Citizen Eco-Drive watches are renowned for their style, design, innovation and quality. Featuring the Eco-Drive solar power system which powers the watch from any light source, Citizen watches rank among the finest on the high street. Available in a wide range of styles from sporty chronograph watches to dress watches, the Citizen watches range features watches for men and watches for women.

To enter the competition, consumers simply have to go to the H.Samuel website and click on the Citizen competition link on the Homepage, where they can sign up to receive the H.Samuel newsletter and be entered into the draw automatically. The closing date is 24 December 2009. The draw takes place within ten days of the closing date and winners will be notified within 28 days of the draw. After the draw date entrants are free to unsubscribe to the email newsletter.

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Clinique Launches The Party Collection For Winter 09

Clinique, leader in skin care and make up, has launched its latest colour collection called Black Tie Violets which includes new limited edition make up shades.

From violet berries to rich plums, purple is this season’s new red. To celebrate this purple reign of colour, Clinique has introduced the New Black Tie Violets 2009 colour collection. This sweetly feminine, yet bold line features a range of girly violet tones that mirror the festivity and allure of the season.

A full-face party look draws inspiration from Clinique’s best-selling Different Lipstick in A Different Grape and for an extra touch of glamour, key items are elegantly housed in luxurious, silver packaging.

Shimmering Stripes Blusher leaves a pearly, luminous look in rich plum shades. For application, the limited edition Powder Brush made of natural hair is available with a festive, shimmery, metallic handle especially for Christmas. The large dome allows for easy application of powder for smooth, even delivery. As with all Clinique brushes it utilises a unique anti-bacterial technology that protects the brush to ensure a high level of hygiene. It’s the perfect beauty tool to help make the festive season glow.

Colour Surge Eyeshadow Quad creates looks ranging from subtle and soft to a sexy and sophisticated smokey eye. Clinique eyeshadows build quickly and blend easily offering effortless sheen and luminosity. The perfect eye makeup can be finished with Brush-On Cream Liner an ultra smooth, creamy gel liner that provides the precision of a liquid liner enabling it to be laid on thick or thin, subtle or dramatic. Either way, this fast-drying, non-smudging, waterproof eye liner delivers a precise line every time.

Lips are treated to the must-have party lip gloss with Full Potential Lips Plump & Shine. A multi-purpose, high-shine lip gloss which instantly and over time makes even the most modest lips appear fuller, softer and more contoured. Layered over Clinique’s Different Lipstick in A Different Grape or High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15, a sophisticated lipstick that delivers superior colour and moisturising benefits from the moment it’s applied.

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Access Discounts Introduces DIY Garden Lighting Equipment

AccessDiscounts.com – a leading supplier of grow lights, residential lighting and commercial lighting, is pleased to announce savings on its entire selection of lighting systems and supplies. In addition to offering a full range of lighting products for commercial and residential applications, www.accessdiscounts.com boasts a comprehensive selection of grow light systems, supplies and accessories for professional and amateur growers and gardeners alike.

Do-It-Yourself gardening is in the midst of unprecedented growth. Sparked by growing concerns over the effects of agro-chemicals on both food safety and the environment, consumers are increasingly turning to at-home cultivation of produce. According to the National Gardening Society, the number of households utilizing all-natural gardening methods has increased by 140% over the last five years.

Long familiar to gardeners in cold climates or with limited outdoor space, indoor growing offers a number of advantages: it enables year-round cultivation and a diversity of specimens unattainable through conventional outdoor growing. Grow lighting is also invaluable as a supplement to natural light, providing a solution for gardeners looking to sustain produce, plants and flowers through winter seasons.

Thanks to innovations in energy-efficient lighting, along with advances in fertilization and growing techniques, successful indoor growing is easier, more economical and more environment-friendly than ever.

Introduced within the last few years, LED lightbulbs represent the latest in commercial and residential lighting technology. Once used exclusively in electronics, LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are now used to power lightbulbs which offer unmatched energy- and cost-efficiency compared with conventional lighting systems. LED systems are up to 33 times more efficient than fluorescent and last up to fifty times longer; they operate at much lower temperatures, dramatically reducing risk of fire or burning. And since these lightbulbs are non-toxic, they are environmentally safe.

Accessdiscounts.com is proud to be a leading supplier of LED grow light systems, offering “simply the best-priced and highest quality grow systems in the industry,” according to Christina Roush, spokesperson for Access Discounts. As with all of Accessdiscounts.com’s lighting systems, they are 100% USA-made and backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.

About Access Discounts
AccessDiscounts.com provides a wide selection of grow lights, home lighting and commercial lighting of the highest quality. Leveraging the close relationships developed with top lighting manufacturers, Access Discounts is able to provide the very best in lighting solutions at affordable prices.

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Snip-its Introduces Snip-its Express

Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S. today announced franchising opportunities for its new Snip-its Express store. Snip-its Express offers the same, quality Snip-its’ haircutting experience customers have come to trust, while providing a streamlined version of the original franchise, for those looking for a smaller upfront investment. A new, 800-square foot Snip-its Express recently opened in Canton, Mass.

“The beauty of the Snip-its Express store is that franchisees can expect similar returns that our larger stores experience, with a smaller footprint and lower point-of-entry, with an investment as low as $127,775, said Christine Mudd, director of franchise development, Snip-its. ”The Snip-its Express store offers double the recession-busting return on investment with a solid business model, in a thriving industry coupled with lower cash outlay.”

Express is a smaller version of a traditional Snip-its salons, which typically measure about 1,500 square feet with 18 feet of storefront. Featuring the Snip-its-branded line of animated characters, salon-tailored educational computer games and no-muss, no-fuss recipe for success.

Leveraging Snip-its brand equity and internal expertise and infrastructure further increases operators’ success quotient. Snip-its is one of the most innovative, all-inclusive retail experiences in the hair care market today, and its model has proven superior to the competition. Committed to franchisee success as a reflection of its own success, Snip-its has several built-in revenue streams including a line of beauty products and merchandise.

Snip-its supports business owners in the process of financing a franchise investment by working with several preferred lenders who offer competitive and flexible financing options. Snip-its is registered with the SBA and with recent government plans to incentivize community banks to lend to small businesses, Snip-its is primed for growth.

Snip-its, a growing kids franchise was founded in 1995 by California native, Joanna Meiseles, the daughter of Hollywood producer, Robert Blumofe credited with the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours and is the granddaughter of famed comedian Jack Benny. After a heartbreaking visit to an ‘adult’ salon with her then young son, the first-time entrepreneur established the entertainment-styled salon with the goal to make children’s hair care a positive fun-filled adventure for families. Entrepreneurs that relate to this scenario may wish to learn more about opening a Snip-its store. For more information on Snip-It’s Express franchising please visit http://snipits.com/franchising/franchise_faq.cfm.

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SimplyWeddingStuff.com Introduces Personalized Placemats

SimplyWeddingStuff.com, the ultimate online destination for unique wedding favors, bridal shower favors and gifts today introduced personalized placemats that come in a colorful variety of themes, making them perfect decorations and party favors guests can take home after the festivities have ended.

“In this economy, customers are looking for festive ways to keep party costs down, while still creating a memorable and fun event,” says Brenda Knutson, customer service manager, SimplyWeddingStuff.com. “At about a dollar a piece, these new personalized placemats double as party décor and a favor that guests can take home to reuse. Great for birthday parties, bridal showers and baby showers, anniversaries and baptism, the placemats are a hit with guests and make cleaning up a breeze for the host.”

Bridal shower themed placemats come in elegant, colorful and whimsical themes, f r o m a bride’s silhouette to clinking champagne glasses. Baby shower themes include Under the Sea, Ladybug, Baby Boy and Baby Girl and Trendy Mommy. Birthday themes include milestones birthdays such as 1st, 40th, 50th, with designs ranging f r o m elegant, cute, fun and kid friendly. Rounding out the vast selection of placemats are matching invitations, thank you cards and banners and decorations, for a complete party ensemble. The minimum order for placemats is 16, but any quantity above minimum can be ordered.

In addition to the bridal shower theme, placemats for almost any occasion can be found at one of the BigDotofHappiness.com family of shops, which includes BabyShowerStuff.com, SimplyBabyStuff.com, SimplyBirthdayStuff.com and SimplyWeddingStuff.com.

At SimplyWeddingStuff.com, finding just the right wedding invitation, bridal shower favor or wedding gift is an obsession they share with clients. Every bride has her own vision of a dream wedding and SimplyWeddingStuff.com provides all she needs to create a unique and memorable event. F r o m shower invitations to DIY wedding party favors and everything in between, the selection at SimplyWeddingStuff.com is unrivaled. Not merely a party favor warehouse, SimplyWeddingStuff.com’s design team creates truly inspired items for that very special day.

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Big Smile Toys’ Winter Toy Catalog Rings in the Holidays

BigSmileToys.com, a leading online toy store, announced today that it has released its winter toy catalog just in time for the busy holiday season. The full-color catalog features the arrival of popular and educational toys and games. The convenience of shopping online, especially during flu season, allays parents’ fears of going out in public places, while the printed catalog gives children plenty of holiday gift ideas from which to choose.

“Busy parents are increasingly shopping online for gifts and other purchases, and those who grew up anticipating the arrival of a favorite toy store catalog can now share that experience with kids,” says Steve Scartozzi, president BigSmileToys.com, who fondly recalls his own favorite holiday memories of looking through the season’s newest kids toys and circling the gifts he hoped to find under the tree.

BigSmileToys.com brings back this tradition, with the release of its winter toy catalog, which is chock full of toys that are likely to be on every child’s wish list. The catalog aids children and their parents in better communicating on gift selection and can minimize disappointment once the wrapping paper comes off.

BigSmileToys.com’s winter catalog features some of the most popular names in children’s playtime for boys and girls. Hot toys for boys this holiday season include fun play sets like Playmobil’s Egyptian Pyramid or Police Headquarters, K’s Kids Pull Back Autos and Bruder Mack Dumptruck. For the girls, the selection includes a full selection of dolls and dollhouses, as well as arts and craft sets and make your own jewelry packs. BigSmileToys.com also carries a full selection of educational sets such as one of Thames & Cosmos Kid’s Chemistry Sets and do-it-yourself kite, plane or rocket kits.

Based in suburban Philadelphia, BigSmileToys.com features an extensive line of children’s toys, games, books, plushes, puppets and even sporting equipment for purchase. With more than 48 years of experience, BigSmileToys.com operates on the idea that fun + learning = smiles and offers products which follow these principles. Learn more and search for products at www.bigsmiletoys.com.

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HCGSupplies.com Helps Shoppers Get Svelte for the Holidays

HCGSupplies.com, a pioneer of online HCG mixing supplies and instruction, announced today the availability of proven weight loss and weight maintenance resources, for the holiday season. Although HCGSupplies does not sell HCG, shoppers will find a extensive collection of mixing equipment, kits and information.

“With Thanksgiving and holiday indulgences right around the corner, savvy dieters can enlist the aid of weight-loss resources and books, such as Kevin Trudeau’s ‘The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About’,” said Jim Sparks, marketing director, HCGSupplies.com. “The HCG mixing kits we offer were designed with readers of the Trudeau book in mind and both make great gifts for close family or friends who want to start a diet next year.”

The Kevin Trudeau Weight Loss Cure is a special weight loss cure that involves the use of the natural human pregnancy hormone HCG. This cure for obesity was developed in Europe over thirty years ago by Dr. Simeons. Trudeau has slightly modified the original weight loss protocol, but the basics are the same.

Dr. Simeons was a European doctor that discovered the use of HCG in successful weight loss in the 1950s. The HCG weight loss protocol has been adapted for modern use by Kevin Trudeau, and has a large following among dieters seeking to lose weight. Today, the HCG protocol offers a weight-loss solution that does not involve surgery or starvation. Finding a reliable source for information and supplies, as well as a good-old fashioned support network are critical to a successful weight loss campaign.

Offering all the latest HCG supplies and accessories, HCGSupplies.com was founded to give customers not only the best products for weight loss, but also thorough support so that people can properly understand how HCG can be used effectively in weight loss. While HCGSupplies.com does not sell HCG, the web site sells everything a person might need to properly use the product. Syringes, vials, HCG mixing kits, various mixing solvents, HCG recipes, and much more. For more information, please visit http://www.hcgsupplies.com.

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Ernest Jones Launched a Collection of Baume & Mercier Watches

Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch specialist has launched a collection of Baume & Mercier watches, offering consumers the chance to buy the high quality Swiss Made timepieces on the high street and online.

The selections of watches are crafted in steel or gold and in styles to suit both men and women. The collections available at Ernest Jones include the Classima Executive, which reinterprets Baume & Mercier watch-making tradition using mechanical movements enriched with small embellishments and refined finishes, and the Riviera collection, which revolutionised watch-making with a dodecagonal case. Ernest Jones also features the refined rectangular Diamant and Hampton ranges which offer a blend of elegance and modern design.

Also available at Ernest Jones is the iléa collection, a feminine range with sensual curves and flowing lines.

Founded in Switzerland in 1830, Baume & Mercier is a luxury watch brand that combines the finest watch making traditions with contemporary design and high quality components. In keeping with its pursuit of excellence, all Baume & Mercier watches bear the Swiss Made label and feature signed and numbered case backs. All movements are accredited by the Richemont Group. Baume & Mercier uses only stainless steel or 18ct gold bracelets and genuine alligator straps and all watches in these collections are water resistant with a two year international warranty.

Contemporary, classic and modern Baume & Mercier watches offer a unique style that reflects the taste and requirements of an aesthetically minded clientele. By valuing innovation, creativity and authenticity Baume & Mercier manufacture quality, first-class watches that are among the finest in watch making.

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Cloggs.co.uk Won’t Let Royal Mail Strikes Affect Delivery Times

Royal Mail is experiencing a series of one day strikes that will cripple the UK postal service, but Cloggs is determined not to let it affect delivery of shoes to its customers. Offering an alternative, free delivery service via another carrier, Cloggs.co.uk has put its customers first once again.

Just like any other online retail business, Cloggs relies completely on the UK postal service to deliver shoes and boots to its customers on time. With Royal Mail strikes posing a real threat to online traders, Cloggs.co.uk didn’t want its customers to worry unnecessarily, especially in the run up to Christmas. Cloggs’ proactive, forward thinking attitude has ensured that this will not be the case.

Even though Cloggs only use Royal Mail ‘Tracked’ services (which they have been assured by senior management at Royal Mail will remain unaffected by the strike – even if senior managers have to hand deliver them themselves), Cloggs wanted to completely reassure customers and offer them alternative delivery methods.

Instead of customers wondering when their top brand shoes and boots like the latest UGGs would show up once they have ordered, Cloggs is offering people the choice, at checkout, to opt for a Priority free delivery service via HDNL (the UK’s largest home delivery service).

It’s easy to opt for the free 1-2 day priority service via HDNL on the Cloggs.co.uk website. Whether purchasers want to buy a pair of UGG Boots like the latest UGG Bailey Button, Fitflop Boots, Dr Martens Boots and Timberland Boots, or even a pair of winter Crocs, this delivery option is selected as standard on the order summary page. All buyers have to do is fill out the details required and let Cloggs do the rest.

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Newport Rhode Island Cosmetics Retailer And Beauty Spa Offers A Variety Of Skin Care Products And Services Both In-Store And Online

Cosmetic Cosmos, a trusted supplier of high quality cosmetics and skin care, announced today that it has teamed with the Melanoma Foundation of New England to offer free skin cancer screenings at its Newport, Rhode Island retail store. The company has made a pledge to help educate consumers on the dangers and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer in addition to offering mineral foundations with sunscreen as well as other skin care products with sun protection to help customers minimize their exposure to dangerous UVA and UVB rays.

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“Whether it is at the beach, park, sporting events or even driving your car, everyone must be aware of what exposure to the sun can do to their skin,,” said Sherry Brice, president, Cosmetic Cosmos. “As a trusted resource on skin care and beauty, we feel it’s our responsibility to educate consumers about the prevention and diagnosis of skin cancer. We are partnering with the Melanoma Foundation of New England, to offer free skin checks at our Newport, Rhode Island store. We also pledge to educate our customers about skin cancer and how to protect themselves from exposure to damaging UVA and UVB rays.”

Cosmetic Cosmos scours the planet for the latest, most advanced skin care and cosmetic products with the goal of offering customers the best products to protect and beautify the body, from head to toe. Based in Newport, Rhode Island, Cosmetic Cosmos offers both men’s and women’s products, which can be shipped around the world through its online store at www.cosmeticcosmos.com. In addition, the Newport, Rhode Island location offers wedding and spa services.

About Cosmetic Cosmos
Cosmetic Cosmos is a Newport, Rhode Island based retail store, spa and web site offering the highest quality color cosmetics and skin care at affordable prices. Featuring a full line of skin-healthy mineral makeup, anti aging skin care creams, sun and self-tanning products, make up, nail polish, hair products, wigs and more, CosmeticCosmos offers local customers services such as Newport Rhode Island wedding make-up. For more information, please visit www.cosmeticcosmos.com or call 866-426-7667 (866-4COSMOS).

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Celebrate The Holidays With Festive Styles For Children

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, introduces its much anticipated 2009 Holiday Collection, The new styles arrive just in time for gift-giving, holiday parties and family photos. These fashionable designs are created with beauty and comfort in mind, and work equally well with Holiday Essentials or the Winter Collection.

“The holiday season is a magical time for all and especially for kids, who dream of their favorite gifts and warm up with hot chocolate on a cold winter night,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “Naartjie Kids’ Holiday Collection is unmistakably festive, yet comfortable, practical and easy-to-wear or mix and match for this busy time of year.”

Inspired by the forest and its wonders, Naartjie girls’ holiday pieces feature playful Leafland floral and reverse mini floral prints, netting and sparkles. Pants, leggings, skirts and sweaters warm up the winter holidays and provide the perfect layering pieces that the season calls for. From lace-trimmed jeans to floral print velour tunics and netting and lawn trimmed long girls dresses, the look this season is fun, feminine and always charming. Winter Essentials and pajamas in the Holiday Collection motif also are available.

The Holiday Collection for boys includes themes from motor sports, featuring pops of neon, motor sport checker prints and speed bump stripes to get him into the race. Bright shades add a bold, electrifying statement to the season and keep the party going. Whether it’s ‘pedal power” for baby boys, or “green cars a go-go” for kid boys, this group sets up your any boy for the winter season in warm layering pieces and great pops of color.

Baby boy clothes from the Holiday Collection include characters like No-ni-mal, a mythical non-animal who only likes to eat ice and play. Embroidered appliqué creatures and fluffy fur add texture to this adorable line. Delicate baby birds, bunnies and flowers adorn our sweet newborn girls’ Holiday fashions. Beautiful shades of fragrant, china and orchid color the palette for the season. Lush velour and touches of soft netting are added to warm fleece for the perfect clothing for cold winter days.

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Burton Has Announced The Creation Of A New Line Of Products To Coincide With The Prostate Cancer Charity Event Of Movember

Movember is an annual charity event staged in the month of November designed to change the face of men’s health. Males across the UK – MO Bros – are encouraged to grow a moustache during the month to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, starting from a clean shaven state on 1 November.

A Movember site is set up where MO Bros and MO Sistas can pledge their support to the cause, with the option to create moustache growing teams, sponsor MO growers and upload pictures of facial hair growth.

To help raise funds, Burton is releasing an exclusive limited edition MO Gear men’s fashion line that includes humorous retro T-shirts, a flock (Gala Party) shirt and funky underwear. One pound from the sale of each item will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Charities.

As well as the clothing line, Burton will be releasing a MO application for the iPhone which will be available to download for free from the Burton website from the start of Movember.

“Burton is thrilled to be part of Movember in the UK and Ireland. With our network of 412 stores and a big online campaign, we are committed to spreading the word about men’s health issues and raising funds for Prostate Cancer Charities. We look forward to a successful and exciting Movember 2009 campaign.” Commented Wez Taylor, Burton Brand Director

About Burton
Burton was originally founded in 1903 under the name The Cross-Tailoring Company. It quickly became popular and expanded into hundreds of outlets and factories across the United Kingdom. Today, it is a staple on most high streets and a popular retailer for men’s clothing, including gifts for men, casual clothing and men’s hoodies, shirts and jackets.

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