LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes, Scotland

LCP acquires multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes in Scotland

Glenrothes industrial estate is added to Scotland portfolio

West Midlands, England, 2018-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of our ambitious growth plans, we are pleased to announced that we have acquired an industrial estate in Scotland – our ninth acquisition in the country in the past few months.

The £3.1 million investment for the multi-let industrial holding at Southfield Industrial Estate in Glenrothes includes units that range in size from 941 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft and altogether provide 234,148 sq ft of accommodation. The premises are let to 21 different companies, providing a rental income of £465,661.

We opened our first Scotland headquarters in Glasgow last year and have invested millions of pounds acquiring nine portfolios comprising 48 industrial retail units – totalling 346,810sq ft of real estate.

James Buchanan, investment director, said it was keen to secure this latest investment because of the asset management opportunities, which include lease re-gears and potential sales of units to tenants.

“This is a key acquisition in an increasingly important region for the company,” he said. “Our team of pro-active asset managers is now examining ways in which we can add value to the properties for the benefit of local businesses. They will also be using their extensive knowledge to attract tenants to the four units that are currently vacant as part of their marketing campaign.”

The four units that are available range from 2,410 sq ft to 19,242 sq ft and are suitable for a range of uses, including industrial.

For more information about the units, contact Roddy Proudfoot, asset manager, on 0141 465 3395 or email: RProudfoot@lcpproperties.co.uk

SOURCE: LCP Management Ltd

Loch Lomond brewery to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Loch Lomond brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland.

Based in Alexandria, the brewery founded by Fiona and Euan MacEachern marks its sixth anniversary this month after they turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business, and they celebrate by raising a glass to securing a deal to supply 90 of the community retailer’s stores.

The brewery will supply the Co-op with its: Loch Lomond Bonnie ‘n’ Blonde ale; Silkie Stout and, Southern Summit – a hoppy extra pale ale.

Fiona MacEachern co-founder and Managing Director of the brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Working with the Co-op will increase the availability, awareness and accessibility of our beers – opening up new markets and making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

The Co-op is committed to championing local suppliers and, Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use great local ingredients, draw their inspiration from their environment, and are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op UK

SCOTLAND: B&M completes relocation of its Stenhousemuir store

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M’s relocation of its Stenhousemuir store was complete today (29 November 2017) as the new doors were opened for the first time.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating a further 15 jobs – and another 20 temporary roles – for people from the area.

Visitors to the store, located on Tryst Road, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Kidney Kids Scotland, to be their VIP for the day. Local Deputy Provost, Cllr Ann Ritchie, was also in attendance.

The charity supports children with renal/urology illness, as well as their families, to enable them to receive treatment as close to home as possible and minimize disruption to their family unit. They also support and complements the amazing work of hospitals all over Scotland by supplying them with much needed equipment and funding.

They were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Kevin Troy, said: “The team from Kidney Kids Scotland really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

He also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open Wednesday and show customers their new B&M Stenhousemuir.”

For media/press enquiries please email press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scottish breweries are set to top sales of 500,000 pints at the Co-op as the community retailer expands its commitment to supporting smaller, local, producers.

A total of 20 local breweries are to supply Co-op food stores across Scotland with around 45 different ales – tapping in to forecasted sales in excess of half-a-million pints over the coming year as part of the community retailer’s local sourcing programme.

Burnside Brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply two of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland. Based in Laurencekirk, Gary and Dave Metcalfe turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business and have secured their largest contract to date supply approaching 40 of the community retailer’s stores. The brewery will supply its Wild Rhino ale – a craft brewed light blonde beer and, its Golden X Best Bitter.

Gary Metcalfe, co-founder of Burnside Brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Our mission is quite simple really – great tasting beers. This contact win is our largest yet and, will play a part in raising awareness of our brand in new markets, making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

Fierce Brewery of Dyce, Aberdeen – which won Breakthrough Brewery of the Year at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards after selling its first ales last June – will supply 35 of the Co-op’s stores with three of its ales: Easy Shift; Day Shift and, Moose Mousse. Louise Grant, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Co-op, its support for local producers fits well with our ethos of sourcing locally – such as a local chocolatier providing ingredients for our Moose Mousse chocolate stout. The reach and exposure of the Co-op’s community-based stores comes at a great time in our business development, supporting our brand awareness and opening markets among residents and visitors alike.”

Other recent brewers to win new Co-op contracts include: Stephen Crossland, MD of Deeside Brewery, which is based in Banchory, Royal Deeside, said:

“Securing a deal with the Co-op is fantastic for the brewery. We’re keen to increase our presence within the growing craft beer drinker community and we are really pleased that Deeside brews are now an option for those shopping in Scottish Co-op stores. We’re passionate about our quality products – each of which is hand crafted on site – and we’re confident that our three signature brews will be well received by Co-op consumers.”

Alan Mahon of Brewgooder – which donates 100% of its profits to clean water projects and recently won a contract to supply 100 Co-op stores, said:

“We are delighted to secure this listing, we feel there is a real synergy given the Co-op’s community locations, heritage and ethical trading and, passion for quality beers. Not to mention its existing work to support clean water projects. This is our largest listing into the convenience sector, and one we are looking forward to growing in the coming months. It will provide a boost to our brand awareness and business development at a key time, while having an impact on thousands of people facing water poverty through our essential clean water projects.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers – Scottish food and drink is world-renowned and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great Scottish food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use local ingredients and are brewed with such pride and passion for their consistent quality and taste.”

The Co-op operates around 350 food stores in Scotland, the move comes as the Co-op expands its commitment to the local sourcing of food and drink.

Breweries to win new contracts to sell ale at the Co-op include: Alechemy Brewing, Edinburgh; Brewgooder; Burnside Brewery, Laurencekirk; Cairngorm Brewery; Deeside Brewery; Eden Mill Brewery; Fierce Beer, Dyce; Fyne Ales; Jaw Brew; Knops Brewery, Dirleton; Loch Lomond Brewery; Six Degrees North, Laurencekirk; Tempest Brewing, Tweedbank; Thistly Cross, Dunbar; West Brewery and Windswept Brewing, Lossiemouth.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Coop UK

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B&M opens new store in Ayr, Scotland

Liverpool, UK, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M continued its expansion today (18 November 2017) as a new store was opened in Ayr, creating jobs for dozens of locals.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating around 35 jobs for people from the area.

Visitors to the store, located on Heathfield Retail Park, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Ayrshire Hospice, to be their VIP for the day.

The charity provides outstanding quality care and services which supports those with life-limiting illness. The aim is to help local adults live as actively as they can to the end of their lives, however long that may be.

The foundation were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Kirsty Laing, said: “The team from Ayrshire Hospice really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community. We wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

She also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open next Saturday and show customers their new B&M Ayr.”

For media/press enquiries:

email press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M Store

Co-op prepares to open five brand new stores across Scotland with £3.4 million investment

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is ramping up its investment in Scotland during October and November, as it prepares to open five brand new stores across the country.

The £3.4 million investment forms part of the retailer’s £11 million 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create 75 jobs for local people.

The new stores, which will all have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials are: Renfrew, Paisley Road and Cardross, Main Road, both launching on 26 October, Doune’s Castlehill Court and Colpy Road – Oldmeldrum opening their doors on 23 November and Stirling’s The Brae – Cambusbarron which will launch on 30 November.

Local community groups are also set to get a funding boost through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community. Charities and groups set to benefit from the launch of the new stores include: I Am Me Scotland (Paisley), Lisa’s Gift (Glasgow) and Barrhead’s Men’s Shed.

John McNeill, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the Co-op in Scotland as we gear up to open not one, but five, brand new Co-ops over the next five weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers to get what they want, when they want it.

“We’re very proud of how much we’ve achieved so far in 2017 and our membership message really seems to be striking a chord with shoppers. We now have over half a million members who together have helped us to raise £1.2 million for almost 600 Scottish good causes. Just by swiping a membership card, people can make a real difference to local life and become a co-owner of their local Co-op.

“Our new store launches, together with our ever growing range of locally-sourced Scottish produce and increasing member numbers, put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”

The openings follow last month’s announcement that the retailer – which was recently crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will be launching a new 12,000 sq ft distribution centre at Inverness Airport Business Park in 2018.

There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch. And, students holding a Young Scot card will also receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Investment per store:
· 26.10.17 Renfrew, Paisley Road – £464,000
· 26.10.17 Cardross, Main Road – £1.1m
· 23.11.17 Doune: Castlehill Court – £553,000
· 23.11.17 Colpy Road – Oldmeldrum – £785,000
· 30.11.17 The Brae: Cambusbarron – £503,000

Source: Coop

UK: B&M opens new store in Livingston, Scotland

Hartlepool, United Kingdom, 2017-Aug-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — There was plenty of excitement in Livingston today (03 August 2017) as a new B&M store, with Garden Centre, was opened.

It’s the latest addition to the stores in the West Lothian region and comes as a huge boost to the local economy thanks to the creation of 70 jobs.

Visitors to the store, based in Almondvale Business Park, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

The new store also features a large 5000 square foot garden centre attachment.

As part of the opening day celebrations, B&M colleagues invited along a local charity, River Kids Scottish Children’s Charity, to be their VIP for the day – who also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part.

The charity aim to make sure that all children and young people receive the best care and experience when in need of help.

168,000 babies, children and young people are treated at Glasgow Hospital every year. River Kids Scottish Children’s Charity sits firmly at the heart of the hospital, raising money to ensure that their young patients and families receive the best possible care.

A spokesperson for B&M said: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope customers are going to be delighted with their new store.

“We are all really excited to get the doors open and welcome our new customers through the door in a few weeks.”

Contact:

email: press@bmstores.co.uk

Source: B&M

LCP adds two units at Wishaw Retail Park to its burgeoning portfolio in Scotland

LCP adds two units at Wishaw Retail Park to its burgeoning portfolio in Scotland

 

London, 2017-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — LCP, the leading property, investment and management company, has added to its burgeoning portfolio in Scotland with the addition of two units at Wishaw Retail Park, in Wishaw, at a cost of £1.14 million.

The company, which has already committed £42 million to acquiring 18 retail and industrial sites in England and Scotland in the first half of the year, has bought units 1 and 2 at the retail park, on Glasgow Road.

The units, which comprise a total of 10,067 sq ft space, are occupied by Poundworld and JD Sports and adjoin Aldi, Home Bargains and McDonalds.

James Buchanan, LCP investment director, said the acquisition was the latest in its effort to bolster its portfolio in Scotland. Sites within the portfolio include Knightwood and Govan Cross Shopping Centres in Glasgow, Airdrie Retail Park in Airdrie, and Forbes Court on the Middlefield Industrial Estate in Falkirk.

It has also opened an office in Glasgow with a dedicated asset management team, which is looking after existing properties and is seeking further investments that the company can add value to.

Contact:

kyates@lcpproperties.co.uk

Source: LCP

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LCP welcomes Roddy Proudfoot as asset manager to lead its new office in Scotland

LCP welcomes Roddy Proudfoot as asset manager to lead its new office in Scotland

 

London, 2017-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — LCP has appointed an asset manager to head up its new office in Scotland.

Roddy Proudfoot will lead the team in Glasgow from where he will manage the firm’s burgeoning Scottish retail and industrial portfolio.

He joins LCP with almost 20 years’ commercial property experience, latterly for Patrizia UK, where he was head of asset management for Hillington Park, Scotland’s largest business park.

Roddy will manage LCP’s growing commercial property portfolio from its new office at 6 Harmony Row, which opens this month (May).

He said: “It represents a great opportunity to play a key role in the continued development of LCP’s portfolio and the direction of the new office. I am very excited by that challenge, the opportunity to get to grips with a new portfolio of properties and to shape the role. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to be part of LCP’s growth in Scotland.”

Welcoming Roddy to LCP, Nick Burgess, managing director of LCP, said: “We are pleased to welcome Roddy to our team. Opening our first office in Scotland signifies our commitment to investing further in our portfolio across the country.”

LCP’s Scottish portfolio has risen to 25 holdings in the last couple of years and includes Knightwood and Govan Cross Shopping Centres in Glasgow, Airdrie Retail Park in Airdie, and Forbes Court on the Middlefield Industrial Estate in Falkirk.

LCP group committed £98 million to investing in its commercial property portfolio 2016 and is aiming to invest a further £200 million this year in both retail and industrial properties.

Last year, the company invested in 41 sites across the UK, totalling 875,000 sq ft, the largest of which was the £23.34 million Blossom portfolio, comprising 216,000 sq ft spread across 14 sites.

Contact:
Tel: 020 7233 5255

Source: LCP

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Sainsbury’s created 64 new local jobs with the opening of its 100th store in Scotland

Sainsbury’s created 64 new local jobs with the opening of its 100th store in Scotland

 

London, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has opened its 100th store in Scotland, creating 64 new local jobs. The 6,800 sq. ft store on Gordon Street in Glasgow was opened today by Keith Brown MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work) and Mike Coupe (Chief Executive, Sainsbury’s) and represents over 30 years of continuous investment and growth in the country.

The retailer has been serving Scottish customers since 1984 when it opened its first supermarket at Cameron Toll in Edinburgh.

Sainsbury’s now has over 1.5 million customers a week shopping at 35 supermarkets and 65 convenience stores in Scotland and employs over 9,000 people. Over £650 million of Scottish produce is sold across the retailer’s UK stores every year through 86 local suppliers.

It employs a further 1,000 people at its Sainsbury’s Bank headquarters in Edinburgh and also recently acquired Argos and Habitat, accelerating its strategy to be a multi-channel food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services retailer.

It will be opening new Argos shops at Hawick, Blackhall (Edinburgh), Hamilton and Dundee in the next few months and 10 standalone Argos stores will be transformed to the new digital format, helping customers benefit from a better and faster in-store experience.

Argos digital collection points are also available to customers in nine Sainsbury’s stores for customers to Click & Collect Argos parcels.

Sainsbury’s is also investing in its existing supermarkets to provide a greater choice of food, clothing and homeware products and will look to open six new convenience stores in Scotland over the next 18 months.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive at Sainsbury’s said: “We’re delighted to reach this milestone. Our business in Scotland is diverse and growing and we are continuing to innovate so we can offer our customers greater convenience, flexibility, speed and choice to shop with us whenever and wherever they want. We’re looking forward to building on the success of the last three decades.”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown said: “Congratulations to Sainsbury’s for opening its 100th store in Scotland. The Scottish Government recognises that a vibrant and successful retail industry is crucial for our economy to thrive. We will continue to work with Sainsbury’s and all of the retail sector to create the right environment to encourage investment, create jobs and inspire innovation in products and services.”

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

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LCP to open new office in Glasgow; its first office in Scotland

London, 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commercial property investment company LCP is to open its first office in Scotland after expanding its portfolio north of the border, it has announced.

The company, which is one of the UK’s largest private owners of retail, industrial and office property, is setting up a new office at 6 Harmony Row, Glasgow, from where it will manage its Scottish retail and industrial estates.

Julian Diamond, LCP asset manager, said it was a natural step to open an office in Scotland as the company had significantly increased its presence there over the past two years.

Prior to this, LCP’s London team had managed its Scottish portfolio.

“This is an exciting venture for LCP,” he said. “As our Scottish portfolio has increased significantly over the past few years to 25 holdings, with a further four investments currently under offer, we’ve decided to grow our team and it makes perfect sense to open an office from where we can continue our hands-on approach and pro-actively manage the portfolio.

“Our teams across the UK are actively looking for new sites where we can add value with excellent potential to improve yields, enabling us to achieve our investment goals. We continue to seek further commercial property investment opportunities across Scotland and look forward to growing the team accordingly.”

LCP group committed £98 million to investing in its commercial property portfolio 2016 and is aiming to invest a further £200 million this year in both retail and industrial properties.

Last year, the company invested in 41 sites across the UK, totalling 875,000 sq ft, the largest of which was the £23.34 million Blossom portfolio, comprising 216,000 sq ft spread across 14 sites.

Sites within the Scottish portfolio include Knightwood and Govan Cross Shopping Centres in Glasgow, Airdrie Retail Park in Airdie, and Forbes Court on the Middlefield Industrial Estate in Falkirk.

Contact:

Tel: 01384 400123
Fax: 01384 400862

Source: LCP

LCP appointed to manage two parades of retail units in Airdrie, Scotland

London, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — LCP, the leading property investment and management company, has been appointed to manage two parades of retail units in Airdrie, Scotland.

The company has taken on the asset management of 66-90 Graham Street and 4-16 Gartlea Road after property firm Sheet Anchor Investments acquired the 13 units for an undisclosed sum from Graham Street Airdrie Retail Portfolio Limited.

The properties total 41,736 sq.ft and tenants include Home Bargains, EE, Greggs, Card Factory and Pizza Hut.

James Buchanan, LCP investment director, said: “These well-located and popular retail areas are a welcome addition to our portfolio. We are committed to actively managing all our properties to the highest standards, and identifying areas for improvement and reinvestment.”

Reith Lambert acted on behalf of Sheet Anchor Investments, while Cushman & Wakefield acted for the vendor.

Contact:

Tel: 01384 400123
Fax: 01384 400862

Source: LCP

The Craft Beer and Ale Event from 2 – 22 February at SPAR stores across England, Scotland and Wales

United Kingdom, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — 2017 is set to become an even better year for beer drinkers with SPAR stores in the UK running an instore Craft Beer and Ale Event in February to showcase a range of craft ales and beers from around the world.

“The craft beer & ale market has experienced huge growth and this is forecast to continue, as shoppers look for alternative specialist brands. As part of SPAR’s commitment to supporting regional and local suppliers, the event will provide shoppers with a glimpse of its increased presence in the craft beer and ale category,” said Laura McNally, SPAR UK Senior Marketing Manager.

To support this selling opportunity there will be substantial social media and digital activity to highlight some of the great deals on offer.

“We are thrilled to be running this event to showcase the extensive range of craft beers and ales we have on offer for our customers. This category will continue to dominate in 2017and the instore event will allow our retailers to maximise the extra sales opportunity and make their stores a destination point for beer buyers,” added McNally.

The Craft Beer and Ale Event will be running in SPAR stores across England, Scotland and Wales from 2 – 22 February.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Argos stores in Scotland raised £20,727 during December fundraising drive for Macmillan Cancer Support

Milton Keynes, UK, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sixty-eight Argos stores in Scotland who took part in a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising drive during December have raised over twenty thousand pounds (£20,727), which is enough to fund 740 hours of Macmillan nursing care.

Each Scottish Argos store team organised its own individual activities to encourage customers to get involved. These ranged from charity raffles and sponsored silences, to bake sales, Christmas jumper days and even a few painful sponsored leg waxes.

Laura Lamont, store manager for Glasgow Parkhead, who helped organise the activity in West Scotland said:  “In the spirit of community in the area, we came up with an idea to pull everyone together in the busiest month of the year to give something back.

“Stores were targeted with raising £20,000 for Macmillan – what they did was up to them but the idea was about dedicating time in store to fundraising and have some fun doing it! My guys loved it, my customers loved it and more importantly we raised money for a great cause doing it.”

Some of the stores ran a ‘guess the age’ competition for a metre-tall Chad Valley giant teddy bear with the winner getting an extra cuddly Christmas present to take home.

Perhaps the toughest fundraising activity was an ice bucket challenge which saw eighteen buckets of freezing cold water thrown at the Argos store team members on a chilly December morning.

Sheena Newport, store manager for Bathgate, who helped organise the activity in East Scotland said:  “MacMillan holds a special place in our hearts especially when you look at all of the hard work, care and respite that they offer to those that are suffering and their families too.

“With this in mind we were determined to do something different and really push the boat out over the festive period for a very deserving cause.  Every store in Scotland reached out to their local communities at the busiest time of the year and we cannot thank them enough! Everyone was amazing!”

Catriona Munn, Senior Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added:  “Here at Macmillan we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from Argos colleagues and their customers since partnering in 2015. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone in the Scottish Argos stores for their enthusiasm and for raising this fantastic amount, which will help fund vital nursing hours for people living with cancer.”

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner in 2015, Argos colleagues and customers across the UK have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of Macmillan nursing care.

Notes to Editors:

About Sainsbury’s Argos

Sainsbury’s Argos is a leading UK digital retailer and sells more than 60,000 products under the Argos and Habitat brands. It sells through www.argos.co.uk, www.habitat.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, its 845 stores and over the telephone. Argos Digital Stores and Mini Habitats can also be found in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos is the UK’s largest high street retailer online and the second most visited website, with nearly a billion website visits a year. More than half of the company’s sales originate online and around 120 million customer transactions take place in its stores each year. Argos offers customers market leading delivery and collection services, including Check & Reserve, Fast Track Delivery and Fast Track Collection which make customers’ lives easier, every day.

Sainsbury’s Argos is part of J Sainsbury plc, a leading retailer of food, clothing and general merchandise and owner of Sainsbury’s Bank. Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what the company does since 1869. J Sainsbury plc employs 195,000 colleagues across the UK and Ireland whose strong culture and values are integral to driving its success – now and in the future. Our vision is to be the most trusted retailer where people love to work and shop.

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

About the Macmillan Cancer Support & Argos partnership

Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will face. Argos and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to improve access to vital Macmillan nursing hours for everyone affected by cancer, to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner in 2015, Argos colleagues and customers have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of vital Macmillan nursing care to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Contact:
Argos Press Office
0845 120 4365
email: media.relations@argos.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR

Source: Argos

Her Majesty the Queen officially opens Slessor Gardens — a beneficiary of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Her Majesty the Queen today (Wednesday 6 July) officially opened Slessor Gardens which includes a project that was one of the first beneficiaries of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland.

Her Majesty visited the Garden in the city as part of the annual Holyrood Week of the official residence in Scotland. Part of the stunning grounds includes a garden created by Bonnie Dundee who were awarded £12,000 in the first round of the supermarket’s flagship local grant scheme – which has so far given £11.7million to good causes and community groups across Britain. The Bags of Help fund comes from money raised by each government’s 5p bag charge.

HM the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh met members of the team who delivered the project before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Slessor Gardens.

Keith Davis, Store Manager of Dundee Kingsway store, was delighted by the visit. He said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success across Scotland, England and Wales. To have Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh see first-hand the benefits of the Bags of Help initiative is absolutely fantastic. Tesco colleagues and those directly involved in the project are thrilled with the visit.”

Matt Davies, Tesco CEO, UK&ROI, thanked colleagues who were involved in the project:

“It’s great that so many colleagues in Dundee and across the country are getting behind the Bags of Help scheme – helping to put customers’ donations towards local projects.  This is one of the first projects to reach completion and I’m sure we’ll see many thousands more in the months ahead across the whole of the country.

“What makes this special is that it’s a project chosen by people working and living in the local community.

“Bags of Help only started last October across Scotland, England and Wales and our customers have already donated money to over 1100 projects and through the support of colleagues we hope help many thousands more in the future.”

The Slessor Garden runs from Dundee’s Caird Hall down to the edge of the River Tay next to the new flagship Victoria & Albert Design Museum.

It will provide an event space for concerts, exhibitions and markets and has been named after the Dundee missionary Mary Slessor.

Tesco teamed up with greenspace scotland and Groundwork UK to launch Bags of Help earlier this year. The initiative sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Groups are nominated or apply themselves before being shortlisted to a final three.

Customers then choose which local project they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store. Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across Britain. The Bags of Help Scheme builds on great work done with Keep Scotland Beautiful and Keep Wales Tidy that were supported through the bag levy contribution of customers until October 2015.

Bonnie Dundee bagged the top award in the city with Friends of Riverside Nature Park, receiving £10,000 and One World Centre, Y Garden also benefitting from an £8,000 award.

Groundwork UK chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said:  “We’re delighted that Her Majesty will be visiting Slessor Gardens to see the excellent work by this group to create a community garden that brings neighbours together, protects wildlife and reconnects children with nature.

“It’s places like these that are the lifeblood of our communities and we’re sure that the Queen’s visit will be an experience that will live long in the memories of everyone involved.”

The customer vote for the next round of the scheme will take place in stores across the UK from 26th September – 9th October 2016

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Her Majesty the Queen officially opens Slessor Gardens — a beneficiary of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland
Her Majesty the Queen officially opens Slessor Gardens — a beneficiary of Tesco’s Bags of Help funding in Scotland

Source: Tesco