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Argos workers go on strike in weekend hours row

Argos warehouse workers in Lutterworth are going on strike for 24 hours today Credit: PA

More than three hundred warehouse staff have gone on strike at the Argos distribution centre in Lutterworth.

The 24-hour strike by Unite union members started at 6am, in a dispute over contract changes which will mean increased weekend working.


Morrisons offers Midlanders online shop for first time

Morrisons is selling groceries online for the first time in the supermarket's history Credit: PA

Supermarket chain Morrisons has started selling groceries online to customers in parts of the Midlands for the first time in its history.

The groceries will be dispatched from a warehouse based in Dordon in North Warwickshire.

Yesterday, the firm announced a drop of nearly 6 per-cent in sales, which it said was partly due to its lack of online presence

Business booming for Leicester-based retailers

Dunelm Mill started life as a curtain stall at Leicester Market in 1979 Credit: PA

Two Leicester-based retailers say they're optimistic for the next financial year after revealing positive trading figures.

Topps Tiles' revenue increased by more then 9 percent between April and July while Dunelm saw a boost in sales of nearly 3 per-cent between July and October last year.

Topps Tiles is based at Enderby near the M1 Credit: PA

Dunelm Mill, a family-run business, started life as a curtain stall at Leicester market in 1979.

Last week, clothes retailer Next, which is also based in Enderby, reported a surge in sales before Christmas, putting it on track to generate bigger profits than Marks and Spencer.

Next is expected to overtake sales at Marks & Spencer for the first time after a bumper Christmas Credit: PA

Rugeley retailer guilty of food hygiene offences

A retailer from Rugeley has been found guilty of hygiene offences.

An inspection in October 2012 at West End Wines, Anson Street, found a number of food hygiene issues, including filthy equipment, mouse activity and food at risk of contamination.

Ripped packet of McVitie's biscuits Credit: Cannock Chase Councils

Despite previous warnings from officers at the council, Lawrence Duckhouse failed to act to correct the offences and the shop was immediately closed as a result. He was ordered by Stafford Magistrates Court to pay fines and costs totalling £4192.

Conditions at the retailer Credit: Cannock Chase Councils

Jessops reopens in Birmingham, full report

Midlands camera chain Jessops is back after Dragons' Den entrepreneur, Peter Jones, decided he was going to make them an offer.

It cost him £4 million for 100% of the company.

The group was founded in Leicester in 1935 and had almost 200 stores before they all closed in January 2013 with 1,500 people losing their jobs.

Lee Comley reports.


Jessops Birmingham reopen for business

Jessops has reopened in Birmingham city centre this morning Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham has been chosen as one of the first cities to relaunch the camera chain store Jessops.

Dragons' Den star and businessman Peter Jones bought the brand and certain assets after the Leicester based firm went bust at the start of the year.

Also reopening today is the branch on London's Oxford Street.

This weekend four more stores will start trading again in Manchester, High Wycombe, Aberdeen and St Albans, with 30 more planned to re-open throughout April.

Peter Jones: 'Jessops' image is everything'

Speaking about today's relaunch of camera chain Jessops, new Chief Executive Peter Jones said:

"I believe Jessops is an iconic British brand which can lead the retail resurgence on Britain's high streets, powered by new innovations and world-leading, expert staff.

"Image is everything, and even in the mobile and tablet era, there's no substitute for a quality camera when it comes to taking the perfect picture."

– Peter Jones, Chairman & Chief Executive Jessops

Thirty more Jessops stores planned across the country

Thirty more Jessops stores are due to re-open across the country as part of a £4 million investment by tycoon and TV personality Peter Jones.

The Dragons' Den star bought the brand and certain assets after the Leicester-based camera retailer collapsed in January.

Stores have reopened in Birmingham and also in London's Oxford Street today.It was the first high profile retailer to go into administration this year.

It is not yet clear where the stores will be - but the store's new website will go live at midday.

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