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Black Friday: Is Thanksgiving Thursday 8pm Becoming The New Black Friday Midnight?

Black Friday is that time of the year in the US shopping calendar after Thanksgiving that sees thousands of shoppers flock retail outlets to take advantage of massive discounts that are offered for many items on sale. Its said Black Friday is the weekend that begins the Christmas shopping season in America.

Retails stores traditionally opened their doors on Friday after Thanksgiving but it seems with tough economic times and the pressure to increase sales, there has been a shift and more retail stores are beginning to open up their stores on Thanksgiving Thursday at around 8pm.

On October 14th Macy’s sent out a press release announcing that they will be opening up their nationwide stores at 8 p.m on Thanksgiving evening for the first time. The Cincinnati-based chain said they did this in response to interest from customers who prefer to start their shopping early.

Kohl’s Department Stores that operates 1,158 stores across the country announced on Monday 21st that their stores will be open for 28 hours straight – from 8 p.m Thursday, November 28 through midnight Friday nationwide.

J.C. Penney has also not been left behind among the big retailers opening business on Thanksgiving. They are doing so for the first time this year. Last year, companies that opened up on Thanksgiving night included Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Kmart and Walmart.

What have been the customer reactions to these changes? A visit to some of the retailers Facebook pages revealed interesting insights on what people thought Patti Simoes Burgess said, “I don’t like that they are going to make their employees work on Thanksgiving. Macy’s used to be my favorite store to go to for Black Friday when I lived in NY. Now I wouldn’t even consider shopping at one because of that. I boycott all stores on Thanksgiving that are open. Workers have a right to be with their families.”

Andrea Lindsey supported JCPenney’s move and said, “It is necessary, because at least in my area almost everyone else is doing the same thing, and in the retail world you have to be competitive.”

Greta Foose strongly disagreed with Kohl’s opening date saying, “The Stores have already commercialized the holidays enough without being open on Thanksgiving day. I will not be shopping with you.”

According to National Retail Federation, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more, two percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.

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Easy Saver Complaint Free Diaper Pail For Home Safety and Savings

The birth of a new baby is a magical time that can bring together a family like no other. From the first news of the pregnancy preparations begin. The happy parents to be begin purchasing the needed supplies and equipment, as well as decorating and preparing their home in anticipation of the new arrival.

As the shopping and planning begins another phase also often starts; many families must begin financial preparations for this exciting stage of their life. The fact is that a new birth can be very expensive, not only are there medical costs to consider, but time off from work, and all the things needed to take care of the baby. It’s not surprising that many expecting parents look for Easy Saver programs to help with some of these expenses. While the baby’s health and safety is first priority, the high cost of the equipment and supplies is not far from a new parent’s mind. Perhaps that is why the Easy saver complaint free diaper pail for home safety and savings has become a top seller so quickly – it addresses all needs.

It’s true that the news of a pregnancy can put new parents to be into a tailspin. For those that live in small apartments, a move may be necessary. For some that drive sports cars or trucks, a new vehicle may be in the near future. But for many, the simple act of gathering baby supplies, safe-proofing the home, and decorating can be much more than simple. The reality is that none of these things are cheap to do and in today’s world a new expense can seem overwhelming – especially if it is unexpected.

Finding the necessary baby supplies at a bargain price is not always easy – in fact, other than diapers, it is almost impossible to find these items offered at a special price or offer. That is why the EasySaver diaper pail is so outstanding. It is made in a fashion to eliminate accidental tip-overs. This pail is made to be easy to open with one hand and the non-tip feature will keep it upright even if it gets knocks about.

This quality diaper pail also comes with its own deodorizing disk – which means that the nursery can be kept odor-free even if there are diapers in the pail. Babies are sensitive to smells and this simple feature can make the nursery smell better and it will be a healthier environment for baby.

The EZ Saver feature of the diaper pail continues with the liners. Most diaper pails use special, expensive pail-sized liners that usually have to be ordered from the manufacturer. This pail is sized to use regular kitchen trash bags. With so many advantages offered by this EasySaver diaper pail it is not surprising that new parents are asking this manufacturer to create an entire line of baby products, all with quality, safety, and health features.

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Clinique Launches New, Limited Edition Bamboo Pink Make Up Collection

The Bamboo Pink Collection f r o m Clinique is inspired by the wearable and subtly seductive hue Bamboo Pink, one of Clinique’s best-selling lipstick shades. Featuring a range of classic, best-selling products together with several new, limited edition make up treats, The Bamboo Pink Collection is the must-have make up kit to get a glow this summer.

Exclusive f r o m Clinique at Debenhams and online at clinique.co.uk, The Bamboo Pink Collection is being launched for summer 2009 and contains ten summer make up essentials. This includes; Lipstick, an Allover Colour Face Powder Compact, Long-Last Glosswear SPF 15 Lip Gloss, a Cabana Blush Quad, a Bamboo Pink Blush Brush, a Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad, a Cream Shaper Eye Liner, a Quickliner Lip Liner and a Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black.

The new look features a natural pink lip available in a choice of two best-selling lipstick formulas; Long Last or Butter Shine, complimented by Long Last Glosswear SPF15 and Quickliner for Lips to help lipstick stay put. The subtle lip is accentuated by beautiful warm browns and muted pinks on the eye with the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad and Cream Shaper for Eyes. An allover, soft luminous glow for the face is created using the Fresh Bloom Allover Colour Powder Compact and a new, limited edition Cabana Blush Quad. To finish the look, Naturally Glossy Mascara in Black lengthens, glosses and enhances lashes ensuring they stay silky and flake-free.

Adding further dimension to this collection is the beautifully crafted ‘bamboo’ packaging featured on select items within the collection.

Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free. Ophthalmologist Tested. Non-Comodegenic.

Exclusively available to Clinique counters in Debenhams and Online at clinique.co.uk only.

About Clinique
Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, Clinique’s mission remains what it was f r o m the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective collection of products to enhance every skin type and tone. The brand’s customised approach and quality products – all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All make up and skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique offers products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Clinique is sold in more than 130 countries and territories, and over 16,000 sales locations.

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New Designer White T-Shirt Project By Topman

Topman has launched the fourth in a series of projects which invites a handful of designers to create their ideal version of a staple wardrobe piece. This season sees the humble white T-shirt reworked by designers Richard Chai, Phillip Lim, Christopher Shannon, Juun J, JW Anderson and Henry Holland alongside the in-house Topman design team.


Both JW Anderson and Christopher Shannon have shown their designs with Topman previously through the MAN partnership with Fashion East which started eight seasons ago.

JW Anderson presented designs as part of MAN AW09 and is widely being hailed as one to watch. His design uses an eclectic mix of details: a long raglan sleeve finished with a shirt cuff, split shoulder button detail and a scoop back hem. The overall look is reminiscent of a traditional shirt.

Christopher Shannon has twice shown as part of MAN and is renowned for re-working sportswear. For the latest project, Shannon has designed a T-shirt using his trademark all-over print design. This design is available in two colourways; one a tonal white-on-white print and the other a black-on-white contrast print.

MAN has been the only on-schedule menswear show for a number of years and was the catalyst to this year’s successful AW09 dedicated menswear day. MAN enables a handful of young designers to show their collections during London Fashion Week.

US designer, Phillip Lim, has taken his inspiration for the latest project from Asia, using origami style folded pleats to create a bib front T-shirt design, a leisurewear piece that has transpired from a tailored shirt design.

New York based designer, Richard Chai, has gained a cult following as part of the new wave of American menswear designers. Chai has kept his T-shirt design simple using asymmetrical patchwork shapes to create a simple yet effective design.

Originally from Korea Juun J made his debut in 2007 at Paris Fashion Week, now he is a regular on their schedule. Juun J has produced a poncho style oversized hooded T-shirt design to create a distinctive streetwear feel.

Henry Holland, who is famed for his tongue in cheek slogan T-shirts has this time gone for a simple approach by producing a straightforward monochromatic T-shirt with a contrast ‘H’ appliqué which is complimented by a square neckline.

This time Topman Design has produced two design options to meet the project brief. The first is a boxy oversized T-shirt with a non-functional oversized pocket design. The second is a double layered T-shirt composed of two varying neck lines with a tubular folded hem.

The full range of white T-shirts from the new project are being made available from the flagship Topman in Oxford Circus London and New York stores as well as online at topman.com. The range will also be available in New York, Sweden, Japan, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand.

About Topman:
Topman offers the latest in mens fashion, encompassing mens shorts, mens printed T-shirtsretro T-shirts and a range of styles to suit every shopper. Topman’s extensive mens clothing collection embraces everything from the latest fashion trends to classic pieces, and extends to mens shoes, accessories, mens underwear and formal wear. Topman also provide the simplest way to search for and buy mens clothing, placing it among the leading fashion retailers in the UK market today.

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Gandhi Hurwitz Plans New National Bridal Directory

Baltimore videographer Gandhi Hurwitz noticed that most of his calls for shooting wedding videos were coming in between 11a.m. and 2p.m. each day. An astute observer of industry trends, Hurwitz tracked this one to its source. It turns out more and more brides are planning their weddings online at work, a trend that coincides with the advent of high-speed Internet. Hurwitz, who has been shooting wedding videos since 1989, has parlayed his keen eye and thorough knowledge of the business into a cutting edge, deeply interactive online community for both brides and wedding professionals.


A tech-savvy, nimble newcomer to the online bridal industry, Hurwitz offers state-of-the-art streaming video uploads to users of his new website, TheBridalGuides. This and other unique, user-friendly services created by Hurwitz’s webmaster, Larry “Fresh” Scott, are reinventing the business model for bridal Bigfoots such as The Knot and Wedding Channel. A bride-to-be can browse thousands of local and national vendors and print online coupons from Hurwitz’s site, all without logging in. With a few clicks, she can register on the site for free and build her own personalized wedding website which her guests can interactively visit. The Bridalguides.com. 

Using the site’s unique BridalTV streaming video, the bride and her fiancé can upload personalized video invitations to their guests. Later, guests can watch the wedding videos online — including video clips uploaded from their own Bluetooth cell phones. (Click on “BridalTV” on Hurwitz’s homepage, TheBridalGuides.com , and watch Will Smith singing at a private wedding shot by Hurwitz’s associate, Visions Unlimited of Baltimore.)

Other click-to-use features include an interactive photo gallery, online RSVP and guest book (guests can leave messages here), gift registry, maps, hotels and city details. The bride can use the site’s ePlanner tools, read articles, and chat in bridal forums. Best of all — the bride and her guests pay nothing for these services.

Where brides go, vendors follow. Having himself been frustrated by the limited interactivity of other bridal websites — having to call an 800 number and play endless phone tag to changes ad postings, for example — Hurwitz says he has tried to create a site he as a wedding professional would want to use. By pricing his vendor services at less than half the cost of higher profile bridal sites, he has made his site “a lot more user-friendly for a lot less money”.

Each vendor has complete, click-to-use control over its personal interactive ad space, including streaming video uploads, photo gallery, unlimited article publishing, coupon generation, and customized search engine placement. All changes can be made online. Vendors can visit the bridal forums as well as vendors’only forums for tech chat.

tBigfoots, look out. Lunch hours aren’t what they used to be for brides-to-be, and the smart money is on TheBridalGuides.com To arrange an interview with Gandhi Hurwitz for more information on this subject contact sale@thebridalguides.com

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Beware Of Fraudulent Web Sites Selling Fake Extagen Capsules Causing Major Health Scares In Consumers

Jason Stephenson proudly announces the launch of his new Extagen capsules website at www.extagen-capsule-review.com which explores the shocking truth about fraudulent Extagen capsules and why they do not work. He also reviews genuine Extagen supplements and answers questions about their efficiency.

“Men have been looking for an effective way to enlarge their penis size for many years,” said Jason. Unfortunately, up until recently, men have had no real solution to this problem. The introduction of Extagen to the market changed all that, and men finally had an answer to penis enlargement. Shortly thereafter, the fraudulent capsules were manufactured and simply did not work.

This has put men at a disadvantage when they are looking for real capsules that truly deliver what they promise.

“It is necessary for men to use due diligence when researching Extagen capsules. Men need to select their Extagen pills f r o m a website that promotes only genuine Extagen capsules that are manufactured and distributed f r o m the official company website only. Fraudulent Extagen capsules are a scam. http://www.extagen-capsule-review.com is an authorized promoter of original Extagen, which is the only Extagen product that works.

Why is the market being flooded with fake Extagen pills?

“Extagen has proven itself to be the leader in penis enhancement products,” explained Jason. “When a product works it gets copied. Extagen capsules have been able to increase the penis size in men. They can increase both the length and girth of the penis, and help with premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction as well.”

Jason conducted extensive research of many of the penis enhancement pills available on the Internet. He studied the price factor, the ease of use and the effectiveness of the pills.

Jason concluded that only genuine Extagen capsules could give men the results they were looking for at the cheapest price and in a short period of time. He also discovered that they were completely safe to take and that consumers experienced no dangerous side effects f r o m their use.

Most men are not happy with their penis size anymore, and one out of every ten men worldwide suffers f r o m erectile dysfunction. These statistics are increasing yearly as the male population accepts sexual dysfunction as a problem that can be discussed and helped. In fact, more and more men are actively searching the Internet for herbal male enhancement supplements such as Extagen.

Men are looking for a safe alternative treatment for their sexual dysfunction problems. Manufactured in an FDA approved manufacturing facility, Extagen is a natural supplement containing powerful herbs that increase the blood flow to the penis. This increases the penis size and makes erections firmer and much more sustainable. These herbs have been used for many years with excellent results.

Extagen has proven itself by giving men back their sexual freedom. 

“I used to have an average size and average performance,” said one user. “ Extagen capsules raised my performance level and I now feel as though I could go on for hours. If only my partner could keep up with me. These capsules work.”

To get more information and read testimonials about authentic Extagen Capsules, that will help treat erectile dysfunction problems and enlarge your penis size Visit http://www.extagen-capsule-review.com

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Burton Launches Quiksilver Clothing Line

Burton, the men’s fashion specialists, has launched a new clothing line available online and in selected high street Burton stores f r o m Quiksilver, the surf and casual wear clothing company. 

Among the items in the new range of mens clothing f r o m Quiksilver are a number of printed t-shirts, including some featuring vintage designs, hoodies and zip ups and a full range of boardshorts, all boasting intricate designs.

Jaqui Murphy, Burton Buyer, said: “This Quiksilver range provides the Burton customer with a true feel of the surfing brand by including the original 1970s logos on vintage wash tees and classic hibiscus print boardies, while remaining relevant to a fast paced British lifestyle with brushed cotton hoodies and a comfortable range of easy to wear coloured tees.”

Quiksilver designs, produces and distributes clothing, accessories and related products for young-minded people and develops brands that represent a casual lifestyle driven f r o m a surfing heritage. Quiksilver’s authenticity is evident in its products, events and retail environments across the globe.

Quiksilver’s products are sold throughout the world, primarily in surf shops, skate shops and other specialty stores but the new clothing line will now also be available online at burton.co.uk and in selected high street stores.

The Quiksilver way of life was born in 1969 when two young Australian surfers went to Torquay to live out their surfing dream. Their break through was creating innovative boardshorts made f r o m a durable lightweight fabric which dried rapidly. Soon other riders would do anything to get one of these elusive newfangled boardshorts. This was the birth of Quiksilver, the genuine, original, functional choice of the hard-core participant. Over the years Quiksilver has been propelled further by its constant innovation in materials, high tech fabrics and cutting edge graphics – this collection is the embodiment of the Quiksilver lifestyle.

About Burton
Burton has a long history in mens fashion, having been founded in 1903 by Montague Burton in Chesterfield. Burton now has over 400 outlets all over the UK and Ireland making it one of the country’s largest sellers of casual and formal menswear, including mens t-shirts, jeans, jackets, knitwear, mens shorts, shoes, underwear and accessories.

Customers can also shop online f r o m the Burton.co.uk website which offers free returns in-store or by post and fast delivery to their home.

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Shop Like The Stars – Gwyneth Paltrow Loves The Handpicked Collection

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website ‘GOOP’, a collection of recommendations and musings from the actress herself, features an assortment of things that she considers make life special. In one of her recent newsletters Gwyneth described The Handpicked Collection as one of her favourite online shopping destinations, ‘I’ve also included some of my favourite websites that everyone can take a look at no matter where they live…for off-the-beaten-track home & kitchen things I like The Handpicked Collection.’

The Handpicked Collection’s catalogue and website is the lifestyle shopping bible, offering gorgeous gift ideas and unique products for the home and garden. From everyday essentials including Pretty Enamel Saucepans (£13.95) and the Garlic Machine & Storer (£7.95) to designer gadgets such as the Freud Stove Top Espresso Maker (£64.50) and Joseph Joseph Bread Bin With Bread Board lid (£38.95), each product featured has been vetted by an independent, expert panel of journalists, entrepreneurs and trendsetters and is endorsed with helpful editorial explaining what makes it so special.

The Handpicked Collection is perfect for finding inspiring products for your home and kitchen, as well as original present ideas – you can take Gwyneth Paltrow’s word for it.

For orders: www.handpickedcollection.com; 0845 6023578.

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H.Samuel Advises Shoppers To Buy Online In Time As Mother’s Day Fast Approaches

H.Samuel, the leading high street jeweller, has a range of offers and services to aid shoppers looking for the ideal Mother’s Day gift. H.Samuel boasts a huge range of watches, jewellery and gifts, and will also provide gift wrapping, flexible delivery and engraving as well, but with the special day rapidly approaching, customers will need to move quickly .

Whether Mother’s Day shoppers are looking for classic, traditional jewellery, or fashionable, top brand items for their mother, H.Samuel has a full range of gift ideas for mothers. H.Samuel’s buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on all earrings and pendants means that shoppers will be able to find a gift that captures their own mother’s personality and style.

H.Samuel also stock many leading watch brands in a wide range of styles and designs. The collection features elegant dress watches f r o m DKNY and Oasis, sport watches f r o m Citizen and Fossil and leading fashion brands such as Diesel and Ben Sherman.

Customers also have the choice of a wide range of compacts and keyrings in the H.Samuel gift selection and a large selection of collectibles f r o m Me to You, Willow Tree, Swarovski or the Disney Traditions collections.

If customers want to really make their Mum’s day really special, they can have their gift especially gift wrapped and delivered directly to their Mother’s house. H.Samuel also offer customers the chance to have their chosen jewellery engraved, adding a personal touch.

The choice at H.Samuel is massive, and with trained and experienced staff members in-store or at customer service, shoppers are sure to get the right gift for
Mother’s Day this year. Alternatively, customers can research online, browsing the collections at their own leisure and reading the informative buyers guides.

The last order dates are:
Standard Delivery: order before 2pm Wednesday 18 March
Next day Delivery: order before 2pm Friday 20 march
DHL Courier: order before 2pm Thursday 19 March

About H. Samuel:
H.Samuel is the nation’s favourite High Street Jeweller with over 350 stores and a retail website at www.hsamuel.co.uk. H.Samuel has a stunning range of jewellery, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, and features an incredible range of branded watches offering something for every taste and style. H. Samuel is part of the Signet Group, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

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Hsamuel Voted Cosmopolitan Best For Watches 2009

For the second year running H.Samuel has won the Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards Best for Watches category. This prestigious award from one of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines, further enhances H.Samuel’s reputation as the most wide-ranging, reliable, informative and trustworthy online watch retailer.

The Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards took place on the 5th March 2009 at the Roof Gardens in Kensington. Judged by top celebrities Fearne Cotton, Lisa Snowdon and Mark Heyes, together with Cosmopolitan readers and fashion experts, the awards celebrate the very best in online fashion retailing, representing online fashion with categories including Hottest Partywear, Sexiest Heels and Best for Watches. The winners will feature in the April issue of Cosmopolitan (on sale 9th March).

Two of the judges, Fearne Cotton and Lisa Snowdon are big fans of online shopping. “Nothing quite beats surfing for a new wardrobe from the comfort of your own home,” commented Fearne, “The Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards provide the ultimate guide to the best fashion sites available. Being able to experience all the joys of shopping with no queues or crowds – complete heaven.”

Lisa Snowdon, thinks that the Cosmopolitan Online Fashion Awards make online shopping even easier and more accessible. “Shopping online has never been easier and Cosmopolitan has made it even more accessible,” said Lisa, “With increased time pressures combined with the sheer volume of fashion websites that cater for every shape and size, women can transform their wardrobe at the click of a mouse.”

This award for H.Samuel is also recognition for the work and effort put in to establishing a competitive online presence as the UK’s leading online jewellery, watches, gifts and collectables retailer. H.Samuel Online store manager, Vikki Luke, commented, “We are delighted to receive this award for the second year running. The team works extremely hard to keep the website up to date with the latest models and hottest brands, ensuring that it always has a great range of designer watches. To be recognised by Cosmopolitan and its readers as their favourite online watch retailer for two years in succession is a fantastic achievement.”

Cosmopolitan is a magazine for fun, fearless, females, celebrating fun, glamour and a passion for life, while inspiring young women to be the best they can be. Cosmopolitan magazine, published by The National Magazine Company, has a circulation of 450,836, with a readership of 1,760,000 – the highest in the monthly market. The Cosmopolitan website currently attracts 5.4 million page impressions and 428,520 unique users every year.

About H. Samuel:
H.Samuel is the nation’s favourite High Street Jewellers with over 350 stores and an online retail website. Featuring an incredible range of branded watches, H.Samuel also has a stunning range of jewellery, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, offering something for every taste and style. H.Samuel is part of the Signet Group, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

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Thomas Sanderson To Exhibit Across The UK

Thomas Sanderson, Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory and window blinds, has revealed the full scope of the home improvement shows it plans to attend throughout 2009.

Thomas Sanderson will be exhibiting all over the country this year at a wide variety of different shows including The Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs in London, RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park and local events such as The Royal Bath and West show.

At this year’s exhibitions, Thomas Sanderson will be showcasing its entire collection of conservatory blinds, window blinds and shutters, with the latest range of made to measure conservatory blinds including Pleated, Pinoleum and Metal Venetian. A full selection of shutters and window blinds will also be on display, including Roman Pinoleum, Pleated, Duette, Silhouette, Wooden Venetian and Metal Venetian products. The company will also have some exclusive show offers which are not normally available, including a complementary £250 Gift Voucher and free prize draw.

Thomas Sanderson’s exhibition team will be on hand to offer advice and information on all its products and will be able to arrange a free home consultation with a Thomas Sanderson designer local to the customer.

Ian Bayne, Exhibition Manager at Thomas Sanderson, said: “Exhibitions are a great way of getting out there and presenting all the latest trends and styles in window coverings for the home and conservatory, and it’s the ideal opportunity for customers to come and talk to us about their specific needs.”

This year, Thomas Sanderson will be exhibiting at no less than 25 shows throughout the UK and Ireland.

About Thomas Sanderson:
Since 1991, Thomas Sanderson has grown f r o m a family run business to an international company offering products and services throughout the UK and Ireland. The company is Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory blinds in addition to supplying window blinds and window shutters.

Thomas Sanderson has remained true to its roots, offering a local service and continuing to make its relationship with each and every customer its main priority. The company takes pride in ensuring the standards of service on offer match the high standards of its products.

Established as the market leader for over 17 years, Thomas Sanderson now offers businesses the opportunity to be associated with a national company, backed by local service. Thomas Sanderson has developed ‘refer and reward’ partnerships with over 1300 home improvement specialists, allowing them to offer their customers a complete range of products that add the finishing touches to any home improvement project, and with minimum fuss.

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Displaysense Has Decided That Local Businesses Should Try To Make The Most Of Pancake Day By Encouraging People Out Of Their Homes, Have Fun In These Difficult Times And Part With Their Hard Earned Money

Pancake Day marks the religious period of lent where committed Christians fast to commemorate Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. For others it is a yearly event marked by eating pancakes with different variations of filling in one sitting.

Displaysense, who provide shop fittings and shop shelving to the UK, Ireland and Europe are attempting to help stimulate the economy this pancake day by contacting existing customers in the catering and food industry with a leaflet containing business development campaigns to help encourage footfalls.

The leaflet, which has a few budget friendly recipes, includes great business ideas that will help generate sales on Pancake Day. The other role the campaigns can play is aid in promoting local town spirit which can lead to increased brand awareness and repeat purchasing at a time when consumer spending is down.

Displaysense are also doing their bit to help their customers by offering discounts on many of its catering and promotional products, such as business card holders and cake stands, ensuring businesses are advertising their events and presenting their produce in the best light.

Amongst the business generating ideas put forward by Displaysense are setting up local activities that are fun for the whole family, such as colouring competitions for children, pancake races between local businesses and even running an eating competition for the public.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense commented, “Businesses really should try and encourage extra sales from any holiday day and pancake day is the perfect example of a money generating opportunity that is going to waste. Tapping into the local community and making the day an occasion for everyone to take part in is guaranteed to encourage consumer spend. Even the smallest gesture on the day can help to boost sales, which should be of interest to all businesses during this current economic depression”.

The response so far from Displaysense customers has been very positive with comments such as ‘Flipping brilliant’ and ‘Eggcellent’. But when faced with these difficult trading times, it’s not much of a toss-up for many businesses to see the benefits of supporting this year’s Pancake Day.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1500 displays. The range is now hugely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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Clinique, a leader in skin care and make-up innovation has launched High Impact Curling Mascara where 24 Hour Curl Meets 24 Hour Wear

Clinique, leader in skin care and make-up innovation, has announced the launch of their latest advance in long wearing mascara.

High Impact Curling Mascara is designed to provide dramatic volume plus extreme long-wearing non-smudging curl for 24 hours. Ideal for the woman who wants it all – big, bold lashes, long-wearing formula and astonishing curl that stays all day.

The new formulation introduces thermal technology to curling mascara. This long-wearing, innovative formula lasts 24 hours without running or smudging, but can be removed easily with warm water. A blend of lightweight Polymers and Silica provide a smooth, thin film that when dry, holds the curl in place without weighing down the lashes. And, with less wax in the formula, colour stays truer. Perfect for all lash types, New High Impact Curling Mascara won’t flake, clump or smudge. And, like all Clinique mascaras, it is not only Ophthalmologist Tested but it is also appropriate for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Clinique’s new brush applicator is specifically designed for this formula, featuring a curved brush to elongate and curl lashes for a more lifted appearance. Clinique’s exclusive brush distributes and coats lashes evenly, making them appear to stretch instantly with every stroke while the brush’s curve sets the curl in place. It is the perfect make up essential to make an eye-opening statement

The new High Impact Curling Mascara is part of Clinique’s New First Blush, Spring 2009 makeup collection, a simple, soft and completely feminine trend for Spring. Cheeks are the focus, showcasing a natural, youthful glow with New Quick Blush. Eyes are simple with a monochromatic wash of colour with Limited Edition Fresh Bloom Eye Shadow whilst lips are romantic and glossy with Long Last Gloss Wear SPF15. This wearable collection can be custom-fit to create a variety of looks for any occasion and is perfect for every skin tone.

The new High Impact Curling Mascara will be available in Black and Black/Brown at Clinique counters nationwide from February.

About Clinique 
Introduced in 1968, Clinique was the first ever dermatologist-created, prestige cosmetic brand. Today, Clinique’s mission remains what it was from the beginning: to provide the highest quality and most effective collection of products to enhance every skin type and tone. The brand’s customised approach and quality products – all meticulously tested and carefully formulated with the latest science – have made Clinique one of the leading skin care authorities in the world. All makeup and Skin care products are allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique offers products for men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Clinique is sold in more than 130 countries and territories, and over 16,000 sales locations.

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Leading car hire price comparison site Carrentals.co.uk unveils affiliate service for UK business, combining leading brands, high conversion rates and 5% commission

UK businesses looking to create additional revenue streams can take advantage of a new affiliate offering from car hire price comparison site Carrentals.co.uk, which is offering 5% commission and a market leading conversion rate of 4%.

The company, which was voted Best Car Hire Website in the 2008 Travolution awards, has launched the new service to provide businesses of all sizes with a high quality, profitable affiliate solution featuring prices from leading rental providers such as Holiday Autos, Thrifty and AutoEurope.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “We have up to 50 rental companies compared on one site, low prices, and the technology to accurately manage the affiliate service. Our sales convert at around 4%, which is three times higher than any of our competitors, and with a 5% commission rate partners have the potential to achieve a healthy revenue stream.”

With the new affiliate solution businesses simply feature a Carrentals.co.uk banner on their website, which visitors click on to make their booking. All reservations are made through the Carrentals site, with clear tracking and reporting of booking figures and commission levels.

Gareth adds: “This affiliate solution is designed to be easy for businesses to work with and make money from. Our site is one of the most respected and widely recognised in the car hire market. What we are now doing is opening this up to all UK companies who want to build their affiliate revenue streams. With well known brands such as Sixt and EasyCar featured, plus the ability to compare hundreds of prices, this is designed to be the best car hire affiliate programme available.”

The affiliate programme will run on the Webgains network and will be managed by award winning affiliate management agency, Arctic Sunrise.

Keith Budden of Arctic Sunrise says: “We are very excited about the launch of the new affiliate programme for Carrentals.co.uk and have worked with them to create a solution that is second to none. The new service provides all of the tools required by ‘super’ affiliates, while also offering the opportunity for new affiliates to earn revenue by promoting the Carrentals.co.uk comparison service. With the expertise both companies bring, we are committed to making this the leading programme for car hire affiliates”

To find out more about the Carrentals.co.uk affiliate solution visitwww.carrentals.co.uk/about/become-an-affiliate

About Carrentals.co.uk

Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by 2006.

In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 9,000 locations.

Websites searched include Budget, Thrifty, Sixt, Holiday Autos, Opodo, EBookers, Carrentals.co.uk and EasyCar, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.

The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 6,000 links to useful tourist information sites, plus over 2,700 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.

In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards. To book or for further information visit www.carrentals.co.uk

About Arctic Sunrise

Award winning agency Arctic Sunrise provides affiliate management services for over 60 clients across a broad range of market sectors. Their ‘hands on’ approach, combined with unrivalled knowledge of the UK affiliate marketing arena, enables them to provide cost effective outsourced affiliate management.

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BedroomPleasures has announced that the Hitachi Magic Wand is now available in the UK, after previously only being available in the US

BedroomPleasures, one of the largest online sex and lingerie companies in the UK, has revealed that the Hitachi Magic Wand is now available in the UK, after previously only being available in the US.

The Hitachi Magic Wand has been available in the US for 25 years but following an increase in demand for the product in the UK and numerous requests from customers who had seen the product while in the US, BedroomPleasures decided to import it, with an increase of 20% in sales of the item this month.

Although the Magic Wand is marketed as a gentle massager, BedroomPleasures received reports from customers using the device for the first time as a vibrator and achieving their most intense orgasms ever.

The Hitachi Magic Wand is an electric massager intended for massaging muscles as well as erogenous zones. It was first used in the 1970’s as a medical device but is now one of the more widely known sex toys. The device features a soft, round flexible head measuring 2.5 inches in diameter with a nine inch handle. The Wand provides two levels of vibration speeds; 5000 and 6000rpm, that are controlled by a hand switcher located on the handle. Unlike many vibrators, the Magic Wand is plugged into a wall socket rather than using battery power.

Like other personal massagers, the Wand can be used as a muscle massager for soothing and relaxing sore muscles and nerves, with the intensive vibrating movements of the device against the muscles providing the increased blood supply to the areas that helps regenerate the tissues and release the painful sensations.

These properties have also helped the product become well known as a sex toy. It can be applied to the genital area or the anus for erotic simulation and can be used by men, women and couples. Some physicians have recommended the Magic Wand to women to increase genital sensitivity and enhance arousal.

The massager’s effectiveness as a sex toy for women has been widely publicised by a variety of sex writers, as well as appearing on nationally syndicated TV shows in the US, magazines and radio programs.

About BedroomPleasures.co.uk:
Formed in 2003, with the aim of selling high class sex aids of any nature on the internet, BedroomPleasures is now one of the largest online lingerie and sex toy companies in the UK, stocking over 3,000 products. BedroomPleasures serves hundreds of happy customers every day and provides same-day dispatches to the UK, Europe and beyond.

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The Internet’s most popular wedding favor store offers the largest selection of favors and gifts at enviably affordable prices

AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, today announced a new era in economical wedding planning with the largest collection of affordable wedding favors — f r o m edible, customized and keepsake to theme and do-it-yourself wedding party favors, customers can shop by color, season or price.

“As seen in the film ‘Bride Wars’, wedding planning can be draining for the couple and their wallets, but thanks to our selection of just about any type of party favor imaginable, this portion of the planning is easier than ever,” said Shirley Tan, founder, AmericanBridal.com. “In 2009, we usher in a whole new era in wedding favors, where the customer will find exactly what they want, without spending a lot of money or looking like they purchased cheap wedding favors.”

During a challenging economy, it’s possible to find savings on wedding expenses by shopping around for wedding favors, and even lower honeymoon and travel fares. With less corporate dollars being spent on events, venues such as hotels and restaurants may be more likely to negotiate, especially for off-peak days and times.

Founder Tan offers additional suggestions on money saving ideas in her wedding book “The Bridal Handbook by American Bridal.” The book will be available for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and AmericanBridal.com later this year. For a limited time, customers can receive an additional 50 percent off on select clearance items by entering the coupon code “clearance50” at checkout.

AmericanBridal.com is a popular destination for wedding favors, bridal shower favors and discount wedding favors, now serving and shipping to U.S. and international customers.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com

AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. F r o m fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.


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Monstermatch.co.uk can give the consumer a fair price and quality service the high street retailer cannot attain

Jonathan Keith, director of Monstermatch Ltd said…”The consumer often pays too much to keep their retailer in business with the overheads. Monstermatch.co.uk can give the consumer a fair price and quality service the high street retailer cannot attain.”

As the economic downturn takes its toll on the high-street, it may seem optimistic to start a new retail business. Yet this is precisely what Monstermatch.co.uk has done, confident that a market exists for high quality products sold at recession beating prices. Monstermatch.co.uk is an online retailer that sells iPods, laptops, and other hi-tech goods. It sells products at lower prices than consumers can get on the high-street and guarantees free delivery.

Far from suffering from the downturn, online retail has actually prospered. According to the IMRG Capgemini e-retail sales index, online spending increased by 16% last November compared to the previous year. This is likely to heighten competition for bargain prices during the coming year. Monstermatch, however, claims that it is not simply a bargain retailer, it wants to cement a relationship with its customers. For five pounds, a customer can buy a share in the company and enjoy special discounts. Monstermatch is hoping that this will encourage people to feel they have a stake in the retail experience and has offered to give customers a better deal if they can find cheaper prices elsewhere.

Jonathan Keith, director of Monstermatch Ltd said…”The consumer often pays too much to keep their retailer in business with the overheads. Monstermatch.co.uk can give the consumer a fair price and quality service the high street retailer cannot attain.”

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discountvouchers.co.uk Is Designed To Offer The Latest Offers And Discount Codes From Hundreds Of Stores

With finances tight after Christmas and the credit crunch showing no sign of slow down, a new website offering discounts from hundreds of UK stores has been launched to help consumers get more for their money.

Discountvouchers.co.uk offers savings at a growing range of leading high street brands and specialist stores including John Lewis, Tesco, Comet and Boots, all redeemable online. Current savings include £100 off a Samsung digital camera at Currys, £90 off a Tannoy i30 iPod speaker system at Play.com, and 20% off Radley bags and purses at John Lewis.

Consumer demand for discount codes has soared over the last 12 months – with online searches for discount vouchers up by over 100%. The problem to date has been that sites fail to keep their offers updated, resulting in old out of date offers and wasted time for visitors.

Discountvouchers.co.uk is updated in real time, with a dedicated team continually sourcing, checking and updating the latest offers from merchants across the UK. The result is an easy to use site that can quickly be searched by store name, latest deals, and most popular offers.

Gareth Robinson, Marketing Director for Discountvouchers.co.uk, says: “In the current economic climate it really is best practice to shop around and make the most of any discounts available. Savvy shoppers have been quick to enjoy the benefits of discount vouchers, but the problem has been that many sites featured out of date offers. The savings on Discountvouchers.co.uk are checked and updated in real time, meaning they are readily available and easy to access, making for a far better shopping experience.”

The site has been developed by web specialist ASAP Ventures, which owns a growing range of websites including leading car hire comparison site www.carrentals.co.uk; accommodation listings directory www.self-catering-breaks.com; and www.recycle.co.uk.

To get the latest discounts and offers from brands including Comet, Amazon, John Lewis, Tesco, Boots and more visitwww.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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H Samuel and Ernest Jones customers will receive a last minute Christmas delivery service, following Signet Group’s investment in a revamped distribution infrastructure

H Samuel and Ernest Jones, the speciality retail jewellers owned by the Signet Group, will offer customers a last minute delivery service this Christmas, allowing online shoppers for both brands to make purchases up until 3pm on the 23rd of December and have them delivered the following day on Christmas Eve, to their own home or to the directly to the recipient of the gift.

The announcement is noteworthy, as Signet has invested in the fulfillment area of the online channel to ensure they can cope with what is promising to be the biggest Christmas ever for online shopping. With Christmas falling on a Thursday this year, Signet will be able to fulfill orders made on the 23rd December, meaning that shoppers don’t necessarily need to hit the high street at the last minute to find the perfect gift.

With a full range of leading brand watches, diamond jewellery, collectibles and gifts for the whole family, this new guaranteed service will be a lifeline for anyone who needs to buy a last minute Christmas present. Signet has developed its online offering with the customer in mind.

Nicky Brown, Head of Multi Channel at Signet, said: “We have worked on developing our delivery proposition on two fronts to improve the customer experience and maximise our service. Firstly, at the front end, we have increased our bandwidth to facilitate additional traffic and ensure visitor experience is maintained to the highest quality.

“Secondly, at the back end, we have employed additional warehouse staff to facilitate increased online orders, resulting in an efficient operation that can offer customers Christmas online last order dates as late as 3pm on the 23rd December.”

About Signet Group:
Signet Jewelers Limited is the world’s largest specialty
retail jewellers and operates leading operations in both the US and UK. The US market accounts for approximately 50% of worldwide jewellery sales and the UK for around 7%. In the UK, Signet is the largest specialty retailer of fine jewellery with 563 stores at 2 February 2008 and 12.1% share of the £4.5 billion total jewellery market. Primarily situated in prime High Street locations (main shopping thoroughfares with high pedestrian traffic) or shopping malls, the Signet stores trade as H. Samuel and Ernest Jones. The Group aims to build long term value through focusing on the customer by providing a superior merchandise selection in high quality real estate locations.

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Elemis announce the launch of a new range of Christmas gift sets designed exclusively for timetospa

Elemis, the leading and award winning British spa and skincare brand, has designed a range of special Christmas collections exclusively for official online retailer timetospa.

Elemis’ goal is to address specific skin and body conditions using potent formulations that dynamically treat the skin with powerful results. The four new seasonal collections have been inspired by favourites and classics alike and are being provided through timetospa along with savings of up to £26.

The new Bathing Luxury collection lets customers create a luxurious home spa with moisturising skin treats. Award winning Skin Nourishing Milk Bath has a milk protein base and Japanese Camellia Oil to soothe and nourish dry skin and restore the moisture balance. Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow is an invigorating body scrub which stimulates circulation and leaves an all over glow. Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask contains a dynamic blend of ingredients to leave skin super moisturised and enriched. The Scented Travel Candle is the perfect size to sit on the side of the bath and really set the mood.

Skin brightening formulations are the basis of Elemis’ Fabulously Fruity gift set. A luxury skin care collection blending natural fruit actives for a radiant and brighter complexion. Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash has a gentle resurfacing action which stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle and replenishes moisture levels. Papaya Enzyme Peel uses the natural exfoliating fruit enzyme action of Papaya and Pineapple to smooth, brighten and clarify the complexion. Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask is a deep cleansing, creamy mask packed with Strawberry and Kiwi extracts to restore the glow to dulled complexions.

Elemis has combined favourites from their exotics range for the Monoi Magic spa gift set. Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Cream is a luxurious cream wash with a gentle natural lather that cleanses the skin without stripping protective surface oils. Exotic Island Flower Body Balm has pure extracts of moisturising Pot Marigold and soothing St. John’s Wort to soothe and soften the skin. Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt is Elemis’ best selling body oil; which soaks into skin quickly to deeply moisturise and leaves a gentle, exotic fragrance.

Elemis has also launched the Best Seller Selection using best selling daily skin care and anti-ageing favourites, presented in a white vanity case. Products include award winning and all time best seller Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and Papaya Enzyme Peel, a rinse-off exfoliating cream, rich in fruit enzymes, that smoothes, conditions, and repairs skin. Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser and Rehydrating Ginseng Toner are gentle formulations, perfect for drier or mature complexions and Skin Nourishing Milk Bath is the ultimate bath time treat.

About Elemis:
timetospa (commonly referred to as Time2Spa) is part of the
Elemis group, the pioneering British spa and skin care brand.

Elemis is proud to partner with over 1200 luxurious spas and salons, 130 lavish cruise ship spas, British Airways Elemis travel spas and over 100 retail stores around the globe. Elemis treats over 5.7 million people each year and has the single largest influence on trends and developments in the global spa and skincare industry. The successful combination of powerful natural ingredients, cutting-edge formulation technology and proven clinical trials has enabled Elemis to bring to market some of the most influential anti-ageing homecare products and professional spa-therapies the beauty industry has ever seen.

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