Esscentual Brands, Creators of Premier Home Fragrance and Bath and Body Products, Announces Expanded Reach


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May 22, 2007 06:00 ET

Esscentual Brands, Creators of Premier Home Fragrance and Bath and Body Products, Announces Expanded Reach Into Canada

Popular Brands Vitabath and Claire Burke Now Available Online for Canadian Residents

PHOENIX, AZ–(CCNMatthews – May 22, 2007) – Esscentual Brands, the preeminent supplier of home fragrance and bath and body products, is expanding its online service to include most of Canada for its popular brands Vitabath and Claire Burke. Unchanged from their American counterparts, the Web sites’ addresses in Canada for the two brands will be www.myvitabath.com and www.myclaireburke.com .

“Esscentual Brands has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with consumers in Canada. Our Claire Burke and Vitabath brands have been in distribution in the country for 25 years and have attracted a loyal following,” said Mark Grodsky, president of Esscentual Brands. “As a result we wanted to make sure that access to these products was as effortless and convenient as possible so we established a Canadian online presence.”

Esscentual Brands maintains a Canadian subsidiary with a full distribution center, which allows for items ordered in Canada to be shipped from Canada without being subject to customs fees and international shipping charges. This provides a convenient and cost-effective method for Canadian customers to order directly online. Online service enables access to nearly all of Canada with a few exceptions to the Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Products offered in Canada are identical to those sold in the United States.

Esscentual Brands is the owner of the Claire Burke and Vitabath product lines, which are sold exclusively through premium retailers, gift stores and directly via their catalog and online stores.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2007, Claire Burke is recognized internationally for its quality home fragrance products such as scented candle gifts and aromatherapy fragrance diffusers, as well as attractive design elements. Now a leader in the home fragrance industry, the company was an idea that began with a $200 investment and a passion for botanicals by brand creator and namesake Claire Burke, an interior designer. The brand has grown to become a thriving business that’s now recognized worldwide. To celebrate its anniversary, Claire Burke plans to introduce several new home fragrances including White Lavender, The Sea , Pomegranate Plum, and The Haunted Home .

For nearly 50 years, Vitabath has been a leader in the beauty and wellness industry. Formulated by European skin care specialists with a unique blend of vitamins and moisturizing elements, the Vitabath product line was established in 1957 with the creation of the company’s first product, Vitabath bath and shower gelee. Since that creation, Vitabath has expanded into an entire line of fine bath and skin care products including moisturizing bath & shower gelee, moisturizing hand and body lotion and gelee bar soap. Each product is created using quality ingredients and has helped to establish Vitabath as one of the longest-standing international brands in the wellness and beauty industry.

About Esscentual Brands

Esscentual Brands’ vision is to be the preeminent supplier of fragrance-oriented home and bath products. In 2003, Esscentual Brands, LLC became the consumer product company of Claire Burke . Esscentual Brands is also the parent company of Vitabath , another well-established brand for personal care. The company’s entire focus is on building long-term brand equities through premium retailers, gift stores and direct sales by providing products of exceptional quality. Esscentual Brands is funded though private equity investors Mankwitz Kurtz Investments with its U.S. office located in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Canadian subsidiary located in Concord, Ontario.


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Everything old is new again … on our updated official website. Shop for your hand hooked rug classics, or discover something brand new!

With her home accessories, bedding, pillows, tote bags, scarves, lounge wear and of course, the wool hand hooked rugs that are her trademark, Claire Murray’s vision and love of nature, the sea and the coastal lifestyle are evident.

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Each coastal lifestyle hand hooked rug is hand-crafted, unique and tells its own story. They are truly art for the floor. Claire knows that people want to live creatively, and there is no better way than to make each room in your home be its own special environment. Made from 100% wool with a durable cotton backing, with care, they will last a lifetime. Many of the rugs can be made in custom sizes. Just call our customer service line for more information.

Stay in touch and visit often as Claire is constantly designing new hand hooked rugs and other exciting coastal lifestyle products. Her new line of tote bags and boat bags are the perfect companions to a day of sun, sand, shopping, and leisure travel. Back by popular demand. Claire’s Birdhouses. Click the Birdhouses tab under Accessories. And, NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER – beautiful decorative pillows to coordinate with your favorite rugs and lifestyle. Whether you shop online, or visit the store in person, enjoy your Claire Murray journey.

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FILE – In this July 17, 2014 file photo, Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance subcommittee chair Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. questions witnesses during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCaskill is pushing some of the country’s largest retailers and online companies to drop dubious dietary supplements and vitamins, especially those promising seniors protection from memory loss, dementia and other age-related mental problems. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is probing retailers and online companies about sales of dubious dietary supplements, especially those promising seniors protection from memory loss, dementia and other age-related problems.

The pills, tablets and formulas targeted by Senator Claire McCaskill bear names like “Brain Awake,” ”Dementia Drops” and “Food for the Brain,” which claims to ease “forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.”

In letters sent this week to 15 companies — including Wal-Mart, Target Corp. Amazon, Google and Walgreen’s — McCaskill asks executives to explain how they vet dietary supplements and weed out products making false claims. The Missouri Democrat is the ranking member on the Senate Aging Committee, which frequently investigates health scams targeting older Americans.

“Frankly, I think there’s a special place in hell for someone who markets a product and says it will cure Alzheimer’s,” McCaskill told The Associated Press. “And that’s essentially what these scammers are doing and they’ve had assistance in that.”

This is the latest probe into the $30 billion dietary supplement industry, which encompasses thousands of products and has long been plagued by questionable advertising, marketing and manufacturing practices. Supplements have never been subject to the same Food and Drug Administration regulations as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, which must be reviewed as safe and effective before being sold in the U.S.

Earlier this year, 14 state attorneys general asked Congress to investigate the herbal supplement industry. They pointed to DNA-based test results apparently showing that some store-brand supplements have none of the ingredients listed on their labels.

McCaskill’s probe focuses on supplements targeting seniors who are concerned about dementia. More than 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no cure and prescription drugs only temporarily ease symptoms.

But rather than focusing on the supplements themselves, McCaskill’s investigation is probing how they make their way into consumers’ shopping carts and medicine cabinets.

In a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, McCaskill asks for a briefing with the company to “better understand Wal-Mart’s policies and practices related to dietary supplements.”

A spokesman for the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said in a statement: “We appreciate the opportunity to share information about our supplement business and look forward to cooperating with the committee as appropriate.”

A spokesman for the Kroger grocery chain said the company would respond to the senator. A spokeswoman for GNC said the company “has not had an opportunity to review Senator McCaskill’s inquiry but will respond directly in the appropriate form.”

McCaskill also requests meetings with Internet search engines, including Google Inc.

“As one of the leading search engines that now provides a retail function through Google Shopping, Google Inc. plays a pivotal role in determining what supplements are being used and trusted,” McCaskill writes in a letter to Google’s CEO, Larry Page. She requests details about how Google is compensated by supplement producers who advertise through the search engine and whether Google reviews customer complaints about such products.

Google declined to comment.

Companies are not legally required to comply with congressional requests, but they can be ordered to appear before Congress and turn over documents, when compelled by subpoena.

The new investigation shines light on how supplement makers skirt federal rules that are supposed to stop companies from marketing their products for specific diseases and conditions. A product called Eureka Intensified Focus, sold through Amazon, claims to “support and maintain memory, concentration and focus.” Another product available on Amazon, AloeMarine, is promoted to support “increased memory and brain function.”

A spokesman for Amazon Inc. declined to comment for this story.

Because the FDA does not review supplements, manufacturers are technically responsible for making sure their products are safe and truthfully advertised. Products making certain types of health claims are required to carry a disclaimer that “this statement has not been evaluated by the FDA,” though many supplements do not.

The FDA frequently sends warning letters to companies that appear to be violating federal rules, but the agency cannot withdraw a supplement from the market until it shows that it is unsafe. Attempts to pass new laws giving the FDA more authority over supplements have repeatedly been scuttled by industry lobbyists and their allies in Congress.

Despite the FDA’s limited powers, McCaskill suggests the agency could be doing more.

“They do have some authority here and we want to take a closer look at how they are using that authority,” she said.

For example, the FDA can penalize companies for failing to register their manufacturing facilities with the FDA, and for not notifying the FDA of side effects reported by customers.

In a letter to the FDA, McCaskill and Senate Aging Committee chair Susan Collins, R-Maine, ask the FDA to turn over a list of all FDA actions against companies violating those rules since December 2007. They also ask the FDA to turn over information about its review of new dietary supplement ingredients. The introduction of new ingredients is the one chance regulators have to evaluate supplements before they launch.

An FDA spokeswoman said in a statement the agency would respond directly to the Senators.


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WELCOME TO BRITSUPERSTORE: British Food Goods Delivered worldwide

With so many companies offering British food and goods online, why choose Britsuperstore? We have been in business for over 22 years and are one of the most experienced UK grocery exporters on the web today.Whether you are an individual or a business, Britsuperstore can offer you the service you are looking for. You will find a reliable, secure service with thousands of products and prices to suit your individual needs.

We do not hold stock. We are personal shoppers and purchase your goods once you have ordered. Our team of dedicated personal shoppers are here to hand pick your goods to ensure the longest possible shelf life and quality. This unique service allows you to browse one site for all your favorite and supermarket brands. All products offered on this website are obtained from the UK market. We only buy goods intended for the UK and labelled appropriately, according to UK regulations.

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Congratulations! You have reached www.britsuperstore.com and we know that we can give you what you are looking for. If you are abroad and require those little home comforts or foods that just aren’t the same where you are then you need to use us to fulfil your needs. Order from us and rest assured that you are using a company with an outstanding track record. Our personal shoppers will hand pick your order which will then be carefully packed so that it arrives with you exactly as it was sent. Our shipping is safe, quick and reliable. Shop with us and have a shopping experience second to none.

Feeding your baby is so important to you and we want you to know that it is important to us too. If you are overseas you may not be able to get hold of the formula that you are familiar with and this where we come in! Browse our Baby Store for Hipp Organic Baby Milk, Milupa Aptamil Baby Milk and Formula, SMA Baby Milk and Formula and Cow and Gate Baby Milk. As your baby grows you may want to try Farley’s Rusks Original which we think just about everyone in the UK was raised on! You can order Organix Baby Food, Cow and Gate Baby Food and Heniz Baby Food so you need never be without the brands that you know and trust for your baby. Your peace of mind is important to us.

You may be following a special diet and the foods that you need may not be very easy to come by where you are in the world. At britsuperstore.com we can meet your needs so take a look in our Special Diet Food Section. If you love sandwiches but can’t eat wheat or gluten then order the delicious Dietry Specials Ciabatta Rolls or the Biona Organic Rye and Sunflower Seed Bread, both favourites of gluten free shoppers in the UK. Enjoy homemade pizza with the rest of the family by ordering the Tesco Free From Pizza Bases and don’t miss out when they all have curry because you can order the Tesco Free From Garlic and Coriander Naan Bread and join in. You don’t need to miss out on treats either as we can send you a wide selection of gluten and/or dairy free confectionary such as Biona Organic Sour Snakes, Dairy Free Chocolate Covered Raisins and Biona Organic Mini Fruit Bears. If you love to cook but find yourself limited by what ingredients you can access then use us for Sainsbury’sFree From Italian Corn Spaghetti, Hale and Hearty Organic Brown and White Rice Penne and Pollen Organics Basil and Almond Pesto.

We Brits are a houseproud lot but keeping house overseas can be more difficult if you do not have your favourite ‘go to’ products to hand. We can help you and if you go to our Homecare Section you can choose from tried and trusted UK products which will get the job done. Order UK favourite laundry powders Bold, Surf, Ariel or Persil and couple these with fabric conditioners Lenor or Comfort. Get the famous Fairy Liquid Original or try the Tesco Expert Naturally Powered Lemon Washing Up Liquid for a change. For general cleaning around your home turn to us for your Domestos and Parazone products and don’t forget to turn to the amazingly useful Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleansing Wipes so popular with UK shoppers.

Chocolate is the one food that will never go out of fashion and it will always be the perfect treat, comfort food or tasteful gift. Here at britsuperstore we can send you whatever you like from our great and extensive range of delicious chocolate. If you want to treat your grandchildren then order everybody’s childhood favourite, Cadburys Curly Wurly or a packet of Cadburys Heroes Family Treatsize. If it’s been ‘one of those days’ and you need a comforting taste of home than make sure that you have stocked your cupboards with Cadburys Dairy Milk or perhaps you might prefer a Mars Bar or a Milky Way. For dinner parties nothing beats the elegance of the classic After Eight or Bendicks Chocolate Mint Crisps especially when teamed with a Lavazza Espresso or Taylor’s Rich Italian coffee. And for treating the whole family try Thornton’s Premium Collection for when you are all together watching TV and want to make it a little bit special.


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Recruitment Solutions is a leading retail recruitment agency supplying Birmingham specialising in recruiting experienced candidates across the retail professions.

Our retail recruitment agency in Birmingham can provide a wide range of retail staff from supervisory professionals to general operatives and assistants. Staff can be provided on permanent or temporary contracts, whatever suits your individual requirements.

All of our staff are thoroughly interviewed and reference checked. Every store is unique and requires its staff to be attentive to its requirements. Our consultants will visit you to ensure that your requirements are passed on to any prospective employee.

Our retail recruitment agency in Birmingham also recruits to wide range of management sector retail jobs in Birmingham including senior managers, planners, supervisors and co-ordinators.

Recruitment Solutions specialises in recruiting experienced candidates for retail jobs in Birmingham.

We are seeking candidates for retail jobs in Birmingham:

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Our retail recruitment agency in Birmingham covers:

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Chinese Retailers Listed In Top 100 Retailers Worldwide #shopping #discounts


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Chinese Retailers Listed In Top 100 Retailers Worldwide

After rated among the world’s top 250 retailers in 2008, Chinese retailers, including Gome, Bailian Group, Suning, and Dashang, were again entered on the list this year, with their average ratings up 71 places.

Published by one of the world’s largest accounting firms Deloitte and the authoritative U.S. retail magazine Stores, the list provided the 2009 edition of the top 250 retailers in the world. According to the list, the worldwide retail industry was affected by the global financial crisis, with the impact on the United States, Britain, and Japan being the most obvious. But retail markets in Russia, South Korea, and China still had good performances, with two Russian retailers and four Chinese retailers climbing rapidly in the list.

Statistics showed that four Chinese retailers were included in the top 250 retailers in 2008. Apart from the Shanghai-based Bailian Group which sat at the 101 place, the other three, Gome, Suning, and Dalian Dashang Group, were all out of the top 200.

In the 2009 edition, Chinese electronics retailer Gome was up 155 places from 218th to the 63rd; Chinese electronics retailer Suning up 63 places from 216th to 152nd; Shanghai Bailian Group up 10 places to the 91st; and Dalian Dashang Group up 57 places to 167th.

In addition, the U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart still held the first place in the list, followed by French Carrefour, and the in third to the fifth places were Tesco from Britain, Metro from Germany, and Home Depot from the United States.


British Retailers Asos, Boden and TopShop Tap U #retail #manager #salary


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British Retailers Asos, Boden and TopShop Tap U.S. Market For Growth

LONDON, United Kingdom — On the heels of Downton Abbey’s success on American television, British retailers are banking on a love of all things English to expand their business in the world’s biggest apparel market.

Leading the British invasion are online specialist Asos Plc, fashion chain TopShop, catalogue retailer Boden, youth-focused Jack Wills Ltd. and SuperGroup Plc’s Superdry stores. Their strategies vary some trade on British cool, others emphasise local knowhow yet all focus on what they do best rather than buying an existing imprint or starting an entirely new brand that Americans have never heard of.

In doing so, the retailers are learning from the mistakes of fellow British chains such as J Sainsbury Plc and Marks Spencer Group Plc who have retreated from North America. As boutique U.K. firms grab more of the $200 billion U.S. market, that poses a threat to American mainstays like Gap Inc., J. Crew Group Inc. and Abercrombie Fitch, who have been busy expanding outside their home country.

“U.K. retailers that are succeeding have a very strong, differentiated brand positioning that is well understood by the American consumer,” said Ian Geddes, U.K. head of retail at consultants Deloitte LLP. “They are doing well by emphasising what their brand stands for.”

British retailers have for decades gazed longingly across the Atlantic, and the desire to broaden their operations is stronger today amid an anemic U.K. retail industry.

Yet these forays often end badly. In 1988, Marks Spencer, Britain’s largest clothing retailer, paid $750 million for Brooks Brothers, the oldest U.S. clothier, only to sell it for less than a third of the purchase price 13 years later amid a shift away from suits to more casual duds like Gap’s khakis. Tesco Plc sunk 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) into its Fresh Easy U.S. grocery chain over the past five years without making a profit, and has said it will likely leave the U.S. after a review of the business.

Today, British retailers are winning fans by just being themselves. The online-only fashion retailer Asos, whose own- brand sequin sunset dress was spotted on singer Katy Perry, has lured American consumers since its 2010 debut with free delivery and returns of items ranging from $542 Edun Mesh designer jumpsuits to $11.87 own-label crop tops. It stays on top of consumer trends with an 11-strong team based in New York that makes decisions locally.

“There will be more people we put into the U.S. team so I expect them to find their footing and accelerate growth,” Finance Director Nicholas Beighton told analysts in March. “There is a bigger market in the U.S. there are more options, more channels, more digital marketing channels.”

U.S. sales increased 54 percent to 35.6 million pounds in the six months ended Feb. 28, making America Asos’s fastest- growing market. With more than one million registered customers as of December, the U.S. is now its largest market outside the U.K. with nine percent of revenue. The shares have soared 88 percent over the past year, well ahead of the FTSE All-Share Index’s 12 percent gain.

Another winner is TopShop, the flagship chain of billionaire Philip Green ’s Arcadia fashion empire. TopShop, known for mid-priced trendy styles from talented young designers, entered the U.S. in 2009 with a store in Manhattan. Rather than pour millions into new outlets right away, Green opted for a low-risk approach by signing a deal last year with U.S. retailer Nordstrom Inc. to sell TopShop’s wares in some of its high-end department stores.

Now that shoppers from Arizona to Pennsylvania have sampled the brand, Green has plans to expand from four to 20 TopShop and TopMan outlets in the U.S. which could generate $1 billion in sales by 2018. To help fuel the rollout, Green in December sold a 25 percent stake to private-equity firm Leonard Green Partners in a deal that valued the chains at 2 billion pounds.

While TopShop plays a bit on its quirky English sensibility, other chains turn their British-ness up to 11, to borrow a phrase from “This is Spinal Tap,” the mock documentary about aging English rock stars. Two examples are Boden, an online and catalogue retailer that focuses on womenswear and kid’s clothes, and London-based Jack Wills, which targets teens and college students.

So popular are Boden’s $120 embroidered girl’s dresses among well-to-do women in New York, Dallas and San Francisco that the company says the U.S. will overtake Britain as its biggest market in the next few years. Privately held Boden has doubled capacity at its Pennsylvania warehouse and ramped up ad spending online and in fashion magazines like In Style.

More than anything else, it’s Boden’s use of British icons like red London buses that drives the appeal and challenges the big American catalogue retailers like J. Crew and LL Bean Inc.

American consumers possess an “admiration for an authentic U.K. perspective,” said Graham Hales, chief executive officer of branding consultant Interbrand, citing the popularity of Downton Abbey. “It’s a chocolate box version of the U.K. that exists in Americans’ minds.”

Boden’s U.S. revenue rose 10 percent last year to $140 million, and Granville said he expects to double that pace this year, reaching $300 million “at least” by 2017. That’s a fraction of the more than $10 billion generated in America by Gap, the biggest U.S. specialty-apparel retailer, whose sales rose 7.6 percent in the year ended Feb. 2.

Kristin Emery, a 42-year-old physiotherapist and mother of three in Virginia, started buying from Boden about five years ago. While she also shops at Gap, Nordstrom, and J. Crew, Emery spends $100 to $200 per visit at Boden, typically buying a few times each season. Her last purchase was eight pieces for her children ages 3, 7, and 9 for their spring break.

“There is an Anglophile scene there which British brands can and do tap into,” said Julian Granville, Boden’s CEO.

Jack Wills, meanwhile, has 13 outlets in the U.S. its largest overseas market. Its tagline, “Fabulously British,” mirrors that of Boden’s. The company sends brand representatives dubbed “Seasonnaires,” well-scrubbed college students, to campuses in America to host events like croquet tournaments.

While British retailers make inroads in the U.S. the best- known American retailers are looking abroad for growth. Gap will open 35 stores this year in China, a region that CEO Glenn Murphy calls “a cornerstone of future growth.” The San Francisco-based company also took its Old Navy brand outside the U.S. for the first time last year, opening an outlet in Japan, the world’s second-biggest specialty apparel market, according to data trackers Euromonitor. Gap shares have risen about 35 percent over the past year.

J. Crew’s direct business, which accounts for 30 percent of its $2.2 billion in sales, now ships to more than 100 countries, up from 29 a year ago. The closely held company plans to increase investments abroad, Chief Administrative Officer James Scully told analysts in a March 21 presentation.

Abercrombie Fitch, meanwhile, has been closing underperforming U.S. stores as it grows overseas, where sales jumped 34 percent last year. A F opened a store on London’s storied Savile Row, over the objections of the neighborhood’s bespoke tailors, who don’t fancy the chain’s nightclub vibe and shirtless employees.

As U.K. retailers cater to wider U.S. audiences, they risk losing the distinctiveness that defines them, said Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at The NPD Group in Port Washington, New York. One cautionary tale is Laura Ashley Holdings Plc, the London-based retailer known for its floral designs, which sold its unprofitable U.S. unit for $1 in 1999 after overexpanding just as its once sought-after designs fell out of fashion.

“Any old English brand will not necessarily do well,” said Isabel Cavill, senior retail analyst at Planet Retail in London. “It should be about caution, building out the brand and leveraging the Internet to see what is going on in the market.

By: Sarah Shannon; Editors: Celeste Perri, Matthew Boyle, Paul Jarvis


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8 Retail job ads in Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Luxury Sales Assistant – Designer Exchange Birmingham

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Designer Exchange is a pre-loved designer handbag company located in London’s Knightsbridge, Birmingham and Manchester. It is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in the designer and fashion industry who, can not only reach goals, but exce

  • Contract type Temporary

Ad posted 31 days ago

Team Leader Vacancy within our Bullring Store!

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Turn your career into a passion! At Ann Summers we work hard so our customers can play hard. We love what we do and because we have been the market leader for over 40 years we want the very best experts on our team. We are looking for a Team Le

  • Contract type Permanent

Ad posted 32 days ago

Sales Associate needed! – Hair Styling Products! – Competitive package! – Bull Ring Centre

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Aria Beauty is an international hair care brand. We specialize in hair straighteners, curlers and human hair extensions. We are looking for full time Sales Representative to work in our retail stand for our busy location at the Bullring Shopping

  • Contract type Permanent

Ad posted 41 days ago

Customer service assistants required in our KFC restaurant located in Birmingham city centre

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

We are recruiting for crew members for our KFC branch in Banbury city centre. If you are hardworking honest and have a passion for up selling then you are exactly what we are looking for. The job role will consist of serving customers, food preppi

  • Contract type Permanent

Ad posted 51 days ago

Work From Home Flexible Home Based Jobs Full Time Part Time Work Admin Online Research

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Work from home and earn big. All areas in UK Can you use a computer and have a valid email account? If so click APPLY asap And you could be earning today. 10 – 30 hours per week All training provided 25 positions that nee

  • Contract type Temporary

Ad posted 94 days ago

Bicycle store staff (summer job)

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Do you have a passion for selling bicycles? Then here is your opportunity for a summer job. The ideal candidate will currently be working in a retail sales environment, preferably but not necessarily within a bicycles sales environment. This is

  • Contract type Temporary

Ad posted 132 days ago

Advertising Retail Assistant – Recruiting NOW!

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Role: Advertising Retail Assistant Location: Birmingham City Centre Hours: Full time/Part time (Negotiable) Salary: £250-£300 (Weekly Pay) What we offer: * Full inhouse training * Support in the programme * Great progression opportuniti

  • Contract type Permanent

Ad posted 136 days ago

Assistant Retail Manager needed for Doddle in Birmingham – £18,000 per annum

Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands

Do you have the determination of Bear Grylls? Can you support a team like David Beckham? Do you have the dedication of Jessica Ennis? If so, the Doddle team is searching for the next generation of inspiring Assistant Retail Managers to be the face of

  • Contract type Permanent

Ad posted 153 days ago

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