News roundup—23rd March 2009

News roundup—23rd March 2009

Former Goldsmiths owner Jurek Piasecki is accusing
PricewaterhouseCoopers of refusing to speak with him regarding
his proposal to acquire Aurum, the jewellery business that
includes Mappin & Webb and as well
as Goldsmiths. Now-defunct Icelandic holding company
Baugur had held a significant stake in Aurum, and
according to The Telegraph, Aurum is said to be on the
verge of a prepack administration.

Tools cataloguer/retailer Screwfix is launching
another spin-off title. According to The Times, it will mail Electricfix,
catering to electricians, next week. It launched Plumbfix,
targeting plumbers, last year.

In an interview with, Shop Direct chief
Mark Newton-Jones says that the company will expand into
Continental Europe with a website in July.

If at first you don’t succeed… The founder of failed online
gift registry WrapIt is launching
Please&, a website selling discounted
designer home and garden products, reports The Telegraph.

Suttons Seeds and Thompson and Morgan are among
the gardening merchants benefiting from the consumer demand for
“edible gardening” as a way of reducing their food
bill, according to The Independent.

News of the World accuses cataloguer
Party Pieces of cashing in on Kate Middleton’s
relationship with Prince William to promote its princess-themed
party accessories. Middleton is the daughter of Party Pieces
founders Michael and Carole Middleton. Never mind that it’s all
but impossible to run a successful party business without
offering princess-theme goodies for little girls.


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