News roundup—27th February 2009

News roundup—27th February 2009

Good news for all Woolies Pick ‘n Mix fans-new-owner
Littlewoods is bringing it back. Bought by Shop Direct
last month, Woolworths will relaunch online in June and will
continue to sell confectionery through a “Click ‘n
Mix” service. According to the FT, Woolworths’ Ladybird childrenswear
brand-also acquired by Shop Direct last month-will be extended
to furnishings. However, other household items “from mops
to ironing boards” will not feature on the new Woolies

Also in the article, Shop Direct chief executive Mark
Newton-Jones told the Financial Times that Woolworths’
collapse before Christmas “had boosted his online
business as consumers shifted their shopping online, helping
to lift internet sales 50 per cent year-on-year since January

EBTM, the music-inspired apparel etailer is applying to
the High Court to put its subsidiaries Mockingbird
Distribution Ltd and Everything But The Music Ltd
into administration, reports Reuters. In a statement to the City, EBTM
said it was not placing its parent company EBTM plc into
administration and that the “board continues to evaluate
all strategic options available to the company”.

Glen and Gilli Allingham of The Really Garlicky
Company won the inaugural Made in Britain Best Farm
Entrepreneur award. They told the Farmers Guardian that the prize money will
be spent on developing the website and upgrading its mail order


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