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Study reveals Apple Pay and contactless payments have overtaken cash payments as favourite ways to pay in-store.

8 Feb 2024

New research reveals that Apple Pay and contactless payments have overtaken cash payments by a landslide as our favourite ways to pay in-store.
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Fed expresses alarm at ‘runaway’ shoplifting incidents.

5 Feb 2024

The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) has expressed alarm at new figures that show shoplifting at its highest level in 20 years.
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Hunstanton deli launches new West Norfolk food and drink festival.

5 Feb 2024

A brand-new festival is being launched next month is “all about community and breathing life into the High Street”, according to Mark Kacary, managing director of The Norfolk Deli in... Read more…

Retailers react to disposable vape ban.

5 Feb 2024

The retail sector has been responding to government plans to ban disposable vapes as part of plans to tackle the rise in youth vaping.
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UK’s indie food retailers to be recognised in the Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards 2024.

23 Jan 2024

Bakers, butchers, cheesemongers, delicatessens, fishmongers, greengrocers, village stores and small farm shops from around the UK have been shortlisted in the Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards... Read more…

How Independent Retailers Can Stand Out in A Crowded Market

23 Jan 2024

An interesting article has appeared in Forbes reflecting many of the issues that Indie Retail & ActSmart members will be experiencing – the challenges and... Read more…

Eight in Ten Small Businesses Taking Positive Steps to Strengthen Their Enterprises in 2024

22 Jan 2024

Eight in ten small business owners (81%) are planning to develop their companies in 2024, according to new research from Novuna Business Finance. The research shows that over a third (33%) are... Read more…

The Times names 12 of the UK’s best independent bookshops — as chosen by its readers.

22 Jan 2024

The Times has named 12 of the UK’s best independent bookshops — as chosen by its readers. Readers highlighted places that combined books with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.... Read more…

Bira Launches Second Annual Campaign for Valentine's Day - #LoveYourHighStreet

22 Jan 2024

The British Independent Retailers Association is championing the high street again this Valentine's Day for the second consecutive year with its #LoveYourHighStreet campaign.
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Family-run shop in Lanarkshire village scoops community retailer award for second year running.

10 Jan 2024

Nads Store, a family-run shop in Law, Lanarkshire, has been named Community Retailer of the Year at the Scottish Asian and Business Awards ceremony for the second year running.
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Indie jewellery retailer creates unique gold ‘Key Ring’ for new ITVX series

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Bristol and Cirencester-based bespoke fine jewellery retailer Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery, a member of the National Association of Jewellers, has received one of its most unusual commissions – to create a unique 22ct yellow gold ‘Key Ring’ requested by the team behind the new ITVX television series, The Winter King.

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Set in the 5th century, The Winter King is based on the Warlord Chronicles series of books by Bernard Cornwell, which draw inspiration from Arthurian myths and legends. The series will star Iain De Caestecker (The Control Room, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Arthur Pendragon, alongside Eddie Marsan (The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, Deceit) as High King Uther.

When the series began filming in Wales and the West Country in 2022, Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery was approached to craft a striking ‘Key Ring’ in gold, which would prominently feature on the little finger of leading actor Eddie Marsan. Early indications suggest this unusually shaped signet-style ring plays an important role in the storytelling.

In a nod to history and ancient metalsmithing techniques, the ring was cast to have a slightly textured and organic finish. To achieve the production company’s desired look, Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery’s master goldsmith, Tom Wightman, created the piece personally from more than 60 grams of gold. The ring was sandbox cast in-house in two parts to achieve the 5th-century look, requiring just over 12 hours to complete.

Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery chief executive Mark Smith comments,

“It is always exciting to receive a bespoke jewellery commission from a TV production company, especially one that is creating a TV series about ancient British legends on local soil! We are thrilled to represent Bristol by creating this unique 22ct ring, which I hope will unlock some treasures on the television show when it airs later this month.”

When it’s not producing faux-Arthurian treasures, Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery specialises in fine jewellery for clients up and down the country, including engagement rings, wedding bands, wedding day jewellery and eternity rings. It also offers a range of ready-to-wear pieces, such as earrings and necklaces set with coloured gemstones and diamonds.

All its jewellery is designed, made and set in the United Kingdom and is stamped with the trusted ‘Created in the UK’ mark, alongside traditional hallmarks, to signify its place of origin.

The Winter King will premiere on December 21 in the UK on ITVX.

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