How did high street favourite Wilko come to collapse?

Suppliers and experts say the discounter was hobbled by inconsistent leadership, weak store locations and having ‘no strategy whatsoever’ 

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Wilko enters administration, putting 12,000 jobs at risk

The business was left with “no choice but to take the difficult decision to enter into administration”, said Wilko CEO Mark Jackson


Tetley Tea workers on Teesside vote in favour of strike action

A spokesperson for Tata Consumer Products described the decision as “disappointing”


Trade unions need more involvement for fair pay in banana supply chain

In March this year, nine major retailers in the UK committed to a living wage for banana workers but campaigners say trade union involvement is needed

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Lea Valley Growers Association appoints former Watford FC chair as president

The growers’ group said Jimmy Russo had a ’wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences in the horticulture industry’

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Company Shop boosts leadership team with Samworth Bros and Morrrisons duo

Adam King and Sinead Healey have been appointed as marketing and finance directors


Pay row leads KP Snacks workers to vote on strike action

A decision to allow agency workers to cover striking staff was recently overturned

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Asda recalled for second MP grilling over ‘fire and rehire’ tactics

Asda co-owner Mohsin Issa said he was ‘disappointed’ after the committee requested more evidence

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Morrisons to close fruit packing site with the potential loss of 456 roles

The retailer said its fruit packing operation would be consolidated onto one site in Northamptonshire


Wake up. Brits alone aren’t going to fill the food labour shortage

The migrant labour narrative is worn out. It’s time for a realistic approach


Grocer Gold Awards 2023: Employer of the year

Aldi setting the agenda on pay and benefits

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It is time for action on seasonal food worker abuse

Seasonal horticultural workers are being threatened with deportation, housed in appalling conditions and treated like slaves by UK farm owners

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Why some of the UK’s big retailers made HMRC’s ‘name and shame’ minimum wage list

Failing to pay the minimum wage is never a good look for an employer – but even less so during the cost of living crisis


Poundland recruiting for 120 roles for online expansion

The variety discounter plans to combine its Poundshop.com and Poundland.co.uk websites, allowing customers to shop an expanded range online for home delivery

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Boots to close 300 stores over the next year

Shopworkers affected by the closures are to be offered jobs at other stores

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Is sustainability the right direction for Fairtrade?

The Fairtrade Foundation is highlighting its investment in climate as a key selling point. But will that convince shoppers to pay up?


Former seasonal workers tell Lords committee of ‘appalling’ conditions

The Committee heard from Sybil Msezane, an ex-worker from South Africa, who said ’we weren’t viewed, from my experience, as humans’ 


Arla’s UK farmers feel staffing pressures

The dairy co-op has outlined a four-point plan for government to help ‘urgently’ address farm labour shortages

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Sofina Foods proposes Young’s Seafood Grimsby factory closure

The Young’s Seafood owner has proposed to close the Marsden Road site from October 2023

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ABP buys two Scotbeef meat plants after supplier loses Aldi contract

Irish red meat giant ABP will complete a deal for Scotbeef’s Bridge of Allan abattoir and Queenslie meat packing plant by the end of July


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