Small independent brands are clearly important for the future of retail and nowhere more so than in North Tyneside. It’s been enough to warrant a rebrand at the Royal Quays Outlet Centre in North Shields.
UK supermarkets giant Asda has this month opened the largest refill store in the country in York. The superstore stocks 100 branded and own-brand products sold in loose and unpackaged format in a huge 18-bay refill zone.
Creating attractions to draw consumers to shopping centres has become an essential promotional tool since retail fully reopened in the spring. And one of the more inventive ideas comes from Victoria Square in Belfast.
In two years, all the cosmetics products by The Body Shop (owned by the Natura group) will be certified ‘vegan’, in other words not containing any substance of animal origin, by UK association The Vegan Society.
Natura & Co, the Brazil-based owner of The Body Shop, Avon and Aesop, said it saw another quarter of double-digit revenue growth in Q1, easily beating the wider global Cosmetics, Fragrance, and Toiletries market.