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Saving and Rebuilding Waterford Crystal

As we now know KPS an American private equity group has bought the intellectual property rights of Waterford crystal. At first this did not include the manufacturing plant at Waterford. We now understand that a partial agreement with the Unite Union, who represent the employees ,will see some workers retained at the factory although on the face of it seems

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Good News for Portmeirion Pottery China Company

After posting so much poor news about our China and Glass Industry, at last I can announce some positive News as Portmeirion China has issued impressive figures for the year ending 31st December 2008. Profits of over £1.4 million are true reward for the change of fortunes for this long established factory still based in Stoke-on-Trent.
The iconic pattern Botanic

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The History of Steiff Bears

The Steiff Bear company was founded by Margarete Steiff. Margarete born in Giengen a small town near Stuttgart in 1847 was a remarkable lady who persevered in the face of adversity an example to us all. Before she was 2 years old she contracted Polio which paralysed both her legs and severely disabled her right arm, she was confined to

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There has never been a better time to buy Dartington Crystal Glass

The one thing these challenging times has done for the consumer  is to make it a great time to buy product from factories still making goods. With a down turn in volumes as buyers tighten their belts companies like Dartington Crystal Glass still have to feed the factory and the only way they can entice the retail buyer is to

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News on Waterford,Edinburgh and Stuart Crystal

There is still no positive news on what will be happening to future production and sourcing of Waterford Crystal, Edinburgh Crystal and Stuart Crystal. As previously stated KPS a US Private equity company bought the brands but not the factory in March 2009.
To date we have been receiving stock from the factory warehouses but certain lines are now getting

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An Independent Retailers review of a Visit to Westfield Shopping Centre London

My daughter Veronie was very keen to visit Westfield shopping centre for retail therapy, I was keen from a research perspective. So along with Helen my wife we alighted at White City walked past the iconic BBC building and into Westfield. The entrance from the tube feels like the back door, first up is a burger king, angular  staircase and

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