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27/08/2014
Colman’s celebrates 200 years
This month, Colman’s is celebrating its bicentenary, just seven years after the future of the UK’s only home-grown spice came under serious threat.
14/08/2014
Unilever invests £6.9m into new R&D centre at Liverpool Science Park
Global consumer products manufacturer Unilever is to open an innovation space at Liverpool Science Park as part of a £6.9m project to facilitate cutting edge research into home and personal care products like Dove hair shampoo and Persil laundry liquid.
17/07/2014
Three Port Sunlight apprentices make Unilever history
Unilever Port Sunlight R&D’s three most senior apprentices came of age this week, graduating from the University of Liverpool and becoming the first ever employees to complete Unilever’s R&D apprenticeship.
10/07/2014
Unilever sells Slim-Fast to Kainos Capital
London & Rotterdam – Unilever today announced that it has sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business.
24/06/2014
Nick Johnson Appointed Head of Unilever Ireland
(23 June 2014) - Nick Johnson has been appointed Managing Director and Vice President (VP) Customer Development for Unilever Ireland, succeeding Jill Ross in the leadership role. Nick has held various senior posts since joining Unilever in 2011, most recently as Shopper Marketing and Category Management Director with Unilever UK, and will take up the new role in Ireland in July.
23/06/2014
Unilever UK & Ireland announces changes to its board
Unilever, the consumer goods company with the ambition to make sustainable living commonplace, has today announced a series of changes to its UK & Ireland board.
23/06/2014
£65 million research facility to open in Liverpool
The University of Liverpool and Unilever will open a state-of-the art £65 million Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) to accelerate research and reduce new product development times relevant to a range of sectors including Unilever’s Home Care and Personal Care Categories.
03/02/2014
Unilever extends compressed aerosol technology to male deodorant brands
Over 40% of Unilever’s aerosol deodorant portfolio in UK and Ireland converted to sustainable format within 12 months of launchUnilever invests more than £20 million in Leeds deodorant factory
20/11/2013
Unilever launches Project Sunlight – A new initiative to motivate people to live more sustainably
London/Rotterdam, 20th November 2013. Unilever is following up its Sustainable Living Plan with the launch of Unilever Project Sunlight, a new initiative to motivate millions of people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. Project Sunlight aims to make sustainable living desirable and achievable by inspiring people to look at the possibilities of a world where everyone lives well and within the natural limits of the planet.
18/11/2013
Unilever supports relief work in the Philippines
The Unilever Foundation is working with its global partners to provide emergency relief and help with longer-term rehabilitation
28/10/2013
Unilever signs new saturated fat pledge
Unilever UK & Ireland has announced today it will be in the first cohort of signatories of the latest Responsibility Deal for Public Health pledge – the Saturated Fat pledge.
28/10/2013
Unilever signs up to brand new saturated fat pledge
Unilever UK & Ireland has announced today it will be in the first cohort of signatories of the latest Responsibility Deal for Public Health pledge – the Saturated Fat pledge.
26/09/2013
Revealed: Science Behind World’s First Clinically Proven Anti-Wrinkle Supplement
There is only one anti-wrinkle supplement on the market clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles and now, details of the clinical study behind the breakthrough skin product Dove Spa Strength Within have been published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.
25/09/2013
Unilever in deal with Brandtone to drive mobile presence in key markets
London/Rotterdam - Unilever has signed a new deal with mobile marketing company, Brandtone, which will enable its brands to use the power of mobile and big data to build long-term one-to-one relationships with consumers, particularly in emerging markets, where mobile is a key tool to reach them - and to do so at scale.
24/09/2013
Unilever Volunteering Day sees hundreds of employees support the local community
Last week more than 400 employees based at the Leatherhead, Surrey, head office of Unilever, gave their desks a day off in favour of supporting community groups and schools across  Surrey in the company’s first “U-Volunteer” day – a day dedicated to volunteering in the community.
24/09/2013
Lifebuoy calls for hygiene to be recognised as a key intervention to reducing child mortality
New York – Unilever’s soap Lifebuoy today called for hygiene to be recognised as a key intervention to reducing child mortality, both in the last 900 days before the Millennium Development Goal deadline and in the post-2015 development agenda.
23/09/2013
Unilever Ice Cream Bites Into The Snacking Market
Unilever Ice Cream is tapping into the continued growth of the Snacking market with a range of innovative new products from its number one Ice Cream brand, Magnum.Available to retailers now, Magnum After Dinner, Magnum Mini Pots and Magnum Mini Baileys provide consumers with an array of In Home options during the impending winter nights, for both indulgent mid-week treats as well as something to share with friends and family at weekends.
23/09/2013
Unilever UK&I hosts Skills Minister to show young people putting employability skills into practice at Port Sunlight
Today Skills Minister Matthew Hancock visited the Unilever Port Sunlight site to lend his support to local young people taking part in a national skills campaign. Following a weekend of festivities as part of Port Sunlight’s 125th Anniversary Village Festival, Matthew Hancock took a tour of the factory and met Unilever apprentices from both the factory and R&D site.
20/09/2013
Knorr Takes Masterbrand Status Online
Knorr, the number one food brand from Unilever UK, is re-launching its website as part of a wider marketing strategy for 2013 communicating the brand’s quality and taste credentials as a cooking masterbrand.
20/09/2013
Unilever celebrates 125 years of manufacturing in Port Sunlight with launch of new, free history app
Unilever Archives– the Port Sunlight-based team of archivists responsible for preserving the company’s history – today has launched Unilever’s first corporate history app, Port Sunlight: Walking with William Lever, as part of the celebrations marking 125 years since William Lever began building the Port Sunlight works.
06/09/2013
Unilever to acquire T2 premium tea business in Australia
London & Rotterdam – September 6, 2013. Unilever today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T2, a premium Australian tea business for an undisclosed amount. T2 generated sales approaching AUS$57 million for the 12-month period ending June 30 2013.
14/08/2013
Unilever celebrates 125 years of manufacturing in Port Sunlight
125 years since it built the Port Sunlight works to house the manufacturing of eponymous Sunlight Soap, global consumer goods company Unilever today has unveiled its plans to celebrate its landmark anniversary with the local community.
18/07/2013
A mighty sales opportunity
Unilever UK launches BIGGEST EVER investment in Persil
18/07/2013
Sweet New Sales With Alberto Balsam
Alberto Balsam is set to extend its portfolio this month by adding new variant Honey & Sweet Almond to its popular shampoo and conditioner range.
18/07/2013
Brilliantly Repair Your Hair With Timotei
Timotei, the brand famous for striving to use more natural ingredients in its haircare products, is set to further expand its portfolio with the launch of a new shampoo and conditioner range.
18/07/2013
Vaseline Shakes Up the Skin Category With First Ever Spray Lotion
Skincare expert Vaseline, is set to revolutionise the skincare category this July with the launch of NEW Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser - a new ground breaking spray format, set to make moisturising quicker, easier and more convenient.
18/07/2013
Comfort and Persil Celebrate Royal Birth with Limited Edition Packs
Unilever UK is set to launch commemorative packs of its iconic mother and baby laundry brands, Comfort Pure and Persil Non-Bio Powder, to celebrate the birth of the royal heir. Available for retailer orders the day after the birth is confirmed, the limited edition packs will be available across all channels whilst stock lasts on a flow through basis*.
18/07/2013
Magnum boosts sales with a kiss
Magnum, the number one ice cream brand from Unilever UK[1], is bolstering its OOH  chocolate snack offering with the addition of Magnum Kisses Meringue et Fruits Rouges to the Magnum Kisses OOH range, available to retailers from June.[1] IRI Data value sales April 2013
18/07/2013
Bertolli strengthens taste credentials
Bertolli, the best-selling olive-based spread[1] from Unilever UK, has been awarded the Good Housekeeping stamp of approval, having achieved an overall score of 82% in consumer research.[1] IRI value sales May 2013 
18/07/2013
Bertolli re-launches TV ad
Bertolli, the best-selling olive-based spread from Unilever UK[1], is re-launching its successful ‘beach scene’ TV ad. The creative will air from July 2013 and take the same format as the original 2006 run.[1] IRI Data May 2013
18/07/2013
Elmlea whips up fresh new pack design
Elmlea, the dairy cream alternative brand from Unilever UK, has refreshed its entire portfolio with a bright new pack design. The refresh is being supported with a six figure marketing spend and is available to retailers now.
28/05/2013
Unilever supports British athletics with advertising partnership of Sainsbury’s Summer Series
Unilever UK has confirmed today that it will become “Advertising Partners” for the Sainsbury’s Summer Series for the first time this year.
28/05/2013
Unilever launches new apprenticeship schemes in the South East to aid youth employment
Unilever, which has both its global and UK headquarters in the South East and is behind much-loved household brands including PG tips, Persil, Lynx, Ben & Jerry’s and Marmite, has just opened up applications for its brand new apprenticeship programmes in Business Administration and IT.
28/05/2013
Celebrated apprentice meets Kate Green MP in The Houses of Parliament
At the age of 21, Sam Roberts is fast becoming a national role model for apprentices; not only is he the food and drink industry’s national Apprentice of the Year1, but Sam was also invited to the Houses of Parliament to speak to MPs and Peers to raise awareness of the scheme.
20/05/2013
From cup to compost: PG tips tackles the issue of tea bag waste with Recyclebank
Do you pop it in your food waste, compost it or send it to landfill? This is the question being posed to sustainability-conscious tea drinkers when they visit the Recyclebank website and PG tips’ Facebook page from today and learn how best to dispose of used tea bags.
09/05/2013
Irish people living abroad miss tea more than a pint in the local pub*
Lyons Tea launches new ‘Bring The Talk Home’ competition where consumers win the chance to bring loved one home from abroad
02/05/2013
Unilever Rolls Out Dove Men+Care Shower Tool Following Success Of Lynx Manwasher
Unilever UK is set to drive further growth through innovation within the shower tool category with the launch of its new Dove Men+Care Shower Tool, which follows on from the incredibly successful launch of the Lynx Manwasher last year.
30/04/2013
Get outstanding results even on a quick wash with all new Persil PowerPro dishwasher tablets
Like most of us, if you’re short on time but still have a mountain of dirty dishes to get through then the all new Persil PowerPro dishwasher tablets are the perfect products for you!
30/04/2013
Why is it so hard to see the beauty in ourselves when we see it in others so easily?
In denial (35%), embarrassed (30%), uncomfortable (26%) – that’s how British women feel when someone points out something beautiful about them, according to new research from beauty brand Dove.  In fact, women find it so difficult to talk about their bodies in a positive way that they would rather fall over in the middle of a public place than tell people a part of their body they think is beautiful.*
30/04/2013
Bake brave for World Baking Day 2013
Conquer a cake you’ve never baked before - that’s the message to everyone for World Baking Day 2013, which takes place on Sunday 19th May.
26/04/2013
Freshen up your kitchen this spring
It’s the perfect time of year to try some delicious spring seasonal recipes, but the idea of all the washing up can seem a little off-putting.
25/04/2013
Mark Heyes calls on Briish women to think smart about their wardrobes
We are a nation obsessed with the latest trends; we spend £63.7 billion* on clothes collectively each year, so it should be no surprise that the average woman owns over 100 items of clothing.
25/04/2013
Become a BBQ Hero
Looking for inspiration to make your barbeque the talk of the town? Bored of bland burgers and the same old sausages? Colman’s new range of delicious barbeque sauces are bursting with flavour and guaranteed to make your summer dishes a taste sensation.
25/04/2013
Unilever’s Q1 2013 results released today
Unilever today announced results for the first quarter 2013.
22/04/2013
Unilever Sustainable Living Plan helping to drive growth
Unilever’s commitment to put sustainable and equitable growth at the heart of its business model is helping to drive increased sales while reducing costs and risks, according to the second Unilever Sustainable Living Plan Progress Report published today.
18/04/2013
Unilever UK & Ireland named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2013
Unilever UK & Ireland has been named one of the country’s best employers for women in the UK in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2013, published today.
15/04/2013
New BBQ Heroes from Colman’s
Colman’s, the number one English mustard and condiment brand from Unilever UK and Ireland[1], is leveraging its taste credentials by broadening its offering with the launch of a new range of sauces, available to retailers from May 2013. [1] IRI Data 16 Feb 2013 - value sales
15/04/2013
You, me and a cup of PG
PG tips, the UK’s number one tea brand from Unilever UK[1], is supporting its Catch Up Cuppa campaign with a new light-hearted TV ad, on air from April 2013.[1]Total value sales IRI MAT February 2013
15/04/2013
Magnum seals sale with kisses
Magnum, the number one ice cream brand from Unilever UK[1], is strengthening its chocolate snack offering with the launch of Magnum Kisses Tarte aux Pommes and Magnum Kisses Minis range, available to retailers from February.   [1] IRI Data value December 2012
15/04/2013
Wear a secret smile this summer
Impulse reveals new Limited Edition scent, Secret Smile.
15/04/2013
Unilever factories and logistics reduce CO2 by 1 million tonnes
London/ Rotterdam, 15 April 2013 - Unilever today announced that since 2008 the company has achieved a CO2 reduction of more than one million tonnes from its manufacturing and logistics operations. This is equivalent to taking 250,000 cars off the road.
03/04/2013
TRESemmé Launch Platinum Strength Range
TRESemmé, the brand that offers consumers ultimate salon indulgence every day, is extending its portfolio with the launch of its new TRESemmé Platinum Strength range, designed to help fortify and strengthen hair.
03/04/2013
Sure Men is set to drive sales with the launch of Suremen Lotus F1® range
Suremen, the UK’s No1 male antiperspirant brand from Unilever UK[1],  is to step up a gear with the launch of its NEW Suremen Lotus F1® range. The exciting new limited edition range, which is designed to provide men with 48hour protection in high adrenaline situations, has been launched in line with the brand’s three year global sponsorship deal with the Lotus F1® Team.
25/03/2013
Simple Spotless Skin Sponsors Simon Cowell’s ‘The You Generation’ YouTube Channel
Simple Spotless Skin is to become the exclusive UK partner for the newly launched ‘The You Generation’ channel on You Tube – a first of its kind, ground-breaking talent competition.
04/02/2013
Unilever’s ‘compressed’ deodorant cans set for big sustainable impact
New innovation results in half-size deodorant aerosol that lasts just as long, but has on average 25% lower carbon footprint per can.
30/01/2013
Families set to make a splash as Unilever dishes up it's next challenge
Unilever Sustain Ability Challenge families to trial changes to their bathroom habits.
24/01/2013
Unilever UK and Ireland achieves 100% zero waste to landfill
Unilever today announced that more than 50 per cent of all of its factories have achieved the goal of sending no waste to landfill in 2012.
23/01/2013
Q4 & Final Year 2012 Results
Q4 and Final Year 2012 results were published today.
23/01/2013
Unilever UK and Ireland launches employee volunteering scheme
Unilever UK & Ireland has today launched a new volunteering policy which will support its quest to be a sustainable business and employer, deepen its engagement with the communities in which it operates, as well as further increasing employee fulfilment and development.
18/12/2012
74 million mince pies thrown away every Christmas
Waste less with Unilever and Love Food Hate Waste's 12 Days of Christmas food waste tips.
18/12/2012
Sustain Ability Challenge: The Festive Freezer Challenge
Christmas is just around the corner and this week our Sustain Ability Challenge households have been learning how to make the most of their freezers. 
12/12/2012
Charlotte Carroll named new Communications Director for Unilever UK & Ireland
Charlotte Carroll takes the helm of the UK and Ireland corporate communications team from 1 January 2013.
30/11/2012
Sustain Ability Challenge: The Store Cupboard Meal
With Christmas fast approaching, our Sustain Ability Challenge households have been saving money for gifts and treats by using up the forgotten items at the back of their kitchen cupboards. 
22/11/2012
Sustain Ability Challenge: Meet our Manchester household
Meet Ruth from Manchester
09/11/2012
Noel Clarke scoops ice cream marketing role at Unilever
FMCG marketer Noel Clarke has joined Unilever UK and Ireland as its new Brand Building Director – Ice Cream following the former director Pete Harbour’s move stateside to Unilever USA.
01/11/2012
Unilever challenges UK households to waste less and save more
Unilever is to launch a nationwide consumer challenge to help UK families lead more sustainable lifestyles and save money on household bills, it was announced today. 
30/10/2012
Unilever employee wins national Apprentice of the Year award
Unilever apprentice Sam Roberts has been named the UK food and drink industry’s Apprentice of the Year at this year’s prestigious Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Community Partnership Awards.
26/10/2012
Unilever reports good growth in third quarter 2012
On 25 October, Unilever released its results for the third quarter 2012. Once again, good quality growth, with volumes ahead of our markets, shows that Unilever’s transformation to a sustainable growth company is well on track and is being embedded deeply in the business. 
09/10/2012
Unilever drives sustainable growth with new european logistics project
Unilever announced today a new project part-funded by the EU which will reduce the distance its trucks drive on Europe's roads by around 200 million kilometres annually by the end of 2014, compared to 2010 levels. Of this, around 23 million vehicle kilometres will be removed from UK roads.
26/09/2012
The future smells sweet for new apprentices in Leeds
As many of their friends head off to university as part of the first cohort of young adults to pay higher tuition fees, three school leavers have chosen a different path and are just embarking on some of the first R&D higher apprenticeships available anywhere in the country with multi-national consumer goods company Unilever in Leeds.
26/09/2012
New opportunities for ice cream and tea apprentices
Deep in the Bedfordshire countryside at a science park in Sharnbrook, 650 scientists spend their days thinking and talking about two of the nation’s favourite things: ice cream and tea. 
20/09/2012
Port Sunlight opens its doors to young unemployed people
Young people from the Wirral and the surrounding area had an opportunity yesterday (Tuesday 18 September) to gain the skills they need to get into the world of work when they went behind the scenes at Unilever as part of a nationwide campaign: “Feeding Britain’s Future – Skills for Work Week”.
17/09/2012
Top graduate employer launches new programme for first year university students
As students make their way to university after the summer break, it’s not just those in their final year who will be contemplating their future and looking for jobs; with university fees at an all-time high and the graduate job market becoming increasingly competitive, students are starting to look for post-university employment earlier than ever before – even in their first year.
13/09/2012
Unilever confirms major UK investment
In June, Unilever announced some proposed changes to its UK business to help maintain and sustain its current success and strengthen its platform for long term growth. The proposals included making a major £40m investment into a new manufacturing and IT hub at the company’s historic home, Port Sunlight, but also reducing the number of Unilever roles in the UK.
14/06/2012
Unilever announces proposals to fuel growth in UK with major investment in new manufacturing & IT hub
In order to maintain and sustain its current success and competitiveness, Unilever is today announcing proposals to change elements of its UK business which could result in a £40m investment at its historic home, Port Sunlight.
21/05/2012
Unilever invites university students to head office to talk sustainability
A team of three first year Durham University students has been crowned champions of Unilever’s Sustainable Business Challenge.
16/05/2012
Unilever welcomes new face to UK & Ireland board
Unilever has appointed Tim Munden, a Unilever veteran of 18 years, as Vice President HR of the UK and Ireland business.
14/05/2012
Unilever works with councils to promote tea bag recycling
Unilever UK has announced a new partnership with Brentwood Borough Council, Chelmsford Council and WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Programme) to change consumer habits and encourage Essex residents to recycle their teabags.
24/04/2012
UNILEVER REPORTS ON FIRST YEAR’S PROGRESS AGAINST GROUND-BREAKING SUSTAINABLE LIVING PLAN TARGETS
Unilever has published a report on the progress it is making globally and nationally towards meeting its Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets. 
29/03/2012
Unilever wins Graduate Employer of Choice Award in Marketing
Unilever has this week been voted by final year students in The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards 2012 as the Graduate Employer of Choice in Marketing, by students interested in pursuing a career within this sector.  
05/12/2011
All white for Unilever in the Textile Innovation Awards 2011
Unilever, the UK’s leading fast moving consumer goods company behind laundry products including Persil, Comfort and Surf, has been crowned winner of The Textile Institute's Innovation Award 2011 .
05/12/2011
Unilever tackles mixed plastics recycling with Torbay Council
Unilever UK, the fast moving consumer goods company behind many well-known household brands including Flora, Wall’s Ice Cream, Dove, Persil and Knorr, has announced today a new partnership with Torbay Council in which it will support the South West Council’s new mixed plastics recycling initiative
05/12/2011
New Managing Director at Unilever Ireland
Jill Ross has been appointed Managing Director, Unilever Ireland. She was previously Customer Director with Unilever UK and Ireland.
05/12/2011
Revealed - what Brits really get up to in the shower
A landmark study by Unilever UK and Ireland, which manufactures some of the UK’s leading personal care brands, including Radox and Dove, is the first to reveal what British families really get up to in the shower.
23/09/2011
Dove Spa Strength Within food supplement
Unilever Ventures’ Dove Spa has developed “Strength Within Anti-Wrinkle Supplement”, after more than 5 years of clinical research by a team of leading scientists and dermatologists and nutritionists.
10/05/2011
Unilever completes Alberto Culver acquisition
Unilever and the Alberto Culver Company today jointly confirmed that, further to the announcement on May 6, they have obtained the necessary regulatory clearances, and Unilever has acquired the Alberto Culver Company.
17/11/2010
Unilever further strengthens home & personal care business
EU Competition Authorities approve Unilever’s acquisition of Sara Lee Personal Care and European Laundry business.
28/09/2010
Unilever to acquire Alberto Culver
Successful brands such as TRESemmé, Nexxus, VO5, St Ives and Simple strengthen category positions in Hair Care and Skin Care.
28/10/2009
Unilever Ireland Campaign to Signal Price Reductions on Household Favourites
Unilever Ireland is launching a consumer communications campaign to highlight price reductions across its brand portfolio.
25/09/2009
Unilever to acquire the personal care business of Sara Lee
Leading brands such as Sanex, Radox and Duschdas strengthen category leadership in Skin Cleansing and Deodorants
01/07/2009
UK commission calls for consistency in public health strategy
"The biggest problem is confusion": UK commission calls for greater clarity and consistency in public health strategy.
31/03/2009
UK & Ireland Customer Development changes
UK & Ireland announce changes in Customer Development.
02/03/2009
Unilever “signature” advertising goes live on product brand campaigns
Unilever UK & Ireland will put ‘signature’ corporate branding on its product brand advertising
10/02/2009
Average Brit consumes over 1,000 pints of saturated fat
FSA campaign launches to reduce nation’s over consumption

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