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Steamer Trading Cookshop to headline BHETA housewares forum

Steamer Trading Cookshop owner and director Ben Phillips and chief executive officer Mark Saunders will take to the stage next month as headline speakers at a housewares forum organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). The duo will outline the specialist chain’s ‘strategic direction and focus over the coming …

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Nespresso launches UK debut ‘concept boutique’

Nespresso opened a new concept store for the UK at Liverpool ONE shopping centre last Thursday (October 5). The coffee supplier describes the 1,600sq ft outlet as ‘a unique immersive boutique’ which is its third globally, following trials in Cannes and New York. The main focus of the concept is to …

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Cath Kidston and Yankee Candle open stores in Tunbridge Wells

Homeware brands Cath Kidston and Yankee Candle have opened adjacent stores on level two of the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre in the Kent town of Tunbridge Wells. The 1,002sq ft Cath Kidston outlet made its debut on September 15. The brand, known for its colourful vintage style prints on …

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Home sales slip 2.5% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday October 7) were £89.1 million, down 0.9% on last year. Head of shop trade for Central and Midlands Amanda Dammers reported that Home sales were down 2.5%. But she added: “Our Christmas Villages continue to perform strongly and Halloween products …

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Two weeks left to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018!

There is still time for you to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018. The deadline for entries to be submitted is Monday October 23, so now is the time to take action! We are also accepting nominations across all our award categories. So if you know of a truly innovative …

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New cookshop opens in Dublin

A new cookshop opens its doors in the heart of Dublin’s Blackrock Village today (Tuesday October 10). At 2b Main Street, The Triggerfish Cookshop is dedicated to cookware, kitchenware and tableware. Owner Bob Toal said: “Our focus is on quality, function and design. There will be a revolving range of …

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Introducing the nation’s ‘patchwork’ eating trend

New research has revealed that there’s no such a thing as ‘one meal fits all’ at the British family dinner table. Fussy eaters, varying tastes and clashing schedules means families have to prepare and cook multiple meals every day, according to new findings from Sainsbury’s. The supermarket chain said this …

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ITV unwraps new consumer series: ‘How To Spend It Well At Christmas’

ITV has announced details of a new three-part factual consumer series called ‘How To Spend It Well At Christmas,’ presented by Phillip Schofield. The show aims to be ‘the ultimate consumer guide to Christmas spending by helping viewers navigate through their festive shopping dilemmas, them, make seasonal savings, and get …

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Selfridges launches Blondies Kitchen bar

Following a successful pop up at Selfridges in May, baking duo ‘Blondies Kitchen’ have returned to the London department store to launch their first permanent milk and cookie bar in its Foodhall. The concession, which launched on September 14, serves six cookie flavours and three types of milk, plus new …

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Dulux announces 2018 Colour of the Year

Paint brand Dulux Heart Wood has unveiled Heart Wood as its Colour of the Year for 2018. Sitting between a smoky taupe and dusky mauve, Heart Wood is described as a ‘warm neutral, with a hint of heath’. Dulux explained: ‘We’ve identified a global need for homes to feel even …

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