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Amazon to sponsor The Great British Bake Off 2018

Channel 4 has announced that Amazon will be the new broadcast sponsor of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ for 2018. The sponsorship package includes the ninth series of the baking competition, which returns to TV screens later this year; spin-off series ‘Bake Off: An Extra Slice’; the festive episodes; and …

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Dexam takes on Charles Viancin distribution in UK

Housewares supplier Dexam has announced that it will be taking on the distributorship of Charles Viancin products for the UK and selected other markets from June 1. Dexam said: ‘This will bring the prestigious range of food and drink covers from Charles Viancin into a comprehensive stable of kitchenware brands, …

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Jomafe opens UK showroom

Housewares supplier Jose Maria Ferreira, which trades under the Jomafe brand, opened a UK showroom on Monday (March 19) in the Dorset town of Bournemouth. Headquartered at Guimarães in Portugal, the company has operations in Portugal, Spain and Brazil. In Portugal, Jomafe manufactures oven-to-tableware, mixing bowls, pudding basins and tableware, …

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John Lewis promises 50th store will bring ‘a new level of personalised shopping’

Speaking ahead of the opening tomorrow (Tuesday March 20) of John Lewis’ 50th shop, the department store group’s managing director of Paula Nickolds said: “This shop offers customers something different.” The branch, which measures 230,000sq ft, is the anchor tenant of the £600m extension of the White City, Westfield London …

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Alan Silverwood md steps down and appoints successor

Simon Silverwood has stepped down from his role as managing director of Alan Silverwood following an extended period of ill health, with immediate effect. He is succeeded by David Jack, who is now the owner and managing director of the award-winning bakeware manufacturer. David has been an Alan Silverwood customer …

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Hobbycraft survey reveals what’s hot, not and next in the world of crafting

Hobbycraft has surveyed 10,000 UK adults for its first annual Craft Report, which details which crafts are popular, which are on the way up, and which are dying out. The arts and crafts retailer says the crafting movement is a growing trend, with almost two-thirds of the survey’s respondents describing …

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Tesco tracks the rise of the ‘new British wine connoisseurs’

Brits are acquiring a new degree of sophistication when it comes to buying wine, according to Tesco. The supermarket chain reports that the latest figures from retail analyst Nielsen show sales for wine priced £10 and over grew by 23% in the 12 months to December 2017 – and Tesco …

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Sold! The smells that will sell your home

For Brits looking to sell their houses, new research has revealed the smells which could make their properties more desirable to potential buyers. In a survey of 1,015 adults carried out by household appliances retailer AppliancesDirect.co.uk, 86% of respondents said the smell of a house could be the difference between …

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Portmeirion Group posts ninth consecutive year of record sales and pre-tax profit

Portmeirion Group’s sales rose 10.6% to £84.8 million and pre-tax profit lifted 13% to £8.8 million for the year to December 31 2017. The tabletop supplier, which encompasses the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, Pimpernel and Wax Lyrical brands, said it made ‘strong progress on growth and diversification in export markets’ …

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Exclusively Shows launch initiatives for retailers

Brooke House Exhibitions, the owner and organiser of co-located trade shows Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical, has announced more details of a joint initiative with the British Independent Retailers Association (bira). Bira will have a stand at Exclusively for the first time and several joint marketing activities will be introduced …

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