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Bunnings Warehouse moves into South Yorkshire

Bunnings Warehouse officially opened the doors to a branch in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham on Thursday (14 December). The 70,000sq ft store in Parkgate stocks more than 30,000 home improvement and garden products and offers services including paint mixing, key cutting, a garden centre, timber cutting and in-store …

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Bunnings Warehouse opens store in Basingstoke

Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in the Hampshire town of Basingstoke last Wednesday (December 13). The new store, which is on the site of the former Homebase on Winchester Road, is 84,500sq ft and offers customers more than 30,000 home improvement and garden products. Services include paint mixing, key …

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John Lewis seeks staff for 50th branch

John Lewis is encouraging applications for around 600 new jobs created by its new west London branch at Westfield shopping centre in White City. The four-level department store, which cost £33 million to build, will see John Lewis as one of the first retailers to open at the extended Westfield …

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Design Letters opens first own brand store in the UK

Danish interior and lifestyle brand Design Letters has chosen the UK to open its first own-brand store in the world. The shop launched last Thursday (December 1) in Touchwood Shopping Centre in the West Midlands. This retail and entertainment complex in Solihull near Birmingham features more than 80 stores – …

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Amazon ‘Treasure Truck’ set to pop up in select UK cities

Online giant Amazon has revealed that a Treasure Truck filled with surprise product offers is on the road. Described as ‘a unique and fun-filled way to shop’, Treasure Truck will initially pop up in Manchester and London several times a month, featuring one product at a time, with more cities …

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BHETA seminar advises on GDPR legislation

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held a forum on November 21 to advise members on the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which replaces the Data Protection Act (DPA) in May 2018. The new regulation stipulates that any data held by any organisation must be for a …

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BHETA membership passes 300 milestone

Total membership of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has risen to over 300 members this year. This figure takes into account membership renewals, which are well up on last year, plus the addition of 23 new home improvement members and 11 housewares members. BHETA executive director for housewares …

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Horwood expands sales and marketing team

Horwood Homewares has added four new members to its sales and marketing team to ‘help drive its customer-focused agenda forward’. The housewares supplier’s sales director Rob Jones said: “Our customers are at the centre of everything we do, so we want to ensure that we can offer them the best …

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Sainsbury’s joins forces with Debrett’s

Sainsbury’s has teamed up with etiquette expert Debrett’s to help partygoers through the festive season with a ‘Guide to Christmas Gift-Giving’. The guide has been designed to help the half (56%) of the population who say they feel unsure of festive social etiquette and clueless when it comes to correct …

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Royal visit to Middleport Pottery

HRH The Prince of Wales visited Middleport Pottery – the home of Burleigh – on Tuesday (November 28) as part of a royal tour of Stoke-on-Trent. Established in 1851, Burleigh is the only pottery in the world to decorate using tissue transfer printing from hand-engraved copper plates. It is world …

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