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MasterChef 2018 is coming soon

Series 14 of BBC One’s MasterChef kicks off next Monday (February 26) at 9pm. Out of the thousands of applicants, 56 amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats on the competitive cookery show. In the first episode of the 25-part series, seven hopefuls pull …

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Selfridges opens the first in-store boxing gym

The world’s first fully-functioning in-store boxing gym opened at Selfridges’ flagship branch on London’s Oxford Street on February 1. The Boxing Gym is a collaboration between the department store group and the BXR London boutique boxing club, co-founded by world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The Boxing Gym is on the …

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Waitrose trials yoga classes in-store

Waitrose is trialling evening yoga sessions in four branches. This week, Waitrose shops at Basingstoke in Hampshire and Newbury in Berkshire have been hosting sessions. From this Monday (February 19), customers at the supermarket chain’s Banbury store, which opened in Oxfordshire last month, will also be able to take part. …

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The Giftware Association launches Yearbook

The Giftware Association (GA) has published its first ever Yearbook, which will be distributed to buyers. The 130-page full-colour publication features information about 90 of the trade body’s members, with full contact details. Established in 1947, GA is a national trade body which represents companies from across the gift and …

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BHETA sets date for next Credit Forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will hold its next Credit Forum on March 15. These thrice-yearly events are growing in popularity, with the most recent – held last November – the best attended ever. Feedback included comments such as “great to share best practices; very informative” from Amefa …

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BHETA plans trade mission to Bucharest

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is planning a three-day trade mission to the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Organised by the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, the event takes place from April 16 to April 18 and follows the success of BHETA’s export mission to Slovenia last October. BHETA …

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Ambiente says: vaarwel Netherlands, namaskar India!

India has been named as the partner country for Ambiente 2019. The announcement was made by the German trade fair’s organiser Messe Frankfurt at a ceremony during the five-day show, which ended on February 13. Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, said: “After Japan, India is …

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Ambiente attracts a celebrity visitor

            A guest of honour at this week’s Ambiente trade show, held in Frankfurt from February 9 to February 13, was Sylvie Meis. The Dutch TV presenter, model and entrepreneur, who is very popular in Germany, took a tour around the halls of the exhibition, …

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Creative Tops gets ready for World Book Day

Creative Tops is preparing to celebrate World Book Day on March 1. To mark the annual commemoration of reading, the housewares supplier will be promoting its new and existing collections that feature storybook characters – and is encouraging retailers ‘to order in time to participate in the fun’. Planned activities …

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