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Valerie Graham to distribute ASA Selection

German brand ASA Selection has appointed Valerie Graham as its exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland Valerie Graham will be distributing the complete range of ASA Selection products from table linen and dinnerware to cutlery, kitchenware and home accessories. Michael Stein, managing director of Valerie Graham, said: “I have …

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Amazon partners with Bake Off

Amazon.co.uk has partnered with TV series ‘The Great British Bake Off’ to launch Amazon’s Get Baking Shop. Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said: “Like the rest of the UK, we love ’The Great British Bake Off’ here at Amazon and Amazon’s Get Baking Shop – with its vast selection …

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Lakeland launches housewares range with Mary Berry

Lakeland announced the launch of an exclusive range of housewares in collaboration with Mary Berry on Wednesday (September 19). Developed with the celebrity cook and TV presenter, the ‘Mary Berry with Lakeland’ range comprises bakeware, oven-to-tableware, kitchen textiles and kitchen accessories. The nine-piece bakeware range is non-stick coated carbon steel, …

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BHETA wins Tussle on the Turf

The housewares industry’s two leading trade associations – bira (British Independent Retailers Association) and BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) – went head to head on July 18 in the annual Tussle on the Turf Golf Challenge at The Welcombe Golf Course in Stratford-upon-Avon. Twelve teams from both organisations battled …

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Whitford Worldwide launches new look website

Fluoropolymer coatings maker Whitford has launched its newly redesigned website. Described as ‘an easy and effective way to access information on Whitford’s products, services, quality programmes and resources,’ the site features a brand new look, clear navigation and improved content structure. Whitford European marketing & communications manager Rachel Findley said: …

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Bira takes business rates reform proposal to Parliament

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) presented its plan for business rates reform to MPs at the Houses of Parliament in London earlier this month. On September 11, bira asked MPs to consider changing the current £12,000 threshold to an allowance ‘as a much-needed short-term solution’. Bira believes that an …

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Poundland to open stores at up to 20 former Poundworld locations

Poundland is finalising plans to open stores at up to 20 large former Poundworld sites. The move follows the collapse of the Poundworld chain over the summer. Poundland expects to reopen the doors at most of the locations in October. It anticipates the move will create over 400 jobs – …

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Retailer Orla Kiely ceases trading

Orla Kiely, the fashion and homeware brand known for retro-inspired patterns, has closed its stores and website following the collapse of its parent company Kiely Rowan earlier this week. However, the home and design licensing business will still be sold through partners. Kiely Rowan is owned by Irish fashion designer …

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What More UK products hit the big (and small) screen

At the end of July a news story on www.housewareslive.net grabbed the attention of the What More UK team. The story revealed that a short film starring BAFTA-award winning actress Miriam Margolyes OBE which explores Alzheimer’s disease was due to start filming – and the production company behind the project …

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Habitat unveils flagship store at Westfield London

Habitat opened a new stand-alone flagship store last Friday (September 14) at Westfield London-White City. Forming part of shopping centre’s new ‘Home’ hub – which brings together a selection of homeware and furniture retailers – the 4,700sq ft store features more than 1,400 products from the Habitat collection across, furniture, …

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