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Take part in the next issue of Housewares Magazine

We are now working on the October/November 2018 issue of Housewares Magazine, which includes the following features: Food Preparation Tabletop Childrensware Small Electricals Storageware Barware Textiles Oven-To-Tableware WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART? The issue will be read by 4,973* buyers – so this is a great opportunity for you …

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Debenhams opens new look store in Watford

Debenhams opened the doors to its latest store yesterday (Thursday September 27), in the Hertfordshire town of Watford. Hundreds of shoppers queued to be one of the first to glimpse the 86,000sq ft three-storey branch, which was officially opened by celebrity designer Julien Macdonald OBE alongside Watford local Megan Bowyer. …

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Heston adds meat dishes to his Waitrose range

Waitrose & Partners will launch a range of meat dishes from internationally acclaimed chef Heston Blumenthal on October 10. The additions to the exclusive ‘Heston from Waitrose’ range are described by the supermarket chain as ‘restaurant-quality dishes centred around delicious, and sometimes forgotten, cuts of meat, all with a curious …

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Home Hardware (Scotland) reveals Bake Off window winner

Threave Home Hardware in Castle Douglas is the winner of a themed ‘The Great British Bake Off’ window competition, organised by Home Hardware (Scotland) for its members’ shops Second place went to Wright’s Home Hardware in Prestwick and third place was awarded to Wright’s Home Hardware in Forres. The winners …

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BHETA welcomes Villaggio Verde

Villaggio Verde has joined BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones said: “This is great news. The variety of knowledge, experience and contacts within BHETA broadens all the time.” Villaggio Verde is a Worcestershire-based Olive tree specialist grower which supplies a selection of hand-crafted olive …

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What More UK adds Azerbaijan to its export list

What More UK is celebrating its first secured and delivered order to Azerbaijan. The country joins a 72-strong list of international destinations that receive shipments from the Lancashire plastic housewares manufacturer, including The United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Nigeria and Canada. What More UK director Tony Grimshaw OBE said: “Congratulations to …

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Waitrose commits to removing 134 million plastic bags

Waitrose & Partners has committed to removing loose fruit and vegetable plastic bags by spring 2019 and 5p single-use plastic carrier bags by March 2019 in all its shops. The move will save 134 million plastic bags: the equivalent of 500 tonnes of plastic a year.   The retailer claims …

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Housewares products sale raises almost £2,500 for Rainy Day Trust

Products entered for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 have helped raise much-needed funds for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust. Many housewares companies that submitted product entries to The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 chose not to have them returned but instead agreed to donate them to a sale at Datateam …

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Argos customers can now ‘Voice Shop’

Argos is launching a new service called Voice Shop, which enables shoppers to reserve 20,000 Argos products using voice technology. Customers can use just their voice to reserve items for same-day pick-up from more than 850 Argos stores by using the Google Assistant (available on most Android phones, iOS or …

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Survey reveals children’s adventurous eating habits

Over half of British parents believe their children are more likely to try new types of food than they were at the same age, according to a new survey. A study by hotel chain Hilton of 1,500 parents of children aged two to 16 found that one in five (21%) …

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