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Footfall returns to high street in May

UK retail footfall fell in May by 0.4% on the previous year – a marked improvement over March and April, which recorded declines of 6% and 3.3% respectively, according to the BRC (British Retail Consortium)-Springboard’s monthly monitor. “However,” BRC-Springboard, noted, “footfall was still down, despite May being a great month …

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Waitrose joins forces with Bupa

Waitrose customers are being offered a range of services and activities from healthcare provider Bupa at 17 branches until September 1. The supermarket chain is trialling services including free self-service health stations, that test customers’ BMI, height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate and body fat percentage; mini health assessments with …

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Entries open for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019

Entries have opened for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 – the most coveted awards in the UK housewares industry. Organised annually by Datateam Business Media – publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner HousewaresLive.net – in partnership with annual home and gift show Spring Fair, the Awards honour the …

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Sainsbury’s creates Group Chief Digital Officer role

J Sainsbury has announced that Clodagh Moriarty has been promoted to its operating board as group chief digital officer, with immediate effect. The supermarket chain said Clodagh will ‘create and lead the group’s digital strategy, ensuring customers experience an integrated and seamless digital experience across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Sainsbury’s Bank and …

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Theo Paphitis and Small Business Sunday (#SBS) to go live at Autumn Fair

High profile businessman Theo Paphitis will be bringing his Small Business Sunday (#SBS) venture to Autumn Fair 2018. Theo Paphitis is the chairman of hardware and housewares chain Robert Dyas and high street stationery specialist Ryman the Stationer, and the owner of lingerie chain Boux Avenue. In 2010 he launched …

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Rainy Day Trust: ‘We want to work much more closely with housewares businesses’

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is nearly half-way through its 175th anniversary year. The Rainy Day Trust is the UK’s only charity supporting the home improvement and home enhancement workforce and their families in times of need. Chief executive officer Bryan Clover said: “We’ve been helping people like you …

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PHA appointed UK distributor for PackIt

PHA KitchEssentials has been appointed as the UK distributor for PackIt: a patented range of foldable, freezable bags from the US. PHA says: ‘The brand was established by mum Melissa Kieling when she realised that if she wanted a kids’ lunch bag where the freezable gel was actually inside the …

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HOUSE reveals top sellers and brands

Australian housewares retailer HOUSE has made its UK debut with the launch of three stores and an ecommerce website. The first branch opened at the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford on April 16, coinciding with the launch of  www.houseuk.com. This was followed by a store at the Lexicon shopping centre in …

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Sales of pineapple preppers soar at Lakeland

Lakeland has reported a 70% rise in sales of pineapple prepping tools in April compared with the previous month. The housewares chain predicts that ‘pineapple mash’ is set to be huge this summer, as avocado lovers look for the next trend in cooking. He retailer notes that mashed pineapple is …

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Amazon to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK in 2018

Amazon announced yesterday (Wednesday June 6) that it will create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK in 2018, taking its total UK workforce to 27,500 by the end of the year. More than 650 permanent roles will be created in the online giant’s development centres and AWS (Amazon Web Services), in addition …

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