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Poundland to remove kitchen knives by the end of October

Poundland is set to completely remove kitchen knives from all of its 755 stores by the end of October – and has called on other high street retailers to follow suit. The discount chain said: “This removal is part of our existing commitment to be the first high street retailer …

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Sheffield Knife Project: can you help?

The team behind the world’s largest collection of historic table knives and kitchen knives is planning to launch the Sheffield Knife Project – and is looking for involvement from anyone in the housewares industry who has an interest in the history of knives. The Hawley Collection, built up over 50 …

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The Range forms strategic alliance with Iceland

Homeware chain The Range has agreed a strategic alliance with Iceland that will introduce the frozen food retailer’s offer into a selection of The Range’s stores. The alliance will initially see the opening of Iceland store-in-stores within three of The Range’s stores in The Midlands and Liverpool. These will carry the …

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Wyevale sells more garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of four of its garden centres – Croydon Purley Way, Sidmouth, Solihull and Windsor – to individual buyers. Croydon Purley Way has been sold to Ultratown Limited, a party related to the existing landlord, and is expected to continue to operate as …

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Co-op bans single-use plastic carrier bags and introduces compostable alternatives

The Co-op has announced an end to single-use plastic carrier bags in its stores by 2023. The supermarket chain has pledged to remove around 60 million such bags in a phased rollout and replace them with an environmentally-friendly alternative. The new lightweight compostable carrier bags (pictured) will be carriers of …

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John Lewis appoints director of services

John Lewis & Partners has promoted Sean Allam to the newly created role of director of services. The department store group said his appointment follows its announcement earlier this year to strengthen its point of difference in three areas: unique products, personal service and expanding into new services. Under the …

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Deadline extended to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019

The deadline to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 has been extended to Friday October 12. 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 UK’s most outstanding …

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Waitrose shoppers seek warming foods in autumnal weather

Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.6% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday September 22) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said: “More autumnal weather conditions prompted customers to seek out warming foods, with fresh soups up 9% and root …

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C4 commissions ‘The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes’

Today (Tuesday September 25) is World Alzheimer’s Day, and Channel 4 has announced a new series supported by The Alzheimer’s Society. Channel 4 said the aim of the show is ‘to open the eyes of policy makers and employers on a quest to destigmatise dementia’. Inspired by a real-life Japanese …

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Gift, Cook and Dine sales up 1.6% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were up 0.5% last week (to Saturday September 22) compared with the same week last year, when the department store group was price-matching a competitor’s promotion. John Lewis & Partners director of digital Sienne Veit said: “Warm weather at the beginning of the …

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