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Excellence in Housewares Awards names 2018 winners

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 were announced last night (Wednesday October 4) during a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The victors of the event, which was organised by ‘Progressive Housewares’ magazine in conjunction with bira (British Independent Retailers Association), are: Retail Employee of the …

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New foodie and home shows coming soon to BBC One

BBC One has revealed details of new factual and factual entertainment daytime programmes planned for this winter, with the focus on food, homes and product inventions. Airing in the two weeks before Christmas, ‘Best Christmas Food Ever’ will feature chef Paul Ainsworth and Irish cookery school owner and home cook …

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New home show set to launch in London

A brand new trade show called the Pure Living Lifestyle & Home Fair is coming to London next March. Organised by Elite London Events, the exhibition will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington from March 4 to March 5 and will host 250 designers and brands from across …

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Top Drawer show attracts ‘very high calibre’ crowd

Exhibition organiser Clarion Events reported a ‘very high calibre of buyers’ at the Autumn/Winter edition of Top Drawer, with many of the 1,000-plus exhibitors taking orders within the first 30 minutes of the trade show’s opening day. Visitors to the fair, which took place from September 9 to September 11 …

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Waitrose celebrates tenth anniversary of its Community Matters scheme

This month Waitrose & Partners commemorates 10 years of its Community Matters ‘green token’ scheme. Under the initiative, shoppers are given a green token at the checkout to place in one of three boxes – each allocated to a different local cause. At the end of each month, a donation …

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John Lewis introduces gifting collection: Find Keep Give

John Lewis & Partners has launched an exclusive gifting collection called Find Keep Give. The department store group said: ‘Designed to reflect trends for wellbeing, entertaining and all things decorative, the 200-piece collection spans gifts across tableware and glassware, ceramics, decorative accessories, fashion and more – 80% of which has …

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Asda launches glittery gingerbread gin liqueur

With colder climes on the way, Asda is helping customers get into the spirit with the introduction of a limited-edition Extra Special Gingerbread Gin Liqueur. Vibrant orange gold with a shimmering, pearlescent edible glitter, the Extra Special Gingerbread Gin Liqueur is described as ‘the perfect way to add a touch …

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Gino, Gordon and Fred take a road trip

A new cookery series entitled ‘Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip’ kicks off on Thursday October 11 at 9pm on ITV, starring celebrity cooks Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and French maître d’hôtel Fred Sirieix, best known for appearing on Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’. In the three-part series, the trio hit …

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Homesense gets ‘The Look of Love’

Homeware retailer Homesense has launched its first ever above-the-line advertising campaign. Created by independent London advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, the promotion carries the strapline ‘Homelovers love Homesense’ and aims to ‘celebrate the love that the retailer creates in its customers for its unique and branded homeware’. The push is spearheaded by …

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‘Drowning in Plastic’ airs tonight on BBC One

A year on from ‘Blue Planet II’, BBC One is airing a film tonight (Monday October 1) at 8.30pm that will investigate the consequences of the plastic pollution crisis in our oceans. The broadcaster said ‘Drowning In Plastic’ ‘picks up where ‘Blue Planet II’ left off, to explore the impact …

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