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Waitrose goes East for new Oriental craft gin

Waitrose has become the first UK supermarket to introduce a gin made in Japan. With sales of gin at Waitrose up 30%, the retailer said it is constantly searching for new styles to meet shoppers’ thirst for the popular spirit. Roku, a craft gin from Japanese distillery The House of …

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Squire’s reopens Woking garden centre

Squire’s reopened the doors to its Woking garden centre in Surrey yesterday (Friday February 23). Following a significant extension, the garden centre on Littlewick Road now has an ‘inspirational’ plant area, complete with an outdoor canopy, and a much bigger shop (pictured) offering a wider choice of gardening products, gifts …

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MasterChef is back this week

Series 14 of BBC One’s annual cookery competition MasterChef starts on Monday (February 26) at 9pm. Out of the thousands who applied, 56 amateur cooks have made it through to compete over four weeks of heats to be crowned the 2018 champion of the culinary contest. In the opening episode, …

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New cookery series from Mary Berry

Former Bake Off judge Mary Berry is back on BBC One with a new TV series which aims to celebrate ‘what makes Mary such a brilliant cook, teacher and inspiration’. ‘Classic Mary Berry’ kicks off on Monday (February 26) at 8.30pm and runs for six weeks. In the opening episode, Mary …

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Take part in the March/April issue of Housewares Magazine?

We are now working on the March/April issue of Housewares Magazine, which includes the following features: The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018: Review Spring Fair: Review Ambiente Show: Review Beverage Making Spring Cleaning Afternoon Tea Wedding Gifts Oven-To-Tableware Specialist cookware SUPPLIERS: WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART? The issue will be …

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Squire’s garden centre in Windsor to close this autumn

Squire’s garden centre at Windsor in Berkshire will shut its doors in the autumn. The retailer blamed a limited ability to grow the Maidenhead Road centre and planning restraints as reasons for the decision. Squire’s said: ‘Over the years the garden centre has had limited ability to maximise its potential, …

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Top Drawer show boasts ‘strong buyer support’

Clarion Events, the organiser of Top Drawer, has reported that the Spring/Summer edition of the trade show enjoyed ‘strong buyer support’. The London exhibition kick-started the 2018 buying season at Olympia London on from January 14 to January 16. Clarion Events said: ‘International and UK buyers sought out the latest …

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Charlie Dimmock to open Squire’s new garden centre

Gardening expert Charlie Dimmock will officially open Squire’s new garden centre at Woking in Surrey on Saturday March 17. Charlie, who rose to fame as a co-host of BBC One garden makeover series ‘Ground Force’ and now presents BBC One’s ‘Garden Rescue’ series, will be at the garden centre all …

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BHETA members give feedback on proposed knife and corrosive substances legislation

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has canvassed its members’ opinions on the Government’s proposed legislative changes on the selling and marketing of knives and corrosive substances. The responses have now been submitted to bira (British Independent Retailers Association) and LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services) in a …

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BHETA relaunches website with new zone for retailers

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has relaunched its website. The new look www.bheta.co.uk, which went live at the Spring Fair, now includes a comprehensive directory aimed at retail buyers. Called the Retailer Zone, the section features information from all suppliers who are BHETA members, providing a real-time search …

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