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Decco appoints Martin Sutcliffe as Leeds manager

Home improvement and garden wholesaler Decco has appointed Martin Sutcliffe as manager for Decco Leeds, following Andrew Ballantine’s promotion to chief operating officer. Martin joins from sister company Edmundson Electrical, where he began his career in 2011 as a graduate trainee. Since then he has managed three branches, most recently …

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Sainsbury’s trials Talking Tables scheme

Sainsbury’s has launched a new initiative called Talking Tables to ‘encourage and facilitate more personal interactions in-store’. Tables in selected cafes will be designated for customers to share a conversation, with the aim of ‘helping to bridge the loneliness gap by bringing people together’. The project has been developed in …

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Neil Feakins joins Wilko as customer insights and data director

Wilko has appointed Neil Feakins to the new role of customer insight and data director. He joins from independent global marketing and media consultancy Ebiquity and reports to Lisa Wilkinson, the family director of parent company Wilkinson Hardware Stores Limited (WHSL). The retailer said: ‘This new role will rally existing …

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Leana Salamah joins IHA as vice president, marketing

The International Housewares Association (IHA) has announced that Leana Salamah has joined the US-based trade body as vice president, marketing. Leana succeeds Derek Miller who became IHA president on October 1. She has 20 years’ experience in marketing, including trade show, association and event marketing. She will be responsible for …

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Four new directors join IHA board

Four new directors have been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA). They are Scott Henrikson, president of Dexas International; Darrin Johnston, managing director of Meyer Corporation; Lisa W. Knierim, president & ceo-Americas of Villeroy & Boch; and Ingerid Mohn, president of Sagaform. Their three-year …

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Tesco doubles Wicked Kitchen range as demand for plant-based food soars

Demand for vegan food is rising so fast that it’s become the UK’s fastest growing culinary trend of 2018, according to Tesco. In the last year, sales of chilled vegan foods at the supermarket chain have soared by 25%, helping to swell the UK meat-free market to £310 million. As …

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BHETA export drive rolls into Romania

The latest initiative by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) to address the export ambitions of its members is a trade mission to Bucharest in Romania. The mission, which takes place from November 25 to November 27, is being organised in partnership with the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, which is …

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New speaker joins BHETA housewares forum

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has added a new name to its line-up of speakers for its housewares networking forum on November 1, announced in May. Topping the bill will be Samm Swain, buying and merchandising director of Lakeland, who will present her views on the current market and …

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Lakeland duo takes the plunge in charity skydive

Lakeland buying & merchandising director Samm Swain and her colleague, head of trading for baking and cooking Libby Heppenstall, successfully completed a tandem skydive with the Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team on July 24. Sponsored by housewares brand Victorinox (distributed by Burton McCall), the aim of the exercise was …

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Bryan Clover completes Rainy Day Trust Ramble

Rainy Day Trust (RDT) chief executive officer Bryan Clover is recovering after completing a gruelling fund-raising challenge for the industry charity. To mark RDT’s 175th anniversary, he planned to hike 175 miles along Cornwall’s coastline in seven days. He was joined on his travels by a friend and a local …

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