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Final entry deadline for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019

The deadline to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 has been extended to Wednesday October 31. Organised annually by Datateam Business Media – publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner www.HousewaresLive.net – in partnership with annual home and gift show Spring Fair, the Awards honour the UK’s most outstanding …

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Want to be on Britain’s Best Home Cook?

BBC One is seeking contestants for the next series of ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’. The broadcaster says: ‘Day-to-day cooking can be a real hassle but we will be looking for home cooks who excel at creating fabulous meals for family and friends every single day, as the judges look for …

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John Lewis weekly sales down 2.3%

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday October 13) were down 2.3% compared with the same week last year. The department store group’s trading director Simon Coble said: “Home sales were down 6.2%, but [own-brand] House performed well with sales up 4.4%. [Exclusive gifting collection] ‘Find …

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Sales of vegan and vegetarian food up 85% at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel were down 1% for Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday October 13) compared with the same period last year. Sales of vegan and vegetarian food increased by 85% as the supermarket chain added 30 new dishes to its range. The vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian products …

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Amazon Fashion hosts ‘first of its kind’ UK pop-up shopping experience

Amazon Fashion is set to open the doors to its first ever UK pop-up store later this month. Located on London’s Baker Street, the unit will be open from next Tuesday (October 23) to Saturday (October 27), showcasing different men’s and women’s fashion items every other day. All products can …

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Series two of ‘Family Cooking Showdown’ starts tonight

‘Family Cooking Showdown’ – the competitive food show that celebrates ‘the families who make ordinary food extraordinary’ – is back on BBC Two for a second series from tonight (Monday, October 15). The show will return with an increased order of 14 episodes in a new daily slot of 7pm …

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National Baking Week is here

Pyrex is encouraging the nation to stock up on baking equipment and ‘enjoy some homemade family time’ during Pyrex National Baking Week 2018, which kicked off on Monday (October 15) to runs to Sunday (October 21). October has become ‘the’ baking month in the UK during recent years, due to awareness …

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Steamer Trading Cookshop closes Canterbury store

The Canterbury branch of Steamer Trading Cookshop closed at the end of last week. Ben Phillips, founder of the specialist chain, told www.HousewaresLive.net that the 2,700sq ft branch in the centre of the Kent town was originally scheduled to close when the lease ended in August, but a temporary agreement …

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September footfall closes the quarter on a low

Footfall in September declined by 1.7% on the previous year – a slight acceleration on August’s fall of 1.6% – according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard. Covering the five weeks from August 26 to September 29, the BRC-Springboard footfall report said that High Street footfall decreased by …

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IKEA opens its first city centre Planning Studio

IKEA launched its IKEA Planning Studio on Tottenham Court Road in London today (Friday October 12) – the first step in IKEA UK and Ireland’s new city centre approach. The Studio specialises in kitchens and bedroom storage, with the aim of giving customers ‘an easy and convenient way to get …

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