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ProCook posts record Christmas sales

ProCook has reported that its headline sales grew by 28% in the eight weeks of peak trading (incorporating Black Friday, the Christmas build-up and post-Christmas Sale). The result was driven by a 35% rise in online sales and 17% lift in retail sales, with like-for-like sales up 12.5%. The housewares …

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Spontex joins BHETA

Spontex is the latest housewares brand to join The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Created in France in 1932, the name Spontex is an amalgamation of the words ‘sponge’ and ‘textile’. The brand began when it designed the world’s very first cellulose sponge. Now based in Worcester, Spontex bills …

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Steamer Trading Cookshop set to close in Marlow – but plans to relocate

Steamer Trading Cookshop has started a closing down sale at its branch in Marlow – but is seeking an alternative site in the Buckinghamshire town. The retailer’s outlet on Market Square, located within a historic town centre building called the Old Market Hall, is set to return to its former use as a …

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Harrods wins UK gia prize

Harrods has been named as the UK winner of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme for 2017-2018. The London department store joins 26 other home and housewares retailers from 25 countries in the competition, which is organised and sponsored by The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago and …

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Entries open for the bira Awards

Independent retailers who are members of bira (British Independent Retailers Association) are invited to nominate their business, team or employee for the annual bira Awards by March 31. The award categories are: independent retail business of the year, independent retail employee of the year, independent team of the year, Charitable …

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Book your tickets for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 now!

The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 are round the corner and tickets for this prestigious event are selling fast – so now is the time to book your place! Organised by Housewares Magazine and its digital partner www.HousewaresLive.net in partnership with the Spring Fair, the Awards will reward the best of …

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Spring Fair welcomes interior design duo 2 Lovely Gays

Spring Fair has revealed that interior design duo 2 Lovely Gays (2LG) – Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead – will be among visitors at the upcoming show, which takes place from February 4 to February 8 at the NEC in Birmingham. www.2lgstudio.com is an interior design studio in south-east London …

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2018 International Home + Housewares Show: sold out

The International Home + Housewares Show sold out late last month – 10 weeks before its doors open on March 10, according to International Housewares Association (IHA), which owns and operates the four-day trade exhibition in Chicago. IHA president & CEO Phil Brandl said: “The high demand to be a …

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Spring Fair launches The Atelier

Spring Far will reveal an interactive installation to ‘inspire and guide’ visitors to the five-day trade show, which kicks off on February 4 at the NEC in Birmingham. Called The Atelier (from the French word ‘astelier’ meaning an artist’s studio or workshop), the new feature comprises a walk-through gallery of …

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Gift of the Year Awards 2018: finalists revealed

The Giftware Association has released the names of the finalists of its Gift of the Year Awards 2018. The winners will be revealed at an evening awards ceremony held at The Vox Conference Centre, adjacent to the NEC in Birmingham, on Sunday February 4 (during the Spring Fair). The event, …

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