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Tefal unveils details of marketing campaign to support OptiGrill+

From May 1, Tefal will be supporting its OptiGrill + range with a six-week digital media campaign. The multi-level push will include Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, underpinned with a comprehensive range of in-store point of sale material. According to the housewares supplier, OptiGrill+ ‘represents a new step in smart grilling. …

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The Cookware Company launches trade online portal

The Cookware Company has launched a new online portal designed to allow trade customers to place orders in just a few clicks. The new B2B platform at https://www.greenpan-b2b.co.uk/ enables customers to order 24/7, check availability and order history, and choose when their orders are delivered. The housewares supplier said here …

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Sales of Easter decorations soar at John Lewis

With Christmas celebrations a few months behind us, Brits are gearing up for Easter – and it’s now a bigger event than ever before, according to John Lewis & Partners. The department store group has reported that ‘more customers than ever before are viewing Easter as an opportunity to get …

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Waitrose launches Gin O’Clock experience

A new gin tasting experience is available from Waitrose & Partners for shoppers to enjoy five different gins without leaving their homes. ‘Gin O’Clock’ is a two hour session led by one of the supermarket chain’s specialists, either hosted at home, or in hired accommodation, an office or event space. …

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BHETA appoints Seema Grantham as new housewares sector manager

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Seema Grantham as its new housewares sector manager: the first appointment since the announcement of the Association’s recent restructure. Seema succeeds Will Jones, who has taken up the newly created position of chief operating officer, reporting to BHETA executive chairman Andrew …

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BHETA and knife suppliers back ‘responsible retailing’ campaign

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s consultative meeting with UK kitchen knife suppliers on March 25 reached a consensus to back a proactive industry-wide ‘responsible retailing’ campaign. Leading kitchen knife suppliers including Taylor’s Eye Witness, Amefa, Fiskars, George East (housewares), Kuhn Rikon and Robert Welch Designs met BHETA housewares …

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Sales of Easter decorations soar at Hobbycraft

As Easter approaches, parents across the UK are preparing by decorating their homes with Easter-themed crackers, cards and trees and creating bonnets for their little ones. Celebrities are even getting involved with TV presenter Rochelle Humes taking to Instagram and admitting to running to Hobbycraft for embellishments for the Magical …

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IKEA UK’s new Planning Studio makes debut

IKEA UK opened its new Planning Studio, at Bromley in south-east London, on March 28. Located at the former Mothercare and Early Learning Centre site on Bromley High Street, the store is part of IKEA’s ongoing city centre approach as it ‘responds to the growth of urban living and changes …

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BRC: action needed to ‘protect shops and jobs’

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has reported that business rates for retailers will rise by £200 million for 2019/20 and the business rates multiplier in England rose to over 50p in the pound on April 1. In response, BRC commented: ‘At a time when shop closures have become an all …

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Is the rise of cookery shows to blame for declining DIY trends?

April is National Home Improvement Month (NHIM): a consumer awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) to encourage people to improve their homes by making one change. An online survey of 2,001 UK homeowners conducted by Vital Research last November on behalf of BHETA revealed that …

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