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Funeral of David Peace

Details of the funeral for the late David Peace have now been confirmed. It will be held on Wednesday February 13 at 1.15pm at The Oak Chapel, Crownhill Crematorium, Crownhill, Milton Keynes, MK8 0AH. Following this there will be a reception at ‘Dave’s Club’: the Old Bradwell Sports and Social …

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Jenny Campbell to leave Dragons’ Den

Jenny Campbell will step down as a Dragon at the end of the current series of ‘Dragons’ Den’ with her last episode airing on Sunday (February 3) on BBC Two. The banker-turned-entrepreneur joined the Den in 2017. In the programme, budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas …

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BHETA to hold Exclusively briefing forum for exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will host a half-day briefing forum for members planning to exhibit at this year’s Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical. BHETA owns the annual co-located London trade shows, which return to the Business Design Centre in Islington on Tuesday June 11 and Wednesday June …

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Sophie Allport jumps into knitwear

Homeware and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport has just launched its first range of knitted jumpers. Available from January 28, the collection will be on display at Spring Fair in four of the company’s most popular designs. Retailing at £45, the reverse of each jumper features one of designer Sophie’s animal …

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Rainy Day Trust offers emergency winter fuel payments

The cold weather has set in once again and industry charity Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has launched its 2019 Emergency Winter Fuel Campaign. RDT ceo Bryan Clover said: “The government runs a cold weather payment scheme that pays £25 to those on means-tested welfare benefits when the average temperature is …

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Harts of Stur celebrates centenary

2019 is a special year for housewares retailer Harts of Stur, as the Dorset company celebrates 100 years as a family business. Philip Hart, managing director of Harts of Stur, commented: “For any business to reach its centenary year is a major achievement. I’m immensely proud that our family company …

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Interest in fluid art creations pours in at Hobbycraft

Hobbycraft has revealed that there is a growing trend in the technique of fluid art among its customers. The method, which allows both experienced artists and novices to create unique works, involves the pouring of (predominantly) acrylic paints from a height across a page or canvas which, when repeated, can …

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ICTC put into liquidation

Housewares supplier has been put into liquidation and will cease trading at the end of the month. In a statement, ICTC managing director Ruth Cutter said: “I’m sorry to announce that ICTC will be closing its doors for the last time on Thursday January 31 after another poor result for …

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John Lewis weekly sales down 3.5%

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 3.5% last week (to Saturday January 26) on the same week last year. The department store group’s buying director for home Johnathan Marsh said the results came ”as we annualised strong Clearance sales”. He said: “We saw customers beginning to buy …

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Waitrose launches £1m initiative to tackle plastic pollution

Waitrose & Partners has launched ‘Plan Plastic – The Million Pound Challenge’. The initiative will support projects designed to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic used, and plastic waste, with a £1 million grant fund. Funds will be awarded over one year to projects ‘that can demonstrate an impact on …

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