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Black + Blum appoints managing director Nick Cornwell ‘to prepare for growth’

Design-led housewares company Black+ Blum has announced the appointment of Nick Cornwell as managing director. Based on London’s South Bank in the Oxo Tower complex, the award-winning business was founded by its lead designer Dan Black. Now its 20th year, the supplier enjoys success in the UK and internationally with …

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Anthropologie CEO to step down

Urban Outfitters has announced that David McCreight, ceo of its subsidiary Anthropologie Group, will leave the business on April 27. Following his departure, Anthropologie Group president – apparel and accessories Hillary Super will lead the brand in partnership with Anthropologie Group president – home, garden and international Andrew Carnie. Urban …

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Finalists revealed for DIY Week Awards 2018

Now in its eighth year, the DIY Week Awards 2018 will take place on May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London. A total of 27 products have been shortlisted across nine categories and 18 home improvement and garden retailers have been named as finalists across six categories. The supplier …

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Debenhams partners with homeware brand Swoon Editions

Debenhams is partnering with British brand Swoon Editions to bring its homeware to the UK high street for the first time. The department store group opened a dedicated space in its Westfield White City branch in London on March 29, offering a selection of Swoon’s dinnerware, lighting and furniture pieces. …

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Dixons Carphone UK boss steps down

Dixons Carphone announced today (Friday April 6) that Katie Bickerstaffe has stepped down as UK & Ireland ceo to join the new energy supply business created by the proposed merger of SSE plc and Innogy SE. She will take up her role as chief executive designate later this year. Group …

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‘Phenomenal response’ to BHETA export push

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has announced that discounted grants to exhibit at the National Hardware Show in the US have sold out. BHETA had a limited number of exhibitor grants available from the Department for International Trade to support supplier members towards the cost of exhibiting at …

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BHETA welcomes housewares trio: Ist London UK, Captivate Brands and Scott UK

Three housewares suppliers have joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA): Ist London UK, Captivate Brands and Scott (UK). Ist London UK is based in Surrey and specialises in contemporary tableware, hand-made in Turkey using Limoges and Mont Blanc porcelain. Captivate Brands is a new UK supplier to the …

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Asda adds ‘grown-up’ homeware to its unicorn range

Asda has launched a new unicorn range under its George at Asda label, following a rise in demand from older audiences. The supermarket chain’s website saw 79,000 searches for ‘unicorn’ last December and a further 12,700 searches for the mythical creature in the first week of January. Asda said its …

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Australian housewares retailer HOUSE confirms UK launch this month

Australian housewares retailer, HOUSE has confirmed that it will launch in the UK by mid-April. HOUSE will open four stores in the UK later this month, which will be joined by a further two before the end of June. The first branch will open at Westgate shopping centre in Oxford on …

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Tesco gives away over 30 million pieces of free fruit to kids

Tesco’s ground-breaking ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative has proved a real hit, with over 50 million pieces of free fruit given to children since the programme launched almost two years ago. The scheme was the brainchild of Maria Simpson, a Tesco colleague from Brigg Superstore in Lincolnshire, who suggested giving …

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