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Standing room only at BHETA housewares forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) welcomed a full house to its housewares networking forum on November 1. The audience heard presentations from Lakeland buying and merchandising director Samm Swain, UK retail lead at market research and data provider GfK Kelly Whitwick, bira (British Independent Retailers Association) commercial director …

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HOUSE opens two more stores

Housewares chain HOUSE launched two more stores this month. A pop up store opened on the ground floor of The Grand Arcade in Cambridge on November 2, followed seven days later by a branch in The Glades shopping centre in the Kent town of Bromley which made its debut on …

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M&S teams up with Jutexpo to launch eco-friendly bags for Christmas

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has teamed up with Jutexpo to offer a range of ethically sourced, reusable shopping bags. Designed as fashion accessories, the bags are made from natural fabrics and are produced by Jutexpo, which bills itself as the world’s biggest supplier of reusable jute, cotton and juco bags. The …

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Half Moon Bay partners with RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that Shruti Designs (a standalone division of giftware company Half Moon Bay) is to create a new range of RHS giftware and fashion items. Shruti is planning a spring launch for its RHS Irises & Hellebores collection, which includes travel cups and water …

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Retail footfall down 2% in October

UK retail footfall dropped by 2% year-on-year in October, following a 1.7% fall in September, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-Springboard. Covering the four weeks from September 3 to October 27, the BRC-Springboard footfall and vacancies monitor reveals that October was also the eleventh month of consecutive footfall decline. …

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Home & Garden brands in demand from EU mobile searches

‘Home & Garden’ saw the highest year-on-year growth for overseas mobile searches with 38% in Q3 – and the same retail category saw year-on-year growth of 13% for UK mobile searches in Q3, according to Google-Online Retail Monitor. Overseas mobile searches for UK brands overall grew by 18% year-on-year in …

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Black Friday footfall forecast to drop -3.7% across the UK

Retail intelligence expert Springboard forecast today (Monday November 19) that Black Friday on November 23 and the weekend that follows will ‘do very little to help the beleaguered high street’. Footfall is anticipated to drop by -3.7% year-on-year compared with Black Friday 2017 and by -2.7% over the weekend as …

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Oprah Winfrey selects Burgon & Ball product for her ‘Favourite Things’ 2018 list

Burgon & Ball’s RHS Gifts for Gardeners’ gift set has been selected by American media personality Oprah Winfrey as one her ‘Favourite Things’ for 2018. Oprah is an actress, television producer and philanthropist, best known for her talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’, which was the highest-rated television programme of …

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Horwood launches new website

Horwood has launched a new transactional website at www.horwood.co.uk The housewares supplier said the move is ‘part of an exciting line-up of changes running through our company recently. We opened the doors to our new showroom at our HQ in Bristol, we redesigned our stand for national and international trade …

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Huus wins Exclusively Shows’ Thrive and Survive competition

Exclusively Shows has named housewares retailer Huus of Halesworth in Suffolk as the winner of its Thrive and Survive contest. The competition was launched at the co-located trade shows Exclusively Housewares and Shows Exclusively Electrical, which were held in London in June. The initiative offered one retailer attendee the chance …

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