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BHETA members give feedback on proposed knife and corrosive substances legislation

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has canvassed its members’ opinions on the Government’s proposed legislative changes on the selling and marketing of knives and corrosive substances. The responses have now been submitted to bira (British Independent Retailers Association) and LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services) in a …

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BHETA relaunches website with new zone for retailers

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has relaunched its website. The new look www.bheta.co.uk, which went live at the Spring Fair, now includes a comprehensive directory aimed at retail buyers. Called the Retailer Zone, the section features information from all suppliers who are BHETA members, providing a real-time search …

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Start date for ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer’

‘The Great British Bake Off’ returns to Channel 4 on Tuesday March 6 at 8pm, with the first of five special episodes for Stand Up To Cancer. In each episode of ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer’, the show’s presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will …

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IHA reveals winners of 2018 Student Design Competition

Health, safety and hydration were key themes of the winning entries of the 2018 International Housewares Association (IHA) Student Design Competition. This annual contest challenges students to redesign a current housewares product to meet the needs of the future – or to create a concept for a new product. Projects …

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IHA announces finalists of the Global Innovation Awards for Product Design

A total of 65 finalists across 13 categories have been revealed by the International Housewares Association (IHA) for its annual IHA Global Innovations Awards (gia) for product design. More than 500 entries were received and were judged by a panel of industry experts including housewares retailers Ace Hardware, The Chopping …

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Birmingham hosts two Meet The Buyer events in March

The Giftware Association (GA) is holding two Meet The Buyer events next month for members, on Thursday March 8 and Thursday March 15. Both initiatives will be held at The Button Factory at 25 Frederick Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The March 8 event will feature buyers from …

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What More UK celebrates a busy month

February has been a very busy month for What More UK, with two trade shows and a trophy under its belt. The activity followed a record-breaking January for the company, with success “in all areas of the business”. What More UK said it saw “an overwhelmingly positive reaction” to its …

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Co-op prepares to open 30 new stores in the capital

Co-op is ramping up its investment in London, as it prepares to open a record number of 30 new food stores and refresh seven from its portfolio in the region. The £28 million investment forms part of the convenience retailer’s 2018 store expansion plan, and is set to create up …

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Dunelm CFO Keith Down set to step down

Dunelm announced today (Tuesday February 20) that its chief financial officer (CFO) Keith Down will step down in June to take up a role closer to his family home. Keith said: “I have enjoyed my time at Dunelm. The business has made great progress during the last few years and …

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Dunelm posts ‘good progress’ in first half and disposes of Achica

Homeware chain Dunelm today (Tuesday February 20) revealed like-for-like sales growth of 6% and total sales growth of 18.4% for the 26 weeks to 30 December 2017. Chairman Andy Harrison commented: “We have made good strategic progress in the first half, best highlighted by the 36.8% like-for-like growth in our …

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