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Deadline extended to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018!

We know how busy you are so we’ve given you a little bit of extra time to get your Housewares Innovation Awards entries in. We can now accept retailer entries and nominations to Thursday November 2 and supplier entries to Friday October 27. But please note that this will be …

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Watson Home Hardware wins cookshop window dressing competition

Watson Home Hardware of Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire has won a cookshop window dressing competition run by wholesaler Home Hardware. Abbotts DIY of Ottery St. Mary in Devon and Danum Home Hardware of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, were joint runners up. The contest was introduced this year to support Home Hardware’s …

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Habitat set to open more Mini Habitat stores in Sainsbury’s next month

Habitat is to launch four Mini Habitat concession stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets by mid-November. The 2,000sq ft stores will follow the same footprint as the brand’s six existing Mini store-in-store formats. The new locations are Sainsbury’s Monks Cross in York, launching tomorrow (Wednesday October 25); Sainsbury’s Cheadle, Manchester (November 1); …

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Mary Berry reunites with Mel and Sue for Christmas show

Former Bake Off presenters Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will be reunited on BBC One for a one-off programme to air this Christmas. The documentary will focus on a group of volunteers in South Wales who have opened a community centre. With the local school and post office …

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John Lewis to offer concierge style service at new Oxford store

John Lewis has revealed details of a ‘concierge style’ shopping experience which will be offered at its new Oxford store. The department store group is the anchor tenant of the new 800,000sq ft Westgate Oxford retail-led mixed use development, which opens in the Oxfordshire city on Tuesday (October 24). The …

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Deadline to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 closes on Monday!

The clock is ticking but there is still time for you to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018. The deadline for entries to be submitted is Monday (October 23), so now is the time to take action! We are also accepting nominations across all our award categories. So if you …

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From gin balloon glasses to spiralizers: what’s hot and what’s not in 2017

Six products defined 2017 – and seven products were left behind in the popularity stakes, according to John Lewis. The department store group revealed these findings in the fifth anniversary edition of the John Lewis Retail Report, which is based on shopping data gathered by the retailer over 12 months …

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New cookware from Hestan at Bentalls

A ‘revolutionary’ new cookware range from America is being stocked by Surrey department store Bentalls. The Kingston-upon-Thames retailer said: ‘Cookware brand Hestan has created a range of bonded stainless steel cookware uniquely engineered to last a lifetime. Founded in the US and widely known for high-end commercial kitchen equipment and …

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Currys PC World predicts its top Christmas sellers

Currys PC World has revealed the top 24 tech gifts expected to take pride of place under the nation’s Christmas trees. According to the electrical retailer, voice-controlled technology will be the most popular presents, followed by high-end speakers and the latest headphones. One housewares product makes an appearance though: tenth …

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Waitrose opens new shop in Dubai

Waitrose launched a new convenience shop in Dubai last Thursday (October 12), as part of its partnership with Fine Fare Food Market LLC. The supermarket chain’s 4,900sq ft store is in the new Dar Wasl shopping centre, which is in a busy residential area, and is designed to provide a …

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