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Waitrose shoppers get set for Halloween

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose were flat last week (to Saturday October 27) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s retail director Ben Stimson said: “Halloween celebrations were well underway as shoppers looked to decorate their homes, with sales of Halloween flowers up by 44%. “Customers …

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Last chance to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019!

The final deadline to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 is tomorrow (October 31). Organised annually by Datateam Business Media – publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner www.HousewaresLive.net – in partnership with annual home and gift show Spring Fair, the Awards honour the UK’s most outstanding housewares companies …

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Liz Lawson completes charity cycle challenge

  Liz Lawson, managing director of south-west independent housewares chain Lawsons, has raised £1,245 for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust, after taking part in three 100k cycling events within four weeks. She intended to participate in three sportives [an organised, mass-participation cycling event]: the Rapha Women’s 100k on September …

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Ayush Kasliwal to create Partner Country presentation at Ambiente 2019

The Republic of India is the Partner Country of German trade show Ambiente for 2018 – and designer Ayush Kasliwal has been chosen to create the annual Partner Country presentation. The exhibition, which will be held in Frankfurt from February 8 to February 12, is organised by Messe Frankfurt. Detlef …

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Swan collaborates with Eureka

British brand Swan has announced a partnership with North American vacuum cleaner manufacturer Eureka to bring a new floorcare collection to the UK. The products, which were previewed at Berlin consumer electronics and home appliances exhibition IFA (which ran from August 31 to September 5), are available in the UK …

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The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer returns

The star-studded line-up of the next series of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer has been revealed by Channel 4. The 20 bakers will be: John Lithgow, Jeremy Paxman, Sally Lindsay, Michelle Keegan, Jon Richardson, Russell Brand, Russell Tovey, Greg Wise, Jess Phillips MP, James Acaster, …

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Amazon reveals the UK’s best loved housewares of the last 20 years

Housewares and cookbooks appear in a poll of Amazon.co.uk’s best-selling products of the last 20 years, commissioned by the online retailer to mark its 20th anniversary. In 2001, the best-selling book was ‘Happy Days with the Naked Chef’ by Jamie Oliver In 2003, the best-selling housewares product was George Foreman Family …

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Date confirmed for new BBC Two dining series

BBC Two has announced the transmission details for a new show in celebrities go out to dinner. ‘I’ll Get This’ will make its debut on Tuesday November 6 from 10pm to 10.30pm Described as a ‘brand new subversive comedy entertainment show’, the six-episode series features ‘an eclectic mix of five …

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Harrods Christmas Grotto is invite only

For the first time, Harrods’ annual Christmas Grotto experience is being offered by invitation only, with access restricted to its most loyal Rewards customers. The Knightsbridge department store sent out email invitations in late August and customers who did not receive one, are not able to attend. The retailer said: …

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Lakeland trio attempts non-stop baking world record soon

Lakeland is organising a 30-hour non-stop baking world record attempt at its flagship Windermere store in Cumbria on Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10. Three staff members – Stella Wilson, Zoey Haliwell and Jane Nicholson – will start baking at 11am on November 9 and will continue until 5pm …

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