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Spring Fair welcomes interior design duo 2 Lovely Gays

Spring Fair has revealed that interior design duo 2 Lovely Gays (2LG) – Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead – will be among visitors at the upcoming show, which takes place from February 4 to February 8 at the NEC in Birmingham. www.2lgstudio.com is an interior design studio in south-east London …

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2018 International Home + Housewares Show: sold out

The International Home + Housewares Show sold out late last month – 10 weeks before its doors open on March 10, according to International Housewares Association (IHA), which owns and operates the four-day trade exhibition in Chicago. IHA president & CEO Phil Brandl said: “The high demand to be a …

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Spring Fair launches The Atelier

Spring Far will reveal an interactive installation to ‘inspire and guide’ visitors to the five-day trade show, which kicks off on February 4 at the NEC in Birmingham. Called The Atelier (from the French word ‘astelier’ meaning an artist’s studio or workshop), the new feature comprises a walk-through gallery of …

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Gift of the Year Awards 2018: finalists revealed

The Giftware Association has released the names of the finalists of its Gift of the Year Awards 2018. The winners will be revealed at an evening awards ceremony held at The Vox Conference Centre, adjacent to the NEC in Birmingham, on Sunday February 4 (during the Spring Fair). The event, …

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Stewart Munro: funeral service details

Stewart Munro, the proprietor of independent retailer Marchmont Hardware of Edinburgh, died last Thursday (January 18) following a long battle with cancer. The company released a statement announcing the news on January 20. Headlined ‘RIP Boss’ and signed ‘Liane, Kayleigh and Derek’, it said: ‘It is with a heavy heart …

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Top Drawer announces Spotted Award winner

The organiser of the Spring/Summer 2018 edition of Top Drawer has revealed the results of its inaugural Spotted Award. Spotted is a showcase of market-ready, design-led brands new to the London trade exhibition. Since Spotted’s inception, the initiative has helped to launch more than 150 small businesses. A total of …

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BHETA launches a ‘Surgery’ for members

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) is launching a peer-to-peer service for its supplier members to share trading queries. Called BHETA Surgery, the first session is aimed at housewares suppliers and will take place after lunch at the next BHETA Housewares Forum, held on February 21 at the association’s headquarters …

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Ocado and Root7 to speak at next BHETA Housewares Forum

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has announced that Martin de la Fuente of Ocado will be the headline speaker at its next Housewares Forum. During the event, which takes place on February 21 at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham, the senior buying manager of the online supermarket will present his views …

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Waitrose shoppers sate healthy appetites – and get prepped for Burns Night

Weekly sales excluding fuel at Waitrose were up 1.3% last week (to Saturday January 20) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said shoppers looking to increase their fruit and vegetable intake showed a healthy appetite for the retailer’s newly launched range of …

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Waitrose pledges to be black plastic packaging free by end of 2019

Waitrose has pledged to not sell any own-label food in black plastic beyond 2019. The retailer claims this is the earliest date that a supermarket has committed to removing black plastic from its shelves. Waitrose has already removed 65% of black plastic from its fruit and vegetable packaging, and will …

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