The March/April edition is filled to the gills with pages of products, personalities, business profiles – and a special focus on The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018.
We’ve devoted 18 pages to our prestigious ceremony, which took place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham during the Spring Fair on February 5
A total of 25 trophies were handed out during the evening event – which was attended by more than 300 industry professionals – and we reveal the names of all winners, including the highly coveted Kitchen Hero prize.
The Spring Fair itself is in the spotlight too. Once again, Housewares Magazine had a presence at the show and our Housewares LIVE stand in Hall 9 was buzzing throughout, with demonstrations by a host of celebrity food, drink and health experts including Joe Wicks, Ken Hom OBE, Jeremy Pang, Joe Fattorini and Malcolm Harradine.
In this issue, Spring Fair managing director Louise Young shares her views on the show with us and plans for the 2019 event. We also meet fitness guru Joe Wicks, who made housewares debut at the show with a new kitchenware collection by Meyer Group; TV presenter Joe Fattorini, who demonstrated products from The Wine Show collection from Dutch Creative Brands; and celebrity chef James Martin, who launched additions to his Gastro range from Denby, along with a new cookware collection from Horwood.
We catch up with Bettina Barr, director of the upcoming German trade show Tendence, and get the latest news from show director Simon Boyd on the co-located exhibitions Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical, which will be held in London in June. And there’s a review of the German trade show Ambiente.
ALSO IN THE MAG: we interview David Hibbert, joint managing director of Stax Trade Centres, who is the recipient of the Rainy Day Trust’s inaugural Philanthropist Award; Maureen Hooker, retail sales manager of Norfolk department store Bakers & Larners of Holt; Fiona Gibson, shop manager of Islands’ Home Hardware in the Isles of Scilly; and sales agent Katie Holloway.
We also profile cookshop business Trevor Mottram of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which is the current holder of the CHA Retailer of the Year award.
Our regular columnists share their thoughts with readers too. Consultant Michael Weedon discusses our shifts in retail spending and BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones talks trading patterns.
PLUS: we discover what’s new in wedding gifts, oven-to-tableware and products for beverage making, afternoon tea and spring cleaning.
Finally, our regular Best Sellers section lists the current top performing products at six housewares retailers around the UK: Leekes home stores in south Wales, the south-west and the West Midlands; Lawsons stores in the Devon towns of Plymouth, Tavistock, Totnes and Ivybridge; Dinghams Cookshop at Salisbury in Wiltshire; Luxe Cookshop in Northampton; Louis Potts at Lewes in East Sussex and H&J Cutlacks at Ely in Cambridgeshire.
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