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Standing room only at BHETA housewares forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) welcomed a full house to its housewares networking forum on November 1. The audience heard presentations from Lakeland buying and merchandising director Samm Swain, UK retail lead at market research and data provider GfK Kelly Whitwick, bira (British Independent Retailers Association) commercial director …

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New speaker joins BHETA housewares forum

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has added a new name to its line-up of speakers for its housewares networking forum on November 1, announced in May. Topping the bill will be Samm Swain, buying and merchandising director of Lakeland, who will present her views on the current market and …

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House of Commons debates bira’s business rates proposal

On Tuesday (October 9) Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP took a proposal from bira (British Independent Retailers Association) on reforming the business rates system for small retail businesses, to the House of Commons for an adjournment debate answered by Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General. Bira …

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Lakeland, bira direct and GfK to speak at BHETA forum

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has revealed more details of its housewares networking forum on November 1, announced in May. Topping the bill will be Samm Swain, buying and merchandising director of Lakeland, who will present her views on the current market and latest consumer trends, and outline the …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards names 2018 winners

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 were announced last night (Wednesday October 4) during a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The victors of the event, which was organised by ‘Progressive Housewares’ magazine in conjunction with bira (British Independent Retailers Association), are: Retail Employee of the …

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BHETA wins Tussle on the Turf

The housewares industry’s two leading trade associations – bira (British Independent Retailers Association) and BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) – went head to head on July 18 in the annual Tussle on the Turf Golf Challenge at The Welcombe Golf Course in Stratford-upon-Avon. Twelve teams from both organisations battled …

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Bira takes business rates reform proposal to Parliament

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) presented its plan for business rates reform to MPs at the Houses of Parliament in London earlier this month. On September 11, bira asked MPs to consider changing the current £12,000 threshold to an allowance ‘as a much-needed short-term solution’. Bira believes that an …

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Bira names Andrew Goodacre as new ceo

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has appointed Andrew Goodacre as its new ceo. He will replace Alan Hawkins, who retires after 33 years with bira. Andrew has been ceo of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) since 2013 and previously held a senior position at the Federation of Small Businesses …

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Bira shortlisted for three awards

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has been named as a finalist in three categories of the 2018 Association Excellence Awards. The trade body, which works with over 6,500 independent businesses of all sizes, has been shortlisted for Best Association Website (for www.bira.co.uk), Best Association Magazine – under 20,000 circulation …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 reveals product finalists

The roll-call of products that have reached the finals of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 has been announced. Organised by trade magazine ‘Progressive Housewares’ in conjunction with the Cookshop & Housewares (CHA) division of trade body bira (British Independent Retailers Association), the awards recognise and reward the achievements of …

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