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Calling all housewares retailers!

There is still time for housewares retailers to submit an entry to the annual Housewares Innovation Awards. It’s quick, easy and free – and a unique chance for you to have your moment in the spotlight!   The categories are: Best Retail Newcomer Best Customer Experience Best Family Business Best …

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Squire’s Garden Centres to donate 300 silver birch trees to the community

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced that it will donate 300 silver birch trees to local parks and green spaces. The news follows the launch of the retailer’s ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign in September, where Squire’s pledged to donate 5p for every plant sold to go towards giving trees to …

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Candlelight Products to host Autumn showroom events

Candle and giftware designer and wholesaler Candlelight Products is opening its showroom to retailers in South Yorkshire from October 14 to November 15. The events will run giving retailers an opportunity to view Candlelight Products’ exclusive new own-brand collection, which was revealed at this year’s Autumn Fair. The offer includes: …

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Wayfair introduces flagship brand

Online homeware retailer Wayfair has unveiled Hykkon: a new collection of home furnishings which is the first flagship brand for Wayfair’s European business. Launched today (Monday October 14) across Wayfair.co.uk andWayfair.de, Hykkon is billed as ‘a curated assortment that is both sophisticated and playful, embracing modern, minimalist and unexpected elements. …

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Scotland Yard invites BHETA to join retailer steering group

Ahead of the new Offensive Weapons Act, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), has been invited to join the retailer steering group of Scotland Yard (the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service). The move follows several informal conversations together with BHETA’s success in securing the extension of the Challenge …

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Retail footfall down 10% in seven years

Total retail footfall declined by 1.7% in September compared with the same point last year when it declined by 1.7%, according to the latest data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard. Covering the five weeks from August 25 to September 28, the BRC-Springboard Footfall & Vacancies monitor reports …

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Sainsbury’s and Argos roll out hidden disability lanyard scheme

Sainsbury’s and Argos have announced the nationwide rollout of sunflower design lanyards in all its stores, to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities such as autism, dementia, visual or hearing impairment and anxiety. Following a successful trial earlier this year, the initiative offers shoppers the option …

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Haus celebrates 15th anniversary

Today (Friday October 11) marks 15 years since housewares supplier Haus Marketing and Distribution started trading and the business is still going strong, with six brands and 12 members of staff under its belt. Commenting on the company’s milestone achievement, Haus managing director Paul Shelley said: “I would describe the …

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‘Ongoing Brexit uncertainty’ holds back September spending

Total retail sales fell by 1.3% in September against an increase of 0.7% in September 2018, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. The BRC said this is below the 3-month average decline of 0.4% and the 12-month average growth of 0.2%: a …

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Wyevale Garden Centres sells all remaining sites

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced that it has sold its remaining trading business to British Garden Centres, which will use the portfolio of stores as a springboard to enter the south of England market. Since WGC launched a sale process in May 2018,it has sold 145 garden centres in …

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