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Retail footfall on the rise

Retail expert Springboard has revealed that footfall rose by an average of +11.3% across UK retail destinations over the period from Monday to Thursday in the run up to the late May bank holiday weekend.  Footfall has risen on a week on week basis on each of the past seven …

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Whitby & Co supports NHS with Klean Kanteen bottle

Outdoor accessory specialist Whitby & Co has designed a special ‘thank you NHS’ Klean Kanteen bottle , with 100% of the profit from the sale of every bottle going to NHS Charities Together, supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients. “We wanted to show our appreciation to all …

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BergHOFF UK’s MD steps down due to ill health

After six years of successfully building the BergHOFF brand in the UK, and almost 35 years in the housewares industry, managing director Andrew Leggett and wife Paula have announced they are sadly stepping down due to Mr Leggett’s ill health. “I’m proud to have been an ambassador for BergHOFF in …

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BHETA to hold webinar with ebay

The fifth in BHETA’s popular series of member webinars is to take place with online marketplace, eBay on Thursday 14 May. eBay will be represented by its head of trading, Chris Gardner and category manager for home and garden, Rosalind Bridges.  The event kicks off at 10.30 am. They will …

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Dobbies reopens stores in England

Following updated guidance from the UK Government that garden centres may open, Dobbies Garden Centres has reopened its 54 English stores as of Wednesday 13 May. The move comes quickly after the business reopened its Swansea store and follows the procedures put into place there: The safety of team members …

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Terence Reilly appointed president of Stanley

PMI Worldwide, global manufacturer of sustainable food and beverage container solutions, has appointed Terence Reilly as global president for the company’s Stanley brand, reporting to chief executive Bob Keller.  Mr Reilly will lead global brand, sales, marketing, e-commerce and product design for the Stanley family of products sold around the …

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Encouragement for housewares in the longer term

 While the negative economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the housewares sector remains unchanged (forecast growth in expenditure for 2020 has dropped to minus 14.4% – from £13.6 bn to £11.7 bn compared to 2019), the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s latest weekly Covid-19 financial update shows some …

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Dobbies reopens Swansea store

Following updated guidance from the Welsh Government that garden centres may open. Dobbies Garden Centres reopened its Swansea store on 11 May. The safety of team members and customers remains Dobbies’ number one priority and social distancing measures have been implemented to allow the store to operate safely. There is …

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Retail declines but high streets prevail

The four weeks from 05 April to 02 May 2020 saw the greatest ever decline in retail footfall as the nation locked down, but there is a shift towards local high streets according to footfall monitor and insights specialist, Springboard. “In the first month in which the UK has been …

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