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Jamie Oliver to host new cookery show

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is back on Channel 4 later this year with a brand new series, travelling around the country to help a nation of takeaway lovers get cooking again. The broadcaster said: ‘With the popularity of takeaways and delivery food sharply on the rise, Jamie is on a …

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Robert Dyas posts ‘strong performance’ for 2019 and ‘credible’ Christmas

Theo Paphitis Retail Group has recorded a ‘strong performance’ for its Robert Dyas chain for the 12 months to March 30 2019. Total revenue increased by 6.3% to £131.8 million while EBITDA increased from £500,000 to £1.6 million, reflecting strong online growth following the introduction of new categories and a …

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My Gifts Trade distributes Gusta lifestyle brand

Dutch lifestyle brand Gusta is now being distributed in the UK by My Gifts Trade and will be showcased at the Spring Fair. My Gifts Trade director Nikki Courtney said: “We’re thrilled to be distributing the amazing Gusta lifestyle brand to the UK market. After signing the agreement in July …

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Lakeland reveals its top 10 best sellers

Housewares chain Lakeland has shared its current top 10 buys for kitchen and home. Top of the league is the Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker. The retailer said: ‘Making delicious homemade soup with no mess and no fuss, our Touchscreen Soup Maker chops, blends, cooks, simmers and stirs your soup from …

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Last few places available in BHETA/Bira Pavilion at Spring Fair

Smaller brands and start-ups in the housewares sector are being urged to take advantage of a chance to exhibit at the Spring Fair, courtesy of a joint initiative from BHETA and Bira. The Pavilion in Hall 8 of the show, which takes place from February 2 to February 6 at …

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Special offer for BHETA members on Global DIY Report

The latest Global DIY Report from Fediyma (European Federation of DIY Manufacturers) is now available to BHETA members at a substantial discount. Normally costing £790, the report – which provides insights into the export market potential of 53 countries – is on offer at a special rate of £350. It …

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M&S expands retail, operations and property leadership team

M&S (Marks & Spencer) has added two new roles to its retail, operations and property leadership team with the appointment of Will Smith as property director and Helen Milford as retail director. M&S said: ‘Both will report into retail, operations & property director Sacha Berendji. Whilst we have previously had …

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Mike Coupe to retire as ceo of Sainsbury’s

After almost six years as chief executive officer (ceo) and 15 years working for J Sainsbury plc (Sainsbury’s), Mike Coupe has confirmed his intention to retire later this year. He will continue in his role as ceo until the end of May. In a statement, the supermarket chain said that …

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Administrators appointed to Beales

Will Wright and Steve Absolom from KPMG Restructuring were appointed joint administrators to Beale Limited and J E Beale Plc (“Beales”) yesterday (Tuesday January 21). Founded in Bournemouth in 1881, Beales operates 23 department stores in market towns across the UK selling a range of furniture, fashion, toys and cosmetics. …

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Lakeland shares its top-selling product of 2019

Housewares chain Lakeland has revealed that its shoppers’ favourite product of 2019 was the Lékué Microwave Grill (£34.99). This item makes crisp ‘toasted’ sarnies and cooks ‘grilled’ food in the microwave. It heats up in three minutes and includes nine recipes and instructions. Lakeland said: ‘Toasties, sausages and salmon suppers… …

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