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Housewares portfolio gets a facelift

Observant readers of the upcoming May issue of Housewares Magazine will notice that following a stylish rebrand, the Housewares portfolio has been given a makeover. As from next week, Housewares Magazine and our digital platform www.HousewaresLive.net, along with our annual Housewares Innovation Awards (www.housewaresinnovationawards.com) will boast a bold new logo, …

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BHETA welcomes two new members

Two companies have joined the ranks of BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), and both are taking part in the trade body’s Exclusively Shows next month, to promote their products and services to the housewares market. Edinburgh-based Casa & Casa will display its range of insulated drinks containers, cool bags, …

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MPs talk business rates with Bira retailers

Four MPs – Nicky Morgan (chair of the Treasury Committee), Clive Betts (chair of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee), Steve Baker and Alison McGovern – brought the Treasury Committee’s enquiry into business rates to Birmingham today (Monday May 20), to speak to several retailers at the head …

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Horwood appoints new International Head of Sales

Maurizo Rispoli has joined Horwood as International Head of Sales, to help drive the business forward in the international realm. The housewares supplier said: ‘Maurizio, who has over 10 years in the housewares industry, is well equipped to join Horwood at an exciting time – at the launch of new …

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BHETA appoints new DIY sector manager

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Keeley Vernon as its new DIY sector manager for home improvement and garden. Her appointment follows closely after that of Seema Grantham as housewares sector manager, the two new roles having been created as part of the Association’s recent restructure. Keeley …

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Waitrose & Partners to treble size of online grocery business

Waitrose & Partners has announced plans to treble the size of its online grocery operation to £1 billion over the next three years. Working in partnership with Today Development Partners (TDP), the supermarket chain said the move will significant increase its capacity and automation. Waitrose.com and TDP intend to develop …

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Rainy Day Trust boss Bryan Clover takes a hike for charity

Rainy Day Trust ceo Bryan Clover is embarking on a hiking marathon next month to raise funds for the industry charity’s apprenticeship programme. He said: “On June 21, I will be undertaking a non-stop 24-hour hike, aiming to cover between 100km of The Ridgeway [an ancient trackway described as Britain’s …

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Independent retailers help T&G Woodware make a wave of change

Several independent retailers from around the country have been helping housewares supplier T&G Woodware make a wave of change by displaying its award-winning Ocean range in their windows and stores. The collection, which won the kitchen & dining category of the 2019 Gift of the Year awards (organised by the …

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Bira boss comments on Offensive Weapons Act

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has issued a statement in response to the announcement today (Thursday May 16) that The Offensive Weapons Act has received Royal Assent, Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “We fully support responsible retailing of knives. These new regulations require two things. One is enforcement, especially where …

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Offensive Weapons Act receives Royal Assent

The Offensive Weapons Act has today (Thursday May 16) received Royal Assent, bringing in new measures in response to violent crime. The Act will make it illegal to possess dangerous weapons in private, including knuckledusters, zombie knives and death star knives, and will make it a criminal offence to dispatch …

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