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The Inspired Home Show 2021 moved to August

The International Housewares Association has announced that its annual home and housewares gathering, The Inspired Home Show, will be held in-person 7-10 August 2021 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event had previously been scheduled for March 13-16, 2021. “As the pandemic continued into the summer, we had …

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Spending on home improvement is boosting sales figures, confirms Bira

Bira is backing findings from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that spending on homeware and DIY is boosting retail sales figures. The ONS released its retail report for August 2020, revealing a fourth consecutive month of growth, with sales up by 0.8% when compared with July. The report, published …

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Consumer spending grows in August

Consumer spending grew by 0.2% year on year in August, the first rise since February this year, according to Barclays UK Consumer Spend Report. The report looks into giving you a unique and up to date picture of the nation’s spending habits based on the actual transactions, bringing it to …

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Hobbycraft raises £1.5 million for Together for Short Lives

Hobbycraft has announced it has reached a fundraising milestone of £1.5 million for charity partner, Together for Short Lives. Hobbycraft has worked with Together for Short Lives for eight years and its dedicated store teams, head office staff and generous customers raise funds all year round to support seriously ill …

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Dishmatic goes pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

EasyDo Products will be offering its popular pink limited edition Dishmatic range again this year in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will be three limited-edition pink Dishmatic products available in the UK.  The household favourite Dishmatic Style with its easy grip handle and specially designed twist and click …

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Black+Blum partners with Prada

Black+Blum has partnered with Prada, one of the world’s leading brands in the luxury sector, to supply a selection of Black+Blum products featured alongside the Prada Re-Nylon collection. Prada Re-Nylon is a sustainable line of Prada products executed using unique regenerated nylon, obtained through the recycling and purification process of …

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Energy and Sustainability Award shortlisting for What More UK

Manufacturing Association, Make UK, has recognised Lancashire housewares manufacturer What More with a shortlisting for the 2020 Energy and Sustainability Award. What More UK is the manufacturer and owner of the home storage brand Wham. This organisation has taken a product as simple as a storage box and turned it …

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Footfall in retail drops, as schools return

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across UK retail destinations declined by -6.3% last week from the week before. As the final wave of schools started their autumn term, UK retail destinations saw the first week on week decline in footfall since the end of April. This …

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Grunwerg unveil its Autumn Collection of Premier Kitchen Knives at Le Gavroche

Grunwerg unveiled its Autumn Collection of Premier Kitchen Knives and accessory items to selected trade buyers at Michel Roux’s Le Gavroche in Mayfair, on Monday 7 September. The selection of products shown included: Latest additions to the Global 35th Anniversary promotions, including two brand new Limited Edition knives, a 3 …

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Footfall rises in UK high streets

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across all UK retail destinations rose by +0.4% on a week on week basis last week as Britain gets back to work after the August Bank Holiday Monday. The annual result for UK retail destinations has strengthened to -25%, the best …

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