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Black + Blum commits to becoming carbon neutral

Underlining the brand’s environmental and sustainability positioning, Black+Blum, the award-winning creators of innovative, high-quality food and drink on-the-go designs, has announced its membership of 1% for the Planet and also its commitment to becoming Climate Neutral Certified in 2021, for 2020 emissions. As a member of 1% for the Planet, …

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Curfew sees retail footfall drop

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across UK retail destinations declined by -3% last week from the week before, however, all of this decline was driven by a -6.8% drop in activity in high streets whilst in retail parks footfall rose by +1.1% and by +0.9% in …

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Messe Frankfurt revamps spring 2021 schedule

As a result of the course taken by the pandemic, Messe Frankfurt will not be holding any of its own physical trade fairs at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds between January and March 2021. The company is revamping its spring trade fair calendar to focus on new synergies and new digital …

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New ownership at Pendeford Housewares

As of 15 September 2020, Lee Parkin has completed a successful share transfer of Pendeford Metal Spinnings, becoming the new owner and managing director of the company. After almost 40 years involved in the family business, Ralph Humphries felt like it was the right time to step down and enjoy …

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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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