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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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Rainy Day Trust launches Covid-19 support leaflet

The Rainy Day Trust is continuing in the drive to spread awareness of its support during the Covid- 19 crisis with the launch of a leaflet designed to appeal to businesses potentially at the beginning of any restructuring process. The charity has also announced a new phone number 0800 9154627, …

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National Home Improvement month kicks off with a broadcast media fanfare

The British Home Enhancement Association (BHETA)’s annual consumer-facing promotion, National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) kicked off on September 1 with a round of media on national and regional radio network interviews, highlighting the nation’s new love affair with DIY.   National Home Improvement Month (NHIM) usually takes place in April; but …

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BHETA joins lobby on future for safety marking in housewares and DIY

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has leant its weight to a forceful collective of trade associations lobbying Government on the future of the CE safety mark after BREXIT.  The CE mark itself which is used by suppliers across home enhancement as a signifier of safety approval on electrical …

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£3 million US boom for UK drink holder

With people being confined to their homes during lockdown, a British product innovation start-up has experienced a boom in online sales to the US and is set to turn over £3 million in US sales over the next five years.    Hit Products is the business behind CouchCoaster, a patented drink holder designed to rest a drink …

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Trading update from Dunelm

Dunelm Group, the UK’s leading homewares retailer, has provided an update on recent trading. Sales have been strong in the last two months, with total year over year sales growth up 59% in July, partly as a result of pent up demand following the store closure period and the timing …

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Gift of the Year is back!

The Giftware Association has announced the  launch of its Gift of the Year 2021 competition on the 1 September, and it comes with its own brand new competition system. The new website will launch on the 1 September and will be open for entries on the same day. The new …

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