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Sir David Attenborough in Bristol for one-off preview screening of ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’

Sir David Attenborough is visiting Bristol later thismonth for an exclusive screening of BBC Studios’ new natural history series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’. The first episode of the series will be shown at the Showcase de Lux cinema in Cabot Circus on the evening of October 23 – and tickets …

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Electrical Safety First chief executive retires

Phil Buckle has retired from his position of chief executive of charity Electrical Safety First. Phil has led the charity for over 10 years and has seen it grow from a niche organisation into one of the UK’s leading consumer protection bodies. During his tenure, he has overseen the charity …

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Shop Direct adds seven homeware brands

Shop Direct has added seven home and furniture brands to its portfolio of more than 150 over the last six weeks. The move supports the integrated pureplay digital retailer’s company’s plans to drive sales within its home category by complementing its own-brand offer with a greater proportion of branded products. …

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Tesco launches new Clubcard Plus

Tesco is launching a new loyalty subscription service called Clubcard Plus. New and existing Tesco Clubcard customers can subscribe to the new Clubcard Plus for £7.99 a month and get up to four benefits each month: 10% off two big shops in-store (exclusions and limits apply); 10% off selected Tesco …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards names 2019 winners

The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 were announced last night (Wednesday October 3) during a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The victors of the event, which was organised by ‘Progressive Housewares’ magazine in conjunction with bira (British Independent Retailers Association), are: Retail Employee of …

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BHETA urges the housewares industry to challenge Offensive Weapons Act draft

Ahead of the new Offensive Weapons Act, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has entered the public consultations on the planned legislation – and is urging all suppliers and retailers of bladed items to do the same. The deadline for submissions is October 9. BHETA’s challenge to the latest …

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Sainsbury’s Argos ceo moves on

John Rogers, chief executive officer of Sainsbury’s Argos, is leaving the business on October 31to become chief financial officer of British multinational advertising and public relations company WPP. Argos’ retail and logistics teams will report into Simon Roberts, retail and operations director and Argos’ commercial team will report into Paul …

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Lakeland launches exclusive portable water purifying pod

As eco-conscious consumers continue to look for alternative ways to reduce plastic consumption, Lakeland has announced it is the first UK retailer to launch the GOpure Pod: a portable water-purifying pod. The housewares chain said: ‘Plastic bottles are the most common plastic packaging by weight, with 41% of those bottles …

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Poundland crowns its first official gag writer

Poundland has announced that the winner of its search for the retailer’s first ever gag writer is Andrew Timms from Leicester. Andrew, who wowed a Poundland audience at an impromptu performance at the alternative Festival Fringe at its Edinburgh store, has received £500 for taking on the mantle of jester-in-residence …

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