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Countdown to Gift of the Year Awards 2020

Suppliers: there is still time to enter your products into the Gift of the Year 2020 Awards. Organised by the Giftware Association, the Awards aim to celebrate the ‘best in home and gift products’ available on the market in 2019/20. The 20 award categories are: ·Beauty, Bath & Spa: products …

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Bira responds to Conservatives’ pledge to cut business rates

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), which represents thousands of independent retail businesses across the UK, has welcomed the Conservative party’s proposal to support high streets if they are re-elected. Bira said: ‘After a three-year campaign, we’re pleased to see a significant reduction in rates proposed and a fundamental review …

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Scrub Daddy wins London Business School award

Scrub Daddy has been hailed a winner in The Real Innovation Awards 2019. Organised by London Business School, the annual Awards ‘celebrate the real heroes and the real stories that make innovation happen’. At a ceremony held on November 14 in central London, Scrub Daddy was the recipient of the …

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Fenwick headlines BHETA forum

Fenwick director of buying for furniture, home and food Kieran McBride was the headline speaker at the latest networking forum held by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). At the event, held on October 31 at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham, Kieran opened his presentation by outlining the changes that have …

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John Lewis & Waitrose create experimental concept shop

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners will launch a customer-centric concept shop at its Southampton location opening tomorrow (Tuesday November 19), where a combination of services and experiences led by staff will take centre stage on every floor. If these ‘experience playgrounds’ are successful, they could be rolled …

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Indesit encourages families to share Christmas chores

Research by Indesit has revealed that in the run-up to the festive season, the preparations for the big day are not being shared equally, with mums taking on the majority of Christmas tasks. In an online survey of 2,000 parents aged between 20-64 carried out between April 27 and May …

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Deadline extended to take part in the next issue of Housewares Magazine

The deadline to take part in the December 2019 issue of Housewares Magazine has been extended to Friday November 22. The issue includes the following features: Woodware The 2019 Hot List: a review of key product launches this year Cookware Colour In the Home Condiments Tools & Gadgets What’s New?: …

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New members join BHETA

BranQ and Genpower are the latest companies to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Polish housewares supplier BranQ uses recyclable materials to make household products which are suitable for multiple use. The range covers bathroom, kitchen, cleaning, storage, and products for children. Genpower started in 2006 as an …

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Whirlpool UK Appliances partners with British Heart Foundation

Whirlpool UK Appliances – the parent company to KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Indesit – has announced a partnership with British Heart Foundation (BHF). A key aspect of the partnership is that all employees of Whirlpool UK Appliances will receive training on how to safely deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The 45-minute …

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Sainsbury’s unveils Christmas advert

Sainsbury’s unveiled its new Christmas advert on Tuesday (November 12). The commercial premiered in a primetime TV slot during soap opera ‘Emmerdale’ on ITV. The Dickensian themed advert focuses on the humble beginnings of a young boy called Nicholas 150 years ago. The supermarket chain said: ‘Depicting a Dickensian London, …

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