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Exclusively show to feature new ‘Launchpad’ initiative

The 2020 edition of the Exclusively show will see the debut of a ‘Launchpad’ shell scheme area, designed to meet the needs of smaller manufacturers and suppliers in the housewares industry. Owned and organised by Brooke House Exhibitions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), …

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Stars revealed for The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer

‘The Great British Bake Off’ will get the celebrity treatment once more as stars from across the worlds of acting, comedy, entertainment and sport come together later this year to do their bit in the fight against cancer. The five-part series will air on Channel 4 and the famous faces …

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The Great Pottery Throw Down is back

A new series of ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ made its debut on Wednesday (January 8) at 9pm on More4. More4 is a digital TV channel, run by British broadcaster Channel 4. Melanie Sykes joins as host, alongside returning judge and master potter Keith Brymer Jones (who is head of …

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Ready Steady Cook to champion sustainability

BBC One’s ‘Ready Steady Cook’ series returns in the New Year with a promise to be one of the most sustainable food shows on TV. The production has pledged to: Replace plastic bags with reusable jute totes; Present ingredients on screen in a responsible way eg avoiding single-use plastic with …

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BHETA to hold Meet The Buyer day with TK Maxx

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a Meet The Buyer retail networking day with homewares and clothing retailer TK Maxx. The event will take place on January 30 at the Mercure Hotel in the Hertfordshire town of Watford, which is on the A41 Watford bypass. TK …

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Cookware and tabletop sales up at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 3.3% last week (to Saturday January 4) on last year, in what was the department store group’s first full week of Clearance. Customer director Craig Inglis said: “Home sales were down 0.5%. However, Textiles & Home Accessories sales were up 3.4% …

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Weekly sales up 5% at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were 0.5% higher last week (to Saturday January 4) than the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “Customers were in celebratory mood ahead of the New Year with sales of Champagne and sparkling wines up 25% …

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Eddingtons acquires Tuftop

Housewares distributor Eddingtons has purchased selected assets from Tuftop Ltd: the manufacturing, sales and distribution business based at Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. Eddingtons managing director Roger Murphy said: “When the opportunity arose to acquire the Tuftop business, the strategic objective of securing the supply chain whilst growing our sales were …

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Black + Blum starts new decade with new products

Housewares supplier Black + Blum has announced the launch of three new product ranges, designed to meet the needs of the modern-day consumer. The new Glass Lunch Bowl and Lunch Pot range (pictured) brings ‘a totally unique approach to the food on-the-go sector’, according to the company. It adds that …

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ProCook posts its biggest peak trading sales to date

Housewares chain ProCook has reported record sales levels for the eight-week peak trading season to January 5. During the period (which incorporates Black Friday and Christmas), the multi-channel retailer posted almost £10 million in sales – a 20% like-for-like increase on last year. The growth was driven by a 13% …

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