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Finalists of Housewares Innovation Awards 2020 revealed

The judging for all retailer and supplier categories has now taken place of the Housewares Innovation Awards 2020, and the shortlist can now be revealed in full. Following two days of judging and much discussion, the successful products, companies and initiatives that made the cut – and are now in …

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Homebase and B&Q fail to deliver in latest Which? survey

Homebase.co.uk has been rated the worst online retailer in the UK for 2019, according to the latest Which? annual online shops survey. The consumer association asked more than 7,500 members to rate the most popular online shops based on experiences they have had in the past six months. They were …

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My Gifts Trade collaborates with Marie Curie and i like birds

Homeware and giftware supplier My Gifts Trade is at the centre of a new collaboration between charity Marie Curie and British brand i like birds. Launching at Spring Fair 2020 (in Hall 8 on stand C60-C71; B70-C71), My Gifts Trade’s new licensed collection – which includes home textiles and accessories, …

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Take a look at the latest issue of Housewares Magazine

The December issue of Housewares Magazine is packed with news, views and pages of the latest products to hit the market. Click here to view the digital issue. Our Hot Products section focuses on what’s new in cookware, woodware, tools & gadgets, condiments and colour in the home. We also …

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A New Year’s wish list from an independent retailer

Liz Lawson, managing director of south-west housewares chain Lawsons, has written an open letter to the next British government: “As a retailer of 25 years standing, I know that retail is changing faster today than it ever has. My business has been trading for 115 years and like many businesses …

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‘Record-breaking’ Black Friday period for ProCook

Housewares chain ProCook has reported ‘another record-breaking’ Black Friday period. The specialist retailer’s bricks-and-mortar channel achieved a14% increase in like-for-like sales and its ecommerce sales were up by almost a quarter on last year – both contributing an overall company like-for-like growth of 20%. Total sales were up 40% on …

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Cookware sales up 43% at John Lewis due to Black Friday promotions

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 14.8% last week (to Saturday December 7) on the same week last year, as the department store group “saw a strong end” to its Black Friday event. The retailer’s Home Buying Lead Jason Wilary-Attew said: “Total sales for the full 11 …

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Waitrose shoppers stock up for the party season

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 2.5% last week (to Saturday December 7) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “Good performers included party food and the return of our ‘10 Fine Wines at £10’ promotion. Both proved …

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Maped Helix joins BHETA

Maped Helix is the latest name to join The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), in readiness for the Exclusively Housewares show debut of the Maped Picnik concept: a range of lunch boxes, water bottles and lunch bags, already proving popular with children and adults alike. BHETA said: ‘Aesthetically and …

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Best Home Cook is back soon

BBC One has announced that ‘Best Home Cook’ is returning to our screens. No transmission dates have been revealed but the broadcaster said: ‘The eight-part series returns with a new lease of life: brand new kitchens, tougher challenges and an exciting and tense finale each week. ‘There’s also a new …

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