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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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Wrag Wrap introduces reusable Christmas giftwrap made from waste plastic bottles

Wrag Wrap has entered the festive season with the launch of a new collection of prints for its reusable fabric giftwrap. In a bid to tackle plastic waste, the new range is made from 100% recycled (traceable) plastic bottle waste. Billed as the world’s first reusable giftwrap made from 100% …

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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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Tesco ceo Dave Lewis to step down next year

Tesco announced today (Wednesday October 2) that Dave Lewis has decided to step down as Group CEO. He will leave the supermarket chain next year and will be succeeded by Ken Murphy. Chairman John Allan said: “It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation of Dave Lewis as …

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Susan Calman to present BBC Two’s Great British Menu

Series 15 of ‘Great British Menu’ will air in Spring 2020 on BBC Two – and for the first time since series one, the chefs and judges will be joined by a presenter in the kitchen. Scottish comedian Susan Calman will host the programme, with Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort and …

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Channel 4 commissions Meat the Family

Channel 4 has commissioned a new series entitled ‘Meat the Family’ from Spun Gold TV which asks: how much do we really know about the animals that we put on our plates? The broadcaster said: ‘Four meat-loving families will share their homes with the animals they would normally serve up. …

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BBC announces brand new series presented by Sir David Attenborough

A brand new three-part BBC Two series presented by Sir David Attenborough is set to debut in early 2021. ‘Life In Colour’ will explore the many ways that animals use colour throughout their lives. Filming will take place across the globe, with particular emphasis on Australia. The broadcaster said: ‘Colour …

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