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Heal’s opens Chiswick outlet store

Homeware chain Heal’s has announced the expansion of its London portfolio with a brand new outlet store, opening on 124-126 Chiswick High Road tomorrow (Tuesday December 3). The new 2,080sq ft shop will stock a selection of cancelled, returned and overstocked pieces at significantly reduced prices (with up to 70% …

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Shoppers’ enthusiasm for Black Friday confounds expectations

Retail intelligence company Springboard today (Monday December 2) announced that Black Friday saw a rise in footfall of +3.3% compared with 2018. Shopper numbers increased in all three destination types (shopping centres, high streets and retail parks) with shopping centres faring the best, with an increase in footfall of +6.5% …

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Smidge ‘elated’ by response at BBC Good Food Show

The team behind housewares brand Smidge has reported that it is ‘elated with the overwhelmingly positive response’ that it received from consumers at BBC Good Food Winter show. The event, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham from November 28 to December 1, represented Smidge’s first ever consumer exhibition. …

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Habitat MD Clare Askem steps down

Habitat managing director Clare Askem has resigned from her role at the homeware chain after eight years. In a statement, Habitat said: ‘Clare has decided that the time is right to leave the business and Sainsbury’s commercial director of general merchandise & clothing James Brown will take on responsibility for …

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Denby takes bronze for river protection

The Denby Pottery Company has been recognised as a River-Friendly Business thanks to its efforts to tackle water pollution and protect local brooks. Run by charity Trent Rivers Trust (TRT) and backed by the Environment Agency and Severn Trent, the River-Friendly Business accreditation scheme awards businesses based within the Trent …

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Nearly a quarter of small businesses say they ‘will close’ if they have a below average Christmas trading season

A new study from Notonthehighstreet has revealed that nearly a quarter (22%) of smaller businesses say they ‘will close in the next 12 months’ if they have a ‘below average’ Christmas trading season, with nearly one in 10 (8%) saying they would shut up shop in a matter of weeks. …

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join Mary Berry for a Christmas treat on BBC One

BBC One has revealed more details of its one-off festive special ‘A Berry Royal Christmas’ presented by cookery doyenne Mary Berry. The show, which airs on Monday December 16 at 8.30pm, will offer a unique look into the charities that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge support. Mary will join …

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John Lewis gives Black Friday update

John Lewis & Partners operations director Bérangère Michel has commented on the department store group’s Black Friday trading activity. In a statement issued this afternoon (Friday November 29), he said: “Our Black Friday event started last Friday. Our decision to start promotions earlier this year reflects the fact that Black …

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Black Friday is here

Today (November 29) marks the last day of Amazon.co.uk’s biggest ever Black Friday Sale. The online giant said: ‘This year’s eight-day Black Friday Sale, which culminates in its final day today, is Amazon’s tenth in the UK, after first bringing Black Friday to the UK in 2010. ‘The past eight …

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Have you cast your vote?

Calling all housewares professionals! For the first time, you are invited to be influential in determining who will take home a coveted accolade from the Housewares Innovation Awards 2020 ceremony. There are 12 incredible professionals vying for your support to be crowned the Best Housewares Salesperson and 12 leading suppliers …

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