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Denby’s Imperial Blue celebrates its 30th anniversary

In the year that Classic Blue has been named Colour of the Year by The Pantone Color Institute, Denby’s Imperial Blue is commemorating its 30th year anniversary. The housewares manufacturer said: ‘As popular today as ever, Denby is celebrating this special milestone of a true design classic with a specific …

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Bira supports measures to limit impact of coronavirus for Scottish businesses

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is backing new measures by the Scottish government to help limit the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses. Bira said Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced that the following steps – totalling £320 million – will be put in place during the 2020-21 financial …

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A new face at Horwood

Horwood has announced that Richard Sharp is joining the business in the newly created role of head of marketing. The housewares supplier said Richard will take the strategic marketing lead across all four Horwood brands: Stellar, Judge, Smidge and newly acquired EcoSoulife. Richard commented: “This is a great opportunity for …

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Orthex Group expands UK team

Nordic consumer household products supplier Orthex Group has added to its sales team in the UK as part of a strategy to continue to grow business in the region this year. Danny Smith has joined as area sales manager. He has an extensive sales career across a number of sectors, …

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Sales of freezers and home office equipment soar as Brits prepare for potential isolation

As Brits prepare for potential forced isolation, sales of freezers and home office equipment have risen dramatically, according to data from GfK. The market research company said that for the week ending March 7, sales of freezers were up 90% in volume and 71% in value compared with the same …

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Food retailers ask customers to buy responsibly

British food retailers have written a joint letter to their customers in the wake of coronavirus. In the letter, which was published in adverts in national newspapers yesterday (Sunday March 15) and today (Monday March 16), retailers call on their customers to support one another during this challenging time. Speaking …

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Falcon Products boss ‘delighted’ at Housewares Innovation Award win

Falcon Products triumphed at the recent Housewares Innovation Awards, with its Bake-O-Glide Induction Hob Protector winning the Kitchenware Innovation category. Following the event, which was held at the NCC in Birmingham on February 3, Falcon Products managing director Gary Downham expressed his delight at the news. He said: “Since our …

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HRC show ‘buzzing with visitors’

Thousands of professionals in the hospitality and foodservice industry travelled to London earlier this month to attend Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC, formally Hotelympia), held at ExCel from March 3 to March 5. A total of 600 exhibitors showcased their latest products across four shows: The Professional Kitchen Show, The …

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IKEA partners with Alibaba to open first virtual IKEA store

IKEA has opened the first IKEA virtual store on the Chinese online commerce company Alibaba’s Tmall site. The homeware giant said the partnership enables it to ‘become more accessible for the many people in China and allows IKEA to test and learn how to meet customers in a new way’. …

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Lucy Tiffney launches Cook & Dine collection in partnership with Debenhams

Debenhams has introduced award-winning designer Lucy Tiffney to its home portfolio for Spring/Summer 2020. This new partnership sees the launch of Lucy’s exclusive Cook & Dine collection, which includes teapots, plates and tea towels featuring Lucy’s signature jungle prints. The department store group said the range is aimed at consumers …

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