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Brits set to splash out £4 billion at coffee shops in 2020

The latest study by Mintel reveals that Brits are literally splashing out billions annually on their daily dose of caffeine. According to the market research company’s findings, spending at coffee shops is at an all-time high, with sales forecast to top £4 billion this year. But while coffee shop sales …

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Scott Brothers receives national recognition

Investors in People has recognised housewares supplier Scott Brothers as an employer that excels in valuing and rewarding staff. Investors in People is a standard for people management, offering accreditation to organisations that adhere to the Investors in People Standard. The aim of Investors in People is to ensure people …

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Squire’s donates 300 trees

Squire’s Garden Centres has donated 300 Silver Birch trees to local parks and green spaces as part of its ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign. The trees were planted in February and earlier this month in more than 30 locations including Priory Park in Reigate, Stoke Recreation Ground in Guildford, Dinton …

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Obituary: Jennifer Lawson

Jennifer Lawson of south-west housewares chain Lawsons passed away on February 29 after a short illness, surrounded by her family. Lawsons is a family-owned independent retail business based in Devon which operates four stores at Plymouth, Ivybridge, Tavistock and Totnes that offer ‘essentials for home living’.  It began trading in …

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Date set for next BHETA credit forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will hold its next Credit Forum on March 24. The event, which will be hosted by Let’s Talk Credit, Experian and AON Credit Insurance Brokers, opens at 9.30 am and closes at 2pm and includes refreshments and a buffet lunch. BHETA Credit Forums …

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Dobbies launches partnership with SmartPlant

Garden centre chain Dobbies has partnered with specialist plant care app SmartPlant. Dobbies is working to digitise its entire indoor and outdoor plant ranges for Spring 2020. The retailer said: ‘Following our recent retail acquisitions in 2019 [it acquired a total of 37 garden centres from Wyevale Garden Centres, increasing …

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DKB Household UK appoints new managing director

Diethelm Keller Group (DKB) has announced the appointment of Rene Stutz as managing director of its UK business. DKB said Rene brings ‘considerable experience in the housewares industry globally, holding senior management positions across a range of international housewares brands including Fissler, All-Clad, Wüsthof and Victorinox’. Reporting to Will Symonds, …

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Exclusively Show nearly sold out

Stands at the Exclusively Show, which takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on June 9 and June 10, are almost sold out according to Will Jones, chief operating officer of BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), which owns the show. He said: “We have never been sold …

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Lakeland ambassador reveals her favourite products for March

Wendy Miranda, ambassador of housewares chain Lakelnd, has shared her top seven ‘wonder’ products for this month. She said: “Whether you’re looking for a new product that sparks excitement or something to make life a little simpler, there’s sure to be something in our March top picks that takes your …

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The Inspired Home Show 2020 cancelled amid coronavirus concerns

After careful consideration regarding the ongoing spread of coronavirus overseas and recent cases in the US, International Housewares Association (IHA) – the owner and operator of The Inspired Home Show 2020 – has decided to cancel the exhibition, which was scheduled to take place from March 14 to March 17 …

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