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High street sales dampened by storms and coronavirus fears

While storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge hit the UK and coronavirus gripped global headlines, Britain’s high street retailers suffered a battering with the seventh consecutive February of falling in-store like-for-like sales, figures released by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP yesterday (Friday March 6) reveal. According to BDO’s High …

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Staff changes at Dexam

Bryony Dyer, managing director of Dexam, has released details of some staff changes at the housewares supplier. She said: “With over 60 years of supplying the market with cookware, bakeware, utensils, accessories and tableware, Dexam has seen its fair share of market changes but has remained in the forefront of …

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IHA president comments on Chicago show cancellation

Following the news of the cancellation of The Inspired Home Show 2020 which was scheduled to take place from March 14 to March 17 in Chicago, Derek Miller, president of the International Housewares Association (IHA) which owns and operates the exhibition, has issued the following statement: “By now, I’m sure …

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Bira issues Save Our Shops (SOS) plan

A five-point plan to Save Our Shops (SOS) has been issued by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). The strategy is the key feature of Bira’s forthcoming manifesto which focuses on ‘what can be done to better support independent retail businesses and minimise the burden on them’. Bira is asking …

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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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