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John Lewis tests blueprint to encourage customers to reduce, reuse and return packaging

John Lewis & Partners has launched a pilot at its Oxford shop to encourage a ‘reduce, reuse & return’ culture among customers which could provide a blueprint for other shops. The pilot will test eight ways in which the retailer and its customers can reduce their impact on the planet, …

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Haden collaborates with Poodle & Blonde

Appliance brand Haden and luxury lifestyle brand Poodle & Blonde have joined forces to bring out an exclusive limited edition range of kitchen appliances. Inspired by Haden’s kettles, which were originally launched in the 1950s, the Margate kettle and toaster set features Poodle & Blonde’s best-selling Tottenham Dalmatian print. Haden …

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ProCook opens high street store in Somerset

ProCook opened a new branch today (Friday October 25) in the Somerset city of Bath, in premises previously occupied by Kitchens Cookshop. The store is situated at 4-5 Quiet Street and is open seven days a week. It stocks own-brand cookware, kitchen knives, accessories and tableware, alongside branded products from …

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Diamond Day returns to Debenhams

Following a successful trial run in September, Debenhams is launching its second ‘Diamond Day’ at stores nationwide next Wednesday (October 30). The event offers customers aged over 60 special offers and treats for one day only. These include 20% off selected lines, 10% off Beauty and Fragrance, a selection of …

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Lakeland shares its top 10 Christmas best sellers

Lakeland has revealed is current Yuletide best sellers. Described as ‘the very best of Christmas 2019’, the housewares chain said: ‘Here are all the festive items you have been loving this year’: 1.Bethlehem Advent Stable (£69.99) A wooden stable with four doors (that includes a nativity figure behind each door) …

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Thermos UK teams up with homeless charity

Portable insulated food and drink container manufacturer Thermos UK has teamed up with a homeless charity in Leeds to provide flasks for hot drinks to keep rough sleepers warm during the colder nights. As homelessness in the West Yorkshire region reaches record highs and the problem becomes more visibly evident, …

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PHA KitchEssentials strengthens sales team

Housewares distributor PHA KitchEssentials has welcomed Andy Cuthbert to its sales team to cover Scotland, Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland. PHA managing director Paul Hargreaves said Andy “brings great enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the role”. He added: “Andy joins us at a really exciting – and busy – time, …

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Retailers: deadline extended to enter the Housewares Innovation Awards!

The deadline for retailer entries in the Housewares Innovation Awards 2020 has been extended to Friday November 1. The Awards is a celebration of all of the amazing companies operating within this industry and we want to make sure that the very best are represented. If you haven’t yet submitted …

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Former Bira membership manager joins ShopAppy.com

Julie Holden, former national membership manager of Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) is the first in a raft of appointments for ShopAppy.com. ShopAppy.com is a website that was created to ‘revive British High Streets by providing an alternative to supermarkets and online retail giants, allowing customers to book events and …

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Spring & Autumn Fair organiser ITE Group rebrands to Hyve Group

Spring & Autumn Fair organiser ITE Group has announced a major rebrand, including a change to its name and new brand identity The company is now known as Hyve Group. It said: ‘This rebrand reflects the evolution of the Group’s business resulting from its Transformation and Growth programme (TAG) announced …

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