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Giftware Association ceo to visit Parliament

The Giftware Association has once again been invited to Parliament by The Genesis Initiative. Supported by Parliamentarians, The Genesis Initiative was formed to improve the quality of the debate on SMEs (small or medium-sized enterprises) and create economic reform. It includes representatives of entrepreneurs and SMEs within the UK. The …

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Bira raises concerns on business rates discount discrepancies

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) says it has become aware of a lack of uniformity in the way local authorities are implementing the 30% discount for businesses with a rateable value below £51,000 – with some automatically applying it, whilst others requiring a form to be filled in. Bira …

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Export conference programme confirmed

Ten speakers have confirmed their attendance at The Future for International Trade Conference. BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has teamed up with fellow trade associations Gardenex (Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers) and PetQuip (International Trade Association of Pet Equipment Suppliers) to organise the day-long event, which will take …

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M&S and Ocado announce new joint venture

Marks and Spencer today (Wednesday January 27) announced the creation of a new 50/50 joint venture with pureplay digital grocer Ocado. Under the deal, M&S will acquire a 50% share of Ocado’s UK retail business for up to £750 million. The joint venture will trade as Ocado.com but will benefit …

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International Housewares Association unveils logo rebrand

The International Housewares Association (IHA) has introduced a new logo and graphic identity system for the Association and all of its related brands. Coming at the same time as the announcement that IHA is changing the name of the International Home + Housewares Show to ‘The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s …

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John Lewis Partnership recognised as Disability Confident Leader

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has achieved Disability Confident Leader status – the highest accreditation in the Department for Work and Pensions’ scheme which recognises and supports employers who recruit and retain people with disabilities. JLP owns and operates retail brands John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. It is …

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Easter buns selling like hot cakes at Waitrose

Sales of hot cross buns are up 40% at Waitrose & Partners compared with the same period in 2018, as shoppers enjoy the supermarket chain’s wide range of flavour combinations for the seasonal treat. In addition, searches for ‘hot cross buns’ on www.Waitrose.com are up over 11%. This year, the …

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Highest February sales of outdoor furniture for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 4.8% last week (to Saturday February 23) on the same week last year. The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said: “Home sales were down 9.5% due to discounting and competitors’ half term offers. But last week saw …

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Chicago exhibition to be renamed ‘The Inspired Home Show’ in 2020

The International Housewares Association (IHA) has announced that it is changing the name of the International Home + Housewares Show to ‘The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market’ in 2020. IHA, which is a not-for-profit, full-service association that sponsors the International Home + Housewares Show, said the change …

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IHA reveals finalists for Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design

The International Housewares Association (IHA) has named the 65 products that have reached the finals of its Global Innovations Awards (gia) for product design. The winners (called global honorees) will be announced at the gia dinner, held on the first night of The International Home + Housewares Show, which takes …

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