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Bira welcomes latest emergency measures to help small businesses through coronavirus crisis

The Government’s £350 billion bailout of the UK economy in response to coronavirus has been welcomed by the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira). However, Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre says the funds must be made available immediately to stop the collapse of many small independent retailers already seeing reduced trade. Chancellor …

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Sainsbury’s comments on business rates

J Sainsbury plc has commented on the statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday (Tuesday March 17) which included the news that the government will be “giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months”.   The supermarket …

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Rainy Day Trust: update on coronavirus and flooding support

Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT), has issued the following statement: “The last few months have brought some serious disruption to our industries. First the flooding brought by storms Ciara, Dennis and Elena, and now coronavirus. “For the flooding we have been – and still …

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BHETA postpones Housewares Forum with Leekes

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) is postponing its Housewares Forum with retailer Leekes, which was due to be held on Wednesday (March 25) – and is moving its quarterly Credit Forum on March 24 online. BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones said: “We will …

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Curver launches new sustainability programme

The indoor plastic storage solutions company Curver has announced a new sustainability programme called ‘We Care’. The initiative commits the business to doubling the use of recycled materials across its operations by 2028. Meeting this target will mean 80% of all materials used to create Curver’s product range will derive …

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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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