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John Lewis customers cosy up for Christmas

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 3.4% last week (to Saturday November 16) on the same week last year, but according to the department store group’s operations director Bérangère Michel: “Following the launch of the joint John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners Christmas advert [which …

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Rainy Day Trust Christmas auction launches on December 1

Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity The Rainy Day Trust, put out an appeal earlier this month for businesses in the home improvement industry to donate lots for a special 12 Days of Christmas auction – and following a great response, the auction is ready to launch on Sunday December …

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Buyers flock to Nicky Haslam sale at Bonhams

The collection of one of the world’s most celebrated interior designers, Nicky Haslam, achieved a total of £383,087 at auction house Bonhams New Bond Street in London yesterday (Wednesday November 20). The collection came from his home: The Hunting Lodge in Hampshire. The top lot, Portrait of Coco Chanel by …

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Home Hardware raises £1,300 for charities

Members, suppliers and staff at Home Hardware’s Convention Trade Show, held on November 15 at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel in Dorset, raised £1,300 for charities. A total of £300 was raised for Children in Need in a draw held on the appeal day and £1,000 was raised for The Rainy-Day …

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Price’s Candles wins best display stand at Home Hardware trade show

Price’s Candles was voted ‘Best Display Stand’ at Home Hardware’s Convention Trade Show, held on November 15 at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel in Dorset. The accolade earned the company’s national sales manager Chris Adams and sales agent Michael Hollings a cash prize of £100 and a plaque. Dave Gosling and …

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Countdown to Gift of the Year Awards 2020

Suppliers: there is still time to enter your products into the Gift of the Year 2020 Awards. Organised by the Giftware Association, the Awards aim to celebrate the ‘best in home and gift products’ available on the market in 2019/20. The 20 award categories are: ·Beauty, Bath & Spa: products …

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Bira responds to Conservatives’ pledge to cut business rates

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), which represents thousands of independent retail businesses across the UK, has welcomed the Conservative party’s proposal to support high streets if they are re-elected. Bira said: ‘After a three-year campaign, we’re pleased to see a significant reduction in rates proposed and a fundamental review …

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Scrub Daddy wins London Business School award

Scrub Daddy has been hailed a winner in The Real Innovation Awards 2019. Organised by London Business School, the annual Awards ‘celebrate the real heroes and the real stories that make innovation happen’. At a ceremony held on November 14 in central London, Scrub Daddy was the recipient of the …

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Fenwick headlines BHETA forum

Fenwick director of buying for furniture, home and food Kieran McBride was the headline speaker at the latest networking forum held by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). At the event, held on October 31 at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham, Kieran opened his presentation by outlining the changes that have …

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John Lewis & Waitrose create experimental concept shop

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners will launch a customer-centric concept shop at its Southampton location opening tomorrow (Tuesday November 19), where a combination of services and experiences led by staff will take centre stage on every floor. If these ‘experience playgrounds’ are successful, they could be rolled …

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