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Bira renews partnership with Sorbon Estates

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is supporting independent retailers operating within Sorbon Estates by extending its complimentary membership offer to them for another year. Sorbon Estates is a commercial property investment and development company located in Beaconsfield that operates in and around the M25, the Thames Valley and Greater …

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Mary Berry to visit Spring Fair

Courtesy of housewares supplier Captivate Brands, celebrity cook and TV presenter Mary Berry will give ‘a candid and memorable talk about what inspires her to continue to create’ at the Spring Fair. Speaking in conversation with Ashley Armstrong, Retail Editor at daily national newspaper ‘The Times’, Mary will discuss how …

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Mary Portas joins Spring Fair speaker line-up

Retail expert, broadcaster and consumer champion Mary Portas is to bring her vision for the future of the high street to the Spring Fair. Speaking in conversation with Ashley Armstrong, Retail Editor at daily national newspaper ‘The Times’, Mary will discuss how businesses, particularly those on the high street, must …

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Spring Fair revamps VIP buyers programme

Spring Fair has revamped its exclusive VIP buyers programme for its 2020 show to create The Club. The tiered initiative, with Platinum, Gold and Silver levels of membership, will reward the Spring Fair and Autumn Fair’s most loyal and highest spending buyers. The initiative’s highest tier of membership, Platinum, has …

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Meet the host of the Housewares Innovation Awards

The Housewares Innovation Awards 2020 has announced that the host of next month’s ceremony will be stand-up comedian Tom Ward: With a decidedly off-beat commentary on modern life (and an instantly recognisable hairdo), Tom is a hit on both the indie and mainstream comedy circuits, infusing sketches with impersonation and …

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Emma Bridgewater celebrates International Women’s Day

To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, ceramics company Emma Bridgewater has introduced a brand new Purple Toast half-pint mug, emblazoned with classic Emma Bridgwater script that reads: ‘Sisters Stand Together, Together We Rise, Shoulder To Shoulder’. Priced at £19.95, the mug is available from Emma Bridgewater shops and …

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Asda to launch sustainability trial store

Asda has joined forces with some of the UK’s best known brands to launch its first ‘test and learn’ sustainability store in its heartland of Leeds, with a mission to find new ways to reduce plastic and encourage customers to reuse and refill. From May, the store in Middleton will …

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IHA announces national gia retail winners

Housewares retailing is a big focus at The Inspired Home Show 2020 in Chicago, as the world’s most innovative and creative home and housewares retailers will be honoured at the 20th annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme, held during the exhibition which takes place at McCormick Place in Chicago …

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Snackmasters recommissioned for second series

Renowned Maitre D’ Fred Sirieix is to return to our screens again to set some of the country’s top chefs more extraordinary challenges in the second series of Channel 4’s ‘Snackmasters’. The first series, which saw Michelin-starred maestros work out the secret recipes behind Britain’s best-loved snacks, was one of …

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Gordon Ramsay coming to BBC One with new show

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is fronting a new eight-part BBC One series to hunt down the UK’s most exciting and innovative new food and drink entrepreneurs. The broadcaster said: ‘In an era of subscription boxes, food apps, and high-tech delivery services, Britain is in the middle of a food revolution. …

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