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Administrators appointed to Beales

Will Wright and Steve Absolom from KPMG Restructuring were appointed joint administrators to Beale Limited and J E Beale Plc (“Beales”) yesterday (Tuesday January 21). Founded in Bournemouth in 1881, Beales operates 23 department stores in market towns across the UK selling a range of furniture, fashion, toys and cosmetics. …

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Wilko to support National Home Improvement Month 2020

Home and garden chain Wilko is to support National Home Improvement Month: the industry-wide consumer-facing marketing initiative run by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Association). Now in its third year, the campaign runs throughout April. Wilko’s involvement follows on from a successful Meet the Buyer event held by BHETA in November …

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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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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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John Lewis managing director steps down

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) – which owns and operates department store group John Lewis & Partners and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners – has announced that John Lewis & Partners managing director Paula Nickolds will step down from the JLP board and will be leaving her post in February 2020. …

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IKEA to open city centre store in Hammersmith

IKEA UK plans to open a new small store format at Hammersmith in West London. Due to launch in Spring 2021, the shop will sell the brand’s home furnishing range, with all products available to buy from the store for home delivery, and over 2,000 home furnishing accessories available to …

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Exclusively show to feature new ‘Launchpad’ initiative

The 2020 edition of the Exclusively show will see the debut of a ‘Launchpad’ shell scheme area, designed to meet the needs of smaller manufacturers and suppliers in the housewares industry. Owned and organised by Brooke House Exhibitions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), …

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BHETA to hold Meet The Buyer day with TK Maxx

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a Meet The Buyer retail networking day with homewares and clothing retailer TK Maxx. The event will take place on January 30 at the Mercure Hotel in the Hertfordshire town of Watford, which is on the A41 Watford bypass. TK …

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ProCook posts its biggest peak trading sales to date

Housewares chain ProCook has reported record sales levels for the eight-week peak trading season to January 5. During the period (which incorporates Black Friday and Christmas), the multi-channel retailer posted almost £10 million in sales – a 20% like-for-like increase on last year. The growth was driven by a 13% …

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