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Fenwick re-opens edited version of website

Fenwick is re-opening its online channel, with an edited offer, from 15 April. Following significant changes to the way in which orders are picked and packed, and with a volunteer workforce in place, the website will start to take new orders from 15 April, as well as processing and dispatching …

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Rainy Day Trust calls on industry for support

The Rainy Day Trust, the UK’s only charity supporting the home improvement workforce and their families in times of need, is appealing for help from industry. In a message from Rainy Day Trust ceo Bryan Clover, he said: “We have shed as much non-essential cost as possible, and we are …

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Home & Gift postponed to 2021

The 2020 edition of Home & Gift has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will now take place on the 18-21 July, 2021. This the first time in the 60-year history of the event that such a step has had to be taken. The 2021 edition, will now celebrate the …

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Debenhams files NOI to appoint Administrator

In a statement today, Debenhams announced that it has filed a Notice of Intent (“NOI”) to appoint an Administrator in the UK. This move will protect the retailer from the threat of legal action that could have the effect of pushing the business into liquidation while its 142 UK stores …

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BHETA steps in as retailers seek to impose extended trading terms

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has interceded for DIY, housewares and garden suppliers where retailers are seeking to impose extended trading terms. In letters to trading directors and chief buying officers, BHETA’s chief operating officer, Will Jones has requested urgent telephone appointments to discuss the likely consequences for …

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Age-restricted goods could subject online retail to heavy fines

AgeChecked, a provider of secure and anonymised online age verification technology, is reminding businesses taking their operations online of the need to comply with laws on selling age-restricted goods. The SafetyTech company has noticed a huge overnight increase in the number of retailers who have put their products on sale …

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Rainy Day Trust offers coronavirus support

Bryan Clover, ceo of the Rainy Day Trust, has highlighted the programmes and support that the Rainy Day Trust can offer. The organisation and its programmes are designed to support businesses and their staff through times of trouble, offering flexibility in terms of the kind of help available. There are …

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Exclusively Show postponed to 2021 and replaced by Exclusively Digital 2020

In view of the rapidly escalating effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the board of BHETA – which organises and operates the annual Exclusively Show at the Business Design Centre in June – has postponed the 2020 event until June 15 and June 16 2021. In the interim, the Exclusively Show …

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BHETA postpones National Home Improvement Month

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has postponed its annual DIY and garden industry consumer promotion National Home Improvement Month until later in the year in the light of the Covid-19 crisis. BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones said: “While BHETA is pleased to see the Government acknowledge home …

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Bira launches new coronavirus hub to help independent retailers through crisis

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has launched a dedicated coronavirus hub to guide its members and the wider retail community through the crisis. The online resource, accessible through the Bira website, is a one-stop shop featuring information and advice. It is being updated every day, throughout the day. Information …

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