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‘Bold new direction’ for Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair organiser ITE Group has announced that the next edition of the trade show will take a ‘bold new direction’. More than 22,000 visitors and 1,300 exhibitors are expected to attend the exhibition, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham from September 1 to September 4. For …

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Exclusively Shows attracts 151 exhibitors

The organiser of Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical has revealed the names of new exhibitors at next month’s event in London. BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), the owner and organiser of the Exclusively Shows, said 32 new companies have signed up to exhibit at the co-located event, bringing the …

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Debenhams announces CVA plan to restructure store portfolio

Debenhams announced today (Friday April 26) details of two proposed Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA): one relating to Debenhams Retail Limited, the main trading entity (69 stores); and one relating to Debenhams Properties Limited (99 stores). A CVA is a legal process that allows a company to reach a compromise or …

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Scratch cooking heats up in the UK

New research from Waitrose & Partners has revealed that we are a nation of scratch cooks. The findings of a survey of research 1,000 adults conducted in April by the supermarket chain showed that over half of us (54%) cook from scratch at least four times a week. However, while …

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CMA blocks merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed merger of the Sainsbury and Asda supermarket chains. The CMA’s final report, published today (Thursday April 25)  said that ‘UK shoppers and motorists would be worse off if Sainsbury’s and Asda – two of the country’s largest supermarkets – were …

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Administrators agree sale of Bennetts department store in Derby

The joint administrators of Derbyshire retailer Bennetts (Irongate) Limited, which trades as Bennetts Department Store at 8 Iron Gate in Derby, have confirmed that a sale of the Bennetts name and all assets in the Derby store has been agreed, subject to contract. Details of the buyer will be disclosed …

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Co-op removes single kitchen knives from sale

Co-op is the latest high street multiple to take action to stop selling single kitchen knives. The supermarket chain took the decision to remove knives last month, so no Co-op stores now sell single knives. The retailer does not sell knife packs but does sell cutlery in selected stores, along …

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BHETA appoints Seema Grantham as new housewares sector manager

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Seema Grantham as its new housewares sector manager: the first appointment since the announcement of the Association’s recent restructure. Seema succeeds Will Jones, who has taken up the newly created position of chief operating officer, reporting to BHETA executive chairman Andrew …

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BHETA and knife suppliers back ‘responsible retailing’ campaign

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s consultative meeting with UK kitchen knife suppliers on March 25 reached a consensus to back a proactive industry-wide ‘responsible retailing’ campaign. Leading kitchen knife suppliers including Taylor’s Eye Witness, Amefa, Fiskars, George East (housewares), Kuhn Rikon and Robert Welch Designs met BHETA housewares …

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Negotiations press ahead for ProCook and Steamer Trading

Housewares retailer ProCook has revealed that it is ‘paving the way to a bright future’ following its recent acquisition of rival chain Steamer Trading, ‘with around 21 leases near completion and a new look for stores benefitting from hundreds of new product lines’. Steamer Trading was saved from administration in …

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