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Challenge 25 approved for use with bladed items

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork to suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the legitimate supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. The collateral, which is available through BHETA’s member services team, includes …

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Take a look at the latest issue of Housewares Magazine

The December issue of Housewares Magazine is packed with news, views and pages of the latest products to hit the market. Click here to view the digital issue. Our Hot Products section focuses on what’s new in cookware, woodware, tools & gadgets, condiments and colour in the home. We also …

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‘Record-breaking’ Black Friday period for ProCook

Housewares chain ProCook has reported ‘another record-breaking’ Black Friday period. The specialist retailer’s bricks-and-mortar channel achieved a14% increase in like-for-like sales and its ecommerce sales were up by almost a quarter on last year – both contributing an overall company like-for-like growth of 20%. Total sales were up 40% on …

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Best Home Cook is back soon

BBC One has announced that ‘Best Home Cook’ is returning to our screens. No transmission dates have been revealed but the broadcaster said: ‘The eight-part series returns with a new lease of life: brand new kitchens, tougher challenges and an exciting and tense finale each week. ‘There’s also a new …

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Chefs Heston Blumenthal, Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt revealed as ‘Food Gods’

Chefs Heston Blumenthal, Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt are to take on the roles of ‘Food Gods’ in Channel 4’s new food contest ‘Crazy Delicious’. The six-episode series, presented by comedian and foodie Jayde Adams, is described by the broadcaster as ‘an innovative and imaginative food competition set on the …

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Habitat MD Clare Askem steps down

Habitat managing director Clare Askem has resigned from her role at the homeware chain after eight years. In a statement, Habitat said: ‘Clare has decided that the time is right to leave the business and Sainsbury’s commercial director of general merchandise & clothing James Brown will take on responsibility for …

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Wilko appoints new head of design

Alexei Cowan has been appointed to the newly created role of head of design for Wilko. The retailer said: ‘Alexei will establish a dedicated product design capability within Wilko Retail, focusing on trend interpretation and the development of desirable products specifically for Wilko customers.’ With more than 20 years’ experience …

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Mintel forecasts a steady retail growth for Christmas

Despite a particularly tough year, Mintel forecasts some Christmas cheer for Britain’s retailers. Latest data from the market research firm predicts that December’s retail sales will reach £48.7 billion, growing 3.8% compared with last December when sales hit £46.9 billion. Sales through non-food retailers this December are expected to reach …

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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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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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