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Government takes action to ban plastic straws and drinks stirrers

Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England last Wednesday (May 22), following overwhelming public support for the move. The ban will come into force in April 2020. It will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or …

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Big name brands attend BHETA workshop on knife retailing

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) chaired a consultative retailer and supplier workshop on knife retailing last Wednesday (May 15), attended by big name retail and supplier brands. The workshop was BHETA’s opening move in its responsible knife retailing campaign: an initiative agreed with members following an initial consultation …

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John Lewis reveals 2019 wedding gift list trends

British couples have fallen in love with the ‘farmyard wedding’ as growing numbers seek the rural idyll, according to John Lewis & Partners wedding insurance data. The department store group said: ‘Couples are shunning glitzy urban hotels in favour of Instagrammable ‘Boho’ venues, complete with bridal wellies, fields of wildflowers …

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BHETA appoints new DIY sector manager

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Keeley Vernon as its new DIY sector manager for home improvement and garden. Her appointment follows closely after that of Seema Grantham as housewares sector manager, the two new roles having been created as part of the Association’s recent restructure. Keeley …

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Offensive Weapons Act receives Royal Assent

The Offensive Weapons Act has today (Thursday May 16) received Royal Assent, bringing in new measures in response to violent crime. The Act will make it illegal to possess dangerous weapons in private, including knuckledusters, zombie knives and death star knives, and will make it a criminal offence to dispatch …

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Lakeland celebrates 40 years in the heart of Chester

Lakeland will commemorate the 40th anniversary of its store in the Cheshire city of Chester during the upcoming late May Bank Holiday. The housewares chain is inviting customers to mark the milestone in-store, along with colleagues old and new, over the Spring Bank Holiday (from Friday May 24 through to …

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IKEA appoints new UK & Ireland country retail manager

IKEA has appointed Peter Jelkeby as country retail manager to lead the UK and Ireland business of the Swedish homeware giant. He succeeds Javier Quiñones, who joins IKEA USA as country retail manager. Swedish-born Peter is returning to IKEA following a career of over 20 years with the company in …

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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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