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ProCook set to close two stores

Housewares chain ProCook has announced the proposed closure of two of its stores, at Eastbourne in East Sussex and Thame in Oxfordshire. Founder Daniel O’Neill said: “We are very sad to announce that we will soon be closing our Eastbourne and Thame shops. For the past few months we’ve been …

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Homebase supports National Home Improvement Month 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has secured sponsorship from Homebase for National Home Improvement Month 2020. Homebase is the second multiple home and garden retailer to sign up following Wilko’s decision to take part last month. Now in its third year, National Home Improvement Month aims to inspire …

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KPMG: update on Beales

The joint administrators of the Beales department store chain, Will Wright and Steve Absolom from KPMG, confirmed yesterday (Tuesday February 18) that they are ‘continuing discussions with a number of interested parties’ for a sale of the business as a going concern. But with no deliverable offers received for the …

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Leekes to headline BHETA forum

The next retailer networking forum organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) will feature Leekes buying controller Amanda Reed. Leekes is an independent retailer which was established in South Wales in 1897 and has six home department stores in South Wales, Wiltshire, and the Midlands. Many of its product …

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Dunelm matchmakes with First Dates in new partnership

Channel 4 has announced a year-long partnership with Dunelm that will see the homeware retailer sponsor the broadcaster’s award-winning dating series ‘First Dates’, ‘First Dates Hotel’ and ‘First Dates Abroad’. The partnership marks the first time that Dunelm has sponsored Channel 4 content. Channel 4 said: ‘As one of the …

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Whitby & Co showcases Klean Kanteen and Opinel at Spring Fair

Whitby & Co will be showing the sustainable US hydration brand Klean Kanteen and the French knife brand Opinel at the Spring Fair, which takes place February 2 to February 6 at the NEC in Birmingham. The distributor says: ‘Klean Kanteen provides ethical, sustainable food and drink solutions to the …

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Melitta announces new trade partnership with EPE International at Spring Fair

Coffee specialist Melitta will celebrated its new partnership with trade distributor EPE International at Spring Fair 2020 with its Barista TS Smart premium bean to cup coffee machine – complete with the prestigious Quiet Mark award. Fitted with the intuitive Touch & Slide feature to set and use the coffee …

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Wayfair to headline BHETA forum

The next retailer networking forum hosted by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) will take place at its headquarters in Birmingham on February 26 – and will feature a presentation by online home products retailer Wayfair. Five of the Wayfair team will attend the event, including senior figures from the …

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Jamie Oliver to host new cookery show

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is back on Channel 4 later this year with a brand new series, travelling around the country to help a nation of takeaway lovers get cooking again. The broadcaster said: ‘With the popularity of takeaways and delivery food sharply on the rise, Jamie is on a …

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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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