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Lakeland opens pop-up shop in Westfield White City

Today (Friday September 20) sees Lakeland celebrate the opening of its brand new pop-up shop at Westfield White City Shopping Centre in London. The housewares chain said: ‘The location in Westfield White City, now the largest shopping centre in Europe, presents a great opportunity to engage with existing customers by …

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RKW appointed exclusive distributor for Smeg SDAs

Housewares distributor and supplier RKW is now the exclusive retail distributor for Italian designer kitchen electricals brand Smeg, known for its 1950s retro style products including coffee makers and toasters. RKW founder and managing director Rob Sutton said the last 12 months has seen significant growth for the Smeg SDA …

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The Cook Shop in Leamington Spa set to close

The Cook Shop of Leamington Spa is pulling the shutters this Autumn after 40 years of trading in the Warwickshire town. A blog posted at https://www.cookshop.net/ on August 28 headlined ‘It’s the end of an era!’ said: ‘After 40 incredible years in business, the Cookshop is closing its doors for …

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BHETA taskforce agrees next steps in responsible knife retailing campaign

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association)’s responsible retailing taskforce has held a second meeting to agree the next moves in its responsible knife retailing campaign. The taskforce was set up to develop an initiative that supports safe and responsible retailing. It comprises most of the UK’s leading kitchen knife retailers …

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KitchenCraft invests in a new home

As a multi-generational business, established nearly 170 years ago in Birmingham, KitchenCraft has invested in its roots with a new purpose-built warehouse and office facility on the outskirts of the city. The 250,000sq ft building is located at The Hub, a business park developed by IM Properties. Around 200 jobs …

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Horwood acquires EcoSouLife

Bristol-based housewares company Horwood Homewares has acquired Australian environmental housewares supplier EcoSouLife. The EcoSouLife brand will become part of Horwood Life, a subsidiary of Horwood Homewares, which will focus on driving sales, distribution and awareness across all relevant sales channels globally. Horwood said: ‘EcoSouLife is an environmentally conscious company on …

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Deadline extended to take part in the next issue of Housewares Magazine

The deadline to take part in the next issue of Housewares Magazine has been extended by one week to Friday September 6 – so there is still time for you to take part. The September 2019 includes the following features: -Autumn Fair Review -Beverage Making -Christmas Planning -Kitchen Knives & …

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Bira welcomes Mica as a new division

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) confirmed today (Wednesday August 14) an investment in Mica, which will see the UK co-operative group of 50-plus DIY, hardware and garden shops join the association as a new division. Bira will become a major shareholder in Mica. Bira ceo Andrew Goodacre said: “This …

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