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What More UK further invests in manufacturing

What More UK, the organisation behind the home storage brand Wham, has announced the latest in a series of multi-million pound investments at its Altham manufacturing site. The new development will provide 26,000sqft of extra distribution space and operate as a link between their existing buildings 5 (110,000sqft) and 6 …

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John Lewis staggers shop reopening

John Lewis will begin to reopen its shops for customers as part of a gradual approach from Monday 15 June, starting with its Poole and Kingston department stores, followed by 11 others on Thursday 18 June. Depending on the response from customers and Partners to our new ways of operating …

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Retail footfall on the rise

Retail expert Springboard has revealed that footfall rose by an average of +11.3% across UK retail destinations over the period from Monday to Thursday in the run up to the late May bank holiday weekend.  Footfall has risen on a week on week basis on each of the past seven …

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Whitby & Co supports NHS with Klean Kanteen bottle

Outdoor accessory specialist Whitby & Co has designed a special ‘thank you NHS’ Klean Kanteen bottle , with 100% of the profit from the sale of every bottle going to NHS Charities Together, supporting NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients. “We wanted to show our appreciation to all …

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BergHOFF UK’s MD steps down due to ill health

After six years of successfully building the BergHOFF brand in the UK, and almost 35 years in the housewares industry, managing director Andrew Leggett and wife Paula have announced they are sadly stepping down due to Mr Leggett’s ill health. “I’m proud to have been an ambassador for BergHOFF in …

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Dobbies reopens stores in England

Following updated guidance from the UK Government that garden centres may open, Dobbies Garden Centres has reopened its 54 English stores as of Wednesday 13 May. The move comes quickly after the business reopened its Swansea store and follows the procedures put into place there: The safety of team members …

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Encouragement for housewares in the longer term

 While the negative economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the housewares sector remains unchanged (forecast growth in expenditure for 2020 has dropped to minus 14.4% – from £13.6 bn to £11.7 bn compared to 2019), the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s latest weekly Covid-19 financial update shows some …

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Dobbies reopens Swansea store

Following updated guidance from the Welsh Government that garden centres may open. Dobbies Garden Centres reopened its Swansea store on 11 May. The safety of team members and customers remains Dobbies’ number one priority and social distancing measures have been implemented to allow the store to operate safely. There is …

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Retail declines but high streets prevail

The four weeks from 05 April to 02 May 2020 saw the greatest ever decline in retail footfall as the nation locked down, but there is a shift towards local high streets according to footfall monitor and insights specialist, Springboard. “In the first month in which the UK has been …

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