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BHETA and knife suppliers back ‘responsible retailing’ campaign

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s consultative meeting with UK kitchen knife suppliers on March 25 reached a consensus to back a proactive industry-wide ‘responsible retailing’ campaign. Leading kitchen knife suppliers including Taylor’s Eye Witness, Amefa, Fiskars, George East (housewares), Kuhn Rikon and Robert Welch Designs met BHETA housewares …

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Negotiations press ahead for ProCook and Steamer Trading

Housewares retailer ProCook has revealed that it is ‘paving the way to a bright future’ following its recent acquisition of rival chain Steamer Trading, ‘with around 21 leases near completion and a new look for stores benefitting from hundreds of new product lines’. Steamer Trading was saved from administration in …

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Tradestock announces distribution agreement with La Rochère

Somerset-based housewares supplier Tradestock has taken on the UK distribution for French glassware company La Rochère. Tradestock said: ‘La Rochère has been producing artisanal glass in the heart of France for more than 500 years, making it the oldest continuously running glass factory in Europe. The company is recognised around …

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IKEA UK announces opening date of new Planning Studio in Bromley

IKEA UK has announced that its new Planning Studio at Bromley in south-east London will open on Thursday (March 28). IKEA Bromley will be the retailer’s second Planning Studio to open in London, following the opening of its first on Tottenham Court Road in October 2018. The Studio will be …

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Portmeirion Group posts tenth consecutive year of record sales

Portmeirion Group has reported its tenth consecutive year of record revenue for the year ending 31 December 2018. Sales lifted 5.7% to £89.6 million from £84.8 million in 2017, while pre-tax profit increased by 10.1% to £9.7 million from £8.8 million in 2017. The Stoke tabletop supplier attributed the performance …

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John Torode and Lisa Faulkner to host ITV cookery series

ITV has announced details of a new daytime cookery series starring celebrity couple John Torode and Lisa Faulkner. ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’ comprises nine one-hour episodes and is ‘coming soon’ –  but exact treansmission dates have not yet been announced. The broadcaster said: ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’ will …

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Asda removes single kitchen knives from sale nationwide

Asda has announced that it will remove single kitchen knives from sale in all its stores by the end of April. The supermarket chain said the decision has been made in response to rising concerns about knife crime in the UK, particularly those involving children and young people. Asda senior …

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Brexit uncertainty hits retail growth

Uncertainty surrounding the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union has hit consumer spending, according to Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC). She said: “While real incomes have started to rise over the past year, shoppers were reluctant to spend this February, holding back growth. …

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