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New chairman for The Giftware Association

The GA is excited to welcome in its new chairman, Gert Schyberg from Sebnini, who takes over from Jeremy Corner from Blue Eyed Sun who moves over to the deputy chairman role after serving as chairman for the past two years. Previously vice chairman and an active member of the …

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Extra support needed for retailers, says BIRA

‘Positive action’ is needed to help retail businesses meet rent demands as they continue to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, Bira has said. It is backing the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) proposals for a Property Bounceback Grant, after exclusive research revealed independent retailers were concerned about paying their rent while …

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Staycations boosting retail footfall

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across UK retail destinations rose marginally last week, by +0.8% from the week before, a far more muted result than the rise of +3.8% in the previous week. Despite the hot weather – which in fact may have proved too hot …

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Registration now open for Autumn Fair

Registration is now open for the virtual forum, Autumn Fair @ Home. Autumn Fair @ Home is said to be a “unique two-day digital experience designed to engage and inspire all from the comfort of your home”. The show is planning  a Virtual Showroom, which showcases exhibitor products, Product Showcases …

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Hyve announces three virtual forums

Hyve Group has announced Autumn Fair @ Home, Glee Gathering and Fashion Together (comprising Pure, Pure Origin, Moda and Scoop), three completely virtual forums happening this September. These forums will provide exhibitors and attendees with the opportunity to showcase and discover new products, engage with suppliers via “The Virtual Showroom”, …

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Obituary: Remembering Jane Oliphant

Jane Oliphant, the founder editor of Housewares Magazine and a former member of the DIY Week editorial team, died on 3 August 2020, four years after being diagnosed with cancer, and being told to expect to live only another six months. She was 67. Jane joined Benn Publications in Tonbridge, …

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Retail footfall boosted by ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme

Latest data from retail experts Springboard reveals that footfall across UK retail destinations rose by +3.8% last week from the week before, and the uplift was shared by all three key destination types; in high streets footfall rose by +4.5%, in shopping centres by +3% and by +3.3% in retail …

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British homeowners spend £13,000 on added extras

New research has found that British homeowners are willing to spend an average of £13,000 on special features, such as outside seating areas and kitchen islands, to improve their properties. The survey, commissioned by Origin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, found that the most sought-after added …

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Home retail gets lockdown boost

Latest research conducted by Love Home Swap has revealed how Brits took to DIY during lockdown, resulting in a surge in demand for the home retail sector that is expected to continue as people look to improve their living environment. More than three quarters of respondents said they spent time …

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Lakeland announces restructuring of Operating Board

Lakeland has announced the planned retirement of its owners Sam, Martin and Julian Rayner from its operating board of directors. Whilst the Rayners will retire with effect from September 2020, they will retain ownership of the company. The brothers’ retirement from the operating board marks the commencement of a long-planned …

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