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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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Britain through the lockdown

A report out today from the John Lewis partnership has shown that kitchen activities have seen a significant rise since lock down began on 23 March. The John Lewis and Waitrose Report reveals how the nation’s behaviour has changed including: Homemade ‘happy hour’ – people recreating bar experiences at home …

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Exclusively Digital to launch on 6 July 2020

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), which owns the Exclusively Show, is to launch the week-long Exclusively Digital on 6th July as a replacement for 2020’s live show.  All exhibitors who had booked into Exclusively 2020, which was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic have been invited to take …

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BHETA launches packaging campaign

 The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has launched a campaign to support supplier members on all issues arising from forthcoming legislation on packaging.  Its opening move was to lobby Government on an extension to the consultation period on the proposed Plastic Packaging Tax in the light of the current …

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Demand for bakeware shows strong growth for What More UK

What More UK, the Altham based housewares manufacturer, has experienced strong growth in demand for its home bakeware products. Since lockdown was imposed in the UK on 23 March, the country has had to find new ways to keep busy. This has led to an increased interest in home cooking …

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