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C4 reveals trailer for new series of The Great British Bake Off

A trailer for the new series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ made its debut yesterday (Tuesday July 30) at approximately 8pm on Channel 4. The campaign will be accompanied by press cover wraps, posters, radio spot ads and social media activity that will go live nearer to the show’s …

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Alastair Fisher becomes new BHETA president

Alastair Fisher, joint managing director of Taylor’s Eye Witness, was appointed as the new president of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) at the trade body’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 10. This is a non-executive position. Alastair succeeds Roger Morgan-Grenville, business development director of Dexam, in the …

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Bake-O-Glide on a roll with rebranding, new launches and new eco-friendly packaging

The Bake-O-Glide brand from housewares supplier Falcon Products has undergone a rebranding exercise, coinciding with one of its largest product launches in several years, and the introduction of new eco-friendly packaging. Falcon Products managing director Gary Downham said: “Since our family business was established almost 30 years ago, our Bake-O-Glide …

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Tradestock announces distribution agreement for Laura Ashley licensed products

Housewares supplier Tradestock has entered into a distribution agreement with Dutch company Wegter Consumenten B.V., which manufactures and distributes the licensed collection of Laura Ashley tableware. Tradestock managing director Keith Nye said: “Like Tradestock, Wegter is a family-owned business with an ethos for outstanding customer service and exceptional products, and …

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John Lewis customers get ready for the heatwave

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday July 20) were up 1.3% in the department store group’s final week of Summer clearance. The retailer’s buying director of EHT (Electrical and Home Technology) Laurence Mitchell said: “We had a particularly strong Saturday in our shops. Home sales …

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Tewkesbury Cookshop set to close in September

Tewkesbury Cookshop in Gloucestershire is preparing to close its doors for the final time in mid-September. Announcing the news on Facebook on July 16, the independent retailer said: “Bit of a sad post I’m afraid. The rumours are true – we will unfortunately be closing the Cookshop [in] mid-September. Thank …

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BHETA consults on Challenge 25

Following a workshop on responsible knife retailing hosted by British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) on May 15, the trade body has met the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) with a view to securing approval to adopt its Challenge 25 scheme. The workshop was an initiative agreed with members …

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New era for Delfinware

Housewares supplier Delfinware has changed hands and is now owned by its managing director Michael J Simmonds. The housewares supplier, based at Hythe in Kent, has been supplying high quality British-made plastic coated, chrome and stainless steel wireware since 1969. It employs 20 staff, many of whom have been with …

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New TV series from Nadiya Hussain makes debut

Celebrity cook Nadiya Hussain returned to the small screen on Monday (July 15) with a new six-part BBC Two series entitled ‘Nadiya’s Time To Eat’, that debuts at 8pm on BBC Two. The broadcaster said: ‘We’re a nation that loves to cook and eat delicious food. But we don’t always …

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The Housewares Show: now open to all independent retailers

The Housewares Show is preparing to open its doors to all independent retailers once again next month. Hosted by independent buying group AIS (Associated Independent Stores), the two-day event will be open to AIS members only on August 13 and then open to all independent retail buyers on August 14. …

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