We preview some of the lines due to launch at this month’s Spring Fair and Ambiente, review last month’s Top Drawer exhibition, and look ahead to Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical in June.
What’s more, we find out what’s new in storageware, kitchen knives & accessories, world cooking, housewares as gifts and healthy eating.
In a two-page interview, we catch up with Rob Jones, one year on from his appointment as sales director of Horwood Homewares; talk to Nick Green, owner of newly-crowned Home Hardware Retailer of the Year Brown’s Home Hardware in Pershore; chat to Meyer Group field sales manager Paul Rowbotham; reminisce with veteran retailer Rod Abel, who has just retired as owner of The Cookware Company in Carlisle, after almost half a century in housewares; and find out how to ‘create a buzz’ for a brand with Richard Watts, director of Ever Forwards PR.
ALSO IN THE MAG: two leading players in the industry share their thoughts with readers. Consultant Michael Weedon casts a critical eye over the big retailers’ sales numbers for the crucial festive trading season, and BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones discusses ‘the in-store revival’.
We give an update on The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 too, with a full listing of all the finalists across a total of 24 award categories. Organised by www.HousewaresLive.net and its sister magazine Housewares Magazine in partnership with Spring Fair, this prestigious event has garnered the support of 31 sponsors, with hundreds of guests due to attend the ceremony.
The winners will be crowned during a glittering gala at The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on February 5 (during Spring Fair) and the results will be published in the next issue. For more details, go to http://housewaresinnovationawards.com/
Finally, our regular Best Sellers section lists the current dozen top-performing housewares products at Charlies Stores in Wales and the Borders; Potters Cookshop at Hockley in Essex; Cook Central at St Andrews in Fife; and Ulster Stores: an independent retail group based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
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