In our Big Interview, we meet Steamer Trading Cookshop founder Ben Phillips, who shares an update on the specialist chain’s strategy. And we shine the spotlight on Harrods’ award-winning cookshop and the brand new Habitat store at Westfield London-White City.
Our Special Report on Christmas Planning includes a peak at John Lewis and Selfridges’ festive offerings and lists 10 top tips from retail consultant Caroline Rowell on how to prep for the busiest selling season of the year.
There’s also a review of Autumn Fair and a look back at some of the first-time exhibitors and standout products spotted by trend forecaster Scarlet Opus, at the Exclusively Shows.
PLUS: we report on what’s new in beverage making, kitchen knives and accessories, celebrity-endorsed ranges, healthy eating and housewares for garden centres. And another Special Report focuses on products that are made in Britain, with observations from a selection of leading suppliers who are flying the flag by proudly manufacturing their goods at home.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: we chat to Barry Freeder, managing director of housewares supplier Hit Products about his recent appearance on prime-time ITV business series ‘Give It A Year’, and catch up with Kevin McKay, managing director (European office) of Captivate Brands and Sarah Selzer, managing director of PR Direct.
AND: Smart home expert Carly Knobloch talks about trends she expects to gain traction in technologically advanced homes in 2019; industry commentator Michael Weedon gives his views on some some taxing issues; Roger Morgan-Grenville, director of supplier Dexam, explains why he firmly believes that food should at the very heart of the housewares industry; Will Jones, housewares sector director of BHETA, offers suggestions on why we need to refocus on changes in consumer behaviour; and independent retailer Keith Crowther, owner of La Cookshop in Northumberland, reflects on how trading has evolved over his 40 years in the business.
FINALLY, our ever-popular Best Sellers section lists the current top 12 performing products at four housewares retailers: Brambles Cookshop in Cheshire, The Kitchen Whisk in Dublin, Trevor Mottram in Kent and Luxe Cookshop in Northampton.
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