The November/December issue is filled to the brim with pages of products, personalities, business profiles and more.
In a two-page interview, Lakeland buying & merchandising director Samm Swain shares her strategies for sourcing products for the 68-strong chain –and reveals what’s hot, what’s not and what’s next in housewares trends for the coming season.
We catch up with Bryony Dyer, following her appointment as managing director of distributor Dexam earlier this year, find out why Laurence White has rebranded his housewares agency from White Brand Agency to TREACLE GEORGE, and find out the story behind why Fiona Robson, manageress of The Islands’ Home Hardware, has received a special recognition award.
We also profile two very different independent retail businesses: The Triggerfish Cookshop, which made its debut Dublin just two months ago, and Brown’s Home Hardware in Pershore which was founded in 1913 and has just been crowned Home Hardware’s Retailer of the Year.
ALSO IN THE MAG: leading players in the industry share their thoughts with readers. Consultant Michael Weedon reviews the Autumn Budget, highlighting the announcements that housewares retailers should know about. BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones draws attention to issues that will affect everyone’s 2018 planning. American smart home specialist Michael Wolf predicts a new era in cooking innovation. And T&G Woodware managing director Patrick Gardner gives his views on the outlook for the woodware sector.
We give an update on The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 too. Organised by www.HousewaresLive.net and its sister magazine Housewares Magazine in partnership with Spring Fair, this prestigious event has already garnered the support of 25 sponsors.
We unmask the members of our two judging panels – and list all the finalists selected by them for our 24 award categories. The winners will be crowned during a glittering ceremony at The National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on February 5 (during Spring Fair).
PLUS: we discover what’s new in cookware, tools & gadgets, condiments, woodware and colour in the home, and present the 2017 ‘Hot List’ report: a round-up of some of the top-selling and most on-trend products that have been kicking up heat in the market over the past 12 months.
What’s more, we preview of some of the new housewares products set to be showcased at the industry’s first trade show of 2018: the Spring/Summer edition of Top Drawer, which takes place from January 14 to January 16 at Olympia in London.
Finally, our regular Best Sellers section lists the current top performing products at Leekes stores in South Wales, the South-West and the West Midlands; The Wooden Spoon Cookshop at Leek in Staffordshire, Malletts Home Hardware at Truro in Cornwall and Lawsons stores in the Devon towns of Plymouth, Tavistock, Totnes and Ivybridge.
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