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etail turbulence continues, with House of Fraser ‘rescued’ in its final hour, but suppliers left unpaid and consumers’ online orders cancelled. Homebase’s closures reflect the legacy of Wesfarmers’ strategy of transferring its Australian DIY model to the UK, in doing so ditching homewares that had appealed to a wider audience. So I am delighted to introduce lots of positive retail stories and successful products in the 22 pages of our Excellence in Above: The PH team (left to right): John Barry, advertisement Housewares Awards 2018 finalists (pages 30-53). manager, Emma Cain, product page editor, Jo Howard, editor, “Humbling” and “awe-inspiring” were just a couple of Jakki Brown, editor-in-chief and Rob Willis, publishing director. Below: PH’s Jo Howard with Fearne Cotton at Exclusively descriptors uttered by our Retailer Judging & Validation Panel Housewares (see news page 11). when reviewing the entries and nominations for the Retail award categories, all of whom were impressed by the extent to which independent retailers especially are being so proactive in safeguarding and progressing their respective buisnesses. This year’s batch of initiatives (of which unfortunately only six of which could be finalists) was sensational. We have so much of which to feel proud about in our industry. Not least, the ways in which products and retailers are spearheading the reduction of plastic waste (see News and Awards finalists). The global crisis really hit home to me recently when I spent an afternoon swimming through plastic from the waves on a beautiful beach in the Greek Islands this summer, so it was a great relief to discover how, as a sector we are well underway to improving our eco-credentials. In addition to our Excellence in Housewares Awards finalists, PH has some other exciting news to share. Firstly our team has grown! We have welcomed John Barry to the PH team as advertisement manager while Rob Willis (who has been integral to our progress behind the scenes) comes into the limelight as publishing director of PH and the Excellence in Housewares Awards. Meanwhile, on October 1 (two days before the Excellence in Housewares Awards), PH is launching a fab new digital newsfeed HousewaresNews.net. This will mean that from the start of October, twice a week a fresh batch of industry news will be delivered directly to your inbox. So, keep your press releases and lovely photos flowing, and, suppliers please call John to discuss exciting marketing opportunities. However, there is some sad news to impart too. Our wonderful PH team no longer includes the muchloved Patrick Wade (see News). For health reasons, Patrick felt the need to stand down from his role as advertisement director. We shall all miss him greatly. I am sure that the whole industry will join with me in thanking Patrick for his huge contribution to the housewares industry and to wish him well. As PH embraces new directions, we are also looking back - to the incredible 1980s, which forms the theme for the Excellence in Housewares Awards night on October 3. Music, fashion, high street shoppers – see pages 24 to 27 for what our Product Judges think was the best about the decade that was fast, furious and fun. I am looking forward to celebrating retro 80s style – hope you will be there!

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Above: Patrick’s huge contribution to the housewares industry was recognised with a special award for Outstanding Contribution at the Excelllence in Housewares Awards 2016, presented by Max Publishing’s Warren Lomax and bira Cookshop & Housewares’ Chris Lynn-Thomas from Kooks Unlimited.

Patrick Wade retires Patrick Wade has stood down from his role as Progressive Housewares’ advertising director for health reasons. Patrick has been a key member of the PH and the Excellence in Housewares Awards team for many years. Patrick was also sales director of Exclusively Housewares, but decided to retire from this role in 2017. Warren Lomax, joint md of Max Publishing commented: “Patrick is a legend! Not only did he launch the first Housewares trade magazine over 35 years ago, he bestrode the industry like a colossus in the period since. An impeccably dressed, incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful and polite colossus! In 20 years of knowing him, I have never heard anyone have anything other than fine words to say about him. The housewares industry will desperately miss him!” PH editor, Jo Howard added: “As far as I’m concerned, Patrick has always been a pillar of the housewares industry, knowing so many people and with so many connections. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with him as we have built up Progressive Housewares magazine over the past two decades.”

After months of suspense, the full line-up of retailer, product and supplier finalists have been revealed for the 19th Excellence in Housewares Awards (see pages 30-53). There will be another nail-biting wait until the announcement of the winners at the glitzy 80s themed Awards night on October 3 at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel. The Awards are organised by Progressive Housewares in conjunction with bira. This year’s prestigious Product Judging Panel included buyers from John Lewis, Steamer Trading, Above: Home Hardware’s Rachel Taylor and Lakeland, Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Kitchen Range’s Paul Geoghegan at the Borough Kitchen, Debenhams, Tesco, Product Judging Day. Essentials, Fenwick, Harrods, Harts of Stur, Right: Harrods' Zoe Atkins in judging mode. Home Hardware, Kitchen Range, Kooks Unlimited, Leekes, Lords at Home, Potters Cookshop, Prep Cookshop, Richard Dare and Trevor Mottram. Retailer finalists from across the UK include many first time finalists in the Awards, including Barkers, Northallerton; Brigg Garden Centre; Charlies; Garsons, Esher; Kitchen Range, Llandudno; Klondyke Garden Centres; Philip Morris Direct, and Vincent Davies and Son, Haverfordwest. Several ‘green’ initiatives – from Hobbs the Kitchen Shop, Penzance (see Shop talk page 65), Lawsons and Steamer Trading - feature in The Excellence in Retailer Initiative Awards. Reusable E-Coffee cups were also one of the ‘30 Things We Love’ in Essentials of Haslemere’s initiative (page 36). PH editor, Jo Howard comments: “This year’s finalists reflect the diversity of housewares retailing and suppliers in today’s highly competitive market and recognise the passion, innovation and dedication that goes into retail, product and supplier excellence. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our fantastic finalists in style at our 80s themed Awards night.” Kate Godber, bira’s senior communications and PR officer adds: "bira is delighted to continue our partnership with The Excellence in Housewares Award, as these reward the creativity, inventiveness, and hard work of the housewares industry - all the more important in today's challenging environment." • For Awards night tickets, contact event organiser Clare Davies of Createvents on 01883 340085 or email clare@createvents.co.uk • www.excellenceinhousewaresawards.co.uk #housewaresawards18

Matchmaking at Autumn Fair An exclusive AF product match app will be upping the ante at Autumn Fair (September 2-5 at the NEC, Birmingham). Louise Young, managing director of Spring Fair and Autumn Fair explains: “The app’s recommendations will help buyers to discover the newest products ensuring that our attendees experience is as streamlined and personalised as possible.” The new app will also allow attendees to browse the seminars available at the show. A new seminar area, Master Retail Online Theatre, will be dedicated to optimising online opportunities for both bricks and mortar and pureplay brands. Topics on the agenda include meeting customer’s changing delivery expectations; using fulfilment by Amazon: the pros and cons; how will delivery methods be evolving: are drones a reality?; and how to maximise online profits this Christmas. Additional show highlights include the launch of DesignFirst showcases for up to 30 pioneering new brands.

EPE is an inspirational business Electrical and cookware distributor, EPE International has been recognised in the fifth edition of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. The report identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. EPE’s continued growth is reflected in its recent purchase of a new warehouse unit in Bradford. As well as acquiring the bigger premises, the company is Above: From left to right: Harry Singh from EPE International with Judith expanding its staff across different business functions, and is Cummins, MP for Bradford South, Noel reviewing opportunities for strategic acquisitions. Pamment, EPE’s md, and Samantha Ackroyd from Lloyds Bank Commercial EPE has experienced fast growth since launching in 2003 Banking, which is proud to support EPE’s when it began with two staff (in contrast to 60 members of expansion with a a £3 million loan. staff currently and a turnover of more than £20 million). * EPE is showing its many brands (which include De’Longhi, Russell Hobbs and Kenwood) at Autumn Fair (Hall 1 Stand F01). PROGRESSIVE



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Left: Barry took CoachCoaster to this year’s Ambiente and Chicago’s IH+HS in March, where he is pictured in the Inventor's Corner.



Playful style at Top Drawer CoachCoaster Barry is a TV Hit He may be a one-man-band, working from his flat in North London, but Barry Freeder, who founded Hit Products three years ago, has hit the small screen in a big way on ITV’s Give It A Year series, fronted by Baroness Karren Brady. An episode of the show, broadcast on August 13, followed Barry from September 2016 to September 2017, having launched his invention, the CoachCoaster, a sofa-resting cup and bottle holder. He confides: “The day after the programme aired, sales really shot up!” The TV episode saw Barry receive mentoring advice from Baroness Karren, along with Ken Daly, ceo of JML. Barry has heeded their comments on pricing. “I did agree that £19.99 – delivered – had possibly kept the product out of the reach of the real mass market and I have therefore reduced the price to £14.99 plus £2.99 shipping on CouchCoaster.com,” he confirmed. Barry reflects: “I have now sold close to 100,000 units globally with a retail value of some $2.5 million and have travelled the world to sell my invention at trade shows in Europe, America and the Far East.” Hit Products was founded after Barry was made redundant from the property industry and had a ‘eureka’ moment while watching footfall and drinking a beer sitting on his sofa.

The Autumn/Winter 2018 edition of HOME at Top Drawer (September 9-11 London Olympia) promises to bring the latest interior trends to l ife, featuring Kitchen & Dining products from leading British suppliers and international favourites. Exhibitors include Parlane, Witloft, Pantone, BlissHome (including Rick Stein tableware), Forma House (including Eva Solo, Cookut, CrushGrind and Dreamfarm), Nkuku, Leonardo, award winning cutlery designer Studio William and Dutch Deluxes, which promises a range of extraordinary kitchenware from the Netherlands. Above: Products that reflect the Playful trend at Top Alejandra Campos, event director at Top Drawer include FreeForm (from Tradestock). Drawer comments: “Top Drawer refreshes its offering every season by incorporating new concepts and segments. It embraces trends including lifestyle, homewares, fashion and global market developments, presenting brands that inspire while offer commercial appeal.” Alejandra continues: “From independent shops and concept stores to museums, department stores and online retailers, each edition attracts the most successful retailers from the UK and overseas.” Well-established emerging talent area SPOTTED will promote start-ups and new designers, while CRAFT showcases over 40 makers and groups including ceramics and glassware, with mugs by Edit Juhasz Ceramics and wooden spoons from DeeLyn. Trends that will be in evidence at the show include: Playful, with vibrancy and dynamism; Cultural Exchange, inspired by stories from around the globe; Going Green, with calming influences; classic Check Mate; ancient meets modern ‘Terazzo’, and ‘angular, spectacular, geometric and eclectic’ Boundary Breakers.

Tefal steam power ahead with animation EasyDo sees pink for October EasyDo Products, manufacturers of the Dishmatic range of dispensing fillable and refillable washing up tools, is partnering with Against Breast Cancer to raise much-needed funds and awareness for the charity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some £10,000 will be donated to Against Breast Cancer and special pink limited edition Dishmatic handles will be available throughout October. Kelly Gibson, corporate partnerships manager at Against Breast Cancer, said: “This is the second year Dishmatic has supported our research with a £10,000 donation. Against Breast Cancer receives no government funding and solely relies on its individual and corporate supporters to fund its vital research into secondary spread breast cancer concentrating on: earlier detection, reducing risk and new treatments. We are proud to be partnered with such an empathetic company with such wonderful and generous customers.” Above: The pink charity Dishmatic will be available in Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose and Wilko.

Tefal has launched a major campaign to educate consumers and develop a growing market sector in Garment Steamers. The campaign started Right: One of Tefal’s on August 1 (running for six weeks) on above-the-line and below-the- Garment Steamers. line channels. In a first for the company, Tefal is using attention grabbing animated characters to show the versatility of Garment Steamers. Caroline Ross, Groupe SEB's marketing manager explains: “With the growing trend for non-iron textiles and more casual attire comes a new generation of 'iron avoiders' who would rather go out wearing creased clothing than buy an iron. So, we've developed our new range of garment care solutions to provide a just-intime steaming solution for every type of user – from the non-ironers and inexperienced users, right through to demanding carers looking for an efficient way to smooth out garments. What's more, our solutions sanitise as they steam, leaving clothes bacteria free – no ironing board or dry-cleaner needed!”

Harts’ big project Harts of Stur has embarked on a £multi-million development and expansion of its bricks and mortar store. The ambitious project will radically transform the current site the current garden shop will make way for much needed additional parking. Acquired land will then be used to expand the current footprint of the store to encompass a brand new garden shop, dedicated demo kitchen, cafe and increased shop floor space.

The brews headlines The cafetière continues to be the most used coffeemaking device in households, beating ‘a kettle with instant coffee’ according to a survey by Devon-based coffee roaster, Spiller & Tait. Bean-to-Cup machines are now the 3rd most popular device at home, says the report, which studied 300 households. The survey states that 50% of participants regularly use as many as three coffee-making devices, depending on the timing and occasion. Above: Bean to cup is increasingly popular: Jura’s S8 pictured.




CREATIVE PRODUCTS HAS CHRISTMAS CRACKED AT AUTUMN FAIR Stand CREATIVE PRODUCTS will be showcasing its new range of products and packaging in Hall 03 Stand 3F40 at this year’s Autumn Fair. As experts in consumer trends, the company has this year’s festive season wrapped up with The Nut Cracker available in time for the peak Christmas retail season. The multi-purpose Nut Cracker has been cleverly designed with a spring handle mechanism and easy to grip, non-slip handles, making it easy to crack the shell of any nut while leaving the nut intact. Not only that, the Nut Cracker can also be used to effortlessly remove champagne corks and unscrew


plastic caps from bottles. With an SRP of just £5.99, the Nutcracker makes for an ideal stocking filler and is a great spontaneous purchase option for the shop floor. Mark Hall, Managing Director of CREATIVE PRODUCTS,

commented, “Over the past few years, we have built up a real reputation for product innovation and trend-setting and the time is now right for us to demonstrate this to visitors to Autumn Fair in September. Combining our advances in new product development with our ‘no risk’ sale or return approach to retail means we have a fantastic offering to share with our customers and we look forward to discussing this further with interested buyers at the exhibition.” Interested retailers should visit Autumn Fair Stand 3F40. Alternatively, contact the company on 01476 564 230 or email sales@creativeproducts.ltd.uk. Visit www.creativeproducts.ltd.uk for more information.

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Below: Scottish Made Highland Cow design.



Housewares in Alzheimer’s film Housewares companies have provided props for a short film, Ethel, about the real life experience of an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s. Three Wise Monkeys, the production company behind the project, visited Exclusively Housewares to ask for support. Among those helping out are: simplehuman, Auteur with Bobble, Microplane, Stasher, The DRH Collection and GreenPan. Mike Holmes, director of The DRH Collection (which has provided ceramics from the brand BIA) said the company was delighted to support both the film and the cause. Mike notes: “We recently learned that the colour red in particular invokes hunger, so that is often used - or at least sought after - in care homes to encourage Alzheimer’s sufferers to eat. Equally, things with texture are important, as it makes them engage more with an item, hopefully picking up some food as they go along.” The film’s co-producer Patricia Rybarczyk said that her production company had received a terrific response from the housewares Above: A short film, Ethel (which was filmed in August) relied on the generosity industry. “I think it’s a subject matter that touches everyone,” she of the housewares industry to provide commented. “For any company who supports the project with props, including this teapot by BIA from The product for on-set use or funding, we will be announcing that support DRH Collection, used in this pre- production using their logo across all of our social media - Facebook, Instagram promotional image. and Twitter - as well as on the crowd-funding website Indiegogo and the film’s website www.ethelshortfilm.co.uk.” Continued Patricia: “In addition, 10% of any money we raise towards the film will be going to www.BATFoundation.com which has developed a drug-free Alzheimer's therapy that is centred on table tennis. It’s incredible and it really does make a difference to patients.”

Most Brits struggle cooking the basics More than half of people (56%) struggle to get culinary basics right, according to new research by Tefal Thermo-Spot. Stir-fry tops the list of the dishes most likely to be overcooked (86%), followed by bacon (85%) and spaghetti (81%). When it comes to undercooking foods, chips top the list (49%), followed by rice (44%) and Yorkshire pudding (42%). More than a quarter cook without instructions, guessing the cooking time and temperature, and almost two-fifths are put off trying new dishes because of kitchen mishaps. The research was commissioned to mark the 18th birthday of Thermo-Spot. Stefan Kaczmarczyk, marketing manager housewares at Groupe SEB said: “There’s never been more inspiration for home cooks before, but these findings reveal that many of us still struggle with the staples and could benefit from learning correct cooking times and temperatures for kitchen confidence. The good news though is that with a Tefal Thermo-Spot pan, there’s no need for guesswork.” Left: Tefal’s Thermo-Spot celebrates 18 years.

Scottish wood for good Selbrae House, best known for its brand The Just Slate Company, is celebrating the first birthday of its youngest brand – Scottish Made, which has seen “fantastic sales” in the UK and internationally. Scottish Made’s range of oak and sycamore chopping and serving boards include engraved animal designs and are 100% sustainably sourced and hand-crafted by a not-for-profit organisation in a local town in Fife, Scotland. All funds raised by this organisation help to ensure the future of Fife’s woodlands and are also put into local environmental and community projects.

The power of three Lindsey Hoyle, Rachel Green and Jacqui Doughty have joined forces to launch The Gourmet Collective - the coming together of three independent business women, giving small businesses the opportunity to tap into their expertise in the fields of brand marketing, media production and food consultancy services. Rachel is a chef and food demonstrator, who is an expert in corporate events. Meanwhile, Jacqui brings years of training and experience in media production at the BBC, with multiple awards for her work. Marketing expert (and well-known housewares figure), Lindsey has worked with Jamie Oliver, Ken Hom, Jeremy Pang and top brands including Cole and Mason and Le Creuset. See www.gourmetcollective.co.uk Below: Part of the Animals of the Savannah collection designed by Sophie Allport for ZSL.

It’s a fresh Slice of Green A Slice of Green - the brand from Green Pioneer – marks its third year with a revamped logo and eco-friendly products including organic cotton product bags made in South India and leak resistant metal containers. New packaging for its current containers are featuring Indian town names to differentiate products and give a reference to their Indian heritage. There is also a new range of Indian made stainless steel straws in three sizes, with a wool straw brush.

Sophie Allport joins fight for wildlife British designer Sophie Allport has launched a new homewares collection that will help to raise funds to support the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) conservation of animals and fight against illegal wildlife trading. The range - Animals of the Savannah - includes mugs, placemats, aprons and tea towels and is a celebration of the wildlife ZSL has been working with for over 180 years. “The illegal wildlife trade is something that’s close to my heart, and supporting ZSL and its conservation projects is something everyone can now do through the range,” explains Sophie. “I grew up visiting family in East Africa and it continues to be an inspiration to me.” “Every year at least 120 tigers are killed for their body parts,” reveals ZSL’s head of commercial Kathryn England. “Every day 60 elephants are killed for the ivory trade. Every five minutes at least one pangolin is killed for meat and medicines. The trade is causing a devastating effect on wildlife, and ZSL works on conservation projects targeting the illegal wildlife trade across the world.”

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Charity begins at home for Exclusively In a charity initiative organised by Progressive Housewares, exhibitors from Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical rallied to support Islington Giving, with donations of products worth over £5,000 at retail. Islington Giving works to tackle poverty and inequality in Islington (the 'home' of the Exclusively venue, the Business Design Centre, and one of the most deprived boroughs in England). Housewares donations now being distributed by Islington Giving are improving the lives of disadvantaged local families and children. The organisation was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Charity Awards, which recognise those doing exceptionally high standards of pioneering charity work. A huge thank you to the great many exhibitors that donated products including Addis, Apollo Housewares, Easiyo, Imperial, JWP, Le Creuset, LSA International, Metaltex, Meyer Group, Nordic Ware, OXO, Octopus Publishing, Pendeford, Pyrex, Rayware Group, Ryland Peters and Small, simplehuman, Sistema, Smash Global, Stasher and PHA KitchEssentials, T&G, The Cookware Company and Tradestock. Above right: Islington’s Giving’s Paul Rickard and Sam Stensland (front right) and PH’s Emma Cain and Jo Howard with some of the companies who generously donated housewares products at the Exclusively shows. Right: Paul and Emma packing donations. Below: Bergner’s Emile Satine, Paul Kempsey and Jon Jodra with some of the ‘high tech’ pieces developed in conjunction with chefs.

Chefs develop cookware Paul Kempsey launched several ranges of ingeniously innovative cookware from Bergner at Exclusively Housewares. Bergner’s product development benefits from its collaboration with the Cook & Chef Institute, a foundation comprising chefs from around the world, who test cookware and give recommendations.

Right: On Smeg’s stand at Exclusively Electrical.

Electrical excitement In its fifth year, Exclusively Electrical treated visitors to demonstrations and tastings, including those by Dualit and Jura. Vitamix served lemon and lime slushies and beetroot and chickpea dip made with its Explorian machine while Sage offered buyers a healthy juice cocktail from its Big Squeeze masticating juicer and savoury bites from its Perfect Press. Beam Group demonstrated the new Solis range. The Swiss brand is introducing “a deli grill that is perfect for flats that want to have a BBQ but can’t have the fumes,” notes Beam’s general manager, Matt Innes. Electrical retailers’ buying group, Sirius held its UK convention at the show, inviting many new retailers who then took time to shop the show.

Véritable’s shoots of success “For our first exhibition at Exclusively Electrical, the Véritable smart indoor garden received a fantastic welcome from retailers and press,” reported Perrine Giacomazzo, international sales manager for Véritable. The gardens were a ‘star’ of the Eco 2.0 trend, as outlined and showcased by Scarlet Opus in its presentation and display area. According to the trend forecasters, Eco 2.0 brings together science, nature and craft. Perrine acknowledged: “The grow-your-own trend is big, and buyers saw a high potential in the new indoor gardening market.” An article in the Evening Standard ignited consumer interest in Véritable earlier in the year, and rave reviews since Exclusively include the blog, Lifestyle Maven. * Scarlet Opus also presented the trends: Imperfect Beauty and Clarity. Above: Véritable’s Perrine Giacomazzo and Nicolas Gehin at Exclusively Electrical.

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Left: Megan Smith and Sue Miles with their Greener Cleaner products (from Vitality House) at Exclusively Housewares.


‘Best ever’ Exclusively Shows Green themes at Exclusively JWP introduced its new Eco from Lock & Lock range, which uses salvaged food grade plastic waste from the brand’s factory in Vietnam to create unique food storage containers with a lifetime guarantee. The waste would otherwise be used to create single use plastics. Due to its composition, no two Eco products will be exactly the same colour. Other examples of more sustainable solutions at Exclusively included Planit Products’ biodegradable and compostable cooking bags. Meanwhile, new Exclusively Housewares exhibitor, Greener Cleaner’s Megan Smith commented: “We were very encouraged by the reaction of buyers to our product range (cleaning materials made from recycled plastic) and the quality of the buyers at the show.”

With visitor numbers up by 10%, show director Simon Boyd stated: “The 2018 Exclusively Show has exceeded even our high expectations.” Reflecting on the many successful elements of Exclusively Housewares and Electrical (June 12-13 Islington) Simon said: “A sell-out show of leading proactive exhibitors, the new initiatives with bira and Sirius, an informative BHETA sponsored seminar programme, the growth of the brand showcase for consumer journalists and bloggers, and the inspirational Scarlet Opus trend displays all contributed to our best show ever.” Over 150 leading exhibitors included 32 new exhibitors in housewares, tabletop, and small domestic appliances. Mark Newbould, md of Metaltex reported: “We had many encouraging Above: Celebrity baker, Juliet Sear visited Exclusively Housewares, conversations and did some fantastic business, proving pictured on the NordicWare stand with PH’s Jo Howard and NordicWare’s Pauline and Marcus Findlay. that there is great potential in the UK market.” New exhibitor, Füri’s brand manager, Tom Groundes-Peace commented: “Launching at the Exclusively Housewares Show gave us the opportunity to showcase our new knives and knife blocks, as well as the chance to encourage visitors to experience the unique handle design for themselves.” In The Exclusively Electrical hall, Helen Simpson, marketing manager UK & Ireland, KitchenAid SDA acknowledged: “The show is an excellent platform to reach buyers from key sectors.” The new partnership with bira reaped rewards, contributing to stronger attendance from independents and sales of over £30k, which were directly attributed to the bira bonus voucher. In its second year, The Brand Showcase (situated in the Press Office) was enjoyed by a record number of high quality journalists spanning a wide range of consumer titles. The capsule show contained highlights from double the number of brands compared to last year. Exclusively’s seminars, including Scarlet Opus’ trends insights, attracted the crowds. Will Jones, BHETA director of housewares reflected: ‘The reputation of our seminar programme builds, returning the largest turnout in recent years; in some seminars there was standing room only!’ Left: The Intercontinental Cooking & Tableware Company stand at Exclusively Housewares.

T& G backs ‘wave of change’

ICTC celebrates re-brand at show The Intercontinental Cooking & Tableware Company celebrated its refreshed brand identity at Exclusively Housewares, offering champagne and delectable nibbles for visitors on lifestyle stand. Md, Ruth Cutter acknowledges: “The trend is for products with provenance, and we have that across our brands, including our glassware whose factory dates back to the 15th century, Mauviel copper which has been made since 1830, and, of course, our UK made textiles.” The company has appointed Will Crisp as its new creative director. For the past three years Will has worked closely with the business developing ranges of lifestyle product for his label Crisp & Dene. Ruth enthuses: “Under Will’s creative direction we will be driving the business forward fully realising its rich history in developing and presenting quality trend lead lifestyle product at the forefront of the homewares market.” (See also pages 66-68).

T&G is making a donation to Plastic Oceans UK from sales of its new Ocean collection, supporting education and ocean sustainability programmes. The collection – launched at Exclusively Housewares - is inspired by the love of the sea, including whale and fish wireware baskets, crab shaped trivets and cork tablemats and coasters in organic shapes. “It is nice to raise money and awareness to tackle the problems of plastic in the ocean, as well as create a unique and fun, on-trend collection,” said T&G’s head of marketing, Jenny Handley. T&G has long pioneered of the use of cork among its sustainable portfolio, and Jenny points out that the “new iceberg cork” used in the Ocean range is coarser, looking “very beachy". See www.plasticoceans.uk Above: T&G’s Patrick Gardner with the Ocean range.

Fearne adds colour at Exclusively Presenter, DJ, cookbook author and designer, Fearne Cotton joined the Swan team on the its stand at the recent Exclusively Housewares (pictured). The company celebrated having an ‘On Trend’ product picked by consumer insight company, Scarlet Opus (for a fourth consecutive year) - the new Fearne by Swan Dip-Dye Mugs. David Foulstone, marketing manager at Swan reflected: “Fearne’s fantastic eye for design was indispensable in curating the new collection and she has been heavily involved throughout the whole process. It was brilliant to have her here with us to launch the range.” Fearne added, “It was an absolute pleasure to join the Swan team at Exclusively Housewares and see my new Fearne by Swan Housewares range. Together we have created a fabulous collection of small appliances and housewares products in my favourite colours.” Fearne highlights: “Everything can be mixed and matched or colour coordinated to add a stylish touch to any kitchen. Each product is designed to be both beautiful and practical to help make cooking and baking a joy.” PROGRESSIVE


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NEWS IN BRIEF l Dunelm Group’s trading update for

the 13-week period, and financial year, ended 30 June 2018 reported that total like-for-like (LFL) revenues in the quarter were broadly flat year on year (0.1% increase). This included a continuing strong performance online, with growth of 41.8%, while footfall in physical shops was weak in the quarter, leading to a 4.6% decline in sales in LFL stores. For the year as a whole, the Group delivered LFL revenue growth of 4.2% and overall growth of 9.9%. l Ambiente exhibitors are invited to put forward innovative housewares for the show’s insightful Solutions exhibit (by 19 November). London designer Sebastian Bergne selects the content. Meanwhile, exhibitors producing sustainable products can apply for an entry in the Ethical Style Guide until 8 November. l Starbucks has joined other leading brands in the effort to reduce waste and is now charging its customers a 5p cup levy. Ultimate Products is among suppliers to recognise increased consumer demand for stylish reusable travel mugs, with its popular range of Cambridge Bamboo Sippy mugs (pictured). Meanwhile, Burton McCall declared its Aladdin Latte Leak-Lock (suitable for handbags) to be a showstopper at Exclusively Housewares. l Wrendale Designs’ founder and creative director Hannah Dale recently took time out of her busy schedule to speak to a group of 13-14 year olds at a school in Lincolnshire. Hannah shared her wisdom regarding how to set up and run a successful business in the creative arts. l Winner of the PH/bira Retail Barometer participants’ prize draw, John Simcox, owner of The Moorlands Cookshop has been enjoying his prize of wine selected and delivered by bira member Duncan Murray Wines of Market Harborough.

Sophisticated tools ClickClack (from Beam Group) has been honoured with a Good Design Award for its new kitchen gadget range (launched in the UK at Exclusively Housewares). The range extends the brand’s wellestablished kitchen storage portfolio and features over 20 unique utensils. The Good Design Awards Jury summed up the tools: “A unique design language and highly functional range that stands out in what is a very saturated market segment. “

News Below: Portmeirion’s founder Susan Williams-Ellis.


Portmeirion’s Susan celebrated at V&A Portmeirion is paying homage to its founder Susan Williams-Ellis (1918-2007) with a dedicated display at London’s V&A Museum. This year marks the centenary of Susan’s birth. The free display, which is entitled, ‘Portmeirion: Pottery Trendsetter’, will open on October 31 and run for nine months until July 28, 2019. It will follow Susan’s journey and her work throughout the decades. On display will be many of Susan’s iconic designs, including her most famous 1972 design, Botanic Garden, which remains one of the company’s best selling patterns. Other classic designs include Totem and Magic City. Susan was one of Britain’s most celebrated designers in the second half of the 20th century. Her designs were at the forefront of contemporary style and continue to inspire the ceramics industry today. Portmeirion’s creative director Julian Teed remembers working with Susan: “It was an absolute honour to have worked with her for so many years, witnessing first-hand her wonderfully creative mind at work. Susan’s vision was to create affordable and beautiful products for the home to be cherished for years to come, and she succeeded greatly at achieving this.” Adds Julian: “The factory and village were an extension of Susan’s family. She never switched off. On many occasions, Susan could be found in the factory at night taking cups of coffee to those on the night shift. She surrounded herself by the things she loved most in life – design, her pets, flowers, and all the people who worked with her in Stoke-on-Trent.”

What More’s plastic education

Below: Local scouts had plenty of question for staff at What More’s factory.

What More UK has been providing the younger generation with insights into its plastic manufacturing. The Altham factory opened its doors to 18 local scouts, who were impressed by the scale of the factory and its technology. Matt Hand, production manager at What More UK reported: “We wanted to show the children how the items they use every day are created, teach them a bit of the science behind it and also explain the importance of recycling.” What More UK gave storage boxes to the scout group from its new Upcycled range (made from items like plastic bottles, yoghurt pots and pot noodles) and every child received a small Upcycled box, a lunch box and a re-useable folding water bottle, encouraging them to ditch single use plastics. What More staff also visited a local primary school (Peel Park) recently to talk to pupils about plastic waste in the environment. The pupils were particularly impressed with Wham’s Banknote box, made from waste products when producing banknotes.

Warming words from The Rainy Day Trust Bryan Clover, ceo of The Rainy Day Trust is appealing to members of the housewares industry to participate in the 175th anniversary year’s fundraising challenge, as well as asking those that need help from the charity to come forward. Citing the problems that increasing energy bills will cause this winter, Brian states: “We’ve always run a programme that helps with utility bills, but few people have taken advantage of it. Our usual qualification criteria apply, so why not let people around you know about it?” To sign up for the Rainy Day Trust’s #Challenge175 fundraising project (committing to raise £175) or to see how the charity is helping people, from apprentices to retired industry members (and its criteria to help) visit www.rainydaytrust.org.uk Above: Do you know someone who works or has worked in the housewares industry that would benefit from help with fuel bills? PROGRESSIVE



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News Below: Scene from last year’s BLE.


BLE gets set to cook up a storm Overlapping with this year’s theme of food and beverage (F&B), housewares will be under the spotlight at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE, October 9-11, London Olympia). The show is keen for exhibitors to get involved with the F&B theme with plans for keynote speakers and seminars, celebrity appearances, cook-offs, demos and on-stand sampling, Highlighting the increasing significance of housewares for the licensing industry, BLE brand director Anna Knight states: “The housewares category was one of the big winners in this year’s Global Licensing Survey from LIMA (Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association). Global retail sales were up nearly 4% with a value of $4.4 billion accounting for 2% of all licensed product sales.” She adds: “In the UK, the market is worth $238 million. According to LIMA, this growth can be partly attributed to the strength of the global housing market.” Looking forward to October’s show, Anna continues: “At BLE this year, we are embracing the housewares sector with our food and beverage theme, with many of our exhibitors showcasing F&B brands, three great sessions in our conference that track the F&B licensing journey through some great case studies from licensees and brand owners, and we’ll have the kitchen in the National Hall with some great brands and celebrity appearances.” Highlighting the relevance of the show’s License This! competition final, Anna states: “We often have finalists whose brands have potential for the housewares sector. Stuart Cox was runner up in 2016 with I Like Birds and he has since signed a licensing deal with My Gifts Trade for all manner of things from mugs, jugs and teapots, through to kitchen textiles and onto bamboo trays and coasters and placemats.” (See Licensing focus, pages 66-68).

Children’s favourites in The Licensing Awards The Licensing Awards 2018 finalists include Roald Dahl Tableware Collection from Creative Tops and Rick and Morty Drinkware from GB eye in the Best Licensed Home Décor, Tableware or Housewares Range. Meanwhile, the Best Licensed Giftware Range category includes Disney Enchanting Bamboo Range from Enesco (featuring several Disney character on organic bamboo dinner sets and snack boxes) and Harry Potter Gift Range from Half Moon Bay (see linked story). See www.thelicensingawards.co.uk

Joe cooks lunch Lorraine’s healthy mix Haden has collaborated with food expert and television chef Lorraine Pascale to create a new range that includes a stand mixer, air fryer, soup maker, Kitchen Angel Instant Cooker and Health Blender (available in October). As an ambassador for nutrition and wellness, the celebrity brings her own fresh perspective on small domestic appliances. Above: Encouraging healthy living: Lorraine Lorraine explains: “Eating well is so important, but with increasingly busy lifestyles it is not always possible to make healthy, Pascale with SDAs by Haden. nutritionally balanced and delicious dishes. So I decided to collaborate with Haden to create cooking products that can help you maintain a healthier lifestyle, but also allow you to be creative in the kitchen.” Haden’s Sachin Bagga, md of Sabichi adds: “We are thrilled to be working with Lorraine. We really admire her amazing social voice and efforts to spread the word on nutrition and wellness. The products we have collaborated on with Lorraine will enable any one, right from the budding chef to the novice in the kitchen, to create dishes they can really be proud of.”

Nutrition and fitness expert, Joe Wicks celebrated the launch of his new cookware range from Meyer with a cooking demonstration at John Lewis’ flagship store in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush on August 17. The day included a ‘Breakfast with Joe’ session with health and food influencers, followed by a sell-out ticketed event where Joe rustled up lunch using some of his hard-anodized cookware, followed by a Q&A with influencers and fans. Below: Ceramicist Molly Hatch at home in her studio.

John Lewis introduces Molly Hatch

The magic of reusable travel mugs Half Moon Bay has teamed up with eco-friendly coffee cup brand Huskup to create four new Harry Potter travel mugs to add to the already successful range. The four designs showcase iconic Harry Potter artwork including Dobby and the Marauder’s Map. The reusable travel mugs are made out of rice husk, which combines the usually burnt biproduct of rice milling with a natural starch to create a strong, resilient material. “With a current focus on reducing plastic, and the move to reusable travel mugs and coffee cups, this range is bound to be hugely successful for all sorts of stockists including cookshops,” enthuses Half Moon Bay’s marketing co-ordinator Emily Moores. Richard Milton, owner of Huskups adds: “Being the first to put Harry Potter designs on an eco-friendly reusable coffee cup is really exciting and innovative.”



American artist, designer and ceramicist Molly Hatch has partnered with UK licensee Fifty One Percent to launch a line of tableware exclusively into John Lewis. “We are looking forward to developing a long and successful partnership,” comments Molly. John Lewis’ first collection features stoneware with Molly Hatch’s signature hand drawn floral images. Molly’s blend of 18th century aesthetics with modern whimsy has gained a loyal following and a strong presence in the US market.


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News Below: Pam Ballone, now part of the Exclusively team.

PEOPLE l Derek Miller has been named president of the International Housewares Association (from October), succeeding Phil Brandl who will retire at the end the year. Derek’s great many achievements so far include huge increases in international buyer attendance at the IH+HS, building the gia (Global Innovation Awards) programme, and developing the Inspired Home consumer platform (see IHA column page 75). Meanwhile Phil Brandl will transition to a consultancy role for the IHA. Thanking Phil for his leadership and commitment over 24 years, IHA president, Brett Bradshaw (co-president of Bradshaw Home) said: “He and his talented team have built an organisation that is truly world class, and we are fortunate as vendors to see his efforts come to life every March in Chicago.” l Diethelm Keller Group has announced the appointment of Will Symonds as ceo of DKB Manual Appliances. DKB Manual Appliances has a direct presence in UK, USA, Switzerland, China, Australia and New Zealand and trading relationships in over 60 countries. Will remains US-based but will share his time as needed between the brands hub in Farnborough UK, Irvine USA, Shenzen China and key international markets. He is already well known in the global housewares industry due to his 16 years of service at DKB and his role on the IHA’s board of directors. He became president of DKB USA in 2010 and has successfully led the North American business to nine years of continuous growth. Will has played a key role on the senior management team (SMT), helping to run the MA business globally since 2005 and is supported on the SMT by Richard George (finance director), Grant Race (marketing director), Nick Hunt (director of design and development) and Nicolas Caillaud (head of international sales) each of whom have over a decade of tenure. l Smeg UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Taylor as its new regional sales manager in the north of England and Scotland. Having previously worked with well-known distributors and manufacturers, Tim will bring a wealth of knowledge to this position.


KitchenCraft expands portfolio KitchenCraft has announced that following the merger of parent company Lifetime Brands Inc with the Filament Group, it will be distributing the Chef’n brand from January 1 2019. Lifetime Brands is consolidating Filament’s UK distribution of all the combined brands to its subsidiary, KitchenCraft, meaning the UK distribution of Chef’n, Rabbit and DStil will transfer at that date. Coinciding with this, The London Pottery Company has announced that it will be transferring distribution of its Above: One of Chef’n’s range renowned teapots to KitchenCraft, also from the start of 2019. of clever gadgets. KitchenCraft’s managing director, Matthew Canwell, explained the changes: “It makes strategic and operational sense for all Lifetime Brands to be consolidated under one roof and given KitchenCraft’s experience in the tool, gadget and barware areas, it will be an excellent addition to our whole range. We are equally delighted to work with The London Pottery Company. It fits perfectly within our Dine category alongside La Cafetière and licences such as V&A. Our creative teams are excited to have these opportunities and are keen to work on developing these brands going forward.” Dexam currently distributes both brands in the UK. Matthew stated: “We are hugely respectful of the work Dexam has done in establishing the brands in the UK market. We would like to express our sincere thanks and praise to Dexam for its commitment to these great brands so far and look forward to a seamless handover. We will ensure the brands are developed with each having its own focus and our customers not only fully supported but inspired with new activity.” Dexam’s managing director, Bryony Dyer, added: “Obviously, we would have preferred to keep these iconic brands, but all good distributors understand that change is a constant factor in their lives and that it also brings many opportunities. We have exciting plans for the next few years and wish the brands all the best in their new home.”

Supper Clubs extend to pub The Supper Clubs organised by indie cookshop, Kitchen Range in West Wickham have become so popular that they have extended from bimonthly pop-ups in the shop itself to events in a local pub restaurant. Kitchen Range now hosts extra Supper Clubs at The Chancery, in Beckenham on a Sunday night every few months. Whether in the shop or pub, the Club’s themed sharing tables are attracting a strong following and have covered Mediterranean, Mexican and English cuisines. The Kitchen Range’s proprietor, Paul Geoghegan reports: “Our young chef has delighted our customers with his innovative and exciting menus, which have turned into sumptuous feasts. Seeing the dishes being prepared is the best advertisement for the equipment we sell.” The events are promoted via the shop’s mailing list, social media and signs in the shop window, and Paul notes: “Credit for this initiative goes to our dynamic and enthusiastic shop manager, Lucy Richards.”

Above: Dinner in the shop – Supper Clubs have grown in popularity at The Kitchen Range, West Wickham.

A whole lot of froth Melitta launched its latest kitchen gadget at Exclusively Electrical: the Cremio (pictured), which creates creamy and frothy milk from all types of milk. To coincide with the launch, Melitta created a selection of recipes including: hot chocolate, unicorn milk, kurkuma latte, smurf latte and matcha latte. Melitta’s new coffee machines have been featured in a wide range of consumer titles including GQ online, Metro, Foodism, Trusted Reviews and Vegan Living.

Reinventing the coffee mug Jamber, a start-up company in the US has turned to bio-engineering to re-invent the coffee mug. The Jamber Mug strikes the right balance between an anatomically neutral hand position - known as functional rest - and an optimal power grip, the most efficient and strongest grip. The result is ‘the most comfortable mug to hold, with a handle that ensures any user can pick it up with ease’. The mug also features a stabilising foot nub at the base of the handle that helps prevent spills. “We were having lunch with my grandfather and noticed him Above: Jamber’s mug is comfortable to hold. struggling to hold his coffee mug, and that’s when it hit us! We suddenly became aware of how incredibly uncomfortable and inconvenient coffee mugs were,” explained Allen Arseneau, Jamber ceo. Allen and wife Diana are now looking at how bio-engineering can be applied to other housewares. The couple has a background in bio-chemical engineering and chemistry.




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NEWS IN BRIEF l As The Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent

continue to enjoy a renaissance, tableware manufacturers Portmeirion Group, Churchill China, Emma Bridgewater and Wade Ceramics were among those recently featured in the Hot 100 Businesses chart compiled by the Stoke Sentinel, highlighting their expansion, investment and job creation plans. l Nearly three quarters (72%) of GB consumers want the government to do more to back the growth of smaller, independent retailers, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by marketing automaton suite Pure360. Nearly half (42%) would consider shopping with an independent retailer because they prefer to support smaller operations over a larger retailer. Over 1 in 5 shoppers said they like to compare price and product offerings between larger retailers and independents. l Themes in evidence at the recent Tendence included: Nature and sea (fitting in with the latest ‘lagom’ lifestyle trend - from Sweden and about finding the right balance in life), harmonious colourways (a strong base colour is developed into a variety of shades), as well as shiny surfaces and stylish campfires. Llamas lead animal designs, while exotic birds were also on trend. l The IHA has been encouraging its members to make their voices heard regarding the latest round of tariffs on products coming from China announced by the Trump administration in July. l Vegan barbecues have grown in popularity according to Mintel’s 2018 Summer Food & Drink Trends. Ice cream with low sugar and higher protein is another trend identified by Mintel’s analyst. l Entries are underway for the 2019 Teflon Diamond Standard Awards cookery competition, which has helped to spearhead the careers of young chefs since its launch in 2012. Sponsors include Anolon (from Meyer Group) and Waitrose. l John Lewis opens its new Cheltenham branch on the high street in the old Beechwood shopping centre on October 18. l Some 18% of millennials find social media to be more inspirational to their cooking than TV and magazines and 19% state that social media has revolutionised the way they cook. The findings are from research by Ubamarket (supermarket shopping app) via YouGov. l Outdoor dining enthusiasts will welcome Burton McCall’s introduction of the Thermacell gadget to repel mosquitoes, midges and bugs in a 20m zone using butaine cartridges. l Harvey Robb introduced Precise Portions tableware at Exclusively Housewares. Developed in the US, the range educates children and adults about healthy and sustainable eating, with portion areas for vegetables, protein and carbohydrate sources marked on plates and bowls. l Whitford has launched a new information-packed website. Marketing manager Rachel Findlay reflects on the development process: “All aspects were considered with our audiences in mind, from stakeholders, suppliers and customers to partners and employees.” She emphasises: “The redesigned structure and ease of navigation offer an informative journey and insight into the complexity of the coatings industry.”


The Housewares Show opens for indies Having opened the show to nonmember independent retailers for the first time, the Housewares Show was hailed a great success by organiser AIS. The event ran over three days (August 14-16 at AIS’s Cranmore Park, Solihull) with non-members of the association welcomed on the last day. The show offered buyers an expanded format (with a second showroom opened for increased space) and the largest brand offering to date. Over 70 exhibitors attended, giving buyers access to over 1000 brands. Above: Le Creuset was among the exhibitors across Cookshop, Tabletop, SDA, home fragrance, Rachel Breen, the event organiser, explained, “We believe glassware and gifts at The Housewares Show in the success of our shows is measured by the success of the August. Other leading names included Denby, Brabantia, Wax Lyrical and Joseph Joseph. exhibitors and many exhibitors reported an increase in the orders taken compared to March, with many writing more orders than any previous Housewares Show!” She added: “The Housewares Show and the Cranmore Park venue continue to excel and exceed expectations of many exhibitors and visitors. We are really excited about our next event and look forward to expanding the brand offering and welcoming new brands to The Housewares Show on March 19.” Exhibitors - including JML and Portmeirion - praised the “superbly organised” show and its “friendly team,” and opportunity to see good quality accounts. First time visitor, Lynne Lowther, owner of The Glass Box Company also highlighted the: “Great facilities for a smaller venue and friendly staff.” For information on the next Housewares Show in March visit; www.housewaresshow.co.uk

Horwood’s worldwide delights Horwood has introduced new retailer initiatives taking place each spring and autumn with both Stellar and Judge brands. The seasonal initiatives will be topical, with end consumer appeal, and will be supported by in-store displays, merchandise, recipes, and social media graphics and support. The first theme, Tastes of the World (pictured) was featured at the recent Housewares Show (organised by AIS) and focuses on a selection of Judge Speciality Cookware and serveware that enables consumers to recreate recipes from their recent holidays and serve them in style. The cuisines includes Spanish, Mexican, Italian and Chinese.

Wonderbag empowers refugees

Above: After food is brought to the boil, the pot is placed in the Wonderbag, where it slow cooks for up to eight hours.

Wonderbag, the portable, non-electrical slow cooker is helping refugees to cook as it extends its global reach. Over the past 10 years, over 1.5million Wonderbags have been activated in the Western and Majority world. Sales of the Wonderbag in the UK subsidise Wonderbags in the developing world - including for refugee and humanitarian interventions in Puerto Rico and Refugee camps in Rwanda and Uganda and near Syria. Wonderbag inventor, Sarah Collins is working with The Red Cross, The GIZ and the UNHCR. She reports: “Wonderbags have recently been activated in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, currently the largest refugee settlement in the world. A new factory was set up nearby and Wonderfeasts and cooking competitions are engaging the local community, and women there are already creating businesses with the Wonderbag.” She continues: “Because it does not require electricity and reduces dramatically the need for firewood, the Wonderbag is essential in areas of deforestation and climate change.” Wonderbag was accredited by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and awarded 1st place in the Climate Change Leadership Awards and Eskom’s 2012 Innovation Award.




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BHETA’s new data insights Focus on finance BHETA held another edition of its popular Credit Forum on July 11, providing credit and finance professionals with an update on all current credit and risk management issues in the retail sector. The event at BHETA’s hq in Federation House was hosted by Experian and Acumen Credit Insurance Brokers. Attendees praised the “very friendly, informative environment,” with one participant describing the event as: “An eye opening opportunity to share best practice and review credit trends for the retail sector.” Glynn Jones, deputy agent, West Midlands and Oxfordshire, Bank of England provided an overview of recent performance and the outlook for UK economic growth in the year ahead. Steve Hamstead, Acumen Credit Insurance Brokers chaired a round table discussion on credit insurance updates and companies ‘on the radar.’ The event also featured workshop sessions on customer discount demands and payment extension requests.

Above: Insights from Lakeland are on the agenda at November’s BHETA forum.

Retail double bill BHETA is to hold another insightful networking forum on November 1, featuring retailer presentations from both Samm Swain, buying and merchandising director of Lakeland, and Julian Grindey, buying and merchandising director of Express Gifts, the direct mail order business whose two familiar online brands are Studio and Ace. The packed agenda will also include Kelly Whitwick, UK Retail lead at GfK.

BHETA has launched a new retail data service for members thanks to an exclusive deal with leading research and data provider, GfK. Members now receive quarterly updated retail POS data, correlated to all the categories detailed in BHETA’s online Retailer Zone, which in turn reflects all the products in which BHETA members trade. The new service started in June with the first quarterly update being issued in September. The data is based on actual retail point of sale data delivered from GfK’s network of UK retailers. It is broken down into the four BHETA sector categories - housewares and small electricals, home improvement (DIY) and garden and then further broken down by product groups. BHETA housewares sector director, Will Jones said, “While BHETA has long been able to access GfK data, it has not previously been able to provide it in this category-specific way, let alone match it to our own online product search facility. This is an excellent opportunity for the industry, suppliers and retailers alike, to benchmark their own performances.” Kate O’Neill, head of marketing at The Rayware Group reflected on the launch: “Data plays an important part in any business and the recent initiative from BHETA featuring a snapshot of the industry as summarised from GfK is a very useful and efficient tool to follow changes in our industry.”

Mixed views on proposed knives legislation Following extensive canvassing of member opinion on the Government’s proposed legislative changes on the selling and marketing of knives, BHETA is continuing to lobby on behalf of members (in partnership with bira) following the recent publication of the Offensive Weapons Bill. BHETA’s confidential member survey set out to gauge affected members’ views and to understand the potential impact that any changes might have on their businesses – in particular, Paragraph 15: Delivery of bladed products to residential premises etc. Some members raised grave concerns if online retailers are no longer able to supply bladed products direct to private addresses. However some members, while recognising the inevitability of new measures to address the issue of rising knife crime, felt that restricting the sale of knives online might actually encourage customers back into stores, with some regenerative effect on the High Street. Commenting on the current situation Will Jones, housewares director of BHETA said, “This is clearly not only an important issue from many points of view, but also a contentious and emotive one, particularly for those companies adversely affected by the legislation under consultation. Some of our members have started their own representations to local MPs, including a formal petition on the subject, and BHETA has circulated details of these initiatives to the membership.” Will continued: “BHETA has also represented the majority view from the member Above: In June, Home survey, raising concerns initially with the then Home Secretary, Amber Rudd Secretary, Sajid Javid introduced the new Offensive and subsequently with Sarah Newton MP, the Minister for Crime. In addition, Weapons Bill which looks to and in conjunction with bira, BHETA attended Legal and Parliamentary ban of delivery of knives and affairs meetings to put across the potential impact that these changes corrosive bought online to residential addresses. would have on its members.”

Golfing triumph for BHETA

BHETA went head to head with fellow trade association, bira on July 18 in a friendly but competitive networking, business and social occasion - the Tussle on the Turf Golf Challenge. Some 12 teams of retailers and suppliers from the organisations battled it out for a series of prizes, with BHETA crowned overall winner. Darren Nickolls of KitchenCraft, playing for BHETA won both the nearest Above: BHETA president Roger Morgan-Grenville the pin and longest drive prizes. from Dexam accepts the trophy from bira national president Surinder Josan, along with bira direct’s Jeff This was the third in the series of the competition and Moody (left) and BHETA’s Paul Grinsell (right). was played at The Welcombe course in Stratford upon Avon. Sponsors included Spring and Autumn Fair from Ascential Events. Plans are already underway for the 2019 event, with more teams welcome from both sides. PROGRESSIVE



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fter 33 years with the British Independent Retailers Association and its predecessor the British Hardware Federation, the time has come for me to say farewell. With 12 years as ceo and previously as financial director I have seen some change within the organisation; with people coming and going, shifts in retail, recessions, a rebrand, an office relocation, the list goes on. However, one thing that has never changed is the care and support we provide our members. Our mission to provide a world-class trade association for independent retailers has never been more present. We are the Above: Alan with voice of independent retailers and our work with lobbying Government on things current bira president, like business rates and knife and acid sales is making headway. You’ll be pleased to Surinder Josan. know that we’ll be launching our business rates reform proposal to the Government in the Houses of Parliament in September, our second visit in 12 months. bira continues to work with the best business service providers and suppliers that have independents at their heart- those that will help your bottom lines and provide solutions to your headaches. And don’t forget that your dedicated membership team are always on hand to provide support and advice too. At the heart of everything has been the members. Thank you to each one of you that continue to support us, because by being a member, you contribute to our collective strength, so that we are able to have a voice in the corridors of power. I have made some incredible friends as ceo and I will certainly miss you, as well as the annual Excellence in Housewares Awards, which we co-host and which has been one of the first dates I put in my calendar each year. And with that I conclude my last column. I’m excited for this next chapter, not only for my retirement but also for bira. Although we aren’t able to reveal the new ceo’s name just yet, I know their mission is still to provide members with a world-class association, and supported by our dedicated Board of Management, made up of retailers from all sectors and a wonderful workforce at our office in Birmingham as well as our on the road membership team, I have every faith I’m leaving bira in the best possible hands.

Alan Hawkins, ceo, bira.

bira direct launches trend-inspired footfall driver campaign bira direct is launching a major autumn campaign for its retail and supplier members to drive footfall and sales. The campaign is focused on products for the home and will comprise both exclusive offers that are unavailable elsewhere, as well as guidance on the big trends for the season. The campaign, which will be called Autumn Footfall Drivers, will run from the end of August up until Christmas. Every week, bira direct members will receive offers and guidance on the latest trends from the 180+ suppliers and 2,000 associated Above: Stainless steel range from brands that bira direct works with, including leading names such as Black + Blum, one of the suppliers Le Creuset, Horwoods, and Black + Blum. that are taking part in bira direct's Jeff Moody, managing director at bira direct highlights: “We have long Autumn Footfall Drivers Campaign. since provided our members with the ability to source exclusive and discounted products from the huge numbers of suppliers we have relationships with. However this is the first time we have focused our efforts on providing insight and guidance into what the future trends for shoppers will be. Our suppliers are very much behind the campaign and we’re all excited to begin.” He continues: “It’s one of those truly great campaigns where everybody will win. Our suppliers will sell more products, our members will get fantastic deals and insight into what will truly fly off their shelves, and consumers will get more of the products they want. One of the main focuses is going to be on the environment. Increasingly, people are buying with their conscience as well as their purses and wallets. We’ll be very focused on recyclable products and packaging because that’s what consumers want.” Contact Jeff on 0121 446 3731 or see www.bira.co.uk • History & Heraldry, global leaders in impulse gifting, has joined bira direct, offering a 5% discount on all orders. Its collection includes personalised Bamboo Eco reusable coffee cups and enamel mugs (such as the Top Bloke range, mentioned in PH May/June’s What’s Cooking bestseller section), as well as Heart & Home Fragrances and the Hallmark Fragrance brand.




bira in national awards finals The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) is a finalist in three categories for the prestigious Association Excellence Awards 2018. bira has been shortlisted for Best Association Website, Best Association Newsletter and Best Association Magazine. The awards recognise and reward the hard-won achievements of UK trade bodies, professionals’ membership organisations and associations. Representing associations from every sector, these awards recognise individuals, teams and initiatives and highlight excellence in how trade bodies operate and serve their members. Congratulating the bira marketing team, Alan Hawkins, ceo of bira said: “We are so pleased to have been shortlisted for these categories as they have been key areas of focus for the bira marketing team over the last two years. We’re proud to be supporting our independent retail members with informative and relevant content through these channels.” The winners will be announced at a lunchtime awards ceremony at The Kia Oval on October 2.

bira Bank’s drive time Thanks to an exclusive arrangement through bira bank, bira members are enjoying large discounts on new Toyota and Lexus hybrid cars, vans and other commercial vehicles. Deals include savings of up to £8,498 on selected models. John Collins, bira bank md, explains: “We are delighted to be working with Toyota and Lexus to offer this promotion exclusively to vehicles fully- or part-financed by a bira bank loan. With new vehicle loan rates currently as low as 5.1% APR, members have an extra reason to get themselves on the new registration waiting lists as soon as possible.”


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Food for thought


PH asked two questions: Now and then 1) What is your one big wish that would improve today’s housewares industry? 2) This year’s Excellence in Housewares awards is on a cool 1980s theme. Who or what was the best thing about the 80s?

In keeping with the Excellence in Housewares Awards theme of the 1980s – when so much was ‘big’ including hair, shoulders and eye liner – PH asked the prestigious panel of product judges for their big dream that would transform today’s housewares industry. The next question put to our esteemed panel was a throw back to 80s icons and events. Amanda Reed, buying controller at Leekes Limited

Above: Kooks Unlimited’s Chris Lynn-Thomas and Fenwick’s Helen Miller at the Product Judging Day.

Christine Lynn-Thomas, proprietor at Kooks Unlimited, Richmond WISH: “Not to have to compete with my own suppliers, ie suppliers who have their own transactional websites and then lay the law down about where I resell (ie third party websites). Double standards!” BEST OF THE 80S: “Footfall – I opened my cook shop in 1989.”

Above: Hit US soap, Dynasty provided some 80s fashion icons.

never go out of stock, particularly on core items.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Music – especially Live Aid and Band Aid - and TV programmes such as Dallas and Dynasty. The Berlin wall came down. People shopped in shops. I met my future husband. Plus, big hair, large shoulder pads and leg warmers, so I’m told! Inset: Leekes’ Amanda Reed judging alongside Lords’ Rachna Dewan.

WISH: “I wish the supply base would embrace innovation. There is not enough newness and unique product. I want more demonstrators to help make going shopping an event. I want ease of drop ship, good quality web content, the ability to work a marketing calendar and continuity of stock. Easy really.” BEST OF THE 80S: “WHAM! George and Andrew, Pepsi & Shirlie, rara skirts, denim jackets and headbands!”

Above: Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released in 1982.

Helen Miller, senior buyer at Fenwick Brent Cross

Rachna Dewan, director of product at Lords at Home

WISH: “I have a list: stop internet traders selling products at discounted prices! Stop suppliers from selling straight to the consumer! And finally, for suppliers to improve their stock holding, so that they

WISH: “More innovation please. Most ‘newness’ is similar to existing product ranges.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Michael Jackson.”




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Inset: Image of the Berlin Wall coming down. Below: Trevor Mottram’s Alan Wood scrutinising cookware.

Gina Blake, merchandise manager at Debenhams WISH: “New real innovation – less copying of product ideas across the brands. We need new products.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Culture Club or WHAM!”

Ellen Mitchell, assistant buyer at Debenhams WISH: “True innovation and product development, and a better economy.” BEST OF THE 80S: “A perm.”

Alan Wood, joint md at Trevor Mottram

Left: John Lewis’ Matt Thomas and Nicola Hattersely chat to BHETA’s Will Jones during the judging day.

WISH: “Suppliers should reduce plastic packaging and highlight green credentials.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Opening the iron curtain and knocking down the Berlin Wall.”

Top right: Judges favourite - WHAM!

Nicola Hattersley, buyer at John Lewis

Sarah Wood, joint md at Trevor Mottram WISH: “Rather than keep chasing price, it would be fantastic if suppliers improved the quality of their products and the green credentials within their manufacturing process.”

WISH: “Innovation in product and newness - important to drive customers’ interest in the category and create marketing opportunities.” BEST OF THE 80S: “The music! Duran Duran and WHAM!”

BEST OF THE 80S: “The Reject Shop and Habitat at its best. Plus my first kitchen – all red and white.”

Right: Sounds of the 80s – Duran Duran.




Matt Thomas, buyer at John Lewis WISH: “Greater investment in innovation with speedier launches to market. Be bold with ideas; the winners will be those that lead rather than follow.” BEST OF THE 80S: “It’s got to be the music!”

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Paul Geoghegan, proprietor at The Kitchen Range, West Wickham

Above: Alison and Tom from Potters look at the Homewares entries.

Tom Carter, director at Potters Cook shop WISH: “It still needs to be a level playing field for all retailers, especially independents versus online; Amazon has far too much say and power! Also, we need much more innovation; hardly anything has come through in the last two years.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Arsenal winning the league at Anfield in 89, needed to win 2-0 and did, I can just about remember!”

WISH: “Independent housewares shops would benefit from an overhaul of property rates to reflect the disproportionate level of tax on bricks and mortar businesses.” BEST OF THE 80S: “The Berlin Wall was no longer a barrier from November 1989, Princess Diana and big hair!” Below: Philippa from Lakeland scrutinises Top of the Table submissions alongside Will Jones of BHETA.

Philippa Simons, head of trading, kitchen electricals and food at Lakeland

Allison Hobbs, visual merchandiser at Potters Cookshop, Hockley

WISH: “Innovation.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Leg warmers.”

WISH: “Fair trade with independents and large retailers for fair prices.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Music and fashion – a great variety of bands in the 80’s and a great sense of freedom to explore vibrant fashion trends - New Romantics.”

Inset: Leg warmers – the essential 80s style accessory - as modelled by TV fitness guru, the Green Goddess.

Below: Harts’ David Conduit during the judging.

Matthew Fendall, manager and buyer at Essentials of Hazlemere WISH: “Tax Amazon etc more and create a level playing field up for a bit.”

BEST OF THE 80S: “The Smiths!”

David Conduit, purchasing manager at Harts of Stur WISH: “Amazon retail (not platform) to stop trading – well it is a wish list!” BEST OF THE 80S: “The national pride after the Falklands, Maggie thatcher – good and bad - and the Royal Wedding.”

Right: The Royal Wedding in 1981 brought the nation to a halt with a day off to watch the regalia on TV. PROGRESSIVE



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Food for thought Below: Harrods’ Zoe Atkins (left) looking at homewares with Harrods’ Charlotte Thorne and (right), Home Hardware’s Rachel Taylor.

Melissa Harper, buying manager at Tesco

Above: Tesco’s Melissa Harper looks at tableware entries.

WISH: “More design and innovation across markets. There is too much replication across design.” BEST OF THE 80S: “The music and the clothes!”

Zoe Atkins, merchandise planner at Harrods

Right: Holly Wilson, owner, Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare, London (centre) with Borough Kitchen’s David Caldana and Simone Hillman. Left: Face of the 80s: Madonna.

WISH: “An overall reduction of disposable plastic and a bigger focus on reusable and natural materials.” BEST OF THE 80S: “ Me - I was born in the 80’s! In seriousness, I would say the development of kitchen/ home electrical appliances; they were made more affordable for the mass market. Also, people’s lives became busier and a demand for gadgets increased.”

Holly Wilson, owner, Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare, London WISH: “More support from suppliers – lower minimums and less competition from suppliers retailing their own product.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Madonna!”

Right: Fenwick’s Helen Miller, Steamer Trading’s Siobhan McMillan and Exclusively Housewares’ Lindsey Hoyle.

Siobhan McMillan, Steamer Trading’s head of buying and sourcing consultant

Above: Nicole Mapplebeck from Blue Diamond Group with PH’s Jo Howard.

WISH: “Support for the high street to keep great shops open.” BEST OF THE 80S: “Music – retro collections.”

Nicole Mapplebeck, buyer and category manager at Blue Diamond Group WISH:“Less online reductions devaluing brands outside of sale periods and more small innovative businesses coming through – using the larger players’ support especially for start-up businesses? Mentoring?” BEST OF THE 80S: “The music and the hairstyles, colourful clothing – especially leg warmers, cheesy TV programmes, Spandau Ballet, Rick Astley and Adam Ant.”




Right: Stand and deliver-ing in the 80s: Adam Ant.

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Excellence In Housewares Awards 2018 Inset: The 25 retail buyers and influencers that comprised the Product Judging Panel 2018 raise their glasses to the Excellence in Housewares Awards, along PH and observers from co-hosts bira, and sponsors BHETA, the IHA and Exclusively Housewares.

Finding the finalists and winners for The Excellence in Housewares Awards is an industrywide effort involving suppliers and retailers from across the housewares spectrum. PH goes behind the scenes to explain the judging process.

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The Product Judging Panel for 2018

Picture perfect The retro 80s themed Awards night on October 3 sets the stage for the announcement of retailer and product winners, as well as the winners of the Supplier Awards for Excellence in Marketing, Service and Innovation, which are the result of an industrywide retailer poll. A massive ‘thank you’ to all of our category and event sponsors, including entertainment and photo gallery sponsors: Imperial and Eaziglide. * See www.excellenceinhousewaresawards.co.uk



Zoe Atkins, merchandise planner, Harrods Gina Blake, merchandise manager, Debenhams David Caldana, co-founder, Borough Kitchen Tom Carter, director, Potters Cookshop, Hockley David Conduit, purchasing manager, Harts of Stur Rachna Dewan, director of product, Lords at Home Matt Fendall, manager and buyer, Essentials of Hazlemere Paul Geoghegan, proprietor, The Kitchen Range, West Wickham Melissa Harper, buying manager, Tesco Nicola Hattersley, buyer, John Lewis Simone Hillman, buyer, Borough Kitchen Alison Hobbs, visual merchandiser, Potters Cookshop, Hockley Christine Lynn-Thomas, proprietor, Kooks Unlimited, Richmond Nicole Mapplebeck, buyer/category manager, Blue Diamond Garden Centres Siobhan McMillan, head of buying, Steamer Trading Helen Miller, senior buyer, Fenwick Brent Cross Ellen Mitchell, assistant buyer, Debenhams Amanda Reed, buying controller, Leekes Philippa Simons, head of trading, kitchen electricals and food, Lakeland Rachel Taylor, buyer, Home Hardware Matt Thomas, buyer, John Lewis Charlotte Thornes, buyer, Harrods Holly Wilson, owner, Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare Alan Wood, joint md, Trevor Mottram Sarah Wood, joint md, Trevor Mottram * Besides the PH team, judging day observers and hosts were: bira’s Kate Godber; BHETA’s housewares director, Will Jones; Exclusively Housewares’ Lindsey Hoyle and, Sarah Seltzer as a UK representative of the IHA and IH+HS.


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Excellence In Housewares Awards 2018

Arriving at the product finalists Suppliers submitted their most innovative products (launched at retail between June 2017 and June 2018), including some nominated by any housewares stockist. New products, ranges, modifications and extensions to existing ranges were eligible. Entry was free of charge and all product entries gain the attention of the prestigious judging panel. The Product Judging Day brought together 25 respected and proactive retail buyers and influencers from across the housewares retail spectrum. Judging criteria includes product innovation and design excellence, quality of manufacture and presentation, and sales record or sales potential. Judges scrutinised, handled and discussed product entries, category by category. They each completed a confidential ballot form, selecting their top six entries for each award. Points were then allocated accordingly and collated to arrive at the finalists and winners from the hundreds of entries. The Innovation in Product Award focused judges’ attention on the innovative or pioneering aspects of new products or adaptations that improve functionality. For The Icon Award, each member of the judging panel nominated classic housewares products. Judges ‘champion’ icons on the resulting short list, and then voted to determine finalists and winner. All Award winners remain confidential.

Above: Essentials’ Matt Fendall and Fenwick’s Helen Miller inspect entries on the Product Judging Day.

Above: Steamer Trading’s Siobhan McMillan and Tesco’s Melissa Harper filling in their voting forms on the Product Judging Day.

Taking on the world

Determining the retailer finalists PH conducted an industrywide poll whereby suppliers vote for UK retailers who have excelled in the past year. Suppliers’ votes drew on the ‘frontline’ knowledge of their sales teams across the country. Retailers were also invited to self-nominate themselves for the Excellence in Retailer Initiative Award, Excellence in Retail Display Awards, Excellence in Retail Training and the Retail Employee of the Year (putting forward their ‘star’ members of staff.) PH invited all retailers nominated by suppliers for the Excellence in Retail Display Awards to submit six photographs of their best displays, as well as inviting those nominated by the trade in the Initiative category to submit information. PH also asked for retail employers to support trade nominations for their Retail Employees with their own personal statements. The Retail Validation Panel is made up of supplier representatives, with wide ranging collective experience of our industry. The Panel met to validate the results of the supplier poll. They looked at retailer submissions and discussed initiatives, training, displays and retail employee entrants to determine these categories’ winners and finalists. Above: The members of the panel in discussion with the PH team, at the Retail Judging and Validation Day, which took place at The Grosvenor House Hotel. Left: Members of the Retail Judging and Validation Panel look at display entries. Below: Stefan Kaczmarczyk from Groupe SEB is deep in thought while judging Excellence in Retail Display entries.

The 2018 Retail Validation Panel: Dr Samir Attia, chairman, SMART Worldwide Louise Ayres, head of national accounts, DKB Household Mark Baumann, sales director, Meyer Group Emma Kampa, national account manager, Le Creuset Ivan Coveney, field sales manager, FKA Brands (Salter) Michelle Dickinson, managing director, Burton McCall Stefan Kaczmarczyk, marketing manager, Groupe SEB Jeff Moody, managing director, bira direct Helen Simpson, marketing manager, KitchenAid Tim Yeadon, national field sales manager, KitchenCraft




Two very special retailer awards will also be presented on October 3. The Excellence in Housewares Awards night will reveal which retailer winner will represent UK retail excellence as gia UK winner for 2018-2019. For the past 14 years, The Excellence in Housewares Awards has been linked with gia: the Global Innovation Awards programme, globally sponsored by the International Housewares Association (IHA) and the International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS), with PH as UK sponsor. The gia national winners fly out to Chicago for the international gia gala and the IH+HS (March 3-5). The show features an exhibit of gia winners, in the Hall of Global Innovation. At the gia gala, five Global Honorees, as well as Visual Merchandising and Digital Commerce Honorees are announced from around 30 national gia winners (following gia’s international judging process). Global Honorees retain this title, and cannot be a national winner again. The UK’s prestigious list of Global Honorees include Selfridges, Bentalls, Steamer Trading, Lakeland, John Lewis, Lords, Borough Kitchen and Harrods. See www.housewares.org/gia Meanwhile, the prestigious OSS Retail Award is an award for an exceptional retailer that the panel agreed deserving of the investment in their career. OSS Retail has been transforming the careers of retail professionals from their first steps in retail management right through to board level since 1923. Many of the top retail leaders attribute their success in part to their OSS experience. The winner will access the highest quality specialised retail management training, designed by retailers for retailers, with a value up to £3250. This covetable prize will inspire new ways of thinking and working and have a positive impact on the business. The OSS Retail programme portfolio includes the Foundation, Academy and Masters.

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2018 Finalists Retail Employee of the year Criteria: Nominations were sought for retail employees who make a difference, with their enthusiastic, attentive and knowledgeable service (and who could be considered ‘the unsung heroes’ of the shop floor or customer services team.) In all cases their managers or retail owners submitted a citation as to why they are worthy winners of this award.

l Nadine Coyle

l Sara Hunt

l Sue McCarthy

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senior buyer

Fenwick Brent Cross

Trevor Mottram, Tunbridge Wells

Charlies, Wales & The Borders

“Nadine has worked here for nearly 13 years and leads from the front in all aspects of retailing. She is well liked and respected by all of her colleagues who look to her for guidance, whether it be for her fantastic customer service skills, superb product knowledge or the sorting of their rotas and holidays. Customers regularly ask for Nadine’s help, and she also has a fantastic relationship with all reps and agents, managing to obtain great service and support from suppliers.”

“Sara has been with us 10 and a half years! She is very hardworking and always finds plenty of jobs for everyone else too. Like us she is very ‘make do and mend’ in her attitude, and she encourages the ’can do’ approach in the shop. Sara has an evil sense of humour, which is just as well as we do spend a lot of time laughing. She is excellent with customers and does not shy away from any sort of confrontation, such as returns or delivery issues.”

“Sue is a much loved and valued member of the Charlies team, appreciated for her strong work ethic, the results she delivers and for the fun and energy she brings. Sue has a fantastic eye for selecting products and combines it with a strong ability to negotiate and recognise a deal. These skills have resulted in our Housewares department currently trading +11% in a tough climate. Sue is a hands-on employee that is always willing to muck in, especially on the shop floor, and leads by example.”

l Evelyn Spencer

l Sue Stone

l Vicky Yeoll

Le Creuset consultant


assistant sales manager

Fenwick Brent Cross

Dinghams, Winchester

Steamer Trading, Horsham

“Evelyn commenced employment with Fenwick in November 2000. I poached her from the Cutlery department to work on Cookware as the Le Creuset consultant in May 2015, which was a great decision as we have seen the sales grow considerably. Evelyn has phenomenal sales skills and could even sell ice to an eskimo! She is passionate about the products, has amazing product knowledge, excellent customer service and always makes sure that displays look wonderful. Evelyn also has a great relationship with Le Creuset.”

“Sue has been working at Dinghams since 1998 and is incredibly valuable to the company and to the family. She is a superb manager who takes exceptional pride in the Winchester store to continuously drive and build the business, offer the best service and to make the store a great workplace for its employees and a unique experience for customers. Her product knowledge is outstanding and her baking skills are inspirational. Sue is Dinghams personified for our customers - inspiring cooks and homemakers.”

“Vicky joined as a sales assistant in February 2012. Her progression within the store has seen her move to supervisor level and then onto her first management role. Vicky is recognised for her superb product knowledge, her visual skills and for being an outstanding support to colleagues throughout the Steamer Trading family (supporting several store openings with visual merchandising and training). Her passion for housewares and her pride in the Horsham store - and for Steamer Trading - make her an outstanding candidate for this award.”

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2018 Finalists most promising newcomer Criteria: Nominees had to be a new cookshop or housewares business (not including new branches of cookshops), which has opened or started up in the UK over the past three years (ie since 1 July 2015).

l Brambles Cookshop

l Chef’s Ware

l House UK



Situated in a bustling village beside the Shropshire Union canal, Brambles (which opened in September 2017) attracts around 40% of its shop trade from canal users, in addition to locals and nearby towns. In the heart of dairy country, Brambles’ fixtures resemble a farm shop, and customers often exclaim: “What a beautiful shop!” Its ecommerce site gives a flavour of the retailer, which stocks many iconic brands.

Run by a father and son team, Chef’s Ware opened in November 2017 in a road that approaches the town centre, which also houses a new deli. Chef’s Ware offers “quality at good prices” with an extensive range of over 4,000 lines. Described by customers as “a lovely Aladdin’s cave,” Chef’s Ware is now expanding to include an in-store café/bistro.

With initial openings in April 2018 (Oxford, Bracknell and Sheffield Meadowhall, plus ecommerce), House UK brings a successful Australian concept to a new market. The retailer specialises in knives and cookware, and takes particular pride in staff training and visual merchandising that creates “a memorable shopping experience.” House aims to bring “leading products with fantastic value for money to the UK market while offering first class service.”

l Luxe Cookshop

l Rye Cookshop

l Wooden Spoon,



Established in September 2015 (inside the home furnishing store, Bells of Northampton) Luxe Cookshop is experiencing “exciting times”. In September, it moves into a larger area in Bell’s newly renovated former Victorian warehouse (with original architectural features) allowing for a wider range of stock, plus Sunday openings. The family run Cookshop takes pride in uncluttered displays that attract high-end kitchen shoppers.

Having opened in September 2016, Rye Cookshop quickly became the town’s ‘go-to’ destination for cookware, tableware and clever gadgetry for cooking enthusiasts of all levels. The shop has expanded its stock and is sourcing products that are “more unusual, offering points of difference.” Delighting tourists and locals alike, gifts and seaside themes are strong for Rye Cookshop.

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Derby Having been in housewares retailing since 2009 (previously with Livsstil and Cookshop Clearance Company), Wooden Spoon’s owner has plenty of cookshop knowledge. Having opened in February 2017, Wooden Spoon moved to a new and bigger site within the city’s intu Shopping Centre in July. Its wide collection of “affordable cookware” is growing, with a portfolio that includes many leading brands.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in direct retailing Criteria: Nominees could be retailers of housewares that use one or more non- ‘bricks and mortar’ channels as a highly significant or primary route to its consumers. Retail channels could be internet, catalogue, TV or a combinations of these.

l Amazon

l Emporium Cookshop

l Harts of Stur

Amazon recently won three GlobalData Customer Satisfaction awards, including the Best Retailer category, and topped the chart for service in the Institute of Customer Service’s index. Its kitchenware department promises wide choice with ‘shop now’ banners that include lifestyle imagery and an invitation to shop US housewares via Amazon’s global store.

From humble beginnings as a brick and mortar shop in the heart of Gainsborough, Emporium Cookshop has become a leading online retailer of quality kitchen and home products. It offers top-quality service and “treats every customer like a member of the family.” This ethos, along with an evergrowing range of premium brands is why customers come back time and time again.

After another busy and successful year, Harts of Stur is focusing on the future with further development and expansion at its store and online. As a key player in the ever-changing online retail industry, a brand new website is under construction. Building on an already successful model, the new website will feature improved functionality and user experience.

l Ocado

l Philip Morris Direct

l The Hut

Ocado says its “investment in housewares is relentless, in terms of people, range and technology.” It has outlined ambitious expansion plans that include hi-tech warehouses to sell housewares. An analyst recently called Ocado: the “Microsoft of retail”. Ocado has increased active customers by 12.8% and grown retail revenue significantly ahead of the market.

Philip Morris & Son was established in Hereford as an ironmonger in 1845. While still very much a family business, it has developed a thriving online store that compliments its Hereford department store and is proud to provide its high quality customer service to over 30,000 online shoppers, with a wide range of leading housewares brands.

The Hut is a leading luxury online department store specialising in homewares and lifestyle products, along with fashion and beauty. The Hut’s curated selection of international homewares brands caters to a wide range of homeware needs, and provides consumers with inspiration room by room, incorporating some aspirational lifestyle imagery.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in retail training Criteria: This award is for a retailer’s approach to training for its team. This could be an on-going training programme or specific training initiative that has been instigated (or been particularly significant) in the last year.

l Borough Kitchen

l Essentials, Hazlemere

l Lawsons

Enhancements to support the retailer’s training strategy include small group induction sessions with discussions on the ‘whys’ of Borough Kitchen’s approach - how it started and its strategy - as well as product training. It has also introduced a weekly conference call that anyone can join to, for example share experiences and business performance, as well as new product sheets/emails.

In 2017, Thomas Rutland, the shop’s assistant manager, attended the Foundation Programme of the Oxford Summer School. Matt Fendall, its shop manager has completed the Academy Programme. The benefits are huge as the confidence and knowledge instilled in both of them is filtering down to the staff all the time. Thomas is also completing his third distance learning course organised by bira training.

Lawsons holds weekly training sessions for all staff to focus on product and statutory requirements such as first aid, health and safety and fire drills. The retailer regularly invites suppliers to come and demonstrate and train staff in-store. Lawsons also works closely with suppliers for its annual food festival where staff work alongside them demonstrating and selling product to customers.

l Leekes

l Potters Cookshop,

l Steamer Trading

The many aspects of Leekes’ training includes detailed product training carried out by supplier representatives as well as core skills training carried out in store. The team are trained in customer service and then monitored using mystery shoppers (with recognition then given to the staff who score 100%). Besides staff training, refresher courses are run regularly for the existing team.


Changing the retail field team and moving to a district manager structure has ensured that colleagues at Steamer Trading, Divertimenti and Kitchens all receive a regular training focus for both product and operational knowledge. Training has also included a focus on the Reduce Waste and Re-use story and mentoring on the Localism message, including shopping locally for the best food and how to cook it.

Every month one or two staff members take a product home to use. Then they makes a presentation to colleagues about it (as though they were a customer using it for the first time). This gives personal experience to share with consumers, helps staff members become passionate about products, and is also “a great laugh and bonds our team together even more!”

With a pedigree and history dating back to 1912, Tower Housewares has the experience and excellence in manufacture and distribution of cookware, housewares and kitchen appliances to millions of households across the globe. Building the brand with products distributed across Europe and China, Tower has become a name synonymous with outstanding performance, exceptional quality and unbeatable value. www.towerhousewares.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists Excellence in retail display - independent

Criteria: Nominees had to be an independent retailer. This award is for window and/or in-store displays from the last year which are either specific to one product range or of a more generic nature which demonstrate originality and maximise visual impact.

l Borough Kitchen

l Dinghams

l Garsons


Salisbury and Winchester

Esher and Titchfield

Fewer products combined with cleverly crafted props enhance Borough Kitchen’s striking windows. These may also show a ‘teaser’ of products available online only, reminders for customers to share photos on social media plus references to Cook School classes. Inside the three stores, ‘Why We Love It’ signs are thoughtfully positioned.

Products are brought to life in Dinghams’ lifestyle displays on the shelves of homely kitchen dressers, making use of colour schemes and seasonality with the addition of faux or real flowers, plants and leaves. The retailer also exploits the casual lifestyle theme in its new home furnishing room in Salisbury.

In these bright, airy garden centre interiors, display tables are given height using mannequin busts adorned with aprons, wooden crates and homely pieces of furniture. A summer picnic theme included fake grass, foliage and fruit trees interspersed with baskets and picnicware, while World Gin Day was celebrated with fruity props.

l Harts of Stur

l Kitchen Range

l Potters Cookshop

Sturminster Newton



Harts of Stur’s in-store displays include branded areas with co-ordinated crossmerchandised categories, while changing fixtures celebrate seasons and events. For example, the recent World Cup table focused consumers’ attention on the likes of beer glasses, drinks coolers, party snack trays, pizzas stones and cutters, with a red and white theme.

Kitchen Range’s large windows are typically bursting with products that are co-ordinated in colours and themes, grabbing attention and evoking a sense of homeliness with small details, such as eggs in eggcups and wooden tools in cups and tins. Inside, feature trolleys are elegantly decked with colour themed products across ranges, offering lifestyle inspiration.

Potters’ creative and bold use of props include a motorbike in its De’Longhi Italian Café and – for the Alice in Wonderland window - an Alice mannequin accompanied by pink flamingos in a garden set for tea. Christmas windows included a polar bear, plus elves and toys that are surrounded by products for festive gingerbread making and Christmas baking.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in retail display-multiple or department store Criteria: Nominees could be a multiple retailer, a department store chain or independent department store. This award is for window and/or in-store displays from the last year, which are either specific to one product range or of a more generic nature, which demonstrate originality and maximise visual impact.

l Barkers

l Blue Diamond


Garden Centre

Barkers takes pride in its inspiring, thoughtprovoking and eye-catching displays. When introducing artificial flowers from Parlane, the store brought in a local florist to make up arrangements. Following trends and supporting local events, the store celebrated the Tour de Yorkshire by using props to create a unique window display.

Products are presented in blocks of on trend colours, and on elegant and yet accessible fixtures, including chunky wooden tables of various shapes and finishes. Backlit kitchen cupboards and upper shelves also provide settings for small collections, and a range of olive wood products is displayed under the boughs of a tree.

l Harrods

l Steamer Trading


Carefully arranged feature tables provide frequently changing sources of inspiration for consumers, following occasions such as Pancake Day preparations and cooking for Valentines Day. Gifts ideas are plentiful, coordinating with trends such as flamingos or gin. Meanwhile, lifestyle table settings are realistically staged with ‘ice’ in glasses, all set for entertaining.

Cook Shop’s regularly changing feature tables reflect seasonal cooking and entertaining as well as topical cooking shows. They can also tie in with articles in Harrods’ publications or events in the Food Halls. Real food and herbs, cookbooks, textiles and mannequins enhance merchandising, while housewares sometimes take centre stage in Harrods’ dramatic windows.

Tefal continuously strives to deliver excellence in non-stick cookware with innovations like Thermo-Spot and Ingenio that improve consumer’s cooking experiences. Likewise we are delighted to be associated with this award for multiples and department stores that attract, excite and hopefully convert shoppers via attractive retail display. www.tefal.co.uk/ingenio




l Brigg Garden Centre Part of British Garden Centres, Brigg Garden Centre creates homewares displays that catch moods and trends, including tropical oases (with plants jostling with vases) and the utilitarian - and yet chic industrial kitchen. The retailer maximises space above and below display tables, packing product collections together to provide impact and evoke curiosity.

l Vincent Davies

& Son

Haverfordwest Amid light, contemporary fixtures, Vincent Davies’ stylish displays are often simple yet striking. For example, symmetry and depth of product create impact in its Emma Bridgewater bay. Moreover, a recent window used glass-fronted frames to display collections of Monsoon Home by Denby, highlighting the tableware’s eclectic, collectable charm.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in retailer initiative Criteria: This award is for a single recent initiative that has been executed in the last year to promote the sale of housewares products and/or raise the profile of the retailer and foster customer loyalty (from any housewares retailer, whether independent or multiple).

l Cookmate Worcester

l Essentials, Hazlemere

l Harts of Stur,

for Cookmate Cookery School

for 30 Things We Love

for the Cheese Festival Weekend

Cookmate has created the city’s only Cookery school having renovated rooms above the shop. It offers a wide range of hands-on cookery courses as well as dining experiences (where guests watch their food being cooked), corporate team building and a venue for parties and product launches. The school (with its stylish website) officially opened in April to rave reviews.

This 30th Birthday campaign has driven sales and customer loyalty. Over the year up to January 2018, Essentials held 30 competitions to win favourite products, which were promoted on its Facebook page. Anyone who liked the page was entered into a draw and winners had their photo taken in the shop. Facebook followers have quadrupled. Essentials also held a Birthday Bonanza party, with 30% off products.

The Sturminster Newton store opened throughout its local cheese festival weekend (with demonstrations and special offers) and ran the Mouse Trap Food Demonstration Theatre at the festival. The Theatre’s events included the unveiling of the world record breaking giant Victoria Sponge cake. Harts reported that in-store footfall was up 1200% on an ordinary weekend.

Hobbs of Penzance


Steamer Trading

for Plastic Free Coastlines

for Go Plastic Free

for Reduce and Reuse

Hobbs the Kitchen Shop is supporting the Plastic Free Coastlines movement in Penzance by helping its customers go ‘plastic free’ with product choices, as well as making significant changes in the shop and working with suppliers to reduce plastic packaging in deliveries. In March, the shop itself was awarded Plastic Free Coastlines status. Consumers are welcoming this initiative and it is fostering customer loyalty.

Lawsons is giving customers practical solutions to reduce, recycle and reuse and go increasingly ‘single-use plastic-free’. The retailer created an informative flyer showing lots of ways to reduce plastic usage (from biodegradable outdoor tableware to towels made from plastic bottles). Lawsons mailed out 120,000 flyers to individuals in the locality of all of its four shops and has also been blogging and putting posts on Facebook.

Steamer Trading has produced three videos with the theme ‘Reduce and Reduce’ as part of its ongoing social media campaign. Thought provoking content combined with aspirational lifestyle photography to reflect the retailer’s range of low or zero waste, reusable and recycled solutions. Steamer has engaged in blogger outreach to raise awareness and has partnered with refill.org, enabling consumers to fill water bottles in participating stores.

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DKB is proud to sponsor this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards. We are working in an industry which needs constant innovation and thought leadership to succeed, but it is equally important that we take time to recognise everyone’s achievements and efforts be it within the retail or supply sectors. We wish everyone who has entered the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with you all on the night. www.dkbhouseholdltd.com PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists Excellence in non-specialist multiple Criteria: Nominees must have three stores (and online sales) and above, and stock housewares as part of their selection of goods. This includes supermarkets, home improvement stores, garden centres, home furnishing stores and general stores (but does not include department stores). The award is for excellence across the retail spectrum including product range, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing.


l Blue Diamond Group

l Dobbies

l Dunelm

Blue Diamond offers innovative products, creating points of difference and an in-store experience tailored to its target customers. This allows the retailer to stand aside of mainstream garden centre retailers and focus on quality products and strong in-store merchandising. Its kitchen department continues to over perform and has proven that lifestyle merchandising in stories leads to a focused and positive shopping experience.

For 150 years, the Dobbies name has stood for quality horticulture. Today Dobbies is one of the UK’s largest garden centre retailers, with 34 stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Dobbies’ Cookshop is situated perfectly, next to the Farm Foodhall, local butcher’s shop and restaurant – each inspiring the other in everything to do with cooking.

Passionate about value for money and great customer service, Dunelm has developed into a market leader for homewares, with over 160 stores. It is also trailing new concepts for store layout, bringing its Kitchen area to the fore, and rolling out new displays that make the shopping experience easier and more inspiring.

l Klondyke Garden

l Leekes

l Scotsdale Garden


The family owned, independent group of 22 garden centres prides itself on its commitment to quality and customer care. Having started off modestly, Klondyke is aware of the importance of continuity of service to its customers. Its homewares section offers unique style ideas for the home, including a wide range of glassware and ceramics and gifts for food lovers.

Leekes is an award winning family-run retailer that has been providing everything for the home under one roof for 120 years. It has built up strong customer loyalty thanks to an extensive choice from leading brands, superb selection of exclusive own branded products at great prices and an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable sales team. Leekes also creates in-store theatre with product demonstrations.


The Cambridgeshire group that includes garden centres in Shelford, Horningsea and Fordham is proud to be a family-run business that started around 50 years ago. The garden centres have now grown to become popular leisure destinations with customer events and ranges that include well-presented kitchenware, homewares and gifts.

CamelBak has been innovating how we hydrate since 1989, building a reputation for outstanding quality and durability. The brand encourages consumers to ditch disposable bottles that create landfill and pollution, and commit to a quality reusable bottle backed by a lifetime warranty. CamelBak is proud to sponsor the Excellence in Housewares Awards. www.camelbak.com




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2018 Finalists Criteria: Nominees had to be a specialist retailer (other than a department store chain) with three stores plus an online store, or four or more stores. They needed to demonstrate excellence in areas across the retail spectrum including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing.

Excellence in specialist retailing - multiple and large independents

l Abraxas

l Art of Living

l Borough Kitchen

Weedon, Rugby, Northampton and Banbury

Banstead, Cobham and Reigate

Borough Market, Chiswick and Hampstead

Holding the identity of the business and not being tempted to diversify is more important than ever to Abraxas with the current challenges that all retailers are facing. Its focus remains on strong brands, an extensive range of products and a wonderful team who are highly trained with exceptional customer service skills.

Art of Living Cookshop has been a leading retailer of high quality kitchenware since 1972, providing expert advice and a wealth of cookery knowledge. Its Cookery School is geared towards tasty, achievable home cooking and the retailer’s well-established online shop features an informative blog that reflects seasonal foods and new culinary directions such as vegan recipes.

l Lakeland

l Lords At Home

l Steamer Trading

68 stores nationally

London and Chorleywood

40+ stores nationally

Lakeland’s store teams do a fantastic job of bringing the Lakeland brand values to life with every customer interaction. Colleagues create theatre and engagement, with autonomy to try things out. For example, one store encouraged children to make a mess on the store windows and then invited parents to try its amazing Nilglass glass cleaner with excellent results for sales and clean windows!

With its six stores in and around London, as well as its aspirational website, Lords At Home With Quality focuses on being an innovative and thoughtful housewares retailer, offering excellence in the quality of its products and the service it gives. Lords listens to customers and takes pride in serving its local communities by providing for all their housewares needs and aspirations.

A current goal at Steamer Trading Cookshop, Divermenti and Kitchens is ‘Localism’ – working with local producers and chefs and encouraging consumers to purchase in their town. Coffee is one area that has seen phenomenal success this year, providing a great example of colleagues’ expert knowledge and passion. Meanwhile, Steamer’s websites provide informative and inspiring online platforms.

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Borough Kitchen takes pride in its highly educated team, great products from its partner brands and distributors, and its engaging displays. Its ‘Why We Love It’ information is essential to communicate its rationale for carrying particular products. The Cook School’s classes, demonstrations and tutorials help customers develop skills and techniques.

KitchenAid is proud to sponsor the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018. Since the introduction of the legendary stand mixer in 1919 and the first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to become the ultimate kitchen resource. From utensils to appliances, large and small, the range is designed for passionate gourmets, to deliver professional performance. www.kitchenaid.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists Best department Store - independent Criteria: Nominees had to be an individual independent department store or branch of a small group of up to three stores. They should have shown excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing.

l Bakers and Larners

l Barkers

l Dawsons



Skipton and Clitheroe

The multi award winning Cookshop is one of the store’s most popular areas. Since Sharon Jiggins took on the department manager role at the beginning of 2018, Cookshop has seen many enhancements, while still maintaining its renowned staff experience, expertise and personal approach. Staff members are on hand to provide expert advice and cookery demonstrations in the Complete Kitchen area.

The high street department store is known for its retail theatre: creative displays and entertaining demonstrations, which showcase the passion, knowledge and flair of its staff. Activities include a gin event featuring tastings of homemade flavoured gins, recipe cards and explanations of the benefits of different glasses for gin-based drinks. Social media activity includes ‘Like and Share’ competitions.

The family owned business continues to be a leading independent in the centre of Clitheroe, where it originated as an ironmonger in 1936, while its Skipton store opened in 2014. The well-presented and comprehensively stocked Cookshops are a key focus. The retailer’s eCookshop (established in 2004) is renowned for its good service, promotional campaigns and customer engagement.

l Harrods

l Housing Units

l Jarrold




Harrods’ Cookshop and Home Appliance rooms are inspiring and welcoming, catering for serious home cooks and professionals. Demonstration areas provide excitement, with cookery demonstrations that link in with seasonal foods in the famous Food Halls and 'foodie' book signings in its book department. Meanwhile, Harrods’ publications and social media provide education and inspiration on cooking and new technology for the kitchen.

Known as the home furnishing centre of the north, HU celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017. It promises everything consumers need to make cooking and entertaining simple and enjoyable, with many leading kitchen brands. The store is known for its exceptional customer service from the moment tophatted doormen greet shoppers. HU uses social media to inform customers of new styles, new launches and trends.

Established in 1823, the family-owned department store is one of Norwich’s renowned landmarks and offers a unique and contemporary shopping experience with a sense of heritage. Jarrold’s cookshop tabletop and housewares department includes a vast array of cookware and hosts demonstrations and tastings while benefiting from ‘foodies’ visiting the store’s expanded delicatessen and food hall.

For the past 119 years the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has been in the corner of independent retailers across all kinds of industries. Over that time bira has built a support team committed to the continuing success of every business they work with. Working with thousands of independent businesses of all sizes, including independent department stores, it’s bira’s goal to make every member feel supported, informed and inspired. bira sponsors this award to give industry recognition to those outstanding independent department stores and the inspiring people (often whole families) behind them. www.bira.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists best department store - multiple branch or group member

Criteria: Nominees had to be a specific branch of a department store chain or group of above three stores (including members of the Fenwick Group). Excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multichannel retailing.

l Bentalls

l Fenwick Brent Cross

l Fenwick Colchester


Fenwick Brent Cross’ cookshop, tableware and electrical departments pride themselves on interesting in-store events, elegant fixtures, engaging end of aisle information screens, and knowledgeable, helpful staff for whom regular product training is a priority. Housewares have also been under the spotlight when taking centre stage in some recent window displays.

The airy, bright large central atrium on the third floor provides shoppers with an inspiring environment for products for their home, including Cookshop, Dining and Small Electricals, with attractively laid out fixtures and feature areas. Successful recent events in the departments have included a demonstration by James Martin, putting his Wahl electrical appliances through their paces.

l John Lewis

l Selfridges

l Sterling Furniture

Oxford Street

Oxford Street


John Lewis is prioritising the shopping experience and related services for consumers and the central London flagship store excites shoppers with activities in its demonstration kitchen, the changing culinary themes of its Cook’s Table (near the Food Hall) and Event Zone, providing inspiration for occasions such as Pancake Day and Easter baking.

The iconic historic store provides a contemporary setting for cookshop, tableware and electricals in its lower ground floor, with plenty of new interest in its changing fixture tables. Seasonal themes and new trends engage consumers with ideas for accessorising the home as well as entertaining. Selfridges pioneers sustainability and continues its partnership with The Zoological Society of London to protect oceans.

The Homestores at Sterling Furniture have evolved over many years with a simple yet ambitious objective – to allow customers to accessorise and style every room without needing to go anywhere else. The team of specialist buyers travel the world and work with the most famous and emerging brands to ensure they are at the forefront of new home and housewares styles and trends.

Cookshop in Bentalls is a constantly evolving business where trend led products are layered-in with core cookware ranging. The last year has seen the incredible rise in awareness about sustainability and recycling. Bentalls provides customers with a wide choice of solutions including eco coffee cups. It acknowledges that its selection of unique and exciting products are helping to drive sales.

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2018 Finalists bira cookshop & housewares retailer of the year

Criteria: Nominees had to be independent bira members (currently and through to 2019). They should have demonstrated excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion and display (and, if relevant, multi-channel retailing.)

l Barnitts

l Lords At Home

l Potters Cookshop


London and Chorleywood


In the heart of historic York, the family-run independent department has become one of the city’s much-loved destinations. Having steadily expanded into neighbouring premises, Barnitts prides itself on offering everything for the home and garden, including well-stocked and neatly presented kitchenware, tableware, utility and small electrical appliances, with friendly service.

With its six stores in and around London, as well as its aspirational website, Lords At Home With Quality focuses on being an innovative and thoughtful housewares retailer, offering excellence in the quality of its products and the service it gives. Lords listens to customers and take pride in serving its local communities by providing for all their housewares needs and aspirations.

Along with its extension last year that included an increase of its cookware bays from three to nine, Potters Cookshop is making full use of its demonstration kitchen area. Events create a buzz and help generate sales. Recent examples include an exclusive demonstration by Raymond Blanc. Customers also make a beeline to come and see Potters’ inventive window displays.

l Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare

l Salt and Pepper

l Trevor Mottram


Tunbridge Wells


Brenda Elsmore, previously a master baker and professional cake decorator, opened Salt and Pepper Cookshop in 2000 and won Most Promising Newcomer in 2001. The retailer’s recent awards include best Independent Retailer of Wales. With a passion for quality and service, Salt and Pepper has grown in size and reputation; its portfolio includes a coffee shop, gift shop, clothes and toy shops.

Situated in the historic pedestrian area of The Pantiles and now entering its 43rd year, Trevor Mottram has always been described as ‘a cook’s paradise’. The cookshop prides itself on the knowledge of its staff and breadth of stock. Its most recent recruit celebrates her 10th year with the shop this year. As Trevor Mottram’s customers often say: “If it’s not in here, you don’t need it.”

Prep Cookshop was winner of Most Promising Newcomer award and acquired the long established North London cookshop, Richard Dare last year. Both shops focus on providing a service to their local communities with their attentive service, considered product selection, inspiring display and community events. Prep is also growing its online community via Trouva.

Le Creuset is a world-leading cookware brand renowned for its premium, high-performance, stylish cookware and kitchen products. Established in 1925 in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, innovation, timeless design and outstanding quality remains at the heart of the brand. Offering a lifetime guarantee across its cookware ranges, Le Creuset is a worthy investment, providing superior cooking results every time. www.lecreuset.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists excellence in cookware Criteria: All cookware and bakeware products in metals, glass, ceramic, silicone, plastic or any other material, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

MasterClass Smart Ceramic Non-stick Bakeware

Baker & Salt Vitreous Enamelware

GreenPan Mayflower Classics Remastered

from What More UK

from The Cookware Company

Baker & Salt® vitreous enamelware in black & cream features an integral front handle to aid easier removal from the oven. This oven-to-tableware has a timeless look that will grace any kitchen. A new dual baking tray was launched at Exclusively Housewares and product development is ongoing.

New for 2018 is this ‘classics remastered’ design Mayflower, recreating the style from a traditional kitchen but with contemporary GreenPan features like Infinity Professional, energy-saving Magneto induction base and heavy-gauge construction for quick and even heat distribution. The design has wooden handles with an extended flame guard.

from KitchenCraft

Signature Cast Iron Rectangular and Deep Square Grills

Staub Plancha

Stellar Rocktanium Cookware

from Le Creuset The new Le Creuset cast iron 30cm Signature Rectangular Grill features a unique special surface design, split into two parts allowing you to cook different types of food at the same time, while the new 30cm Signature Deep Square Grill with deep walls offers a bigger capacity and is perfect for roasting big joints of meat.

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from Zwilling JA Henckels The STAUB brand has its origins in France – more precisely in Alsace, a region worldfamous for its culinary artistry and good food. The product range focuses on castiron and ceramic cookware for consumers who seek the authentic and emotional experience of cooking and taste. This cast iron plancha can be used for cooking as well as serving purposes. It can be used on the hob, oven and is perfect for the BBQ!

MasterClass Smart Ceramic is a high-quality range of bakeware that combines functional design with outstanding performance. A non-stick surface, slightly textured and reinforced with ceramic for outstanding durability, allows flawless food release without the use of oil.

from Horwood The desirable and distinctive stone appearance of Stellar Rocktanium features the tough non-stick Quantanium Non-Stick coating. Manufactured from a thick aluminium with an induction base, these pans are suitable for all hob types. The comfortable, stainless steel cast handles are suitably strong, and users love the visibility offered by the vented glass lids.

It is with pride that bira direct sponsors the Excellence in Cookware Award for 2018. bira direct is passionate about serving the cookshop industry and supporting members who sell kitchenware and housewares. We're pleased to reward those who are committed to innovation and quality within the sector. Good luck to all the finalists and special thanks to all those who continue to support bira direct and the independent retailer. www.biradirect.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists top tool or gadget Criteria: Any gadget, tool, utensil or range of the same - whether practical, aesthetic or fun (includes mills), which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

Barista & Co Brew It Stick

GoAvocado 3-in-1 Avocado Tool

Good Gravy Fat Separator

from Nixxee

from Joseph Joseph

from OXO Good Grips

Specifically designed to convert instant coffee drinkers over to a fresh brew. Our Brew It Stick is incredibly easy to use and is compact in size. The product is perfect for coffee lovers who are always on the go. All you need to do is fill, stir, brew and go. Better coffee made simple. #ditchtheinstant

Preparing avocados can be difficult, messy and even hazardous if using a sharp knife. GoAvocado is the ultimate avocado preparation tool, allowing you to open, destone, scoop and slice all in one handy tool. It features a fold-out plastic blade, a stainless steel pitter, a curved slicing head and an ergonomic, soft grip handle.

For leaner gravy with all the same flavour, use OXO’s Good Gravy Fat Separator. A simple squeeze of the trigger on the handle releases gravy from the base, leaving the fat behind. The built-in strainer catches herbs or large pieces of meat as you pour. The heat resistant clear Tritan body allows you to see the contents and comes with measurement markings.

Silicone Pressure Cooker Rack

Spice Mill 2-in-1

Stojo Biggie

from Microplane International

from Auteur

from OXO Good Grips

The Microplane Spice Mill 2in1 is a must-have for freshly grated spices. It is designed to grate and store hard spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, Tonka beans and many more. The photo-etched, ultra-sharp stainless steel blade - Made in USA- effortlessly grates spices for superior results. The spices are precisely and finely cut for a full aroma! The Spice mill also includes an airtight compartment on the top to store spices.

Stojo Biggie is ultra-portable, leak-proof, collapsible and reusable. Biggie gives you that little extra room for your on-the-go drinks holding 470ml and comes with a reusable straw, perfect for sipping iced drinks and smoothies. Stojo is a convenient alternative to bulky travel mugs and collapses into a disk, perfect for every situation - just collapse, stow and go! Stojo is also BPA, phthalates and glue free.

The OXO Good Grips Pressure Cooker Rack makes the most of pressure cookers by providing a platform to elevate food while cooking, allowing grease and fat to drain into the cooker, away from meat, poultry or veggies. The open design prevents food from sticking, a common pet peeve for pressure cooker enthusiasts.

bira Cookshop & Housewares is delighted to sponsor the Top Tool and Gadget Award at this year’s awards. Innovative kitchen tools and gadgets are designed each year, many of which become essential kitchen items and we are thrilled to celebrate the work and creativity that goes into them. bira’s Cookshop & Housewares division is proud to represent cookshop, housewares and gift retailers who sell all shapes and sizes of gadgets and we wish all the finalists the best of luck. www.biradirect.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists plugged-in award Criteria: All products which have an electrical plug and whose use is concerned with the processing of food/drink or the carrying out of household tasks, and were launched or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

50's Style Hand Blender

Aroma Fresh Grind and Brew

Baking Bamix

from Smeg

from Melitta

Designed to be durable, functional and perfectly handy with its ergonomic and anti-slip grip, the Smeg hand blender is an indispensable home appliance for cooking quickly and intelligently. The convenient speed control at the top of the grip makes it easy to operate, while the turbo function makes the most of the 700W motor.

The AromaFresh Grind & Brew filter coffee machine delivers outstanding coffee thanks to its integrated grinder. The coffee beans are freshly ground with an easily adjustable grinder to adjust the size of the grind to create great tasting filter coffee. There’s also the option to switch the grinder off if you prefer to use ground coffee and there’s a handy timer function too.

Precision engineered in Switzerland, the baking bamix is equipped with a capable 200w heavy duty motor. The soft grip ergonomic handle is home to the two speed setting button which can power the blade to an impressive 17,000 rpm. Double insulation allows the stick blender to be immersed right up to the handle. Includes a multi-purpose blade, whisk, beater, meat mincer, processor, power disc and many more handy features.

SMART Samosa Maker

Solis 5-in-1 Table Grill

from SMART Worldwide

from Beam Group

This is a smart and stylish kitchen appliance that helps you make your favourite snack quickly and efficiently and also healthier. You can make 24 deep-fill samosas at a batch, with potatoes, chilli and peas, minced meat, cheese, fruit or your favourite filling (sweet or savoury). The non-stick plate makes cleaning an easy task. The healthy, non-fried, best tasting samosa ever!

This high-end multi-functional 5 in 1 table grill offers a sophisticated, versatile way to create various dishes and tastes in one appliance: raclette cheese, mini pizzas, wok dishes, crèpes and meat grilling. Made of solid, premium materials and includes all the accessories you need to recreate fine cuisine dishes at home with family and friends.

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Tefal Access Steam Minute Handheld Garment Steamer from Groupe SEB Your clothes garment steamer refreshes and sanitizes in one; for crease and odour-free clothes. Fast heat-up and one steam setting safe for all fabrics. Removable 0.15L water tank for easy refilling and 8 minutes’ nonstop steaming, 2m cord for movement and a stable base for storage. With travel bag, door hook, fabric brush and steam bonnet.

Exclusively Electrical and sister show Exclusively Housewares are delighted to sponsor the ‘Plugged-In’ award category as part of their commitment to the SDA sector. With a focus on providing a specialist view of what’s new in small kitchen and domestic appliances, housewares and tableware, the Exclusively Shows are a ‘must visit’ for retailers in the industry. www.exclusivelyshows.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists cutting edge award Criteria: All knives, scissors, cutting equipment, allied storage items, chopping boards and sharpeners, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

l 16-Piece Cutlery Carving set

Epicurean Cutting Board Kitchen Series

Forest and Forge range

from Tramontina UK

from Eddingtons

This exquisite set exudes the Tramontina ethos of bringing people together to enjoy fabulous hospitality, enjoy good times and create lasting memories.With stylish good looks and high quality, many exceptional features prevail including super-sharp serrated stainless-steel blades and sculpted real wood handles which are dishwasher safe and come with a unique five-year warranty.

The original Epicurean Kitchen Series cutting board is the classic “go-to” all-purpose surface for everyday food preparation. With a natural look and texture from an ecofriendly, organic, wood fibre composite, these boards are super durable, non-porous, knife friendly and dishwasher safe. This is the perfect everyday board for hygienic food preparation and easy clean-up.

Forest and Forge, a premium collection of exquisite British made knives. With blades hand crafted in Sheffield, each native British wooden handle has been responsibly sourced from estates in Yorkshire. With a knife suited to all styles of cooking, this collection brings together sustainability and professionalism. The steel is chosen for sharpness and longevity, while wind damaged wood creates a personal and unique collection.

Miyabi 5000MCD Nakiri Knife

Pro Sharp 'Twist 'n' Sharp' Knife Sharpener

Signature Q Knife Block

from Zwilling JA Henckels

from Eddingtons

from Robert Welch Designs

Miyabi knives combine beauty and exceptional sharpness. They are thus manufactured in the tradition of the ancient masters. Miyabi knives are designed by the Japanese and manufactured in Zwilling's own factories in Japan. Miyabi 5000MCD Nakiri, also known as a Japanese vegetable knife, has a 17cm blade.

The new Pro Sharp Twist ‘n’ Sharp is a 2-in-1 knife sharpener with a simple singlehanded pull-through operation. The Twist ‘n’ Sharp achieves professional results, even on old and blunt knives. It can also be used to sharpen serrated blades and scissors. The tungsten steel edges will sharpen the bluntest of knives whilst the ceramic edges will hone and perfect the blade.

The Signature Q Knife Block stores up to four Robert Welch Signature kitchen knives. The lacquered wood veneered block features a mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel stand, with the addition of non-slip feet. Innovative ABS sleeves house hidden magnets which are an ideal space saving and protective storage solution for Signature kitchen knives.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in homewares Criteria: Kitchenware products not covered in other categories that assist in preparation of food and drink, such as storage containers, scales, measuring equipment and household products that assist in cleaning, laundry, utility storage and waste disposal, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2016 and June 2017.

58 litre dual compartment sensor bin with voice and motion control


Bee's Wrap

from KitchenCraft

from Eddingtons

BarCraft has become the one-stop destination for barware, leading the way with ongoing introductions embracing the latest trends. Flowing iridescent effects across sleek glassware, along with hammered stainless-steel barware, iridescent copper effect bar accessories and a Tropicana styled range all exude relaxed, nostalgic and fun themes.

Bee's Wrap is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. Made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, the wraps are fully biodegradable and compostable. This range is totally on trend with consumers who care about food contact, recycling, waste and the economies of re-use.

Flex and Flex Plus Toilet Brushes

If You Care

Mepal Cirqula Multi Bowl

from Joseph Joseph

If You Care kitchen and household products are made from sustainable, renewable or recyclable resources ie FSC certified and compostable. There are no added chlorines or toxins. The packaging is made from unbleached Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) or Processed Chlorine-Free (PCF) cardboard with only vegetable-based inks for printing and non-toxic glues for fastening. All claims are backed by third-party certifications.

from simplehuman The new dual-compartment recycler from simplehuman has fast, accurate, voice recognition. Just say “open can” and the lid opens automatically. The smart bin also has a motion sensor so it opens with a wave of your hand.

Conventional brushes hold dirt and liquid, making them messy and unhygienic and their bristles distort and wear. Flex is an innovative toilet brush that features a flexible, D-shaped head that reaches all areas, and It has widely spaced bristles that prevent dirt clogging, allowing liquid to drain quickly and minimising drips between cleaning and storing.

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from Mistral Brands The Cirqula multi bowl from Mepal has been designed for a complete ‘circle of use’. The versatile bowl can be used for preparing and serving food, as well storing food in the fridge or freezer. It can also be used in the microwave. The lid has a transparent window so that the contents can be seen, and is 100% leak-proof making it ideal for food on the go.

The International Housewares Association and International Home + Housewares Show proudly present the Excellence in Homewares Award. The 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, taking place in Chicago, 2-5 March, features over 2,200 exhibitors from over 50 countries and 56,000 total attendees from 130 countries. For additional information and to register, visit www.housewares.org PROGRESSIVE



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I find the Show very useful for understanding the latest trends and how the market is moving forward. The Hydration event and the Pantone colours area were very interesting and gave me ideas to work with and meet some new suppliers. Retail in Chicago is also very good for inspiration from a visual merchandising point of view and again to see what the product and colour trends are. Priti Merchant Senior Buying Manager Cookshop Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Show information and free online pre-registration: www.housewares.org For travel arrangements, contact Expose Travel, Paul Vasdev Tel: +44 1883 349576, Email: paul@exposetravel.uk

We’re proud to have our Grey Serve Stick Platter as a 2018 Finalist in the Top of The Table Category

For more information, or to stock the Ladelle range - contact: customerservice.uk@ladelle.com

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2018 Finalists top of the table Criteria: All tableware, glassware, tabletop accessories, serveware and tabletop textile products, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

Grey Serve Stick Platter

Bialetti Crystal Clear Induction Stove Coffee Maker

Drift Barware Collection

The Ladelle Grey Serve Stick Platter is the perfect entertainers’ piece. Fruit, cheeses, or dinner; whatever you’re serving up will pop against the high gloss grey finish. By adding a modern wood handle to a simple round porcelain plate design, the Serve Stick Platter makes it quick and easy to move around and share food with others.

from Nixxee

The extensive Drift Barware Collection offers a range of theatrical presentation pieces for a table or bar setting. Each piece has been designed to make the service of wine, champagne and other various beverages a considered and extra special experience. All Drift Barware items are made from the finest mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel.

Epicurean Melamine Tableware

Mixologist Collection

from Eddingtons

Uniquely comprehensive, this new LSA International collection invites you to create your own cocktail bar from the assortment of designs for preparing, mixing and serving drinks. Mouthblown glasses have modern, stepped silhouettes and thick stems. Cocktail tools for muddling, juicing and chopping are tied with leather toggles.

from Ladelle

The Eddingtons Epicurean range of melamine tableware has been developed using the latest technology featuring reactive glazed hand finishes. It looks and feels just like ceramic. However the Epicurean Melamine resists breakage, scratching, chipping and is dishwasher safe. Whatever the occasion our designs provide something for everyone.

The Bialetti Moka celebrates more than 80 years of classic design elegance and technological simplicity. From the early 1950s to the present day, Bialetti has manufactured over 200 million coffee makers. The next development was to create a sleek elegant design using borosilicate glass for induction use.

from LSA International

from Robert Welch Designs

Sara Miller London for Portmeirion Chelsea Collection from Portmeirion Sara Miller is an award-winning British designer. Sharing the same commitment to beautiful, sophisticated and stylish designs, Sara Miller London and Portmeirion have collaborated to create The Chelsea Collection – an enchanting fine porcelain afternoon tea collection that’s bright and beautiful with stunning gold detailing.

The Excellence in Housewares Awards are recognised by the industry as the ‘Oscars‘ for the housewares trade. As the awards ceremony shines a spotlight on the best of both – retail and industry, it matches Ambiente’s global positioning perfectly. We are very proud to be part of it. www.uk.messefrankfurt.com.




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2018 Finalists the innovation in product award Criteria: A new innovative product or any innovation that demonstrates improved functionality to an existing product. The innovation must be launched between June 2017 and June 2018.

58 litre dual compartment sensor bin with voice and motion control

Bo Touch Bin

Flex and Flex Plus Toilet Brushes

from Brabantia Say hello to Brabantia’s unique Bo Touch Bin, the bin that doesn’t look like a bin. Nearly a century of craftsmanship, Dutch design and heart for the planet culminate in the cabinet-like Bo. With its four elegant legs and eight available colours, Bo is both good-looking and practical. You can choose from one, two or three inner buckets, all made from 100% recycled materials,.

from Joseph Joseph

Kilner Fridge Dispenser

Smarter iKettle

from The Rayware Group

from Smarter

The Kilner 3-Litre Fridge Drinks Dispenser conveniently stores the suggested daily consumption of water. It has been designed to maximise space on your fridge shelf whilst perfectly keeping drinks fresh and cold for longer. Fill, chill and pour from your dispenser as an alternative solution to using plastic bottles.

Smarter's latest edition of its iconic iKettle, is the most innovative and stylish designed kettle yet. The essence of the iKettle is convenience, with time and energy-saving features like 'Wake Up' or 'Home' mode that are easily scheduled via app on your smartphone or tablet. A simple touch of the button on your device, wherever you are will have the iKettle boiled before you've even made it in to the kitchen.

Stasher Reusable Silicone Clear Half Gallon Bag

from simplehuman The new dual-compartment recycler from simplehuman has fast, accurate, voice recognition. Just say “open can” and the lid opens automatically. The smart bin also has a motion sensor so it opens with a wave of your hand.

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Conventional brushes hold dirt and liquid, making them messy and unhygienic and their bristles distort and wear. Flex is an innovative toilet brush that features a flexible, D-shaped head that reaches all areas, and It has widely spaced bristles that prevent dirt clogging, allowing liquid to drain quickly and minimising drips between cleaning and storing.

from PHA KitchEssentials Stasher bags are changing the way we store and cook at home for the better. The plastic free bags are freezable, microwaveable, can be used for sous-vide cooking and are air-tight! One Stasher bag can be used thousands of times and is top rack dishwasher safe.

Top Drawer is the UK’s leading design-led trade show, showcasing over 1500 lifestyle brands and thousands of new products across nine expertly curated sectors. Held at the iconic Olympia London, each edition offers buyers a one-stop shop to source from the very best brands and up-coming names. The HOME edit for January (13-15 2019) brings an exclusive selection of the best in housewares for the new season. topdrawer.co.uk/home PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists the icon award Criteria: Classic housewares products that have withstood the test of time. Products can only win this award once, after which they join the Icon Gallery. Previous winners of this Award are the Dualit toaster, the Ceramic Pestle and Mortar, the traditional Cafetière, the Pyrex Jug, the KitchenAid mixer, the TG Green Cornish Blue Dreadnought Jug, Le Creuset Cocotte, the Kenwood Chef, the Mason Cash mixing bowl, the Krisk Bean Slicer, Emma Bridgewater Half Pint Mug, the Magimix Food Processor, the Chichester Carving Tray, the Tala Conical Measuring Jug, the Bialetti Moka Espresso Stovetop, Kilner Jars from Rayware and Rushbrooke’s Striped Butcher’s Apron.

Classic Table Model Corkscrew (formerly Screwpull) from Le Creuset Each Le Creuset Wine Accessory is recognised for performance, superb quality and design. It started with the Original Classic Table Model, the first selfpulling corkscrew, with its perfectly shaped Teflon screw, designed to glide through even the toughest corks.

POP Containers from OXO Good Grips With airtight seals, one-handed opening, and a variety of modular shapes and sizes, POP Containers are just what you need for a pantry makeover. Opening the Container is as easy as pushing a button. The button even pops up to serve as a handle for the lid! The new and improved POP range now features accessories that attach to the underside of the lids, so the right tool is always within reach.

Global Knives

Index Chopping Boards

from Grunwerg Having recently just celebrated its 30th Anniversary, Global Knives UK is one of the most successful knife brands in the world. Still crafted by hand in Yoshikins Factory in Niigata, Japan, Global Knives are manufactured to extremely high standards. The brand now has three ranges including the award winning Global Classic range, Global Ni and Global SAI.

from Joseph Joseph

Prestige Pressure Cooker

Thermos Flasks

from Meyer Group

For over 110 years, Thermos has delivered when it matters most. From the original glass-lined Tartan flasks to the new stainless steel Super Light range, Thermos brand products are designed to deliver reliable temperature retention performance day-in and day-out. Featuring the signature, patented, stainless steel vacuum insulation Thermos brand products are the perfect travel companion.

Every home needs a great pressure cooker! And no one knows more about them than Prestige - its Pressure Cookers will save you time, energy and preserve the healthy nutrients in your food. A classic item for any kitchen, and with eight newly launched stylish models to the Prestige collection, they will surely be the icons of the future.

Since its launch in 2008, Index has been a worldwide best-seller. The original colourcoded chopping board set helps reduce cross-contamination of food using the simple-yet-effective tab system. All boards have non-slip feet and sloped edges to catch any stray food and juices. They also have knife-friendly cutting surfaces and the case has a non-slip base.

from UK Thermos

Salter is proud to celebrate Great British design and innovation since 1760 and sponsor the Excellence in Housewares Icon award. The winner will join one of the most prestigious clubs in the housewares industry, achieving iconic status. www.salterhousewares.co.uk




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2018 Finalists the supplier awards Criteria: To arrive at the ďŹ nalists (and winners) for these three awards, PH sent out 1,000 nomination forms to housewares retailers asking them to state which housewares suppliers they feel are the tops when it comes to marketing, innovation and service.

excellence in innovation award Criteria: A supplier that has achieved excellence in innovation and product development over the past year.

excellence in marketing award Criteria: A supplier that has demonstrated excellence in marketing over the past year, resulting in increased sales and/or brand awareness. This can be for a speciďŹ c campaign or for on-going strategies over the last year, and can include advertising in all its forms, public relations activities, point of sale and in-store promotional material.

excellence in service award Criteria: A supplier that has excelled itself in providing a great service to the housewares retailer over the past year.

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2018 Finalists honorary achievement Criteria: This very special award is presented to an individual who has contributed greatly to the UK housewares industry. Nominations are invited from across the industry.

who will be the winner this year? roll of honour of previous winners 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011


Ben Philips, owner, Steamer Trading Jeremy Horwood, sales director, Horwood Leslie Gort Barton, ceo, Dualit Richard Plant, sales director, KitchenCraft Paul Woolley, managing director, bira direct Nicky Foster, managing director, Kitchens Patrick Gardner, managing director, T&G Woodware 2010 - Martin, Sam and Julian Rayner, directors, Lakeland 2009 - David Phillips, co founder, Steamer Trading 2008 - Peter Battersby, founder and chairman of Typhoon 2007 - Kate Carrick, former housewares buyer of JLP 2006 - Jonathan Swift, former md of the CHA 2005 - Paul Wright, md of Meyer Group 2004 - David Parkes, housewares controller, AIS 2003 - John Lennon, md, Brabantia 2002 - Pam Plant, housewares director, BHETA 2001 - Frank Picken, agent/distributor 2000 - Gary Gordon, joint owner, Kitchen Kapers

Above: Ben Philips, owner, Steamer Trading.

With a long standing (168 years) history in the housewares industry, we are immensely proud to sponsor the Honorary Achievement Award, recognising those that play a part, lead and inuence the innovation and dedication which both retailers and suppliers invest each and every year. www.kitchencraft.co.uk




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Market focus Inset: Prep, bake and serve with the new improved Emile Henry Bread Cloche from Haus.

Back to bake

Bakeware’s heritage and traditions are often celebrated, but that doesn’t mean the sector is standing still – far from it! With tougher coatings, ergonomic shapes, and various materials, the bakeware category is infused with innovation, as manufacturers address the needs and aspirations of today’s home bakers. PH considers bakeware developments and the latest baking and cake decorating trends.

Inset: Prep, bake and serve with the new improved Emile Henry Bread Cloche from Haus. Below: Made from lightweight, carbon steel, Tala’s Everyday collection has a wide variety of shapes from Springform Cake Tins to handy loaf pans to the mini Heart.


ecognising that many consumers want to collect a large range of bakeware shapes but have limited cupboard capacity, “space saving and ‘stackability’ are key features" of Tala’s new Everyday bakeware collection, notes George East’s md, Nick Squire. Nick emphasises the collection’s other userfriendly attributes: “The products feature wide flat handles, allowing you to transport them in and out of the oven with ease. Every product from the range can be used with metal utensils and are fridge, freezer and dishwasher safe.” He also highlights easy maintenance and a 10-year guarantee thanks to “the superior Whitford Eclipse non-stick coating.” However, the new range also pays homage to heritage, as Nick states: “We return to the Tala logo embossed on each product, a feature for decades, celebrating our status as one of Britain’s oldest and most recognised manufacturers of baking products.” Meanwhile, KitchenCraft describes its MasterClass Smart

Ceramic as “bakeware reinvented.” Again, it involves thoughtful storage, as: “All pieces are designed to nest together without risk of surface damage,” highlights KitchenCraft’s marketing manager, Claire Budgen. With non-stick that is “reinforced with ceramic and slightly textured,” the bakeware also enables “fat-free cooking and ensures flawless cleaning.” Captivate Brands’ Bakehouse & Co brand (officially launched at Spring Fair) embraces both a comprehensive selection of bakeware and baking preparation accessories, including:

“stacking stainless steel mixing bowls and versatile bowl and sieve sets, ideal for today’s compact living,” notes Captivate Brands’ md, Kevin McKay. He describes the new brand as a combination of “practicality, style and value-for-money.” For example, Bakehouse & Co uses Whitford’s Quantum 2 non-stick coating on heavy gauge bakeware tins and includes design features that “give a point of difference to what’s already in the market place,” such as combining light woods with stainless steel. The convenience of being dishwasher safe and oven safe up to 240°as well as a 25 year guarantee are all key selling points for the Inspire range from Prestige from Meyer Group. Clare Holland, Meyer Group’s marketing manager reflects: “The range features our innovative Cushion

Inset: Co-ordinated bakeware and baking essentials from Captivate Brand’s Bakehouse & Co range.




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Smart technology for faster heating, quicker cooking and better browning and is made from heavy gauge carbon steel so has superb heat conduction.” Not forgetting the past, Samuel Groves from U Group celebrates its UK manufacturing heritage on its tagline ‘England 1817’ and UK made on bakeware packaging. Samuel Groves’ history includes the story of how its famous hard anodised Mermaid range (introduced in 1953) got its name. A previous md had bought a Little Mermaid statue, which was displayed in the factory foyer from the 1920s. Fellow UK manufacturer, What More is also proud to display a UK made symbol on bakeware packaging. Its enamel Baker & Salt range has been particularly good for export, including the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Brand manager, Adam Wilkinson explains: “Besides the appeal of UK manufacture, Baker & Salt enamel has aesthetics, durability and functionality – it can be used on any hob and even on a barbecue.” Continuing the heritage theme, Pyrex reintroduced its glass baking tray some 18 months ago. It is being welcomed by today’s home bakers, as Alex Blyth, Pyrex marketing manager explains: “The glass tray holds heat, is easy to clean and hygienic and is ideal for serving food straight from the oven to the table, as well as being very long lasting.” Another piece of baking equipment that is also “perfect for serving at the table” is the new improved Bread Cloche by Emile Henry from Haus. “You can make, bake, serve and slice with it,” emphasises Haus’ Marc Kinsey. He elaborates: “The unglazed dome is also used as a bowl for prepping and proving dough. When the bread is baking on the glazed base, the design allows enough room for air to escape to create a crust without drying out the bread.” Home baking is a much-loved pastime and an increasingly significant method of controlling ingredients and creating wholesome food as well as treats. Baking is something that brings people together and is even deemed therapeutic. Of course, the results don’t merely get eaten – many of us want to show off our creativity on social media posts. And the bakeware sector is, of course, helping consumers achieve all this.

Rising stars PH asks: “What are the bakes of the moment?” TALKING JAPANESE: Adam Wilkinson, brand manager of What More observes: “The popularity of fluffy, cloud-like Japanese cheesecake and pressure cooker cheesecakes can be seen on blogs and YouTube videos. These types of cheesecakes work especially well with our PushPan due to the 100% silicone seal, meaning no lining is needed but the cake can be removed cleanly at the end. The PushPan particularly suits cheesecakes due to the delicate sides when baked.” SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL: “Mini bakes - such as flapjacks, cupcakes, eclairs, muffins and tarts - are perfect for enjoying al fresco at summer get-togethers,” says Nick Squire, md of George East. “To celebrate our love of mini bakes, we have included mini bakeware pieces in our new Tala Everyday range, including mini Loaf, Pie and Muffin Pans.” Pyrex has introduced a 14cm Asimetria Springform, which is ideal for smaller cheesecakes, sponges or top tiers of cakes. Pyrex’s Alex Blyth notes: “It is a perfect size for a two person household that doesn’t want a big cake.” She emphasises: “Smaller sizes continue to be popular for us.” NO WHEAT PLEASE: Shaun McAllister, group sales director, RKW highlights the growth of gluten free bread, whether oven baked or using an SDA. Tower’s two digital bread makers are “equipped with a glutenfree option to cater for consumers who really want to think about what goes into their bread – either because of coeliac disease, a wheat intolerance or simply because they want to follow a healthier diet.” LESS IS MORE: George East’s Nick Squire reports: “In terms of cake decoration, naked cakes have been huge for a while, but nearly Above: What More UK’s PushPan in action, naked cakes are very much on trend this summer.” Nick points out releasing a cheesecake. that an ideal vessel for a ‘nearly naked’ cake is the Round Deep Cake Pan from Tala’s Performance bakeware. He states: “Coated with a superior dual layer, non-stick Whitford Eclipse finish, the outstanding non-stick quality of the pans will mean your cakes will be released effortlessly and slide out with ease.”

The ‘French revolution’ in home baking France’s professional bakeware brand Silpat is introducing its “revolutionary” silicone non-stick to the domestic market. Silpat’s range for home bakers was showcased at Exclusively Housewares for UK retail launch this year. A long established name in commercial baking, Silpat dates back to 1965 when French engineer and keen cook Guy Demarle created a non-stick baking mat made from a unique silicone and fibre manufacturing process. Silpat’s sales and marketing




director, Chris Gee explains the innovative properties of the new moulds: “This is very different to the sort of silicone bakeware that has been in the market previously as a Silpat’s moulds are made from a unique fibreglass core that is coated with a minimum amount of silicone.” Chris continues: “These moulds offer perfect release, even cooking, don’t need cooking oils, last for around 3000 uses and are dishwasher safe or easy to sponge clean.” Below: Made in France, Silpat’s extensive range of shapes for home bakers include mini loaves, madeleine and muffin moulds (pictured), and can be rolled up for storage.

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The latest in bakers’ accessorises Building on the success of its Premium range of baking tools, Terraillon launched Access at Exclusively Housewares. Created for pastry enthusiasts and inspired by master pâtissier Christophe Michalak, the range includes a soft edge bowl scraper, pallet knife, pastry brush, whisks, spatulas and kitchen scales. Terraillon’s trade brand marketing manager, Linda Phoutthasak highlights the benefits of the Access Silicone Piping Bag for cake and cookie making as it is: “hygienic, durable, easy to use, doesn’t leak thanks to its moulded joint and can easily be washed by hand or in the dishwasher.” Moreover, it comes with eight different nozzles for maximum creativity. Silicone again comes to the aid of home bakers with OXOs (Good Grips) Silicone Dough Rolling Bag. Having launched commercial-grade Good Grips Professional Bakeware in 2017, OXO has now created a mess-free tool for those making pastry, pies, cookies or pizza. OXO’s marketing executive, Danielle Pilkington explains: “Simply place your dough inside the bag, use the zip to close, and roll. The bag seals flour and sticky dough together so your countertop and rolling pin remain clean, and the measurement markings help you roll dough into the perfect, uniform size.” Mason Cash brand manager, Paul Donnelly is an enthusiastic home ‘master baker’ whose insights influence product development. Recent Mason Cash launches from The Rayware Group include its “upside down” cake tins, with a raised base which can be used for cutting and serving. Baking accessories include a Utensil Jar that holds a rolling pin/shaker with measurements on its side and an egg holder complete with an edge to crack eggs effortlessly.

Left: OXO’s Silcone Dough Rolling Bag. Below: Cake decorating trends according to Anniversary House, whose cake toppers provide instantly impressive effects. Below left: Geometric decorations created using PME Knightsbridge geometric cutter and offset by one of the company’s mirror cake boards.

Sweet sensations: cake trends According to Juliet Sear, the baking expert, food artist and bestselling author (who called in to see NordicWare at Exclusively Housewares), the latest trend in cake making is: “All about flavours - natural, good ingredients – and rough and rustic finishes.” She cites Harry and Meghan’s unconventional Royal Wedding Cake, which used Amalfi lemon and elderflower flavours and fresh flowers as decorations. From rustic finishes to perfect symmetry, geometric cakes are an influential decorating trend, as highlighted by PME Knightsbridge’s Sameer Patel at Exclusively Housewares. The company has developed geometric cutters that make light work of stunning designs, as well as mirror boards that reflect the designs. Exclusively Housewares was also the stage for a lifestyle display of current trends in decorative




accessories for cakes and cookie cutters by Anniversary House. Marketing manager, Holly Forder explains: “Unicorns have been our number one cookie cutters, and cookies made from our set of head, horn and ears have seen a big Instagram presence. For 2019, it will be unicorns versus mermaids, again following Instagram trends.” Holly continues: “Cakes with something coming out of the top are popular, whether it is a unicorn horn and ears or a mermaid’s tale. Meanwhile, another theme for our cake toppers is Tropical, including llamas and pineapple cake toppers and cookie cutters.”

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New to the range are Judge’s six-cup Jumbo Texas Cupcake/Muffin Tin and Judge’s eight-cup Mini Loaf Tin. Like the rest of the collection, each item is made from a steel construction with rolled edges to ensure that these quality items are rust resistant and have a high heat conductivity. Extensively tested and built to last, each item has a two-coat non-stick layer inside and out, so that cakes and pastries are easy to turn/remove and cleaning is effortless by hand or in the dishwasher. Finally, each item comes with a fiveyear non-stick guarantee for peace of mind. Horwood Tel: 0117 940 0000 E-mail: sales@horwood.co.uk Web: www.judgecookware.co.uk

and cake making/decoration

Captivate Brands launched the business officially at Spring Fair this year and has included baking as a key focus in one of its three main initial collections. The Bakehouse & Co brand brings together durable professional level equipment that has been designed for optimum practicality – for instance, using Whitford’s Quantum 2 non-stick coating on the 15-strong heavy gauge bakeware tins selection and offering stacking stainless steel mixing bowls and versatile bowl and sieve sets, ideal for today’s compact living. Captivate Brands Tel: 01386 421622 Web: www.captivatebrands.com

Precision engineered in Switzerland, the baking bamix is equipped with a capable 200w heavy duty motor. The soft grip ergonomic handle is home to the two-speed setting button, which can power the blade to an impressive 17,000 rpm. Double insulation allows the stick blender to be immersed right up to the handle. Included is a multi-purpose blade, whisk, beater, meat mincer, processor, power disc, 400ml and 600ml beakers, 1000ml jug, stand, SliceSy and Happiness is Homemade recipe booklet. Burton McCall Tel: 0116 234 4600 Web: www.burton-mccall.co.uk

The Mason Cash In The Forest Collection offers a variety of food preparation, storage and ovenware items featuring detailed woodland style embossments of your favourite forest characters. With a selection of mixing bowls in various colours and sizes, there is a bowl to suit every occasion and every kind of bake. For a savoury option, choose from the hedgehog inspired Oval Pie Dish or fox embossed Rectangular Baker to create homely bakes such as fish pie or rich creamy lasagne.  Rayware Group Tel: 0151 486 1888 Web: www.masoncash.co.uk

From one of Britain’s oldest and most recognised baking brands, The Tala ‘Performance’ and the new ‘Everyday’ ranges are the highest specification of bakeware. The ‘Performance’ range (pictured) covers a wide variety of shapes and sizes and the ‘Everyday’ range is perfect for your core everyday pieces, including mini bakeware and handy sets. Both ranges are made from carbon steel, Tala Performance features simply the best coating for domestic cookware, perfect for avid cooks and bakers or those who appreciate the best quality. George East Tel: 01225 859635 Web: www.george-east.com




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Holly Wilson’s

From The Frontline

What a summer we’ve been having! The World Cup, the endless sunshine – it’s been incredible. Terrible for sales but great in every other way! You can’t have it all.

Feeling the heat

Below: Holly at the Excellence in Housewares Awards Product Judging Day in July.


uring the World Cup ‘season’ sales were generally slow but come match time it was like a ghost town and tumbleweed blew down the streets so, as much as we enjoyed it, I was glad when it was over. Of course, before the World Cup took over our lives, we had Exclusively Housewares in June. It was a good show and some changes and re-jigs had been made which made it feel a little fresher. It was great to catch up with lots of suppliers and to take my two store managers with me and see what they thought of the new product and what they might like for their stores. It was so interesting to do this all together as it really highlighted the difference between Prep and Richard Dare. What works amazingly in one is an absolute dog in the other. It proved that it is still very important for me to be buying totally separately for both stores. However, I do, as always, struggle with the timing of the show. It is good that it comes at a quiet time and doesn’t clash with any other shows but it can also be a little exasperating. You either see product that you know and love already or you see exciting new product that you’re desperate to get in as it’s perfect for right now but: “Oh, it’s not due in until September.” I guess it is useful to plan and preorder but my general feeling when I left, and I know I’m not the only one, was one of slight frustration. I then found myself at the Product Judging day for the

Excellence in Housewares Awards. It is always lovely to catch up with the Max Publishing team and, of course, all of the other retailers on the panel. It was great to see some smaller brands entering product into some of the categories and I hope to see more of that in the future, as it is good to give these brands some recognition and exposure alongside the big hitters. It was also worthwhile to look at product with other stores and discuss how it sells for them and what does and doesn’t work. I don’t get to do that enough and it is so helpful to get a different viewpoint on things. Over lunch there was a great deal of talk about the fact that independent retailing is getting tougher and we competing with more and more people. Not only are we now competing with the supermarkets and the internet, but we are seeing an increase in suppliers retailing their own product online. We obviously


understand the benefits of this for the supplier but we are left feeling somewhat unsupported and disheartened. We need to be working in partnership with our supply base and not in competition. I think that as the landscape of retail is changing so quickly we need to look at how we can work better together. From the views around the table this has a lot to do with stock holding and lower minimum carriage paid orders to facilitate ‘little and often’ ordering which I know is a pain for a supplier but I’m pretty sure that it would bring a long term benefit as we could top up best sellers without having to wait for the slow sellers to sell through. I know suppliers are all probably rolling their eyes but something has to change if we are all to survive. The next big show for me is Maison & Objet, which I’m really excited about. Fatima and I are going for two days and then spending another day doing the



shops in Paris to get some inspiration ready for the run-up to Christmas. I think it is by far my favourite show now. It is not as big as Ambiente and much more design focused which sits really well with how I try and source for my stores. It is a pleasure to attend. We will then hot-foot it back to Top Drawer. And finally, since my last column I have come to the conclusion that the pub was perhaps not a long-term solution to my office needs - shocker! So I have just joined a shared workspace down the road from Prep. I have been trying it out over the summer to escape my house while the kids were on summer holidays and it has been turning out to be a godsend. Peace and quiet, super fast wifi, freezing cold air con and endless coffee - I might leave home and live here permanently!

Holly Wilson is the founder of Prep Cookshop in Stoke Newington, London and took over the long established cookshop, Richard Dare in Primrose Hill last year.

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For 2018 Rayware has added to its extensive Preserve Jars range with the new stylish Kilner® Fruit Preserve Jars (pictured). Available in Strawberry, Orange and Tomato, these fun and practical jars feature a unique pressure seal lid and easy to use metal screw top band - perfect for preserving fruit jams, jellies and relishes. Rayware Tel: 0151 486 1888 Web: www.kilnerjar.co.uk


Following a successful show T&G is proud to have launched its new collection ‘Ocean’, inspired by the love of the sea. The collection includes wireware baskets shaped as a whale and a fish, wire crab and fish trivets, cork tablemats and coasters and whale shaped wood boards. With all the current media focus on plastic pollution in our seas T&G hopes this will engage everyone in a conversation to rethink plastic and what we can all do to help. T&G will be donating to Plastic Oceans UK from sales of these products to support this important charity. T&G Tel: 01275 841841 Web: www.tg-woodware.com

Addis unveiled an exciting new launch of clothes care and laundry products for this year’s show. Featuring space saving designs and easy to use products from extendable and over the door products to easy to open airers and collapsible space saving designs, all adding great innovation to this category. Also on show were the latest trend colours from the new sink side Signature Series and new additions from the Clip & Go TM range providing an all-inclusive offer. Addis Tel: 01656 66 44 55 E-mail: Janine.davies@addis.co.uk

Western House hopes you enjoyed this year’s Exclusively Housewares Show as much as they did! Luigi Bormioli’s modern Mixology collection was highlighted and the gin glass took the spotlight in particular, proving the gin trend isn’t going away! The collection is made up of four stems and three tumblers with matching hiballs. Produced from SON.hyx® Hi-tech Crystal Glass and is available to order now. Western House Tel: 01256 462341 E-mail: sales@western-house.com 

Launched to the UK market at Exclusively Housewares, the stunning range of over 20 kitchen tools from ClickClack has already won a Good Design Award. Available in matte grey with polished chrome accents, or matte blue with polished rose gold accents, both with non-slip handles, the range is not only unique and sophisticated, but has practicality designed into every Product.  Beam Group Tel: 01954 231 616   E-mail:  Sales@beamgroup.co.uk 




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Tramontina extended its renowned hospitality to visitors on the stand where a host of new lines were showcased, including a new gift collection comprising best-selling steak knives, cutlery sets and carving sets, presented in stylish rustic dark wooden presentation cases with illustrated sleeves. Renowned for the high-quality dishwasher safe real wood handles, the company also took the opportunity to highlight other cutlery styles in its portfolio, including the Classic Gaucho Steak Stainless Steel Cutlery Set (shown here), which features traditional scenes embossed on the handles. Tramontina UK Tel: 020 3176 4557 / 020 3176 4558 E-mail: contact@tramontinauk.com Web: www.tramontina.com







There is just no letting up in the popularity of gin, and in turn gin glasses, as was proved at the show, where interest in Tradestock’s stylish and varied gin glasses reached new heights. This generous 65cl decorated gin & tonic, which offers ample capacity for mixers, ice and garnish, was a particular favourite, and closely matched by other drink specific shapes and capacities available as part of the inspired Raising Spirits glassware concept. Tradestock Tel: 01823 661717 E-mail: sales@tradestockltd.co.uk Web: www.tradestockltd.co.uk The Exclusively Housewares show was a great success this year for PHA KitchEssentials and included a whole wall of the reusable, plastic-free silicone Stasher bags in five different colours! PACKIT was also amongst the line-up, having been relaunched in the UK. The freezable bag range was created in the US and is the only one of its kind. The bags fold to fit in the freezer so the gel walls can freeze, no ice packs needed! All in the most on-trend patterns and designs suitable for all. The range will be ready to hit the shelves Mid-August. PHA KitchEssentials Tel: 0151 651 2265 E-mail: sales@phassocs.co.uk Web: www.phakitchenessentials.co.uk

Pictured is Prestige’s new and innovative OPTISTEEL range, featuring the unique Optiair technology for optimum heat control. Constructed using long lasting, high performance stainless steel, this cookware range is extremely durable on a high heat including the pan handles and is also oven proof up to 230°C/455°F/Gas Mark 8. The OPTISTEEL five-piece set features a 14cm milkpan and three saucepans (16/18/20cm). Smart glass pan lids help to keep the goodness locked in, whilst also ensuring you can keep an eye on your cooking as it bubbles away. Meyer Group Tel: 0151 482 8027 Web: www.prestige.co.uk

Brabantia previewed an exciting new laundry range at The Exclusively Housewares Show 2018. Introducing Linn (pictured); a beautiful laundry concept that cleverly merges two categories as both a storage rack and a drying rack. Alongside Linn, Brabantia introduces new aluminium hangers, a new foldable laundry basket, and a range of contemporary new colours for its classic laundry bins and laundry baskets. Brabantia Tel: 01275 402 305 Web: www.brabantia.com




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With a contemporary mirror finish, the stainless steel Optimum Collection from Russell Hobbs provides a stylish way to cook everyday meals. The clever pouring lip design allows foods to be drained easily, with the tempered glass lids benefitting from a built-in strainer great for cooking potatoes, vegetables and pasta. Featuring matching ergonomic stainless steel handles, the pans provide a sleek addition to the kitchen. Suitable for all hobs, including induction, the pans are also safe for dishwasher use. UPGS Tel: 0161 934 2240 E-mail: russellhobbshomewares@upgs.com Web: www.russellhobbs.com/russell-hobbs-products

New for 2018 at Exclusively Housewares was George East’s latest range of ‘Everyday’ bakeware made from carbon steel with a superior Whitford Xylan non-stick coating, ensuring even heat distribution. Each piece from the range is designed for stackability and features wide flat handles, allowing transportation from the oven with ease. Backed with a 10-year guarantee, George East is proud to have the Tala logo embossed on each product from the range, celebrating its status as one of Britain’s oldest and most recognised baking brands. George East Tel: 01728 833400 Web:  www.george-east.com

Airtight, versatile and good-looking, the Daily Range of storage containers with their soft organic forms and pastel hues from ClickClack, launched at Exclusively Housewares this June. With sizes for keeping snacks, lunches or leftovers fresh they are fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe – just click-and-go! Beam Group Tel: 01954 231 616 E-mail: Sales@beamgroup.co.uk 

Addis unveiled an exciting new launch of clothes care and laundry products for this year’s show - featuring space saving designs and easy to use products from extendable and over the door products to easy to open airers and collapsible space saving designs, all adding great innovation to this category. Also on show will be the latest trend colours from the new sink side Signature Series and new additions from the Clip & Go TM range (pictured). Addis Tel: 01656 66 44 55 E-mail: Janine.davies@addis.co.uk

The new Mayflower range was given a design accolade at the show by trend forecasters Scarlet Opus! Very much a remastered classic, Mayflower covers frypans and saucepans and features the contemporary features you expect from the original brand of ceramic non-stick GreenPan™. Also on show, Featherweights (pictured) – the first cast aluminium range for GreenPan™. Extremely lightweight (50% lighter than cast iron), it is easy to handle, but with superior heat distribution, excellent heat retention and an innovative ‘rainfall effect’ lid.  GreenPan Tel: 01483 255842 Web: www.greenpan.co.uk PROGRESSIVE



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Save the environment, save time and save money. Made from sustainable natural bamboo fibre, the Bamboo Eco Mugs are a stylish and BPA-free alternative to takeaway cups. Take your brew with you and reuse over and over again. UPGS Tel: 01619 342 268 E-mail: customerservice@portobellomugs.com Web: www.portobellomugs.com







The AIRGILITY Cordless from Beldray provides a lightweight and powerful way to clean the home. Featuring a motorised floor brush with LED lights for maximum visibility when removing dust and dirt from carpets, underneath tables and in dark corners and crevices. The versatile vac easily converts into a handheld unit for vacuuming stairs and surfaces, and also includes a 2 in 1 crevice and brush tool for curtains, upholstery and tight spaces - plus it has a battery that lasts up to 40 minutes and a large easy-to-empty 1.2 L dust container. UPGS Tel: 0333 577 9820 E-mail: customersupport@beldray.com Web: www.beldray.com

The 2 in 1 Cordless Steam Iron from Beldray can be used with or without a cord, providing a flexible and versatile way to iron. Featuring 2600 W power, the powerful iron is ready to use in 25 seconds when cordless, and takes just five seconds to recharge during use. With a variable temperature control and vertical stream function, the iron is suitable for a variety of garments. The large 330 ml water tank allows more time between re-filling. The durable ceramic soleplate with anti-drip as well as the anti-calc function make this iron an ideal purchase for any home. UPGS Tel: 0333 577 9820 E-mail: customersupport@beldray.com Web: www.beldray.com

The stylish Midnight Marble Collection from Salter features an innovative, non-stick marble effect coating that requires little or no oil, for a healthier way to cook tasty meals. Tough and practical, the abrasion-resistant interiors and forged aluminium bodies ensure the pans are ideal for everyday use, with a contemporary midnight blue finish. UPGS Tel: 0161 934 2268 E-mail: customerservices@salterhomewares.com Web: www.saltercookshop.com

The easiest way to get in on the gold-luxe trend this year? Think metallic accents and bold, sleek designs. Achieve a sophisticated style with a contemporary twist by combining gold with matte blacks, glossy whites and earthy woods. High-end and on-trend. UPGS Tel: 0161 934 2268 E-mail: customerservices@salterhomewares.com Web: www.saltercookshop.com




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By employing new technology and manufacturing techniques, Tower continues the pursuit for award-winning, stylish products, offering outstanding performance, exceptional quality and unbeatable value. Exhibiting at both Exclusively Electrical and Exclusively Housewares, Tower showcased various ranges including the Rose Gold Collection, encompassing items across SDAs and housewares and across three distinct lines – Linear, Bottega and Rose Gold. This is proving to be Tower’s most popular and best-selling range of the year, allowing customers to fully colour-match their kitchens in on-trend rose gold accents! Tower Tel: 0333 220 6070 Web: www.towerhousewares.co.uk

Together with the Irish designer Orla Kiely, Brabantia has created the new, limited edition Orla Kiely Flower Oval Stem Ironing Board and Cover. With its chic cream metal frame, the Orla Kiely Flower Oval Stem Ironing Board B, 124x38 cm, comes with a solid steam iron rest that’s suitable for left or right-handed use. The striking grey and orange cover, which is also available to buy separately, is made from 100% durable cotton with resilient foam layer. Complete with cord fastener and Stretch System, the cover is easy to fit and always smooth and taut. Brabantia Tel: 01275 810600 E-mail: sales.uk@brabantia.com

Fleur is a modern take on a classic tableware story combining cobalt blue with contemporary fine line work against a warm sliver shimmer decoration on cream china. Nine key pieces including a dramatic Accent Plate have been reinterpreted for ceramic from Monsoon fabric by Denby’s in-house design team. Delicate in design and appearance but made to last, Fleur has all the qualities expected of Denby.  Denby Tel:  01773 740715 Web: www.denbypottery.com

Baking has never been easier with the Betty Crocker Microwave Cake & Brownie Makers. Available now, this range allows bakers of all skill sets the chance to create delicious bakes in the microwave in minutes. Each comes with an easy ingredients container that utilises fill lines for all ingredients, meaning the mess, measuring and lengthy prep work normally associated with baking are no longer an issue. At almost 10 x faster than conventional baking, those looking to save time, energy and effort without sacrificing taste or texture can have their cake (or brownie) and eat it! JWP Tel: 01282 688080 E-mail: sales@jwpltd.co.uk Web: www.jwpltd.co.uk

Creative Products’ innovative fridge storage system, the Slide and Store, has been cleverly designed to make valuable use of unused fridge space. The space saving container slides on to fridge shelves and is Ideal for organising and storing small food items. The built-in ventilation holes keep food fresh and it is easy to clean. Available through Creative Products’ unique merchandising system, on a fully sale or return basis, the product is supported by an eye-catching merchandising unit with incorporated TV screen demonstration providing a risk-free addition to any shop floor. Available in either clear or blue. Creative Products Tel: 01476 564230 E-mail: sales@creativeproducts.ltd.uk Web: www.creativeproducts.ltd.uk




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Below: Some of Hobbs’ suggestions for plastic free ‘swaps’. Below left: Hobbs’ certificate from SAS.

Guest columnist: Penny Legg of Hobbs the Kitchen Shop, Penzance

Turning the tide “I expect you have heard of the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) campaign to reduce plastic on our coastlines - it is one of the charities Prince Harry and Meghan asked their wedding guests to support. SAS is working with Plastic Free Penzance and in December 2017, Penzance was the first town to be awarded 'Plastic Free Coastlines' status. In March this year, Hobbs the Kitchen Shop was also awarded Plastic Free Coastlines status. It takes a commitment to reduce single use plastics. With the rise in customers going ‘plastic free’, we are doing our best to help them. We stock plenty of cooking and storage solutions that don't involve single use plastics.  Metal water flasks, filters for loose-leaf tea, Bees Wrap and bamboo straws are just the beginning.  When it comes to cleaning, Euro Scrubby has an almost cult following here. As a shop close to many stunning beaches, we've also started selling the Eco-Grill, an alternative to the disposable barbecue - a recent beach clean in Devon found one hundred disposable bbqs buried in the sand!   Moreover, Hobbs has made changes to the way we work in the shop.  We attended a plastic free workshop provided by Plastic Free Penzance to help us find out what we could do to improve.  Simple changes that many don't even think about, like using a pencil instead of a throwaway biro, can make a real difference if everyone does it.  We have a ream of tissue paper on the counter so people can keep their purchases clean without resorting to a plastic bag, as well as offering cardboard boxes. We hardly use any bags now (even though the ones we use are bio-poly) and for Plastic Free Coastlines status we have committed to stopping the use of bags altogether.  We also encourage customers to visit shops in the vicinity that support zero waste shoppers.  For example, there is a great shop down the street that will weigh your empty pepper mill and refill it for you.

Following up last issue’s Food for thought on ways retailers are helping customers reduce plastic waste, Penny Legg, manager of Hobbs the Kitchen Shop in Penzance explains how it has taken a threefold approach to waste reduction.

All this made me very conscious of the plastic we were receiving in our deliveries. Even some champions of a plastic free life were sending their products in a single use plastic sleeve! That led me to ask suppliers to send less plastic packaging in all our deliveries and in January this year I sent an email to our main suppliers to ask for their commitment to help us. The response was great and some suppliers immediately contacted the shop to discuss what they could do to improve and asked for information on what others were doing so they could do the same. Now all of our orders include a request to reduce plastics in our deliveries (with a request to use recycled paper or cardboard between items for protection instead of single use plastic sleeves). My hope is that everyone puts pressure onto manufacturers to find alternatives. A twist-tie made of PROGRESSIVE



paper and wire beats a plastic cable-tie. It might cost a little extra but our customers are willing to pay to make that difference. It is about making small choices that add up. We can all do more than just reusing a coffee cup. Like many towns, Penzance is suffering a reduction in footfall, but this initiative has helped us make the most of those who do shop in town. There is a definite move towards shopping locally and ethically. People want to see that businesses they support have the same priorities as themselves. Our customers are giving us very positive feedback on our plastic free choices. Happy customers become regulars and regulars recommend us to their friends and family. I hope this is the start of real change across all retail.  The tide seems to be turning.  Fingers crossed eh?”

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Licensing focus

Licensed to sell

Two highlights of the licensing industry calendar, Brand Licensing Europe and The Licensing Awards are fast approaching, so PH takes a timely look at some of the current ‘hot properties’ in licensed housewares.


icensed housewares display an exciting degree of diversity, injecting interest, design and storytelling from all manner of sectors. While superstar chefs, Jamie Oliver, James Martin and Raymond Blanc all celebrate long running partnerships with the likes of Tefal, Stellar and Meyer Group respectively, new celebrity collaborations reflect how those influencing how we eat are not necessarily chefs. Social media sensation, Joe Wicks pulled in the crowds at Spring Fair with his trade launch with Meyer Group earlier this year (see section). Then, at Exclusively Housewares, popular presenter, DJ and cook book author,

Inset: Orla Kiely’s “retro yet contemporary look” on a new ironing board and cover from Brabantia.

Fearne Cotton created a buzz when she joined Swan to launch the new Fearne by Swan Housewares, including bakeware, baking accessories, cookware and teaware (see news). The world of art and design continues to be an influential source for licensed housewares, with for example, the National Gallery mugs from My Gift Trade, meaning that “iconic works of art can be brought into the home and right before people’s eyes,” notes My Gift Trade’s creative director, Nikki Courtney. Brabantia continues its collaboration with the ‘Queen of Print’, Orla Kiely whose distinctive style appeared on a Retro Bin in 2015 and now on the new Flower Oval Stem ironing board board and cover. David Slater, commercial director at Brabantia UK describes the new products as “a welcome dose of nostalgia,” adding: “Brabantia products are designed to make daily chores a pleasure and this new limited edition allows for a more enjoyable ironing experience.” Meanwhile, a famous electrical tools brand is powering up the utility sector, and food has crossed into housewares thanks to well-known cake mixes. It is not surprising that this year’s Brand Licensing Europe is taking inspiration from the world of food and drink for its themed activities (see separate sections) and The Licensing Awards applauds several housewares finalists (see news).

BLE’s foodie spotlight Celebrating its 20th year, Brand Licensing Europe (October 9-11 at Olympia London) is the definitive event for the licensing industry in Europe. This year’s show has a food and beverage theme uniting licensees and licensors, with plans for immersive and interactive experiences such as cooking demonstrations. Other show features include The Licensing Academy, the seminar programme, Matchmaking Service, Product Showcase and License This! Exhibitors will display more than 2,500 new and evergreen properties available for licensing opportunities, including characters, brands, images, artwork and designs. In 2017, over 7,500 retailers, licensees and marketers attended the show. Visit www.brandlicensing.eu.




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Licensing focus

Super speedy baking

Power to the people

Convenience combined with tasty results in a few minutes and a famous brand for cake mixes create the recipe for success for JWP’s Betty Crocker Microwave Cake Maker and Brownie Maker. Paul Birtwistle, JWP’s marketing manager acknowledges: “Betty Crocker is the number one bestselling brand for cake mixes in the UK and Ireland, and to our knowledge has more options/varieties than any other manufacturer. It is widely available in stores across the length and breadth of the British Isles. Having such a wellknown brand, (and one synonymous with baking) on our products gives them an added gravitas that can only be beneficial for sales.” Paul continues: “Our Betty Crocker Microwave Cake Maker and Brownie Maker have been extensively tested by General Mills, the manufacturers of the Betty Crocker brand, in their own kitchens in both the UK and the USA with fantastic results.” He explains: “It only takes 3.5 minutes to make brownies in the microwave and 5.5 minutes to make a cake, which people still can’t quite believe. With virtually only a couple of minutes preparation and washing up time needed, our two products are ground breaking with regards to the speed in which perfect results can be attained time after time’.

Benross Marketing launched its Black + Decker utility range at Exclusively Housewares, having secured the brand’s licence for the UK and Europe for laundry, manual cleaning and waste products. Benross also has distribution of Black + Decker ‘powered cleaning’ range which includes the Power Scrubber, which, notes Benross’ md, Amit Junega, is “great for greasy roast trays and dishes.” Amit reflects: “Black + Decker is a huge homewares brand in the US and it is a perfect fit for utility.” He elaborates: “People don’t like cleaning so let’s make it easy and fast with Black + Decker products.” The brand stands for “reliability and quality, as well as solving consumer needs,” states Amit. The range from Benross boasts unique designs and patents and “has all been tested by Black + Decker engineers to the upmost degree.” It

Above: Benross’ Amit Junega with some of the new Black + Decker range at Exclusively Housewares.

includes a Spin Mop and Compact Airer which flattens as, notes Amit: “Shortage of space will continue to be a reality in upcoming years.” More products are in the pipeline, including “unbreakable pegs.”

Inset: Products in each new Roald Dahl collection from Creative Tops include a small teapot and cup, side plates that are perfect for a sandwich or a slice of cake, and a luxurious set of two tea towels laced with gold embroidery.

Right: JWP’s Betty Crocker Microwave Cake Maker and Brownie Maker (pictured) include ingredients trays so measuring jugs or scales are not needed. Visitors to Spring Fair earlier this year enjoyed freshly microwave-made cake and brownies on JWP’s stand.

Going for gold in tableware The latest designs in Creative Tops’ Roald Dahl collection is flecked with real gold in celebration of the author's famous ‘golden ticket.’ Besides the lavish touches, the new tableware depicts black and white illustrations and quotations from the children’s literary favourites, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Creative Tops’ marketing manager, Katrina Lawton describes the new launch as “a nostalgic collection with a glint of luxury for novelty afternoon teas.” Roald Dahl housewares from Creative Tops were part of a cross category initiative on display at 80 Tesco super stores in the home dining area during July. Special tables displayed books, Mr Kipling cake packs (including Tesco exclusives, James’ Peaches & Cream Slices and James’ Peach Fancies) and mugs, water bottles, swirly straw cups and a melamine tray from Creative Tops’ Roald Dahl portfolio. Meanwhile, other licensed housewares activity from Creative Tops includes V&A The Cole Collection: new tableware that “captures the intricacy and grandeur of the three luxurious dining areas at the V&A, pulling out exquisite patterns from each room’s walls and painting them across an eclectic range of mix and match pieces,” reports Katrina. She explains: “The museum’s founding director, Henry Cole, introduced the first restaurant in 1856 to encourage the public to come and enjoy culture while catering to their needs for a comforting cup of tea and a warming snack.” Today’s three exquisitely decorated Refreshment Rooms are named the Poynter, Gamble and Morris rooms, after the artists who worked on them.




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Licensing focus Right: The I Like Birds collection from My Gift Trade is perfect for brightening up a kitchen.

Taking flight At Harrogate’s Gift and Home in July, My Gift Trade showcased its new I Like Birds homewares collection along with pieces from fellow licensees to show the potential for integrated merchandising. My Gift Trade’s creative director, Nikki Courtney describes the range as “incredibly bold and distinctive, which means the licensed merchandise is unmistakable and really leaps out at you.” I Like Birds' founder and creator, Stuart Cox explains why birds make such interesting subject matter for his artwork: “Coming from a family of birdwatchers it’s in my DNA, but we’re a nation of bird-nuts so I’m in good company. I grew up watching birds in a suburban garden and I Like Birds is driven by passions for nature, design, nostalgia for childhood and the “stuff” my mum collected.” Stuart reflects: “There’s a near universal appeal to birds and, whether you’re urban or rural, they’re always around and always raise a smile. Add in their unique behaviours, the often overlooked but colourful plumage of British birds, and the fact that we assign meaning to them either personally or via folklore, and they provide a rich and fun source material. For some reason all of those elements resonate with our fans, and it’s always good to know that “what you do” makes people happy.” It is difficult to pick a favourite bird, but Stuart admits that: “As a person I’m probably pretty Puffiny.” He cites the unusually named Spangled Drongo, Festive Coquette, Rough-Faced Shag and the Bare-faced Go-away Bird, as well as (nearer to home) Oystercatchers, Blue Tits (“on the line between genius and insanity”) and Owls which are both “adorable and absurd.” British birds also feature on another new launch: Emma Bridgewater Game Birds textiles from The Intercontinental Cookware and Tableware Company, which was revealed at Exclusively Housewares, with availability this autumn. ICTC began its partnership with Emma Bridgwater for textiles in 2017, and designs include Knives and Forks, Hens and Toast, Wallflower and Polka Dots and Spring Flowers. Ruth Cutter, md of ICTC comments: "The Emma Bridgewater textiles licence is a big boast for our textiles factory in Norwich. There is a great synergy between us as the Emma Bridgewater brand is synonymous with UK manufacturing. An Emma Bridgewater mug passes through 30 pairs of hands in its factory, while our textiles can pass through 14. Plus, of course, Emma Bridgewater is originally from East Anglia." Ruth notes the enduring popularity of Emma Bridgewater designs for collectors, with a proactive Collectors' Club.

Joe Wicks launches The first phase of Meyer Group’s collaboration with fitness and healthy eating champion, Joe Wicks launched at retail in August, with events including cooking demonstrations by Joe himself in John Lewis White City. Meyer’s marketing director, Carl Wright states: “The feedback we have had from retailers and directly from consumers on Joe’s social channels has been fantastic. Joe is using the product at home and loves the ranges we’ve developed with him. As an influencer, it’s important that any collaboration Joe has is authentic and adds value.” Besides in-store activity, vibrant point of sale and video screens, there is, of course, plenty of ‘noise’ via online channels, including images and stories on Joe’s own Instagram feed. Meyer’s brand manager Sabrina Boukhiba reports: “We have created a lot of content with Joe Wicks such as lifestyle images and recipe videos which will be utilised across all platforms by retailers and Joe to promote

the range.” She adds: ”We have created one short video for each of his cookware range, where Joe cooks a recipe from his 90 day plan and uses the cookware while talking about the feature and benefits of the range.” Meanwhile consumer press coverage included a double page spread in The Sun in July. Meyer and Joe are now working on the next phase of products for launch next year.




Left: Game on: Emma Bridgewater Game Birds oven glove from ICTC.

James’ Stellar appeal Horwood’s partnership with celebrity chef, James Martin now spans 20 years, and recent developments include a new cookware range and a merchandising unit that enables stockists to cross merchandise the brand. James Robinson, Horwood’s marketing manager, explains why the long running collaboration continues to be so strong: “Firstly, it is a case of understanding James’ appeal and who is the typical James Marin customer. Stellar recognised that, for the collection to be successful, it needed to be affordable for James’ loyal middle England following. Anything too expensive simply is too niche. Hence the new cookware replaced the premium Lamina collection.” James also highlights continual enhancements across the James Martin kitchenware range that “reflects James’ take on cooking” as well as Stellar’s strengths. He concludes: “The steady supply of new products to the brand, keep the collection fresh and appealing to both retailers and consumers.”

Inset: Joe Wicks with his non-stick aluminium cookware from Meyer Group.

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Ideal for compact spaces, the lightweight Tabletop Ironing Board from Russell Hobbs features a 100 % cotton cover for a smooth press and folds flat for easy storage. The Cubic Ironing Board benefits from wheels for easy manoeuvrability around the home, and a space-saving iron rest that slides in and out for easy storage. Available in silver and black, the Geo Ironing Board benefits from a large iron rest, with space to hang pressed garments. Keep freshly laundered clothing stored tidily in the handy Collapsible Laundry Basket, available in dark or light grey. UPGS Tel: 0161 934 2240 E-mail: russellhobbshomewares@upgs.com Web: uk.russellhobbs.com/russell-hobbs-products

s endorsed product Horwood is delighted to announce a new range from the Stellar James Martin Collection. The iconic handle, sculpted to nestle in the user’s hands, is manufactured from an inspired combination of cast steel and non-slip silicone grip. There are 11 high-performance stainless steel saucepans, along with a three and five-piece set, specified by James, which capitalises on his knowledge and expertise as a professional chef, and master of popular home cooking. Horwood Tel 0117 940 0000 E-mail: sales@horwood.co.uk Web: www.stellarcookware.co.uk

This classic range of kitchenware depicting a childhood love of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter is perfect for any special occasion or gifting opportunity. With products ranging from stylish cups and saucers, mugs, serving boards, tea pots and dessert plates, to the stunning cake stand with its contrasting tiers, each piece in the classic collection is lovingly illustrated with images of Peter Rabbit, creating a wonderful kitchen accessory or keepsake. This collection is available gift boxed for that extra special touch. Stow Green Tel: 01488 686572 E-mail: sales@stowgreen.co.uk Web: www.stowgreen.co.uk

Together with the Irish designer Orla Kiely, Brabantia has created the new, limited edition Orla Kiely Flower Oval Stem Ironing Board and Cover. With its chic cream metal frame, the Orla Kiely Flower Oval Stem Ironing Board B, 124x38 cm, comes with a solid steam iron rest that’s suitable for left or right-handed use. The striking grey and orange cover, which is also available to buy separately, is made from 100% durable cotton with resilient foam layer. Complete with cord fastener and Stretch System, the cover is easy to fit and always smooth and taut. Brabantia Tel: 01275 810600 E-mail: sales.uk@brabantia.com

Together with Joe Wicks, Meyer has developed a wide range of unique products for the entire kitchen environment. The assortment has been specifically designed with Joe, using his extensive knowledge to develop all the tools needed to create healthy, quick and easy meals for his army of loyal followers. From a wide range of cookware items developed using quality materials such as hard anodized, stainless steel and premium aluminium, to handy tools and gadgets, bakeware, knives and storage items, Joe Wicks will make it even easier and more accessible for people to become fitter and healthier versions of themselves. Meyer Group Tel: 0151 482 8000 E-mail: cholland@meyeruk.com PROGRESSIVE



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IN FOOD PREPARATION? Four different retailers share their best sellers for the essential category of food preparation. Paul Geoghegan, proprietor, The Kitchen Range, West Wickham Independent specialist cookshop in London’s south-east suburbs that hosts popular cookery classes for adults and children as well as supper clubs.

Victorinox Paring knives from Burton McCall

Excellent reputation; customers seek them out.

Wüsthof Classic Knives from Haus

World-class knife that looks, feels, and is the best.

Potato Ricers from Kuhn Rikon

Customers love the idea of smooth mashed potato.

Good Grips Vegetable Peeler from OXO

They stand out in the crowd and work so well we recommend them.

Chef’n Garlic Zoom from Dexam

Anything garlic related sells; this product captures the imagination.

Wüsthof Scissors from Haus

Scissors are essential in the kitchen and these are first rate.

Left: For perfectly smooth mash, look no further than Kuhn Rikon’s Potato Ricer Left: Dexam’s Chef’n Garlic Zoom creates a point of interest and is a handy gadget for all your garlic tasks.

Sarah and Alan Wood, directors, Trevor Mottram, Tunbridge Wells The independent cookshop in the historic Pantiles area of this Kent town is well known for its expert range and knowledge.

Sage Chopping Boards from Haus

Well priced, durable, a good surface for your knives and dishwasher safe.

Chef’n VeggiChop from Dexam

This is a brilliant vegetable chopper that makes light work of chopping onions. You can use it to make curry pastes and marinades. It is a good space saver compared to larger appliances.

Wüsthof Classic Icon Santoku 17cm from Haus

This chops finely, is easy in the hand, easy to sharpen and holds its edge.

Sveico Potato Peeler from Mandelstam

These stainless steel swivel potato peelers for left or right hand use are the ones you learn with at cookery schools. They are so much better than all copies, are well priced and stay sharp.

Wooden Spoons from T&G Reflex Sieves from Grunwerg

You can’t live without one! Kitchen essentials - these stainless steel sieves come in a range of sizes at reasonable prices. The fine mesh can be used to sift flour.

Left: The Wooden Spoon is a kitchen staple - T&G’s Wooden Utensils offer a plethora of kitchen tools and are FSC Certified beech.


Right: Grunwerg’s Reflex Sieves offer a selection of sizes and come at great price points.



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What’s Cooking? Sharon Wake, buyer and manager, Barkers, Northallerton Barkers department store, a highlight of Northallerton High Street since 1882, is family owned and its Cookshop stocks a wide range of leading brands.

Aprons from KitchenCraft

Index Boards from Joseph Joseph Sabatier Professional 15cm Cooks Knife from Taylors Eye Witness Kilner Jars from The Rayware Group

We stock the full range of textiles from KitchenCraft. There is a wide variety of designs and colours available - the sheep, and the duck designs being by far the most popular. The quality is very good - washes well - and the price point is very affordable. Food hygiene is important to our customers. The colour coded boards ensure that there is no cross contamination when preparing meals. This is our best selling knife; it is a good size and all purpose. Sabatier is a name that the customer knows and trusts and is associated with good quality. As people are moving back towards home grown and homemade produce, the Kilner range provides everything the customer needs for jam, chutney and preserve making, as well as for storing ingredients. Although there are cheaper brands out there, customers recognise the Kilner brand as the one they know and trust. Kilner shouts: "homemade."

Mason Cash Cane Mixing Bowls from The These are popular with the customers due to the traditional design and Rayware Group colour. They remind them of baking with Mum. This is a very popular men’s kitchen gadget. What man doesn't like a gadget? It gives a professional touch to many dishes turning your man into Jamie Oliver or James Martin (we wish!)

Judge Micro Torch from Horwoods

Right: Take a trip down memory lane - fun times baking with mum! These Mason Cash Mixing Bowls from Rayware should feature in every baker’s kitchen.

Right: KitchenCraft offers a host of kitchen textiles in various patterns and designs keep up to date with the latest kitchen fashions.

Christine Lynn-Thomas, proprietor, Kooks Unlimited, Richmond Established in 1989, this independent shop specialises in high-quality, quirky cookware and bakeware with advice from highly trained culinary artisans.

Wüsthof Kitchen Surfer from Haus Good Grips Collapsible Colander from OXO

These knives are a good introduction to the Wüsthof brand. Good quality, with a long handle, this colander takes up so little space so it is a great choice for all sorts of kitchens.

Zyliss Susi Garlic Press

These garlic crushers continue to be good sellers –easy to use and dishwasher safe.

Aprons from Sophie Allport

Sophie Allport’s aprons with cats, dogs and chickens are very popular as our customers like the style and designs. These boards make an attractive and practical addition to any kitchen.

Global End-grain Chopping Board from Grunwerg Victorinox Universal Peeler from Burton McCall

Good for left or right handed use and a kitchen ‘must-have’.

Left: The Wüsthof brand needs no introduction, but the Kitchen Surfer from Haus is a good place to start

Left: Grunwerg’s Global End-grain Chopping Boards are a smart addition to the kitchen and provide the perfect surface for all your chopping and slicning needs.




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Embrace your inner gourmet with Victorinox cutting boards. This unique eco-friendly wood fibre board won’t dull your knives and with a heat resistance of 175°C/350°F can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher. A juice groove on one side keeps things tidy, and a flat food prep surface on the other – perfect for your most challenging recipes. Available in three sizes and two colours so you will have the right board for any task or preference. Burton McCall Tel: 0116 234 4600 Web: Web: www.burton-mccall.co.uk

Stellar would like to offer you the chance to make grating easy by introducing its lifetime guaranteed acid etched graters. The collection includes the top three patterns; Extra Zester, Zester and Fine Zester and a box grater. These graters are not manufactured in the traditional way of punching sheet steel; each edge has been formed by acid, resulting in a cutting surface so sharp they are to be sold with a safety pusher, ensuring fingers are kept away! The end result is an effortless grate, with lasting sharpness. Horwood Tel: 0117 940 0000 E-mail: sales@horwood.co.uk Web: www.stellarcookware.co.uk

KitchenAid, ranked amongst the World’s top companies in the mixer category, introduces the Artisan 185 Series in new Azure Blue. Originally created in 1919, the iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer continues to evolve with new colours and versions, such as the latest Artisan 185 Series. Offered with a polished and frosted stainless-steel bowl and new stainless-steel attachments including a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip and threelitre bowl. Beam Group Tel: 01954 231616 Web: www.kitchenaid.co.uk

Featured is Stellar’s ingenious new Bluetooth Diet Scale. The App tracks daily intake of weighed calories, fats, cholesterol, carbohydrates, fibre, protein and sodium, and it’s possible to add new custom foods too. These scales offer highly accurate measurements of weight and volume, in grams, ounces and millilitres, with simple onetouch measurement conversion and a tare function for the effortless addition of other ingredients. With the Stellar scales you can quickly and easily find out the calorie content of your food and monitor your calorie intake via the App. Horwood Tel: 0117 940 0000 E-mail: sales@horwood.co.uk Web: www.stellarcookware.co.uk

Providing the professional kitchen experience for the home, Sabatier presents these individual knives featuring the patented Edgekeeper sheath. With a sophisticated matte black appearance, these knives are sharpened every time they are pulled out their sheath, providing optimal performance and excellent results each time. These new knives also feature Knife Armour technology, which improves durability of the blade and makes it dishwasher safe. After use, these space-saving knives can be safely stored away in a drawer with the protective sheath. Creative Tops Tel: 01536207756 Web: www.creative-tops.com




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Designed in the UK and officially launched at this year’s Spring Fair, Captivate Brands has created a portfolio of design-led and innovative kitchenware including Venn, which has already gained listings from major retailers and helps create a real focal point in-store. Venn covers a range of multi-functional kitchenware with an emphasis on space-saving, an increasingly important consumer demand – many of the pieces stack and store, like the eight-piece utensil set shown here. Captivate Brands Tel: 01386 421622 Web: www.captivatebrands.com


The new Kilner® Breakfast Jar Set from Rayware is a great way to start your day. The Kilner® 0.35 litre Wide Mouth Jar comes with a unique stainless steel lid which doubles as a measuring cup for better portion control. This means you can enjoy your overnight oats, granola and cereals quickly without any fuss. This set also includes a stainless steel spoon, silicone spoon holder and airtight sealing disc, ideal for breakfast on-the-go. The Rayware Group Tel: 0151 486 1888 Web: www.kilnerjar.co.uk

Haden has developed a sophisticated and technical cookware collection to make the culinary experience professional and stylish. This range of Haden Perth Goldstone pans have an eye-catching gold speckle interior which offers a superior non-stick performance needing very little or even no oil when cooking. Made from toughened forged Aluminium and PFOA free, a balanced even heat distribution gives a chef ’s cooking experience. Sabichi Web: www.sabichi.co.uk

Tower is proud to introduce its new premium Ice Diamond range. Made from forged aluminium and equipped with riveted stainless steel handles, this range features a superior diamond-infused inner coating, which provides up to five times more protection than standard non-stick coatings and significantly reduces the need for oil when cooking. Each pan is also suitable for all hob types, including induction, as well as oven safe up to 200 degrees and dishwasher-safe, for easy cleaning. Tower Tel: 0333 220 6070 Web: www.towerhousewares.co.uk

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…..introducing the new laser engraved ‘Bar’ coasters from T&G to complement T&G’s popular ‘Bar’ boards. These coasters will add a bit of fun and kitsch class, just the perfect coaster to your party! Made from hevea wood, each coaster has been laser engraved with a different phrase or word…’wine o’clock’, ‘bring on the bubbly’, ‘It’s five O’clock somewhere’ and ‘It’s Gin o’clock’ or choose the coaster to fit your favourite tipple with ‘Gin’, ‘Vino’, ‘Cheers’ or ‘Fizz’! T&G Tel: 01275 841841 Web: www.tg-woodware.com PROGRESSIVE



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These Top Gourmet eco-friendly reusable straws are the perfect way to enjoy your drinks without the need for single-use plastics. These straws are made entirely of stainless steel and are completely plastic free; acting as a sustainable, long-term alternative to plastic straws that can be washed and reused over and over again. This set includes six straws and a cleaning brush. Made from food grade 18/8 stainless steel that will not rust. Hygienic and reusable. Ideal for cocktails, smoothies and milkshakes. Eddingtons Tel: 01488 686572 E-mail: sales@eddingtons.co.uk Web: www.eddingtons.co.uk


Lightweight and powerful, the Airgility Max Cordless from Beldray features a 29.6 V battery, providing up to 50 minutes of cleaning time as well as a large easy-to-empty 1.2 L dust container. The versatile vac easily converts into a handheld unit great for stairs, and includes a two-in-one crevice and brush tool for curtains, upholstery and awkward corners. Ideal for ground-in dust and dirt, the vac has two-speed settings and a motorised floor brush with LED lights to aid visibility when cleaning carpets and underneath tables. Achieve a thorough and powerful floor-toceiling clean. UPGS Tel 0333 577 9820 E-mail: customersupport@beldray.com Web: www.beldray.com

Entertaining over the festive period is foremost in shopper’s minds on the run up to Christmas. Eddingtons’ Epicurean range of barware provides perfect presents for party lovers. The new Regatta series is presented in colour boxes and features sturdy royal blue rope handles and high polished steel finish – super stylish! Eddingtons Tel: 01488 686572 E-mail: sales@eddingtons.co.uk Web: www.eddingtons.co.uk

The New Judge Table Top Grill is the perfect tool for effortless entertaining. Different heat temperatures (from 120 to 240°C) means its suitable for cooking a variety of foods, from blini, to fish, to frying an egg and searing a steak or as our picture a juicy Kebab, or simply use it as a hot plate to keep food warm. The grill is a healthy tool to cook a variety of foods on a large surface. The cooking surface and drip tray are both independent, and lift away from the base for easy clean-up. Horwood Tel: 01179 400000 E-mail: sales@horwood.co.uk Web: www.judgecookware.co.uk

T&G’s Tuscany collection is not complicated, just simple and perfectly on trend. The rich warm grain of the acacia wood offers a natural but sophisticated look. The new Tuscany additions featured include the long Siena board, wide Siena board, round Siena board and a pair of Siena salad servers which complement T&G’s range of salad bowls. This new range of boards are perfect to serve antipasti, pizza, mezze or roasted meats and salads when hosting friends and family. T&G Tel: 01275 841841 Web: www.tg-woodware.com




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Slice, chop, cut and dice food like a pro with the new Haden Perth Acacia knife block set. This set includes 5 durable stainless steel knives with tapered precision grind for superior slicing, comprising of an 8” Chef, Bread, Carving knife and a 4.5” utility and 3.5” carving knives. The knives are perfectly balanced with comfortable ergonomic handles and the block comes with sturdy non-slip feet. Each Haden Perth Acacia wood block is beautifully marbled and individual with a rustic look and feel, giving a contemporary and clean look for the kitchen counter top. Sabichi Web: www.sabichi.co.uk

products Left: IHA’s Derek Miller Below: The cover of the first Inspired Home magazine

News and views from the IHA Derek Miller, currently vice president, global marketing Time Well Spent and soon to be the new Cutting Garden Cocktails Big Kid Camping president of the IHA The Art of Craft Coffee Backyard Seafood Boil provides an insight into the association’s evolving consumer marketing strategy: “For most of its 80 years, the International Housewares Association (IHA) was primarily a B2B organisation, focusing on bringing retail buyers and housewares manufacturers together through its worldclass trade marketplace, the International Home + Housewares Show. Consumers were the ultimate recipient of the business that was done at the Show, seeing the new products later in the year on the retail shelves where they shopped. But as consumers’ shopping behaviour changed, and more people purchased through ecommerce, IHA added a consumerfocused initiative to its mission to be The Home Authority and created The Inspired Home to help exhibiting members reach the consumer through lifestyle-oriented content to ultimately increase sales of home and housewares products. The Inspired Home began as a website featuring articles and videos - curated by an extensive network of key bloggers and social media influencers - highlighting new housewares products and including links with information on where to purchase the items; it soon added social channels including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Today, TheInspiredHome.com receives more than 5 million annual page views, has 3 million annual users, 200,000 social connections and has featured thousands of IHA members’ products. This spring, IHA expanded The Inspired Home platform with a printed magazine, The Inspired Home Journal, which launched at the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show in March. The magazine was created as part of IHA’s mission to educate and inspire people to live their best lives through a celebration of all of the wonderful things that happen in the home. The inaugural issue featured an overarching theme, 'Time Well Spent', highlighting people, products, places and ideas that help readers make the most of their lives at home. The publication is as beautiful as it is informative with eyecatching, vibrant photography gracing nearly all of the 104 pages. The articles were written by The Inspired Home’s influencer network of experts and contributors and include 'See it. Shop it' and 'See it. Make it'. Icons provide the reader with the where-to-buy and how-tomake information behind the products and dishes featured in the magazine. Features include tips on easy entertaining, seafood boils, grown-up camping, green living, craft coffee, seasonal recipes and inspiring people who help others. Not surprisingly, the launch has been well received, and besides being sold in the US at Barnes & Noble and select Whole Foods stores, The Inspired Home Journal is available digitally to a global audience – see TheInspiredHome.com/Journal.” •The US’ International Housewares Association is the 80-year-old voice of the housewares industry, sponsoring Chicago’s International Home + Housewares Show. See www.housewares.org

Freeform® unveils a fresh new look at this year’s Top Drawer/Home show with an inspired tabletop accessories collection. ‘Duo’ and ‘Connect’ come together in colour, shape and functionality to offer the ultimate in mix and match. Duo, featuring a range of reversible faux leather placemats in a variety of shapes and sizes, ingeniously teams up with Connect, a highly functional and flexible mat/trivet in two shapes made with quality faux leather on one side and a heat resistant cork reverse for hot items and an alternative look. Tradestock Tel: 01823 661717 E-mail: sales@freeform.co.uk Web: www.freeform.co.uk Top Drawer Home Stand H-C23


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Tower is once again adding to its portfolio of innovative pan ranges with the Cerasure Forged Copper collection. Built from heavy-gauge forged aluminium with a mirrored copper exterior, pans in this range are also equipped with an improved version of Tower’s trademark Cerasure ceramic coating, which allows for virtually fat-free cooking and is 100% PFOA and PTFE free. Complete with riveted cast steel handles, these pans are suitable for all hob types including induction, as well as oven and dishwasher-safe, for added convenience. Tower Tel: 0333 220 6070 Web: www.towerhousewares.co.uk

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