news ITE Group rebrands to Hyve Group

Spring & Autumn Fair organiser ITE Group has announced a major rebrand, including a change to its name and new brand identity The company is now known

as Hyve Group. It said: ‘This rebrand reflects the evolution of the Group’s business resulting from its Transformation and Growth programme (TAG) announced in May 2017 and now nearing completion. ‘The Group’s vision, enabled

through the TAG programme, is to create the world’s leading

portfolio of content-driven, must-attend events delivering an outstanding experience and ROI for customers. ‘Through the TAG

investment we have built a dynamic scalable platform, improved processes and enhanced systems, completed the acquisitions of Ascential Events and Mining Indaba, as well as the disposal or closure of over 150 events. These significant developments have led to the creation of a stronger and more diversified portfolio, with a focus on market-leading events.’ Julie Driscoll, UK Regional

Director, commented: “The vision and strategy of Hyve Group is incredibly energising and ambitious. The goal of creating a world leading portfolio of must-attend events has inspired a number of recent initiatives for Spring & Autumn Fair alongside a significant investment programme. We will continue to see the individuality of both shows maintained and enhanced as part of the Hyve Group, whilst tapping into centralised operating systems designed to deliver the best experience and ROI to exhibitors and visitors alike.”

Kenwood launches collaboration with Mary Berry

Kenwood has launched a brand new collaboration with celebrity cook Mary Berry. Available exclusively at

Lakeland, the range features a new mushroom cream colourway designed in partnership with Mary and a special edition branding of three Kenwood products: the Chef Elite, Chefette and Hand Mixer. Mary said: “My first experience of baking was when I was a child, using my mother’s Kenwood Chef. It was top of my wedding present list when I married in 1966 - over 50 years ago! As the family

grew and my career developed, I added the Kenwood Major to my kitchen. Now this wonderful new range has been a joy to develop.” Kenwood UK and Ireland

marketing director Alex Pickering added: “It has been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Mary Berry and incorporate her rich cooking knowledge into three Kenwood baking products. The Kenwood by Mary Berry range embodies Kenwood’s passion and expertise in small home appliances and was designed for our consumers to have reliable, stylish and trusted

kitchen appliances.” The range comprises the

Kenwood by Mary Berry Special Edition Kenwood Chef Elite (£399.99), Kenwood by Mary Berry Special Edition Kenwood Chefette (£85) and the Kenwood by Mary Berry Special Edition Kenwood Hand Mixer (£32).

Susan Calman to host Great British Menu

Series 15 of ‘Great British Menu’ will air in Spring 2020 on BBC Two - and for the first time since series one, the chefs and judges will be joined by a presenter in the kitchen.

Scottish comedian Susan Calman will host the programme with Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton returning as judges. The series will continue in the same format.

Commissioning Editor Julie Shaw commented: “‘Great British Menu’ is the programme that the country’s very best chefs want to win. When viewers tune in they know they can expect to see some of the most creative and visually striking dishes on TV. We’re really excited that Susan is joining the Great British Menu family as she brings a huge amount of knowledge, warmth and fun to the show.”

Oliver Bonas opens store in Liverpool M&S plans shop

Independent lifestyle retailer Oliver Bonas celebrated the launch of its latest store at Liverpool ONE, managed by Grosvenor Europe, on October 5. Designed by an in-house team, the 2,956sq ft store on South John Street is the brand’s first in the Liverpool City region, joining over 70

branches across the UK. It stocks a mix of fashion, homeware, gifts and jewellery. The launch was marked with a party at the store, which incorporated a live DJ set, a dedicated gin bar and giveaways.

Commenting on the opening, an Oliver Bonas spokesperson said: “After much anticipation, we’re delighted to open the doors at Liverpool ONE and invite those from the region to experience our exciting new retail space. 2019 marks 26 years since the brand’s launch, and it’s a huge

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achievement to now be a part of this thriving destination.” Alison Clegg, director of asset management at Grosvenor Europe, added: “The arrival of Oliver Bonas follows a raft of exciting new signings and openings in recent months for Liverpool ONE. Judging by the public’s response to the store and its first weekend of trading, Oliver Bonas is going to be a stalwart part of the retail tenant mix.” Liverpool ONE is a shopping, restaurant and entertainment complex close to the city’s waterfront.

for the Midlands

Marks & Spencer (M&S) plans to open a 60,000sq ft store at British Land’s Giltbrook Retail Park in Nottingham in Summer 2020. The store is part of M&S’ ‘store

transformation plan’, with the retailer ‘closing, relocating, opening and renewing stores to offer customers the very best experience - however, whenever, wherever they want to shop’. Alongside this, M&S is aiming to grow clothing online sales to a third of its total sales - supported by its network of over 1,000 stores, where 70% of online orders are already collected. M&S said Giltbrook Retail Park was

chosen because of its ‘free parking with 2,300 spaces and the right store and leisure facilities mix, including cafes, restaurants, major retailers and a children’s playground’. October/November 2019

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