news BHETA heads to Scotland Yard…

Ahead of the new Offensive Weapons Act, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), has been invited to join the retailer steering group of Scotland Yard (the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service). The move follows several informal conversations, together with BHETA’s success in securing the extension of the Challenge 25 initiative from alcohol sales to

cover other age-restricted goods, specifically kitchen knives.

The extension will not only include point of sale items but also, for the first time, supplier packaging and distribution company outer packaging, which can now carry the Challenge 25 graphics as well, making make in-store enforcement and delivery enforcement easier for retail and distribution company staff. This latest development has interested Scotland Yard

as part of its production of training resources to help reduce the theft and underage sales of knives in conjunction with the National Business Crime Centre (NBCC), Trading Standards and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (London). BHETA marketing manager

Steve Richardson commented: “Working with Scotland Yard on the project is clearly a major opportunity to create a hard-hitting campaign representative of the whole industry.”

…and hosts Meet The Buyer day with Wilko

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will hold a Meet The Buyer retail networking day with Wilko at the Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel at Retford in Nottinghamshire on November 13. The event will include the

400-strong home and hardware chain’s whole buying team. Wilko’s listings include home living, kitchen and dining, decorating and DIY, storage, garden and outdoor, cleaning and household, stationery & craft, pet, seasonal, toys and health & beauty. The buyers are looking for

companies who can offer a wide variety of products. Current supplier rationalisation means prospective suppliers must be able to offer multiple lines and garden suppliers need to have drop ship capabilities. BHETA chief operating officer Will Jones said: “We’re delighted to provide members with another great opportunity to schedule face-to-face meetings with the key buyers for their categories. It’s also exciting to be working with a retail partner that literally spans all of the sectors of interest to the BHETA membership.” Participating companies

will be allocated a 20-minute appointment. A maximum of two people from each company can attend and suppliers are urged to use the time available to concentrate on the features and benefits of the products they are offering, supported by cost price proposals. Interested suppliers should contact Helen Farnell in the BHETA member services team on 0121 237 1130 or

PHA KitchEssentials strengthens sales team

Housewares distributor PHA KitchEssentials has welcomed Andy Cuthbert to its sales team to cover Scotland, Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland. PHA managing

director Paul Hargreaves said Andy “brings great enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the role”. He added: “Andy joins us at a really exciting - and busy - time, with our brands going from strength to strength across retail. We’re delighted to have such a strong team of sales professionals, together with the unrivalled expertise of Peter Battersby overseeing the team.” The sales team comprises Steve Booth, who will extend his territory to include Lancashire and Yorkshire; Gavin Foreman at Mourne Agencies, covering Northern Ireland and the Republic; Katie Holloway, covering Greater London, East of England and Bedfordshire round to Surrey; and Fiona Wyatt, covering Wales, West of England and Berkshire round to Hampshire.

Andy Cuthbert

Bethlehem Advent Stable (£69.99)

Meyer Group welcomes new face Claire Whalley-Livesey

The Meyer Group has announced the appointment of Claire Whalley-Livesey as sales director. Meyer chairman and managing director Mark Ivory commented: “Claire joins us at a particularly exciting time as

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Meyer expands its leadership position in gourmet cookware and invests further across its kitchenware brand portfolio, providing a full service proposition for our customers. “We are delighted to welcome Claire to the Meyer team. With her extensive knowledge gained from a distinguished career, her positive contribution will be a real benefit to the success of Meyer and our retail partners.” The Meyer Group said:

‘Claire brings with her impressive brand and private label commercial expertise, having worked across a

number of non-food categories throughout her career. ‘She drove sales and category performance at [private label household products company] McBride, and more recently for Baylis & Harding [known for their luxurious line of fragranced bathroom products] both in the UK and mainland Europe, as part of their senior executive teams. ‘We look forward to Claire driving our commercial strategy and working closely with our customers to support continued growth across the kitchenware category.’

Lakeland reveals Xmas best sellers

Lakeland has shared a list of its current Yuletide top 10 best sellers. Described as ‘the very best of Christmas 2019’, the housewares chain said: ‘Here are all the festive items you have been loving this year’: Bethlehem Advent Stable (£69.99), Northern Lights Colour Fire Cones (£12.99), Woodland Animals Hamper Tote (£24.99), Traditional Gingerbread House Kit (£12.99), Lakeland Extra Large Electric Plate Warmer (£49.99), Sage Damson Blue Range of kitchen appliances (from £99.99), Escape From The Grand Hotel Board Game (£17.99), Alaskan Husky Faux Fur Heated Throw (£99.99), ZOS Wine Preserver (£49.99) and Country Fare Cake of Two Halves (£24.99). October/November 2019

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