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International Housewares Association has launched HomePage News, the

Home and Housewares Business Authority. HomePage News, launching this week with a dynamic B2B website for in-depth industry news and information, is the authoritative communication resource for the industry, according to Derek Miller, IHA president.

“The closing of some traditional home and housewares news outlets presented a clear and immediate opportunity for IHA to fill the need for an innovative, responsive new resource,” Miller said. “This breakthrough B2B editorial platform answers a heightened demand for comprehensive, in-depth coverage at a critical time for our dynamic, growing and fast-evolving industry.” includes breaking industry and retail news, new product

information; executive interviews; features on marketing, merchandising and operational developments; coverage of all industry relevant trade shows; category and trend reports; market data and analysis; financial news; and expert commentary. “The HomePage News digital platform offers highly engaging, colorfully visual and easy-to-navigate access to industry news and information.”

New Manager for Squire’s in Chertsey

Rupert Sleight has been appointed Garden Centre Manager at Squire’s in Chertsey. Rupert has worked in horticulture for sixteen years, and has been at Squire’s Garden Centres for over five years, with previous roles as Assistant Manager at Squire’s in Cobham, West Horsley, Milford and most recently Badshot Lea. Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s

What More UK Acquires New Machinery investment.

The machines have now

What More UK has taken delivery of their latest consignment of machinery. Earlier this year the firm announced it will be investing £20 million in its Altham manufacturing site and this equipment represents a sizable part of that

arrived and been installed in the company’s state of the art production facility in Accrington. Company Director Tony Grimshaw said: “This is a good day for What More and for the wider manufacturing sector. With the arrival of these machines we’re securing our future and declaring confidence in British manufacturing.” “It’s also a great opportunity for our engineering apprentices to gain

experience working with and helping maintain the latest machinery under the supervision of our more experienced staff.” These machines are part of the company’s strategy of continual investment in people, plant, and estate. It’s a strategy that will see the firm grow its factory space by 200,000 square feet which will help satisfy the strong demand for their products.

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New Slow Cooker Unveiled by Morphy Richards

Tapping into the latest consumer trends, leading kitchen and home appliances brand Morphy Richards is launching a new slow cooker in one of this year’s most popular colours. Like Pantone Colour of the Year 2021, Ultimate Gray, the Titanium slow cooker is a sleek, modern design featuring grey and silver shades. Available in a 3.5 litre and a 6.5 litre size, the slow cooker has three cooking settings for ultimate control and a removable, non-stick aluminium pot that can be used to sear food on the hob before placing in the

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slow cooker. The lightweight, shatter-resistant pot and lid are also dishwasher safe. The 6.5 litre Titanium slow cooker can make up to ten starters or six main course portions comfortably in one go, making it ideal for bigger families or batch cooking, whilst the 3.5 litre version can serve up to six starters or four main portions. Laura Favretti, marketing director of Small Kitchen Appliances at Morphy Richards, said: “Slow cooking continues to be a popular method of cooking for consumers in the UK, offering ease and convenience for

those with busy lives, who still want to come home to tasty and nutritious meals. Our new Titanium slow cooker combines all the functional benefits of slow cooking with an on-trend colour and design popular amongst individuals. It is durable and dishwasher friendly too - a great addition to any kitchen.”

Garden Centres said; “I am very delighted that Rupert has been promoted to the position of Garden Centre Manager at Chertsey. Rupert has worked in a number of Squire’s centres of all sizes, and his passion for plants and gardening shines through. I am sure his knowledge and experience will prove invaluable in his new role.” Squire’s in Chertsey is a boutique style

garden centre offering a carefully curated and comprehensive range of gardening products.

Sean Daly Joins IHA as Vice President, Member and Buyer Relations

Sean Daly has joined the International Housewares Association as vice president, member and buyer relations. Daly has more than 25

years’ experience in the housewares industry, with an emphasis on global sales and marketing, which he honed while working for several IHA-member companies. Most recently Daly was a partner with Hudson Design Imports Ltd. where he assisted companies in building relationships with key U.S. retailers and developing sales with key accounts in LATAM, focusing on Mexico.

“Sean brings a wealth of valuable experience to IHA, richly steeped in his involvement in many aspects of the home and housewares industry during his career,” said Derek Miller, IHA president. “Through his employment with several IHA members, he has engaged heavily in many of the Association’s membership offerings. Sean’s unique perspective of having been an active member and user of IHA’s services will serve the industry extremely well.” Daly replaces Mark Adkison who joined Kuhn Rikon Corporation as president. • July/August 2021

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