BHETA Hold Q & A Session on International Freight Issues BHETA marketing manager,

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held a question and answer session on the current issues for international freight - including BREXIT implications - currently faced by many home improvement and home enhancement companies. The primary speaker a

was Carolyn Hough from international freight exert and BHETA business service provider, Dascher and the session will took the form of an ‘Ask the Expert’ forum. It took place on March 10th at 10.30am on Zoom.

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held a second virtual ‘Meet The Buyer’ event with Homebase on 25th March. This follows the success of the first such event at the end of January, when the focus was on building products, flooring, tiling, fixings and tools. The

Dascher specialises in logistics for SMEs and Business Development Manager, Carolyn Hough took questions about the impact of Brexit on duty, customs rates and Incoterms. Specific subjects addressed were:

Incoterms - DDP and DAP and associated VAT implications (EU, NI and RoI) Trading with Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland EU VAT registration Rules of Origin Rise in freight costs Freight delays at borders and ports

second event focused on decorating and cleaning products. The Meet The Buyer format is a tried and tested BHETA retailer networking event and has translated successfully into a Zoom format. Currently at an exciting stage in its strategic development and growth

Steve Richardson explained, “Over the last year the cost of a container from China has increased by 5-6 times. Members need to know whether there is anything that can be done to mitigate the costs and / or when prices may come back down. The session will also look at the shipping checks being phased in due to Brexit and the changes still to come, as well as the options to minimise rule of origin duty.”


BHETA Hold Second Meet the Buyer Event with Homebase

plans Homebase is keen to engage with suppliers of: Representatives from the Homebase commercial teams were in attendance including buyers for categories including decorating accessories, paint, wallpaper and cleaning sundries.

BHETA Steering Committee on Plastic Tax Secures HMRC Meeting

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has formed a steering committee of the leading UK plastic manufacturers in the home enhancement and home improvement industry with the objective of ensuring that the industry is represented properly reference future legislation in respect of the use of plastic. As a result of lobbying by he steering committee, individually and collectively, BHETA has secured a meeting the HMRC’s Alex Marsh (who is leading the Plastic Packaging Tax initiative) at the end of March. The companies involved in the BHETA steering committee to date are What More UK, Strata Products, Addis, Taylor’s Eye Witness, Eko, Simplehuman, Newell, Lifetime Brands, Whitefurze, JML and DNC UK. The move has been

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approach Government in relation to last minute additions to the draft Plastic Packaging Tax legislation, which extended its scope to include consumer goods as well as packaging. So far, the campaign has engaged with numbers of cross-party MPs and Government Ministers reference the anomalies in the consultation draft and the implications for consumers, were the legislation to go ahead in its current form. The nub of the issue is the need to address the impact of single use plastic packaging, as opposed to penalising multi- use consumer products made from plastic. Chief Operating Officer

of BHETA, Will Jones commented: “No-one can argue about the reasonableness of the Plastic Packaging Tax overall, but the last minute inclusion of items such as storage boxes, buckets and plastic food

containers runs contrary to the encouragement of multiple use plastics as a replacement for single use.

“Multi-use plastic – combined with improved recycling – is part of the solution to the problem of plastic waste pollution and Government should be making a distinction between single use packaging and multiple use, lifetime consumer goods in daily use. Unfortunately, the current draft legislation appears not to do this, and it is essential that we communicate this point and ensure that future legislation starts by addressing the immediate issues. “Supplier businesses are working hard to reduce the amount of single use plastic packaging and the industry in general uses many millions of tons of recycled plastic packaging as its raw material for product manufacture”.

N & P Housewares has joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). N & P Housewares is a new company founded by housewares professional, Nick Gabb to represent brands and product ranges selling to UK and international markets. With over 30 years’ experience in the multi-billion pound housewares industry, N & P is there to help develop and consult with retailers over the procurement of products, and equally represent products and brands keen to expand in the retail market. N & P works with a wide range of housewares categories ranging from utility, ironing boards and airers to more seasonal items like Christmas trees and lighting. With a network of contacts, N & P can create great distribution opportunities across today’s ever changing marketplace. Seema Grantham, BHETA’s sector manager for housewares said, “N & P is an experienced and personable route for housewares brands to access a greater proportion of the market and housewares retailers to source new products.


delighted welcome the N & P team to BHETA.”

Three More Housewares Brands Join BHETA

Katie Alice, Decor and Contigo are the latest housewares brands to have joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).

The Katie Alice brand is known for vintage, especially florals, something which enabled the creation of over ten successful ranges of tableware for Creative Tops. Along with Waitrose, the Katie Alice brand has also sold well in Debenhams, Fenwick’s, Sainsbury’s and Waterstones.The brand now has its own website, showcasing retro-inspired mugs, home and kitchen accessories. Décor has been making homewares

in Australia for over 60 years, producing products that are beautiful, functional, affordable and made to last. The Décor Corporation UK targets retail channels including grocery, discount, department stores, hardware stores and garden centres. The Contigo brand is known for its stylish

travel mugs, water bottles and kids’ bottles. Products are 100% BPA-free and spill proof. The reusable travel mugs & water bottles are also leak proof for reliability and style. Contigo is one of many top home and lifestyle brands belonging to Newell Rubbermaid UK. Seema Grantham, BHETA’s sector manager for housewares said, “I’m delighted to see such established brands with such great design credentials joining BHETA”. • March/April 2021

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