news New appointment at Lords at Home

The independent housewares, cookware and DIY retailer Lords at Home have

announced the appointment of Tilak Patel as managing director. Patel has been with Lords at

Home from the very beginning and his appointment as MD is

the culmination of seven years of hard work, growing, learning and managing the day to day operations of the business, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter of our growing family company. Tilak Patel added: “It’s a huge honour to have been appointed Managing Director of Lords at Home, especially at such an important and exciting time for the company. “Lords at Home has grown significantly over the recent years, in people and estate and I’m confident that with our culture and values we can continue to build on this

success and drive our strategic vision forward.” Founding Sisters, Rita and Rachna are delighted with the appointment “This is well deserved and exciting opportunity for Tilak. Over the past seven years we have worked hard to create a brand that is relevant and innovative. “Tilak has played a very

important role in our growth and we look forward to creating new opportunities in the future. From all colleagues at Lords at Home, we would like to welcome Tilak Patel into his new role and wish him all the best moving forward.”

Messe Frankfurt revamps spring 2021 schedule

As a result of the course taken by the pandemic, Messe Frankfurt will not be holding any of its own physical trade fairs at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds between January and March 2021. The company is revamping its spring trade fair calendar to focus on new synergies and new digital offerings. Messe Frankfurt has already

organised 13 large trade fairs at various locations in China since the crisis began. Unfortunately, however, it is not possible to hold such

events in Germany at present. This is in spite of the fact that exhibition halls are amongst the safest enclosed buildings in which people can spend time without being subjected to an increased risk of infection. The halls can be continuously resupplied with fresh air, and in conjunction with the measures included in our extensive hygiene concept, people could safely do business in person here on the

Frankfurt exhibition grounds. However, now that it is not only governments tightening travel restrictions, but also companies, the latest pandemic developments are causing growing uncertainty amongst trade fair customers.

New ownership at Pendeford Housewares

As of 15 September 2020, Lee Parkin has completed a successful share transfer of Pendeford Metal Spinnings, becoming the new owner and managing director of the company. After almost 40 years involved in the family business, Ralph Humphries felt like it was the right time to step down and enjoy his retirement. Commenting on the sale: “I’m happy to have found somebody like Lee to take the company forward. Someone who will protect jobs and maintain the integrity of the company with our valued customers as an absolute priority. “I feel it’s a win win, enabling me to step

down to enjoy retirement, yet finding a like- minded person with a similar attitude and passion towards continued success here at our Wolverhampton site.”

Spending on home improvement is boosting sales figures, confirms Bira

Bira is backing findings from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that spending on homeware and DIY is boosting retail sales figures. The ONS released its retail report for August

BHETA hosts webinar with John Lewis Partnership

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is hosting a networking webinar with the John Lewis Partnership on Wednesday 14th October. The online forum will feature Anna Berry, John Lewis Partner & Head of Cook & Dine. Anna Berry last presented

to BHETA in November 2016 when she outlined her vision for the JLP brand including product innovation and marketing initiatives. These included greater emphasis on rewarding customers within the John Lewis database and

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increased focus on product demonstration in co- operation with Waitrose. In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on retail, Anna revisits the subject from the retailer perspective confirming just how crucial driving change to realign with consumers has become. As the Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White was recently quoted as saying “Shops will always be crucial …… but they will be in support of online. Over the next five years, we expect to rebalance our shop

estate so that we have the right space in the right locations where people want to shop.” Anna, whose remit includes gifts and seasonal as well as cook and dine will be providing an overview of the recent changes at John Lewis and talk about how suppliers can best work with the department store. There will a Q & A with Anna to discuss specific queries.

2020, revealing a fourth consecutive month of growth, with sales up by 0.8% when compared with July. The report said spending on home

improvements continued to rise in August as sales volumes within household goods stores increased by 9.9% when compared with February. Andrew Gooadcre, Bira’s CEO, said: “We welcome

the growth and we know from our own membership that DIY, homeware and cookware sectors have been trading well, especially in the local areas.” However, despite the positive outlook, Bira warned some sectors were still struggling. Goodacre added: “We are very concerned by the decline in sales of clothing, and it is clear that online shopping in this sector has grown significantly and will remain at high levels. “Our thoughts now turn to ensuring that retailers

do everything they can to keep retailing safe to avoid a second national lockdown. Closures in the build up to Christmas would be disastrous and we need clarity from the Government.” October 2020

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