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Home Hardware names Akzo Nobel Supplier of the Year

Home Hardware names Akzo Nobel Supplier of the Year

Award was presented to Akzo independent business manager Nick Andrews in recognition of the paint firm’s service to Home Hardware’s distribution business at Pottington and Bedford. The accolade, which takes into consideration factors such as overall supplier performance, speed and accuracy of delivery, stock availability and field support, has previously been presented to Blackfriars, Barrettine, …

December 13, 2011
Carpetright suffers profit loss in H1

Carpetright suffers profit loss in H1

Carpetright has reported an £800,000 profit loss in the first half of its financial year, as it continues to navigate a “very challenging trading environment”. The company saw revenues decline by 3.9% to £238m. Underlying profit before tax dropped from £10m for the same period last year to just £1.4m, and exceptional charges of £2.2m …

December 13, 2011
November sees worst sales growth for six months

November sees worst sales growth for six months

Britain’s high streets have seen the worst sales growth for six months, with sales values down 1.6% like-for-like last month compared with November last year. According to the latest figures from the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor, total sales were up just 0.7%, against a 2.8% increase in November 2010. Both measures saw the weakest sales …

December 8, 2011
Agency worker pensions

Agency worker pensions

From October 2012, all employers will need to change their approach to pensions with the advent of auto-enrolment rules. At present the only obligation is to provide access to a stakeholder scheme by those employers with five or more employees. Currently, employees have to opt in, with many employees choosing not to use this as …

November 30, 2011
Mind the gap

Mind the gap

A report earlier this month confirmed that not only had the gender pay gap narrowed but, for workers aged 22-29, it had reversed, with women now out-earning men. Mary Curnock Cook, Chief Executive of UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), discovered that women aged 22-29 were, on average, earning slightly over £10 per hour …

November 30, 2011
Jump to It!

Jump to It!

BHETA Housewares Director, Will Jones finally got to fall out of the skies in the inaugural Rainy Day Trust tandem parachute jump. This was after having been foiled at the first attempt along with quite a few other volunteers by bad weather. Around 18 brave souls from the housewares and DIY industries took part overall. …

November 30, 2011
Bentley Brushware staff dress up for Children in Need

Bentley Brushware staff dress up for Children in Need

Employees raise £1,000 in fundraising frenzy on Friday, November 18. Employees donned an array of fancy dress including computer game character Mario and a pink baby, while the sales director even dressed up- as a female sailor. Bentley staff baked cakes throughout the week, took part in a Pudsey and Blush raffle, a Children in …

November 23, 2011
Bosch and Philips sponsor first Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Bosch and Philips sponsor first Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Bosch and Philips were among the big name sponsors of the first-ever Ideal Home Show at Christmas, which kicked off at London’s Earls Court on Wednesday. Celebrity chefs Gino D’Acampo and Gizzy Erskine joined interiors guru Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to launch the show, which has brought together more than 500 exhibitors and promises to offer consumers …

November 21, 2011
Cable offers cash incentive to take on apprentices

Cable offers cash incentive to take on apprentices

The Government is making it easier for small firms to take on apprentices by providing financial incentives and slashing red tape. To encourage thousands of small firms to hire a young apprentice aged 16-24, the Government will offer employers an incentive payment of up to £1,500, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced this week. An initial …

November 21, 2011
John Lewis launches Christmas ad

John Lewis launches Christmas ad

John Lewis launched its £6m Christmas campaign today, with a TV advert set to a cover of The Smiths’ ‘Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want’, sung by singer-songwriter Slow Moving Millie. The 60-second advert follows a little boy as he impatiently counts down the days and minutes until Christmas morning. While the …

November 14, 2011
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