Regular DIY & Housewares forums are hosted by BHETA. These events offer members the unique opportunity to interact with major retailers and other member companies.
Housewares Forum - 25th February 2015
BHETA's most recent Housewares forum headlined with David Hewitt, Merchandise Director at Bentalls in Kingston, responsible for the non-apparel trading functions across the store.
And in a fascinating counterpoint of retail styles, the forum also featured Richard Lancaster, Trading Director for Poundland, responsible for Trading and Marketing across all categories for its chain of 500 plus stores.
DIY Open Forum - 15th January 2015
In an upbeat BHETA forum on January 15th Ian Preedy, Group Commercial Director of Travis Perkins entertained a sell out audience of BHETA members on the very considerable opportunities in the Group, outlining the different approaches to the many light and heavy side Group brands – in particular TP, Wickes and Tool Station.
His views were very much echoed by Guy Malam of Tembė DIY who reflected on the success of the Hippo and associated brands in building mutually beneficial relationships in the DIY and merchanting sectors. The forum agenda also included presentations from GFK on the upturn in DIY and Garden and its new service covering the Builders Merchant sector. Fiona Russell-Horne (Editor of Builders Merchants Journal) added a fascinating insight into the evolution of the builders’ merchant sector as it lines up alongside conventional DIY and garden retail.
The event was held in the Warwickshire Suite at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Peter Stone, home improvement sector director of BHETA said, “This proved a really strong and resonant theme for members with consistent opinions from both players and analysts, as well as some very practical and down to earth advice on how to succeed in these markets today.”
DIY Forum - 18th November 2014
Commercial director of Homebase, Paul Emslie attracted both DIY and housewares members to The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s latest forum on November 18th, which took place at the famous Edgbaston cricket ground in a spectacular room overlooking the immaculately mown pitch.
Paul shared with BHETA members the latest strategic information on Homebase’s five year realignment programme which is now at the half way point, reporting successful progress including increased sales. The presentation put the much reported store closures into the context or major upgrades in the core Homebase estate plus the development of click and collect online solutions in conjunction with sister brand Argos. Read more.
Housewares Forum - 24th September 2014
Members from the housewares sector were treated to an insightful, informative and thoroughly entertaining presentation from Huw Crwys-Williams, Senior Trading Director at Argos at the BHETA Housewares Forum.
Responsible for leading the trading functions across the Homewares, Furniture and Core Electrical categories as well as for the development and repositioning of Argos as a thoroughly modern omni-channel retailer for the digital age, Huw was frank and forthcoming about the history of this iconic brand and its current trading position with special reference to housewares and SDAs. Read more.
Export Forum - 4th Sept 2014
Approaching fifty BHETA members in DIY, garden and housewares attended the BHETA Export Forum and pronounced it ‘the best ever’ in BHETA’s successful series of guest speaker and networking occasions. The event was part of BHETA’s 2014 Export Initiative and was organised jointly with its trade challenge partner – the UKTI.
Equally relevant for export novices, operators with limited experience looking to expand or longstanding exporters looking to develop additional markets, the forum took place at Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham to allow for the high number of delegates and the workshop format employed. Read more.
BHETA AGM - 15th May 2014
Two positive assessments of the current economic situation rounded off BHETA’s AGM on May 15th. Mike Denny of Price Waterhouse Coopers joined regular BHETA contributor Neil Saunders of Conlumino in presenting very complementary views on the opportunities ahead.
This fascinating insight formed a perfect combination of agenda items with the re-election of all the Board of BHETA together with the election of Mark Bungay of Ettay to the DIY committee.
Housewares Forum - 6th March 2014
March 6 saw BHETA’s latest housewares forum which was headlined by Neill Abrams, Legal & Business Affairs Director of Ocado, accompanied at the event by the Ocado commercial team, including Janet Wright – Head of Buying Non Food, Gillian Leahy – Buying Manager Kitchenware and Hayley Roberts Buying Manager Dining and Home.
DIY Forum - 21st January 2014
It was a full house at the latest DIY Forum in January. Members enjoyed interesting presentations from guest speakers including Ray Wright from Lead Forensics and Anna Britnor-Guest from Pheonix Training and Development.
Glynn Jones gave members an updated Economic Outlook from the Bank of England and BHETA's special keynote speaker was James Walker, Head of Innovation, Kingfisher Plc.
Credit Forum - 7th November 2013
Twenty delegates attended the recent meeting. BHETA Credit Forums are there to help you predict business risks and avoid those decisions that result in bad debt or prolonged collection cycles. The forums are run in conjunction with Experian and Reynolds Trade Credit. They are aimed at credit and finance professionals and are workshop and discussion based rather than lecture pased presentations.
If you would like further information on Credit Forums please contact BHETA member services on 0121 237 1130.
Housewares Forum - September 2013
In what BHETA described as “another record turnout” members flocked to the Regency Hotel in Shirley in the West Midlands for the organisation’s housewares forum to hear Matthew Canwell, Director of Buying at Lakeland update the BHETA membership on Lakeland’s guiding principles and plans for the future. He also provided the clearest possible direction to suppliers and would-be suppliers on how to attract the positive attention of the buying team.
Matthew’s presentation was entitled ‘Everything changes; everything stays the same’, a sentiment which perfectly encapsulated his vision of the unchanged family values at the heart of the Lake District company which flourish even while the business develops as a thoroughly contemporary retailer. “Service is the cornerstone,” said Matthew; “It’s just that the execution always changes.” Read more
DIY Forum - July 2013
A fabulous fifty members BHETA attended its latest forum event and enjoyed a stimulating series of presentations from speakers including Alan
Archer of the Select Group and Chris Cunliffe of Selco. Throughout the session the keynote was the crucial importance of constant innovation and maintaining success through new ideas and ways of working.
Housewares Forum - March 2013
Ben Phillips, the MD of Steamer Trading treated BHETA members at the March 21st Forum to a detailed insight into the philosophy behind the success of the leading specialist kitchenware retailer and set out some key criteria for potential suppliers.
Now at 29 stores – counting the one about to open in Glasgow – family owned Steamer Trading turns over £20m at what Ben describes as “the top end of what is reasonable in the UK”. Its offer is 95% branded and aimed at the more affluent 35 plus homeowner who is prepared to invest in the best equipment. It is also very keen on high quality service, knowledgeable staff and ‘going the extra mile.’ As the owner of most of its stores, it is also a very financially stable company whose expansion is not the fastest, but is nonetheless determined, planned and reliably successful. Read more.
Joint Forum - January 2013
BHETA members attended the organisation’s January 23rd forum to hear Ian Bradley, senior category leader for home living at Amazon update the BHETA membership on Amazon’s plans for the future and the new team in place to deliver them. His vision of the brand’s role in retail overall was perhaps wider than some delegates had imagined it to be.
Ian’s presentation was entitled ‘Building Your Brand Online’ and he began by outlining the sales opportunity that Amazon now represented. Within the context of the overall growth of ecommerce and Amazon’s solely online retail proposition, he described the brand “a salesperson’s dream – if you bring it to us, we want it all!”. Read more