Debenhams headlines BHETA forum

Debenhams trading director for home Steve Lightfoot is the headline guest speaker at the next British Home Enhancement Trading Association (BHETA) forum.

Steve will discuss his views on the market and the future direction of home within Debenhams, and will outline opportunities for suppliers to help the department store group achieve its commercial objectives.

The event will be held on April 14 at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham.

Also on the agenda will be Jenna Bruce and Matthew Talbot from BHETA’s legal representative Howes -Percival, who will update members on IP protection. The presentation will be in light of the recent High Court ruling on the Trunki (Magmatic’s ride-on kid’s suitcase) case which, BHETA says, ‘has serious implications for UK designers and suppliers’.

Simon Boyd from trade shows Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical will give an overview of key activities and new initiatives being launched at these two co-located trade shows, which take place in London in June. Both exhibitions are run annually for the housewares retail industry on behalf of BHETA.

Phocas Software will present ideas on how suppliers can turn business data into a tool that can be used both internally and to help develop customer relationships.

Finally, BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones will provide an update on the latest market developments and forthcoming initiatives for BHETA members.

He commented: “We anticipate this being a very popular event and would encourage early booking to ensure a place.” Refreshments will be provided on the day, including a networking lunch.

In the first instance, please register interest with member services representative Dawn Clarke on  For more information visit or call BHETA on 0121 237 1133.

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