Online retailing to take centre stage at BHETA Housewares Forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will be holding a Housewares Forum for members on Thursday November 5 at its Birmingham headquarters.

The line-up of speakers includes the chairman of Cookshop & Housewares Association (CHA) Joan Woulfe. She is owner of Cooking Marvellous, a web-based company in Shrewsbury that has seen dramatic growth since its launch in 2005. It now dispatches to over 130 countries and won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2014.

Joan will be sharing her view of the market and highlighting opportunities to be gained by adopting a responsible approach to internet retailing. She will also discuss her initial thoughts on the state of the independent cookshop sector and highlight what the housewares industry can do to help and support. Joan will be supported by Mick Weedon, director of communications from the British Independent Retailers Association (bira), who has a wealth of knowledge of both the Independent housewares and hardware retail sectors.

Also taking to the stage will be Mark Lesniak, founder/director of, a new web based portal showcasing British products that will potentially establish an interface between suppliers and export customers. The initiative has been put together in conjunction with the UKT&I (UK Trade & Investment) and will be supported by British Consulates in 106 global markets. Mark will be talking about opportunities for suppliers to showcase their products in this new venture.  

Finally, Gerald Couldrake of BHETA legal representative Howes-Percival will debate the legalities of online retailing. He will provide an overview of the law governing online sales in the UK and an analysis of the issues that suppliers should consider before dealing with an online retailer.

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