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Travis Perkins uses Google Cloud to improve customer experience

Travis Perkins, building materials supplier to construction and home improvement supply stores such as Wickes and Benchmarx, is utilising Talend and Google Cloud Platform to increase data quality, consistency and business agility across multiple ...
21 August 2017 0 Comments

Johnson’s Ironmongers closes

Johnson’s Ironmongers in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, has closed down. Philip Johnson, who was the fourth generation of the Johnson family to run the shop, had owned the business since 1952, but died in January at the age of 88, and the family decided ...
17 August 2017 0 Comments

Screwfix powers ahead in Q2, while B&Q sales hit by seasonal losses

Kingfisher’s results for the second quarter revealed like-for-like sales up 10.8% at Screwfix, boosted by new stores and digital capabilities, while B&Q revenues were impacted by store closures and a dip in seasonal sales.Total sales for ...
17 August 2017 0 Comments

‘Repositioning of business’ hits Bunnings pre-tax profits

Bunnings reported a £54 million ($89 million) loss before interest and tax for its first full financial year of trading its UK and Ireland business since the acquisition of Homebase, as the retailer counts the cost of new store openings and walking ...
17 August 2017 0 Comments

Ideabright Ltd in administration

Hardware retailer and parent company of Dibranto, Posh Rosh, and Clean Up brands has appointed administrators this week after struggling with “very tough trading”, the company says.Ideabright, which has its head office in Chessington Surrey, ...
16 August 2017 0 Comments

Tool Shop expands with two new locations

Independent hardware chain secures two new London units – in Camden and Islington – and reveals plans to grow the business further with new acquisitions in coming months.The Tool Shop Group today confirmed that it was adding two further branches to ...
14 August 2017 0 Comments

Screwfix to open fourth Glasgow store

Screwfix is set to open its fourth store in Glasgow on Thursday, 24 August at Anniesland Business Park, creating 14 new jobs in the area.“We’ve created 14 new jobs and employed people from around the Glasgow area,” said store manager Andrew Doak. “...
14 August 2017 0 Comments

Axe swings at Wilko

Wilko has started redundancy consultations with nearly 4,000 staff members as it reorganises its business across its more than 400 stores in the UK.Around 1,000 senior supervisory roles and a "significant amount" of customer service posts will be ...
14 August 2017 0 Comments

Bunnings heads to Weston-super-Mare for ninth location

Bunnings confirms it will open its ninth Warehouse store in Worle later this year, taking over the site of the Homebase on Bristol Road. The new store is approximately 76,000sq ft and will employ an additional 20 full and part-time team members, ...
11 August 2017 0 Comments

Plant disease poses threat to UK horticulture industry

One of the most harmful bacterial plant diseases in the world, Xylella fastidiosa could pose a huge risk to the UK industry and the Horticultural Trades Association is warning that businesses must make sure they only buy host plants from trusted ...
11 August 2017 0 Comments

B&M opens new store with garden centre in Doncaster

The latest new B&M Home store opened in Thorne this week, complete with a large 5,842sq ft garden centre.It's the latest addition to the stores in the South Yorkshire region and has created more than 50 jobs. The new Home store, managed by Nick ...
11 August 2017 0 Comments

Strata's sturdy garden storage

28 July 2017

Have you got The Buzz?

28 July 2017

Great reaction to Outback's Bar-Grill

28 July 2017

Outdoor protection from Roxil

28 July 2017

Getting Creative in the kitchen

28 July 2017

Bromborough Paints director gives his all for charity

17 August 2017

Obituary: Vivienne Abbott

17 August 2017

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

15 August 2017

Keyline employee celebrates 20 years

14 August 2017

Steve Warrington leaves B&Q for senior digital role

14 August 2017

Wienerberger names new MD

14 August 2017
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