Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

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

High percentage of consumers make unplanned purchases at discount stores

In a recent survey, 75% of consumers said they had made an unexpected impulse purchase including tools and kitchen products - when shopping at a discount retailer.  Retail consultancy Newton, which published the research conducted across 2,000 UK ...
10 August 2017 0 Comments

Homewares sales make a comeback in July

While the non-food category saw declines during the four-week period, homeware retailers were a “success story”, says the British Retail Consortium in its latest retail sales monitor. Figures reported in the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for the four ...
10 August 2017 0 Comments

Physical stores drive online growth

New research revealing a symbiotic relationship between a brand’s physical stores and its ecommerce platform has been published by British Land.Using data from Connexity Hitwise, the research, shows that when a new store opens, traffic to the ...
9 August 2017 0 Comments

Travis Perkins wins military recruitment award

Travis Perkins has been recognised for their work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver award. The accolade is awarded to companies that are making a demonstrable effort to support, recruit and develop ...
9 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

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

Bostik signs sponsorship deal with Isthmian Football League

9 August 2017

Earlswood team drive for charities in Pavestone Rally

8 August 2017
To have your product news considered for inclusion contact Margaret Poole on 01622 699151 or
Send your people news items by

What do you think?


With a mixed bag of reports on consumer confidence and figures at odds with actual sales, what are you seeing in terms of customer sentiment?



Latest reader comments

re: Toolstation.com excels in Which? website survey

john bostock
i went to the ilkeston branch on manners ind site and found the staff polite, very helpful and while there getting your goods theres a free ...

re: Further disruption to Argos distribution network, as workers gear up to strike

Gel
UNITE never happier than when causing disruption, and having their members out on strike it seems to me....

re: Tommy Walsh: 'I'm really proud of my £1 tools'

R PURCELL
Walsh is just exploiting ameteur DIY'ers for a fast buck. I bought a paint roller in Poundland just to finish a small job and it fell apart ...

re: Kingfisher says goodbye to another director

bq bob
After getting rid of level 4 & 5 staff, the experienced staff you would seek out for advice and who stood in for their line manager he ...

Most read stories