Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Bunnings: what could possibly go wrong? 

Conventional wisdom has it that when you buy a business, you conduct a SWOT analysis. You find out what the business’s strengths and weaknesses are, and you set about building on the former and eliminating the latter. It’s not terribly... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 06 February 2018 13:08:00 More from: Talking Point

Counting tables 

Industry consultant and former DIY Week publisher, Colin Petty ponders garden centre cafes and their seating arrangements
Sitting in the coffee shop of a small independent garden centre in the midlands, I found myself counting tables and chairs. Sad, I know, but bear with me – there’s a point to be made here. As a generalisation, garden centre coffee shop customers... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 15 September 2017 13:24:00 More from: Talking Point

Homebase heads for the history books 

Industry consultant Colin Petty offers his thoughts on Bunnings' plans for Homebase... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 17 February 2016 18:25:39 More from: Talking Point

Looking to grow sales overseas 

British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), DIY and garden sector director Peter Stone discusses the key to successful export opportunities for suppliers.... Read entry
 
Posted by Peter Stone 25 June 2014 16:38:39 More from: Talking Point

Building bricks with clicks 

British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), DIY sector director Peter Stone discusses the hotly-debated issue of bricks vs clicks and what opportunities are available for brands to explore... Read entry
 
Posted by Peter Stone 17 April 2014 10:16:10 More from: Talking Point

Are you ready to grasp the opportunities? 

Ensure you grab every chance to boost those sales, urges Garden Centre Association chief executive Iain Wylie.... Read entry
 
Posted by Iain Wylie 24 January 2014 16:11:22 More from: Talking Point

Attack the tax! 

At a time when around 10% of retail sales are now made online, the world of retailing has irreversibly moved on, but many retailers continue to be frustrated by the outmoded taxes and regulations from a bygone era.... Read entry
 
Posted by Paul Loft Paul Loft 12 December 2013 10:26:23 More from: Talking Point

Small indies will be the whipping boy 

Bill sets out his stall in the ongoing business rates debate... Read entry
 
Posted by Bill Grimsey 31 October 2013 11:32:06 More from: Talking Point

Kingfisher's first half at a glance 

B&Q's like-for-like sales in UK and Ireland in the first 23 weeks of the current year were down 5.6% compared with the same period the previous year. On the face of it, that's a pretty unimpressive figure. ... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 25 July 2012 12:09:57 More from: Talking Point

Half full or half empty? 

Council tenants being offered free DIY courses at B&Q - and being given £400 vouchers to spend at B&Q as well. What's your take on that?... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 12 March 2012 10:48:00 More from: Talking Point
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