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News Archive December 2015

Lancashire manufacturer wins export award 15 December 2015
Building a worldwide export business spanning the globe and now totalling 63 countries has earned a coveted International Trade Award for Lancashire-based manufacturer What More UK.

Centurion Europe joins the Rainy Day Trust 15 December 2015
Wholesaler and distributor, Centurion has announced it will be partnering industry charity The Rainy Day Trust.

Global DIY market reaches €424.85bn 15 December 2015
According to a report from the European Federation of DIY manufacturers (Fediyma), in 2014, the DIY/home improvement World market turnover reached €424.85bn.

Tesco-owned GC chain Dobbies reports big losses 10 December 2015
Despite a 7.7% sales increase in its latest year-end results, Dobbbies has slumped £48m into the red after writing down the value of its property portfolio.

BHETA announces MTB day with Home Hardware 10 December 2015
The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a Meet The Buyer(MTB) day with Home Hardware Southwest.

Pantone blends two shades for 2016 Colour of the Year 9 December 2015
There is a softer take on colour for 2016 as, for the first time, the blending of two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity, is chosen as the Pantone Colour of the Year.

BHETA marketing campaign attracts major buyers 9 December 2015
The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)'s direct e-marketing campaign, which targets 600 of the UK's top home and garden retail buyers, has seen another high opening and click-through rate for the second communication in the series.

Another successful Homebase Meet the Buyer day 7 December 2015
The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) celebrated another positive 'Meet the Buyer' event with Homebase last month.

Animal rights charity targets Bents over reindeer 'cruelty' 7 December 2015
Cheshire garden centre giant Bents Garden & Home has come under attack from an animal rights charity, which is accusing the business of cruelty to reindeer.

Gardman and BTO boost wild bird care on the radio 7 December 2015
Gardman is promoting its premium wild bird care brand The Ernest Charles Co with a consumer PR campaign that kicks off this week.

Barton Grange and Castle Gardens have top festive displays 7 December 2015
The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has named the national winners of its annual Christmas display competition.

GCA reveals compere for 2016 awards dinner 4 December 2015
Radio and TV comedian, writer and actor Hal Cruttenden will be hosting the awards dinner at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) conference next month.

Burnham-on-Sea indie to close after 100 years 3 December 2015
Salways of Burnham, which has been trading in the town for nearly 100 years, will close its doors at the end of January, as the owner says "it's just not paying its way" thanks to tough competition and stifling business rates.

Topps delivers full-year record-breaking sales 2 December 2015
Topps Tiles confirmed that it had achieved record-breaking sales as it released its full-year results this week.

Kingfisher to invest £50m in renewable energy 2 December 2015
B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher has unveiled plans to invest £50m in renewable energy as part of a plan to reduce its energy consumption from the national grid by 10% in the next two years.

G Plants takes on distribution of BeeMat 2 December 2015
Seed and bulb supplier G Plants has incorporated the BeeMat collection into its product portfolio, offering retailers increased access to the seed mat range.

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