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News Archive January 2018

DIY Week Awards 2018: There’s still time to enter 26 January 2018

The deadline for entry to the DIY Week Awards is next week – don’t miss your chance to enter, when all it takes is just three easy steps to put your business, initiative or team forward for an award.Entry for the DIY Week Awards is still open but ...


Bunnings Warehouse in Hanworth is open for business 26 January 2018

The latest Bunnings conversion started trading this week ahead of an official opening next month. DIY Week took a look around. The store – a former Homebase branch on Twickenham Road in Feltham near Hanworth, opened to the public on Monday, January 22. ...


Houzz Shop launched in UK 24 January 2018

US home renovation and design platform, Houzz has brought its home products marketplace to the UK with the launch of Houzz Shop, making more than 100,000 products and materials available to British consumers. The launch – the first for the company ...


GCA ‘garden centres of excellence' winners announced 24 January 2018

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Tuesday, January 23, 2018) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its 52nd annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence.The awards were presented to the winners during ...


Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference 2018 23 January 2018

Garden centres from across the country scooped awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference yesterday (January 22, 2018).The awards were presented to the member garden centres during a ceremony at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in ...


Longer-term picture of retail sales "is one of slowing growth" says ONS 22 January 2018

The Retail Sales Index from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that retail sales were boosted in the last three months of 2017, perhaps with credit being due to Black Friday sales.The Retail Sales Index showed that in the latest ...


Carpetright issues profit warning with trading "significantly behind expectations" 22 January 2018

Carpetright plc, Europe’s specialist carpet and floor coverings retailer, has announced an update on trading for the 11 weeks ended 13 January 2018.Despite reporting sales growth in the third quarter, trading in the important post-Christmas period ...


Rustins back in production within week of fire 19 January 2018

Woodcare and specialist paint manufacturer, Rustins’ facilities are already up and running, working to replenish the stock that was destroyed in huge blaze that devastated the warehouse and offices at its site in North London. Nearly 100 firefighters ...


Woodie's posts revenue jump in Q4, as merchanting sector 'softens' 16 January 2018

Grafton Group's retailing division, which includes Irish retailer Woodie's DIY, has recorded a growth in revenue of 14.8% in the fourth quarter. Woodie's traded strongly through the year benefitting from the strong economy, new and extended product ...


GCA announces awards host 16 January 2018

Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month.Ms Caulfield, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in ...


Dunelm reports strong LFLs in second quarter 16 January 2018

Homewares retailer saw like-for-like (LFL) sales rise by 3.4% to £255million in the 13 weeks ended December 30, with online LFL figures soaring 30.5% but profits are expected to take a dip in first half.Dunelm opened five new stores during the ...


Christmas period has shown a change in shopper behaviour 15 January 2018

A report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has analysed the five weeks beginning 26 November - 30 December, and this shows year-on-year, December Footfall decreased sharply by 3.5%, the biggest decline since March 2013 when it dropped by 5.2%....


Garden industry welcomes Defra 25-Year environment plan 15 January 2018

Many actions were announced which will benefit horticulture and suggestions of working together to improve the industry in the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’, published last week.The Horticultural Trades ...


Covers acquires OTBS 15 January 2018

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has acquired Orpington Timber & Building Supplies Ltd (OTBS) in Bexleyheath, Kent, strengthening its portfolio of branches in the South East to 15 depots.Covers already operates a depot at Longfield Road, ...


Wickes significantly expands wallpaper offer with Graham & Brown designs 10 January 2018

Home improvement retailer Wickes has added 279 brand new wallpaper styles, from designer Graham & Brown, to its existing range.The newest additions to the Wickes wallpaper portfolio comprise of a selection of popular design trends including Duck ...


Squire’s names Long Ditton site its Garden Centre of the Year 9 January 2018

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of its annual garden centre awards, with its branch in Long Ditton coming out top and winning the double – best Garden Centre and best Café Bar of the year.Despite tough competition amongst the ...


UPDATE: Manufacturing facilities survive Rustins blaze 9 January 2018

Following news of a huge fire at the Rustins paint factory on Waterloo Road, Staples Corner, the company has confirmed that its warehouse suffered the worst of the damage, with all stock lost but added that its manufacturing facilities survived the ...


Major blaze at Rustins paint factory 9 January 2018

Firefighters tackled a major fire at the site of North London paint firm Rustins last night. A total of 15 fire engines and nearly 100 firefighters and officers from Hendon and surrounding fire stations attended the blaze at the large paint factory ...


Tildenet grows with another acquisition 8 January 2018

Tildenet has acquired specialist textiles and netting supplier, Fleximas, which joins other brands that are part of the group.Announcing the takeover today, Tildenet said this latest acquisition signals that 2018 will be “another year of significant ...


IAMS to return as sponsor of Crufts 8 January 2018

Celebrating its 2nd consecutive year as a sponsor of Crufts, the pet food brand IAMS will this year return to the world’s biggest and most popular dog show as the official sponsor of Flyball. Since making its Crufts debut in 1990, the Flyball ...


Wickes to open store in Wisbech 5 January 2018

Years after Wickes first considered moving to Wisbech, their new store is set to open on 7th Feb 2018.The store is 20,000 sq ft sales area with 5,000 sq.ft mezzanine and 5,000 sq.ft outdoor project centre, creating 30 jobs.Wickes first proposed ...


Pre-Christmas discounts spur shop price slide 5 January 2018

Pre-Christmas discounts spur shop price slide Non-food prices fell at their fastest rate since January 2017, declining 2.1% year on year, compared to 1.1% in November, as retailers stepped up promotional activity to ‘stimulate spending’. Shop prices ...


Garden centres can keep momentum of houseplants going in January 5 January 2018

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is encouraging garden retail businesses to keep the gardening season going in winter by showcasing colourful winter-flowering houseplants to entice customers to brighten up their indoor space and increase ...


Bunnings opens new store in Chichester 4 January 2018

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Chichester today (4 January 2018), creating over 20 full and part time jobs.The new store, which is on the site of the former Homebase in Discovery Park, is over ...


Business as usual at Bunnings, despite boss' three-month break 3 January 2018

The news that Bunnings UK managing director Peter (PJ) Davis will take a three-month break to return to Australia this month was initially met with surprise but the move was apparently always on the on the cards...


Bunnings Warehouse opens biggest store yet in Greater Manchester 3 January 2018

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Rochdale today (03 January), creating over 80 full and part time jobs.The new store in Sandbrook Park, is the biggest Bunnings Warehouse yet at over 110,000 ...


Garden Centre Association lands big names for 52nd annual conference 2 January 2018

The GCA has secured former England rugby player Matt Dawson MBE to speak at its annual conference. He will share his team-building and personal commitment expertise with delegates at the event this month, joining entrepreneur Patrick Grant, world-...


Bunnings opens smaller format store in Bicester 2 January 2018

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings officially opened its doors in Bicester on the 21st of December 2017.On the site of the former Homebase on Launton Road, the new smaller format store is 36,700 square feet, which is approximately half ...


Footfall continues to drop, with an unexpected -10.5% YOY drop seen on New Year’s Eve 2 January 2018

According to the latest data from retail experts Springboard footfall dropped significantly on New Year's Eve across the UK, declining by -10.5% over the 24 hours and by -7.2% between 7pm and midnight. This poor performance follows drops in footfall ...


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