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DIY Week Awards: Entry opens Monday

Entry into the retailer and supplier categories of the 2018 DIY Week Awards will open on Monday, September 25. With a host of all-new categories recognising excellence and innovation, the awards could be the perfect time for your company or product ... 
22 September 2017

Homebase halts home delivery as website is revamped

Homebase’s home delivery service has temporarily halted as new owners Bunnings works to move the business to a new web platform.Wesfarmers, the Australian conglomerate that owns Bunnings, acquired Homebase last year as part of an attempt to enter ... 
22 September 2017

Decco announces regional trade shows

Home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco is to hold six regional trade shows between now and the start of 2018The first of the trade shows took place in Belfast on September 19 at the La Mon Hotel, with further evets set to take place on the ... 
22 September 2017

Sugru to double retail presence with new family-safe glue

The inventor behind the world's first mouldable glue, Sugru, has today launched a brand new Family-Safe, Skin-Friendly Formula expected to double the brand's presence in retail by the end of 2018.Sugru's new Family-Safe formula will be available ... 
22 September 2017

Coleman's Garden Centre creates 100 new jobs with a £5million Investment in Templepatrick

Templepatrick based garden centre Colemans, has unveiled plans for a £5million investment to renovate and extend its facilities over the coming months, with an official opening of the new site expected this Autumn. Coleman’s Garden Centre has gained ... 
21 September 2017

AkzoNobel studies plans to build world-class EHEC plant

AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business is studying plans to build a world-class plant for its Bermocoll® business, which supplies essential ingredients for the paint and buildings and construction industries. This comes after an announcement from ... 
21 September 2017

Kingfisher first half profit exceed expectations

Half-year profits at B&Q and Screwfix parent, Kingfisher have fallen 5.9% to £402 million amid what the company describes as “business disruption” on the second year of iits five-year transformation.Kingfisher made an underlying pretax profit of ... 
20 September 2017

Squire's Shortlisted for 'Best Garden Centre' by the Express

Squire’s Garden Centres has been shortlisted for ‘Best Garden Centre’ by the Express in their inaugural Home & Living Awards. These awards celebrate the UK’s best household products, services and retailers. As well as recognising style, value ... 
20 September 2017

Nicholas Marshall joins line up for HTA Garden Futures Conference

Dobbies CEO and former Wyevale boss, Nicholas Marshall has joined the line-up of speakers for this year’s HTA Garden Futures Conference, where he will be interviewed by journalist Cathy Newman.Mr Marshall, who boasts over 30 years’ experience in the ... 
19 September 2017

Kingfisher profits expected to fall in first half update

Last month, B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher issued an underwhelming second-quarter trading update which has caused speculation as to whether the first half update will provide news of lower profits due to the wetter weather during the Summer ... 
19 September 2017

IHF’s DIY Boulevard already fully booked

After a successful premier in 2016, the DIY Boulevard at the Eisenwarenmesse – International Hardware Fair enters its second round next year and organisers say all space has been sold.Koelnmesse vice president Catja Caspary explained: “The premiere ... 
18 September 2017

New inflation figures threaten huge tax hike for retailers

Business insiders believe September’s Retail Price Inflation (RPI) figure is likely to push up already-onerous business rates bills for retailers across the country by £280 million next April.Retailers could face a significant hike in their rates ... 
15 September 2017

Habitat launches click & collect service across 2,300 locations

As of today, the Sainsbury’s owned retailer Habitat, has offered its online customers the choice of picking up their purchases in a convenient location at the time of their choice, or continue to have them delivered direct to their home.Following a ... 
15 September 2017

Next upgrades profit forecast, as it plows ahead with portfolio expansion

“Retail stores are an asset,” says Next plc as it confirms plans to add between 150,000 and 200,000sq ft of net trading space in 2018. Despite reporting tough trading in H1, with retail sales falling 8.3%, a predicted pick-up in H2 has lead the ... 
14 September 2017

John Lewis profits plummets by more than 50%

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) reported its pre-tax profits fell by 53.3% down to £26.6m in H1, after the company was hit by costs for restructuring of the business.The changes to the company, which operates John Lewis department stores and Waitrose, ... 
14 September 2017

Dunelm suffers profit loss due to 'subdued' markets

Homewares retailer, Dunelm has suffered a 2.4% decrease in like-for-like sales, making it a part of the many companies who have endured trading challenges as consumers spend less. These figures were blamed on unseasonal weather; however Dunelm ... 
13 September 2017

Akzo opens €100m Dulux paint plant

Akzo Nobel has officially opened the world's most advanced and sustainable paint plant, in Ashington, in the UK. The hi-tech facility - which cost more than €100 million to build - represents the largest-ever global investment by the company's ... 
13 September 2017

Glee New Product Award winners announced

The winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2017 have been announced at this year’s Glee exhibition in Birmingham.Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at the show, the winning products were chosen by an expert panel of judges, ... 
12 September 2017

Bunnings opens stores in Kent and north west of England

Gary Pallister with Bunnings Broadstairs team membersHome improvement and garden retailer, Bunnings Warehouse, opened its doors to customers this morning at Westwood Gateway Retail Park in Broadstairs, Kent.Creating over 43 new full and part time ... 
12 September 2017

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re: UPDATE: Social housing B&Q vouchers leaving DIY SMEs out in the cold

Anne Duffy
I got an £85 b&q decoration card was told got on the 6th March & they said it was used on the 8th which would be hard as I went to use it ...

re: Homebase scraps Spend & Save loyalty scheme

Gel
Homebase have also abandoned the "Click + Collect" service they offered until recently. A useful facility that has been removed by the new ...

re: John Lewis profits plummets by more than 50%

Paul
Not surprised by this. My small experaince with them was lots of staff walking around in 2 or 3's chatting not offering to help. When ...

re: STIHL to showcase cordless garden tool range at Glee

Gel
I wonder if this means that their previous lock down on Stihl dealers selling outside their area is now gone, or just on these Li Ion ...

re: Homebase scraps Spend & Save loyalty scheme

Jeff
I have an expired Homebase card. Have they stopped issuing new ones or renewing old ones? If so has it been replaced by Nectar card...

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