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Brantano shoe chain in administration

Value shoe retailer, which operates a number of concessions in garden centres across the country, has called in administrators this week,. 
24 March 2017

Garden Press Event has a new home for 2018

The Boutique garden event, now owned by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) will relocate to the Business Design Centre in London. 
24 March 2017

Ground-breaking virtual reality store browser shortlisted for award

UK-based GoInStore, a real-time technology that enables customers to virtually visit and browse a retail store, has been named as a finalist in the “Retailing Technology of the Year” category of the National Technology Awards 2017. 
24 March 2017

Garden Re-leaf Walk raises £22.5k for Greenfingers

Last Friday (March 17) saw more than 100 keen garden industry participants don their walking and running shoes to complete a 21 mile distance in honour of industry charity Greenfingers. 
22 March 2017

Kingfisher announces profit rise but sales decline at B&Q

B&Q parent group Kingfisher has announced a significant rise in its underlying and adjusted pre-tax profits, up 14.7% and 8.3% respectively, for the year to January 31, 2017. 
22 March 2017

Independent Chichester DIY shop to close after almost 60 years

The owners of family-run hardware shop David Messam Ltd of Chichester have made the tough decision to close down due to rising Brexit-related costs, tough competition from the internet and out-of-town retailers as well as dwindling footfall. 
21 March 2017

Squire's relaunches garden centre 33 years after day one

Squire’s Garden Centre in Hersham celebrated the official launch of its newly extended and refurbished garden centre last Friday (March 17) – exactly 33 years to the day since it first opened in 1984. 
20 March 2017

Gardenex secures cash grants for firms exhibiting at Spoga+gafa

The Gardenex export federation is organising the British group of exhibitors at Spoga+gafa 2017, and has secured Government grants of at least £1000 for eligible companies. 
20 March 2017

Leekes named Retailer of the Year

Leekes has been named Retailer of the Year at the prestigious Cardiff Life Awards after applying for the first time. 
20 March 2017

BHETA members support ITV makeover show

British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has reported a great response to an appeal it received looking for members to supply products for forthcoming primetime series: Love Your Home and Garden. 
17 March 2017

Argos delivers good growth

Parent company Sainsbury’s reports good like-for-like growth for Argos in fourth quarter. 
16 March 2017

Conference to focus on challenges and success of GC catering

The HTA Catering Conference and Dinner – A Piece of Cake? will have talks from garden centre operators, a chef at a five-star London hotel, as well as a look at the latest market information and a discussion on food psychology 
15 March 2017

Chanterlands DIY displays iconic Hull 'Dead Bod' image

The owner of Chanterlands DIY and Hardware in Hull has decided to recreate the famous Hull Dead Bod icon on the shutters of his shop as part of a scheme to tidy up the local area. 
15 March 2017

Koi Carp worth £7k stolen from Squire's

Ten extra large koi carp and one sturgeon were stolen from the display pond at Squire's Garden Centre in Badshot Lea near Farnham last Friday (March 10). 
14 March 2017

Trago Mills’ Build Centre almost complete

Construction well underway on Trago Mills’ new dedicated building materials outlet, set to open in May. 
14 March 2017

Mega Plant-athons for Garden Re-Leaf Day

The Garden Re-Leaf Day Plant-athons this year will look to bring an added element of excitement to garden centres when they begin towards the end of next week. 
14 March 2017

Amazon to speak at BHETA forum

BHETA’s next networking forum covers a number of e-commerce topics and will feature Amazon category leaders, as guest speakers. 
13 March 2017

B&Q opens its first small-format high street store

Kingfisher retailer B&Q, famous for its warehouse-style, out-of-town outlets, has opened its first high street store, at 482, Holloway Road, London.  
13 March 2017

Gorilla Glue ups the ante with new tape ad

Gorilla Tape will be the focus of a new TV advertising campaign, which is set to air across mainstream channels, including Sky Sports, ITV Breakfast, Channel 5 and Sky 1, throughout 2017. 
13 March 2017

Plantfest continues to grow

Retailers visited two nurseries in Hereford last week to attend PlantFest and to see new product developments for the coming year. 
13 March 2017

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