Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Latest News

UPDATE: Homebase "committed to stop" using neonicotinoids by 2018

Earlier this week Friends of the Earth presented a petition to Homebase with over 18,000 signatures urging the store not to sell flowering plants grown with three neonicotinoid pesticides.Homebase, has since released a statement and promises to ... 
17 November 2017

Lighting industry calls for more accountability for online sellers

Speaking at this year’s Lux Live lighting show, RecoLight’s Nigel Harvey urged the industry to respond to the Government’s consultation on proposed changes to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, with an onus on tackling ... 
17 November 2017

Ruxley Rose judge sees ‘plant area confidence’

THE 20 finalists in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Ruxley Rose competition have recently (November, 2017) been judged and there is strong evidence of continued enthusiasm for selling plants at member centres.The two winners, judged to have ... 
17 November 2017

Retailers urged to be wary of counterfeit goods on Black Friday

British retailers have been told to be wary of the “dark side of Black Friday”, as the authorities continue to ramp up their attempts to bring counterfeiters to justice. The global counterfeit goods industry is said to be worth nearly £380 billion a ... 
17 November 2017

Clothing sales jumped 32% at garden centres in September

The new autumn/winter season saw garden centre customers stocking up on warm clothing and accessories during September, according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Total sales in clothing departments across GCA ... 
16 November 2017

Hundreds queue for Wilko store opening in Edinburgh

Local shoppers were out in force today when Wilko opened its doors at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre, Edinburgh. Queues outside the new store started forming at 6.30am with more than 300 shoppers keen to get a first look at the new Wilko store.The ... 
16 November 2017

Garden items sought by German and Romanian buyers at Gardenex ‘Meet the International Buyers’ event

Buyers from a specialist German online retailer and mail order company that specialises in British products, as well as garden distributors from Germany and Romania (each with an online presence too) will be travelling to the UK on 30 November 2017 ... 
16 November 2017

B&M opens Newport store today

The relocation of B&M's Newport store at East Retail Park has been completed, opening to the public today, Wednesday, 15 November. The store opening comes as a boost to the local economy with an increase in the number of employees by 60.... 
15 November 2017

Tile Trader launches 'Tiling for a Good Cause' initiative

Online tile retailer, Tile Trader, has launched a nationwide initiative called “Tiling for a Good Cause” and is urging members of the public to nominate a space in their local area in need of a tiling makeover.The initiative is designed to give one ... 
15 November 2017

Taskers announces restructure of retail offer and distribution centres

Family-run retailer reveals that current seven sites will reduce to four over an 18 month period in a bid to create “a more efficient and focused business”.Taskers the home store, the Merseyside-based store group, will be closing its two smaller ... 
15 November 2017

B&M reports steady growth driven by new customers

B&M has announced its interim results for the 26 weeks to 23 September 2017. Group revenues increased by +21.7% to £1,346.4m, +21.0% at constant currency while like­for­like revenues increased by +7.5%, including growth of +7.7% in the second ... 
14 November 2017

Friends of the Earth present petition to Homebase over neonicotinoid pesticides

Giant Friends of the Earth bees visited a Homebase store in Wandsworth yesterday (Monday 13 November) to hand in a petition from over 18,000 people urging the store not to sell flowering plants grown with three neonicotinoid pesticides. The ... 
14 November 2017

IKEA reports increase in online sales

IKEA says 15% of its UK sales now take place online, after a year in which internet sales increased by 10%. The homeware company today announced total UK sales of £1.8bn in the year to August 31 2017, up by 5.8% on the same time last year.IKEA UK ... 
14 November 2017

Wilko opens Fort Kinnaird branch on Wednesday

Wilko opens a new branch at Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh this Wednesday at 9am and a representative from Children’s Hospice Association Scotland cut the ceremonial ribbon along with Wilko Fort Kinnaird store manager Charlotte Connell.A host of prizes ... 
13 November 2017

Footfall declines expected this Black Friday

Shopper footfall across high streets, retail parks and shopping centres is set to dip -0.6% on Black Friday for first time in four years, as consumers feel the pinch.Retail intelligence experts Springboard today forecast that year-on-year footfall ... 
13 November 2017

Sofology opens 40th store in Farnborough

The sofa specialist is celebrating its 40th store location, as it opens its doors in Farnborough for the first time today.The new store, which is located at Horizon Shopping Park, is the fifth of six new openings this year following York, Wednesbury,... 
10 November 2017

DIY WEEK AWARDS: Don’t miss your chance to shine

With entry now in full swing, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the recognition your company, team or product deserves.For retail businesses, there are seven categories that can shine a light on your stand-out business and colleagues, as well ... 
10 November 2017

ManoMano scraps “toxic” products, as UK backs ban on bee-harming pesticides

Today environment secretary Michael Gove announced that the UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe – a decision that Friends of the Earth welcomed, while online DIY and garden retailer ManoMano revealed it will ... 
9 November 2017

‘What’s new in Home Improvement’ launches to the industry

The brand new event, targeting consumer and trade press across the home improvement sector, is set to take place in London on February 21 next year.‘What’s new in Home Improvement’ is being brought to the industry by Insight DIY and Media-Events, ... 
9 November 2017

QVC UK wins again at Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards

QVC UK has again been rewarded for its customer service, winning the Multi-Channel Award at the 2017 Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards In addition, it was first overall for Social Media in Retail, second for Customer Experience on Calls ... 
9 November 2017
*

What do you think?


Should online distributors and re-sellers of lighting products who are based outside the UK be held accountable and made to comply with product testing and WEEE regulations?


Latest reader comments

re: Pest-Stop helps blitz bed bugs

Ely
What is the active ingredient in the fumer? Is it a water-based or do I need to ignite it? thanks...

re: Which? says B&Q website is bottom of the pile

Roger
I agree that b&q have got it badly wrong on their new website.whoever programmed it should be sacked. For a start, the menu button does not ...

re: Ideabright Ltd bought back in pre-pack deal

Danny
When are we ever going to learn that these types of businesses, are nothing more than what the authorities would under any other ...

re: Ideabright Ltd bought back in pre-pack deal

Rob Adams
I really hope the creditors do not deal with them again! The law does need changing. And if there is £59,000 in stock. Why are the ...

re: B&Q and Valspar partnership to "transform the paint market in the UK"

Pierre Bernard
I have tried 3 different types of paint custom mixed from Valstar at B&Q V700 V500 and wood metal gloss.Results : V700 one coat only ...

Most read stories