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Kingfisher issues Q4 pre-close trading update

Kingfisher plc has released an update on its Q4 trading to date.Q4 trading to 9 JanuaryAs announced on 19 November 2020, Kingfisher’s Q3 20/21 Group LFL(1) sales were up 17.4%, while Q4 20/21 Group LFL sales (to 14 November)(2) were up 12.6%.Since ... 
15 January 2021

HTA Market Update shows impact of rollercoaster year in 2020 

Last year saw the ornamental horticulture industry cope with a year of extraordinary crisis and change amidst tough coronavirus restrictions across much of the UK and particularly in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.In its Market Update for ... 
15 January 2021

It’s a full house for DJ Turfcare as its Lawn Boost receives RHS endorsement

DJ Turfcare is celebrating as it has been confirmed that its latest lawn innovation – organic-based Lawn Boost - has received endorsement from the leading gardening charity, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). This recent update means that the ... 
15 January 2021

Cmostores.com expands portfolio with acquisition of Total Tiles

Disruptive online construction and home improvement products retailer CMOStores.com has completed the acquisition of online tile retailer Total Tiles.The transaction, which was completed on 31st December 2020, is the second acquisition by the ... 
14 January 2021

Plastic tax campaign gathers momentum after BHETA lobbying

Following the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s approach to Government outlining its objections to last minute additions to the draft Plastic Packaging tax legislation, which extended its scope to include consumer goods as well as ... 
14 January 2021

Revealed: The city most stressed by DIY

We all know that assembling your own household furniture is nothing short of a nightmare and with lockdown 3.0 in full swing, the UK is under increasing pressure to 'Do It Yourself'. In a new study conducted by MyJobQuote.co.uk, it was found that, ... 
14 January 2021

The DIY tasks saving Brits over £8,000

Starting the new year off as you mean to go on can mean many things, but for 31% of Brits saving money is a top priority and a common resolution. 1 in 10 also commit to making a resolution to decorate or renovate their homes at some point during the ... 
14 January 2021

Stuart Turner, the founder of Plasplugs has died aged 83

Stuart Turner was the man who invented the first ever plastic wall plug that gave its name to the company he set up in Burton upon Trent. Plasplugs was synonymous with the growth of DIY and home improvement in the 1970s.When he started, he made the ... 
13 January 2021

HMG Paints gain Made in Britain accreditation

HMG Paints, one of the UK’s largest independent paint manufacturers, has attained 'Made in Britain' accreditation. Made in Britain brings together the British manufacturing community, the company will now carry the Made in Britain collective mark ... 
12 January 2021

Crown Paints looks to the future with new warehouse in Hull

Crown Paints has commenced work on a new state-of-the-art raw material and packaging warehouse facility at its Hull manufacturing base.The warehouse, which will be located at Crown Paints’ Sculcoates Lane site, represents a £4.4 million investment ... 
12 January 2021

Wickes latest ‘housebarrassment’ campaign reflects the on-going challenges of working from home

Home improvement retailer, Wickes, is again trying to help ‘Cure Housebarrassment’ - the feeling of unease or embarrassment at the thought of guests seeing certain elements of one’s home - in its latest creative campaign from VCCP.The latest TV and ... 
11 January 2021

Garden centre boss calls for united approach to Covid

A garden centre boss is urging the industry to stick to the latest set of government guidelines or face being stripped of their essential status. Chris Bonnett who runs Bonnetts Garden Village in Brentwood has voluntarily taken the decision to shut ... 
8 January 2021

Rise to the Covid-19 challenge with Skills TG’s new guide

We are living through an extremely challenging time where many building services businesses are being forced to make difficult decisions about their future, however, even during difficult times there are opportunities to evolve and thrive. To help ... 
7 January 2021

EFG Housewares launches updated website

One of the UK’s largest independent wholesalers, EFG Housewares, has launched a new trade website that showcases the majority of its 50,000 regular items, with special offers available every day at www.efghousewares.co.ukEFG Housewares is committed ... 
7 January 2021

B&Q and Speedy trial new outlets

B&Q, the leading UK home improvement retailer, and Speedy, the leading UK provider of tools and equipment hire, announce the extension of a trial of new tool and equipment hire outlets within B&Q.The trial commenced in July with Speedy ... 
6 January 2021

Finnsworth joins BHETA

Glazing and packing shims manufacturer, Finnsworth Ltd is the latest new DIY member at the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). With an established reputation for making bespoke and premium quality plastic and metal products for the ... 
6 January 2021

HTA Chairman calls on industry to celebrate efforts of 2020 and look toward 2021 from a position of preparedness  

The Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association has recognised the remarkable efforts of people in Britain’s horticultural industries and committed to getting straight back to business on their behalf in January 2021, urging the trade to do ... 
5 January 2021

Toolstation launches new Trade Credit as one in five trades admit concerns about cash flow

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers of tools and building supplies, has introduced its new Trade Credit account and January Catalogue as part of its continued commitment to further support its trade customers. It comes at a time ... 
5 January 2021

ToughBuilt introduces new UK sales and distribution operations

Following its highly successful launch into the UK market, ToughBuilt Industries is introducing its own UK-based sales team.Until now, the US manufacturer has worked with Toolbank as its exclusive UK distributor to supply its range of innovative ... 
4 January 2021

Consumer spending declined 7.1 per cent in 2020 amidst a year of restrictions, yet spending at home improvement & DIY stores surged, according to Barclaycard

Consumer spending declined 7.1 per cent year-on-year in 2020 – as coronavirus restrictions impacted many sectors, with high-street retailers and hospitality hardest hit. Yet there were some bright spots as changing consumer behaviours spurred e-... 
4 January 2021
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