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Dragon’s Den boost for another DIY product

Home security device Patlock has joined the ranks of home improvement products reporting a spike in sales after an apperance on BBC Two's Dragon's Den. 
1 March 2017

Retailers told to prepare for new £1 coin

In just under a month, a new pound coin will be introduced into circulation and the 30-year-old current coin will begin to be phased out. 
1 March 2017

Ehlo staff to run 20 miles for Garden Re-Leaf

Energetic team members of the Elho UK team are putting on their running (and walking) shoes to raise money for Garden Re-Leaf Day. On March 17, 2017 UK sales manager David Nicholson will be joined by team-members Craig, Louise, Bobby and Adam to complete a 20-mile circuit for the fundraising event, which raises money for industry charity Greenfingers. 
1 March 2017

RHS reveals design for Chelsea industry exhibit

The design has been revealed for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show industry showcase exhibit entitled “40 Sunbury Road” and the HTA is calling for its members to help contribute to the garden 
1 March 2017

Yale launches security drive as it emerges Brits lose 20m spare keys

Security supplier Yale has launched a new security awareness campaign as new figures have emerged revealing that UK homeowners have shared and subsequently lost track of nearly 20 million spare keys. 
1 March 2017

Chairman elect announced for the GCA

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced its chairman elect for 2018/19. 
28 February 2017

Sir Philip Green pays £363m towards BHS pension deficit

Former BHS owner Sir Philip Green has announced a £363m settlement towards the BHS pension scheme, which was left in a £571m deficit following the retailer's collapse last year. 
28 February 2017

AMA Market Report: Kitchen furniture sees 5% growth in 2016

The UK domestic kitchen furniture market has grown steadily in recent years and particularly in 2015/2016 with value growth in the past two years reaching 5% per annum. There is also evidence of volume growth during this period. 
28 February 2017

Home Hardware wins top housewares wholesaler award

Home Hardware had cause to celebrate recently when the dealer-owned wholesaler was awarded Britain's Best Housewares Wholesaler Award at the Housewares Innovation Awards 2017. 
27 February 2017

Bord na Mona named Wyevale Supplier of the Year

Bord na Móna UK has been awarded ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the recent Wyevale Spring Show. 
27 February 2017

Garden retailers invited to Plantfest at Hereford nurseries

Retailers are being invited to two nurseries in Hereford this March to attend their PlantFest. 
27 February 2017

HTA and APL shortlisted for awards

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) have been shortlisted for a number of awards relating to their events, publications and website. 
24 February 2017

Christmasworld 2017 hailed a “complete success”

Organisers have reported another successful Christmasworld tradeshow, with more than 10,700 trade buyers attending across the seasonal trade event and sister shows Paperworld and Creativeworld 
24 February 2017

Analysts give ‘sell’ rating for Kingfisher stock

B&Q and Screwfix parent, Kingfisher plc has earned an average ‘sell’ rating for its stock this week, as investor analysts covering the company asses its share performanc 
23 February 2017

Greater call for British-made products

Demand for UK-made goods increased in recent months, with total order books improving further, but prices are expected to ris 
23 February 2017

Garden centre loses High Court battle over green belt row

Hare Hatch Sheeplands, near Twyford, has lost a battle in the High Court over its use of green belt land. 
22 February 2017

B&Q recalls 25 'dangerous' light fittings

B&Q has recalled 25 light fittings sold in its stores between February 2014 and February 2017 due to the risk of parts falling from the fixtures and injuring people. 
22 February 2017

Jewson promises pay increase for staff

Builders merchant, Jewson has announced plans to increase its employees’ wages ahead of the Government’s introduction of the National Living Wage later this year. 
21 February 2017

Dobbies and Decco to speak at GIMA Day Conference

The Garden Industry Manufacturer's Association (GIMA) has announced that Dobbies Garden Centres ceo John Cleland and Decco's ceo designate Charlie Lacey will be speaking at the next GIMA day conference. 

20 February 2017

Axminster Tools recognised as a top 250 ecommerce retailer

Devon-based Axminster Tools & Machinery has recently been listed in the top 250 ecommerce and cross-channel retailers as detailed in the Internet Retailing UK (IRUK) Top 500 report 2017, moving up a level from the top 350 group where the company was placed in 2016. 
17 February 2017

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