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Confused.com reveals Brit's are overspending by nearly £10,000 when renovating their home

Brits spend £34,000 renovating their homes, on average. That’s according to new research by Confused.com, which also reveals the areas of the home that are most commonly renovated, and the challenges people face when doing up their homes. You can ... 
28 October 2020

Picking up the paintbrush – the resurgence of DIY

The year 2020 has seen many UK homeowners swapping their usual technology filled hands for a paintbrush. Figures from Gov.UK show that between March and April 2020, gardening and DIY activity increased from ten minutes a day to nearly 50 minutes — ... 
27 October 2020

Leading UK stair part and mouldings manufacturer expands further

The UK’s leading stair part and mouldings manufacturer, Cheshire Mouldings continues to expand, investing a further £2 million to increase its UK production and distribution capabilities. The company, which is a firm supporter of UK manufacturing, ... 
26 October 2020

AkzoNobel delivers strong Q3 results with 3% growth in volumes and 18% increase in adjusted operating income

Akzo Nobel N.V. has published its results for third quarter 2020.Highlights Q3 2020ROS, excluding unallocated costs, increased to 17.7% (2019: 13.8%) due to strong margin management and cost savingsGrowth in volumes of 3%, with strong demand trends ... 
26 October 2020

Internet garden market set to achieve 25% growth in 2020

In 2020, the Internet garden products market is estimated to achieve growth of 25%, profiting from the surge in Internet usage as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the latest Internet Garden market report from AMA Research, it is ... 
26 October 2020

GIMA 2021 New Product Digest now live

The annual showcase of innovation from GIMA members – the GIMA New Product Digest - is now available, providing retailers with a comprehensive guide to the latest product innovations, point of sale and marketing initiatives ahead of the 2021 spring/... 
23 October 2020

Islington community centre scoops DIY prize

A community centre in the heart of Islington is celebrating after winning a sizeable gift from a local hardware and decorating merchant.Sam Parrington and Teena Phillips and Mildmay Community PartnershipMildmay Community Centre, on Woodville Road, ... 
22 October 2020

GIMA backs call for pragmatic approach to secure historic UK-EU agreement

The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) has joined with 71 other trade associations and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to urge the government to reach an agreement regarding a Brexit deal to ensure that the UK remains a key ... 
21 October 2020

BHETA enables kickstart funding for smaller employer members

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is set to apply to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme as an ‘organisation representative’ on behalf of its smaller employer members, enabling them to access the scheme. Kickstart offers support ... 
21 October 2020

Happy Compost – what’s new? The Greener Gardening Company unveils key sales drivers for 2021

When Happy Compost – a cutting-edge new brand of top performing peat-free growing media launched at Glee 2019, no-one could have predicted how demand for compost would skyrocket in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to The Greener ... 
20 October 2020

Kitchens by design is latest retailer to join Kbsa

The Kbsa has welcomed Kitchens by Design, a showroom based in Coleford, Gloucestershire, as the latest member to join the association. Kitchens by Design specialise in superior German designed kitchens by Leicht and Nobilia. Established since 2005,... 
20 October 2020

Homebase signs long-term partnership with THG Ingenuity to transform the online shopping experience

Homebase, one of the UK's leading home and garden retailers, today announces a ten-year partnership with e-commerce specialist The Hut Group (THG) and its ecommerce services division, THG Ingenuity, to transform the online shopping experience for ... 
20 October 2020

Bedroom furniture market severely impacted by Covid-19 Pandemic

The bedroom furniture market has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, AMA Research have noted commonalities with most other consumer durables markets where a decrease in sales has been prominent and initial forecasts indicate a decline ... 
19 October 2020

Home improvements underpinning construction recovery, says FMB 

The recently released ONS construction output data showing the increase in private repair and maintenance work by 35.6% in the three months to August has been a welcome boost for British builders, but uncertainty remains for the wider construction ... 
19 October 2020

Gardening grows green shoots of optimism  

The UK garden industry is well placed to be an engine of ‘green economic growth’ says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) today (Friday), as it publishes positive industry monthly sales figures (up 25% v Sept 19) and a new consumer trend ... 
16 October 2020

Toolstation boosts financial resilience of colleagues with earned wage access from Wagestream

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers of tools, accessories and supplies to the trade and homeowners has launched earned wage access (also known as Income Streaming) from Wagestream to boost the financial resilience of staff.The ... 
16 October 2020

Kingston set to welcome new decorating and DIY store

A leading decorating and DIY specialist will open a new branch in Kingston next month – and is offering an immediate £1,000 boost to the local community. Leyland SDM, which has 23 stores in London, is due to open the doors at the former Topps Tiles ... 
15 October 2020

First 100 percent UV cured wood coatings open window of opportunity for AkzoNobel

Window manufacturers can now make their production process more efficient and sustainable with a new instant drying solution from AkzoNobel. The company’s RUBBOL 100 percent UV cured exterior range of Sikkens wood coatings is said to be the first of ... 
15 October 2020

Greenfingers Charity completes its 59th and 60th garden projects!

Following Hospice Care Week, there is no better time to announce that the Greenfingers Charity has completed its 59th and 60th garden projects at the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice (St Austell, Cornwall) and Rainbows Hospice for Children & ... 
14 October 2020

Hand hygiene for all

Skin health and surface hygiene specialist, GOJO Industries-Europe Ltd, supports Global Handwashing Day on 15th October 2020The coronavirus pandemic continues to provide a stark reminder that one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of a ... 
14 October 2020
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