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New brand ambassador for Evergreen Garden Care

Evergreen Garden Care, which encompasses garden care brands such as Miracle-Gro, Levington, Roundup and Tomorite, has announced it has appointed one of the UK’s most prominent Chartered Horticulturalist and TV broadcasters, David Domoney, as its brand ambassador. 
21 January 2020

Wilk supports National Home Improvement Month 2020

Home and garden retailer, wilko, which has 417 stores across the UK, is to support National Home Improvement Month. 
21 January 2020

HTA demand action on kerbside collections

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is calling for action to be taken by local authorities to collect recyclable plant pots in their kerbside collections. 
21 January 2020

DIY Week Awards 2020 - Entry deadline extended - 10 February

This year’s DIY Week Awards are fast approaching, and with a number of new sponsors having committed to the event, it’s shaping up to be the best yet! Joining Home Hardware (presenting Home and Kitchen Product of the Year), who committed to the ... 
20 January 2020

Two new Screwfix stores to open

Screwfix is celebrating the opening of two new stores – in Bingham and Lincoln. 
20 January 2020

New trademark to protect home improvement consumers

A new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home. 
20 January 2020

AMES UK invests 1.5million in acquisition of Kelkay

AMES UK has demonstrated its confidence in the team and the future growth of the business by funding a £1.5m investment in warehousing and logistics as well as new packaging machinery, all of which has been installed since August 2019. 
20 January 2020

GCA conference in aid of Greenfingers

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff can now sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference (26-29 January). 
17 January 2020

Homeowners abandoning DIY according to Checkatrade

Research from, the UK’s leading online trades directory, has found that more than 85% of the public have sought tradespeople to do odd jobs around the house over the last 12 months. 
17 January 2020

Plant Finder to include ‘houseplants for every room’

A new section dedicated to houseplants has been launched on Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder software. 
17 January 2020

Home Hardware (Scotland) 2019 turnover up 3.22%

Home Hardware Scotland has just released its 2019 figures, showing an increase of 3.22% like-for-like on the previous year. 
17 January 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of its “Made A Difference” awards

Squire’s Garden Centres has rewarded some of its employees for making a difference to the business. 
16 January 2020

Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) to launch new safety seminar at FIT

The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that it will be launching a new safety seminar this year at the 2020 FIT Show at the NEC in May. 
16 January 2020

Satisfactory Christmas trading reports from Theo Paphitis Retail Group

Theo Paphitis Retail Group has announced Financial Year End 2019 Results and provided a Christmas Trading Statement, which it describes as " a Resilient Group performance amid challenging conditions". 
16 January 2020

Positive pre-season orders for Neudorff’s natural gardening range

DLF Seeds, the new distributor for Neudorff, is reporting strong pre-season orders for the German natural gardening product portfolio. 
15 January 2020

HTA opposes business rates change in Scotland

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has opposed the proposed move to scrap the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland. 
14 January 2020

Richard Burbidge relocates to North Wales

Richard Burbidge, the manufacturer and supplier of stair parts, decking accessories and decorative mouldings has relocated its head office to Chirk, North Wales, joining the company’s existing onsite manufacturing and distribution facility.



14 January 2020

New JYSK in Oldham set for Spring 2020

YSK, the Scandinavian-owned multi-billion Euro furniture brand, has announced it will open in Oldham in Spring 2020. 
14 January 2020

Travis Perkins sells wholesale Plumbing & Heating business

Travis Perkins' management team has confirmed the sale of its wholesale plumbing & heating business, Primaflow F&P, to Newbury Investments (UK). 
13 January 2020

Gardening, horticultural and pet industries pay tribute to Theresa Swann

The UK and international gardening and pet industries have been paying tribute to Theresa Swann, head of Events at Gardenex and PetQuip, who sadly passed away in December. 
13 January 2020

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