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‘No-deal’ Brexit could see soaring material prices and lower workloads

Construction SMEs want the new Prime Minister to slash VAT on housing, renovation and repair work to help tempt homeowners to finally commission the home improvement projects they’ve been putting off due to Brexit-related uncertainty. New research ... 
3 July 2019

Topps reports 3.8% uplift in Q3

Topps Tiles has seen sales rise nearly 4% during the last quarter, bolstered by its venture into the commercial market, and new range launches, as the retailer’s strategy of ‘out-specialising the specialists’ “delivers strong results”.The sales jump ... 
3 July 2019

Choice Marketing adds three new garden centres and changes marketing agency

The new additions - Highfield Garden World in Whitminster and Blackbrooks Garden Centre’s two new garden centres at Hastings and Lower Dicker – take the number of Choice Marketing’s members to 45, and bolster its group retail turnover to more than £... 
3 July 2019

Garden centre sales still ahead despite wetter and cooler May

Garden centre sales are 13% up based on the calendar year to May 2019 vs 2018, according to the June 2019 issue of HTA Market Update published last week.Houseplant sales remained strong in May, but sales of garden and outdoor ranges suffered in the ... 
2 July 2019

The ‘Let’s Explore’ Greenfingers garden opens at Richard House Children’s Hospice

Greenfingers Charity has announced it was delighted to be joined by children, families and supporters at the official opening of the charity’s latest garden project at London’s first children’s hospice, Richard House, on 27 June 2018. Greenfingers ... 
2 July 2019

DIY SOS will head to Blackburn this year for Children in Need special

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Blackburn with Darwen later this year to take on an ambitious build to benefit a local charity. DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will see Nick ... 
2 July 2019

Smart Garden Products named in London Stock Exchange dynamic companies list

Smart Garden Products Ltd has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), with ... 
2 July 2019

Notcutts opens new display garden in Maidstone

A special ribbon cutting event was held at Notcutts Garden Centre in Maidstone to celebrate the opening of a new display garden, designed to inspire local gardeners with imaginative planting and landscaping ideas all year round. Caroline Notcutt, ... 
28 June 2019

Wilko to open two new stores

British value home and garden retailer, wilko, will open the doors to its newly relocated store at Tameside One, Ashton-under-Lyne on 10 July at 9am, the company confirms, as well as announcing it has signed a lease for a new store at The Oaks ... 
27 June 2019

Over 500 jobs at risk as Bathstore collapses into administration

After failing to secure a buyer, Bathstore, the UK’s biggest bathroom specialist, has collapsed into administration putting over 500 jobs at risk. The company has appointed the business services firm BDO as administrators, who said the retailer ... 
26 June 2019

Wyevale sells second garden centre to Cherry Lane

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced that Podington Garden Centre has been sold to Cherry Lane Garden Centre. The sale is expected to complete by the middle of August, with WGC continuing to operate the centre until this date. Cherry Lane Garden ... 
26 June 2019

Carpetright restructure produces positive results

The carpet and floorcoverings retailer, Carpetright, has announced its "business turnaround [is] on track with an encouraging return to positive like-for-like sales growth" in its full year results, following the group’s restructuring last year ... 
26 June 2019

Research underlines the Recent Smart Home Revolution

According to recent research conducted by property specialists FastSaleHomes.co.uk, smart home devices/appliances which can be remotely managed and monitored over Wi-Fi by smartphones and tablets, have revolutionised the way people live. ... 
25 June 2019

Mill Race garden centre up for sale

Owner of Mill Race garden centre, Swallow Aquatics has announced it plans to sell the centre, as it takes away from its speciality in aquatics. The centre is located in Aldham, Colchester and is one of the largest garden centres in Essex. Managing ... 
21 June 2019

Climatic challenges delay arrival of Swifts

Wildlife experts who work to save the UK’s dwindling swift population are concerned at the late arrival of these birds, which nest here after spending the winter in Africa. Many swifts have arrived up to two weeks late, and the RSPB has received ... 
21 June 2019

Fedden USP announces AHDB SmartHort workshop centres

Neil Fedden, owner and managing consultant at Hampshire-based Lean business specialists, Fedden USP, will be leading three new Strategic SmartHort Centres that are being set-up by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).The three ... 
21 June 2019

Dyson challenges “misleading” vax ad and wins

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint by Dyson that a claim made by Vax that its blade cordless 24v vacuum cleaner is “as powerful as a corded vacuum” was misleading and could not be substantiated.The claim appeared in a ... 
19 June 2019

Wyevale sells another 11 centres totalling 101 sales overall

Wyevale Garden Centres today announces the sale of 11 garden centres in four separate transactions to British Garden Centres, The Plant Area Limited (t/a Clandon Park Garden Centre), Coolings Garden Centres and Maidenhead Aquatics.British Garden ... 
19 June 2019

Home and gift sales lift John Lewis weekly figures

Total sales were up 3.8% last week compared with last year, with home, gift, and large electricals providing a significant boost.Overall, home sales were up 4%, with gifts, cook and dine sales up 3.2%.  Within this, gift sales were up 17%, driven by ... 
19 June 2019

Parker Building Supplies acquires Stamco

The 15-strong independent builders merchant has taken over Sussex Turnery and Moulding Company Limited (Stamco) in a deal that accelerates the firm’s growth strategy and takes its new combined turnover to £100million.The acquisition was supported by ... 
19 June 2019
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