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Carol Paris to head up new garden centre group

Former Garden & Leisure Group director and HTA CEO, Carol Paris has received backing from Puma Investments to develop a group of garden centres in the south of England.Ms Paris has announced the formation of new company, Somerton Ltd, ... 
2 May 2018

AkzoNobel boosts Dulux Decorator Centre network in the UK to 203 stores

Akzo Nobel has acquired two businesses in the UK to enhance its network of Dulux Decorator Centres and further improve the service and support offered to its trade customers.The deals involve the purchase of Whites Trade Paints, based in South East ... 
2 May 2018

Suppliers could be squeezed by Asda Sainsbury’s merger

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has called on Sainsbury’s to provide assurances to its supply chain, as the supermarket chain announces it has agreed terms with Asda to merge the two companies.The grocer says the deal will “create a dynamic new ... 
30 April 2018

Online construction materials firm reports 50% growth in turnover

Construction Materials Online (CMO), the rapidly-expanding online retailer of building materials, has reported record growth, achieving revenues of £27million in the year to December 31, 2017. The figure is an increase of almost 50% since the ... 
30 April 2018

B&Q launches downy mildew-resistant breed of impatiens

B&Q has teamed up with Syngenta Flowers to bring popular bedding plant, the busy Lizzie back to British gardens. It describes its new ‘Imara Bizzie Lizzie’ as “hugely resistant to downy mildew and really easy for people to grow”.... 
30 April 2018

Martin Breddy lays out growth plans for Squire's

Former Scotts MD, Martin Breddy talks about life as a retailer since taking up the helm at Squire's in 2016. He also highlights plans to grown the business by 20% and increase footfall by 15% in 5 years ... 
30 April 2018

Xylella 30 Day Action Plan from the HTA

Due to the threat of Xylella fastidiosa and the potential devastation it poses to the horticultural industry the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has created a 30-day action plan. Through initiatives such as education and sharing best practice,... 
30 April 2018

Trago Mills opens mega store in Merthyr Tydfil

South West discount retailer, Trago Mills, opened its brand new £65million mega store in Merthyr Tydfil last on Saturday. The store, which opened on April 21, is Trago’s first-ever Welsh location and its first site outside Cornwall and Devon ... 
27 April 2018

B&Q welcomes EU ban on pesticides

The European Union has voted to bring in a total ban on the outdoor use of three of the world’s most widely-used insecticides, due to the risk they pose to the bee population. DIY and garden chain B&Q has come out in support of the decision ... 
27 April 2018

Hillier set for Chelsea 'first' with Royal Wedding installation

Hillier Garden Centres will make history, as the family-run business looks set to create a special display at the entrance of the Grand Pavilion at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. It is the first time the Royal Horticultural Society has ever ... 
27 April 2018

Struggling Bunnings UK and Ireland continues its downward slope

Wesfarmers Limited today announced its retail sales results for the third quarter of the 2018 financial year, reporting a hit from Bunnings UK and Ireland (BUKI) due to adverse weather conditions. Managing Director Rob Scott said the sales ... 
26 April 2018

Hanging basket masterclass at Squire’s to best Easter washout

Squire’s Garden Centres are running its very popular “Large Summer Hanging Basket” planting masterclass on Friday May 18 at 10am and 2pm.Hanging baskets can make a real statement in your garden and Squire’s gardening experts will show you how to ... 
26 April 2018

Akzo Nobel completes separation of specialty chemicals

Akzo Nobel N.V. has publushed its results for the first quarter 2018, having successfully completed the dual-track process for the separation of Specialty Chemicals; AkzoNobel to sell Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC for €10.1 ... 
24 April 2018

Planning application submitted for new Bunnings store in Ashford

Bunnings UK and Ireland (BUKI) has opened three stores in Kent since its acquirement of Homebase in February 2016, with stores in Thanet, Sittingbourne and Folkestone. Despite an unscheduled review of BUKI by parent company Wesfarmers in February, ... 
23 April 2018

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout

Garden centres across the country were affected by the bad weather during the early Easter break (March, 2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.Compared to the same month last year (2017) sales in ... 
20 April 2018

New distribution centre for B&Q in Swindon to create 100 new jobs

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has signed contracts on a new B&Q distribution centre (DC) in Swindon. The new site will improve efficiencies within the B&Q supply chain, enabling it to maximise product ... 
20 April 2018

March footfall is the steepest year on year fall since 2010 says BRC

Year-on-year, footfall in March decreased by 6%, a substantial decline compared to the positive rate of 1.3% seen for March 2017 and the steepest year on year fall since the end of 2010. The 12-month average is -1.4%.There was no growth in Footfall ... 
17 April 2018

Gardman announces move back to old warehouse after fire at Daventry

Garden products supplier, Gardman, has released a service update reporting it has fully operationalisted its previous site in Kings Lynn following a fire that destroyed the company's new warehouse in Daventry where more than 50 firefighters were ... 
17 April 2018

63% of homeowners admit to not knowing where to start with DIY tasks, says YouGov

A new survey from YouGov, on behalf of John Lewis Home Solutions, has found that the nation's homeowners are turning to tradespeople to carry out even the most basic DIY tasks rather than attempting it themselves. 78% said they would use a trusted ... 
13 April 2018

Carpetright announces it will close 92 stores

Carpetright is today announcing a proposal to address its legacy property issues and reduce the size of its UK property estate and rental cost base by the implementation of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).The directors of the company have ... 
12 April 2018

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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

B&Q bob
They have taken away showroom staff commission most earning a minimum of £300 a month and replaced it with an extra 50p an hour! So the ...

re: Homebase creditors approve Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal

Does this mean other premises in the same retail parks, with the same landlords, will also see their rents reduced by 50%? It is only fair!...

re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

BQ bob
No employees will be worse off! That's what they said when they changed staff wages two years ago now older staff are £2300 a year worse ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

Clas Ohlson was a favourite shop for shopping. Over the years since it opened I always shopped for small electronic items which were very ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

L Shepherd
It is a pity CL couldn't move across the road to Centrale and set up a new format shop there. Now there is no other shop like Clas Olson ...

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