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Homebase announces plant range app

Homebase has become the first national home improvement and garden retailer to add its complete plant range to the SmartPlant App, giving customers the confidence to choose exactly the right plant for their home and garden. 
26 February 2020

Get Britain Building highlights £94bn return from buying British

A renewed Get Britain Building campaign is urging the government to get behind SME builders and UK manufacturers and distributors of construction products as it ramps up investment in critical infrastructure, public and commercial buildings and housing. 
25 February 2020

Home Depot announces 2019 results

The Home Depot has reported fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 results. 
25 February 2020

Benjamin Moore announces new stockist

Benjamin Moore has announced The Decorating Centre, Wetherby, as its latest authorised stockist. 
25 February 2020

New sales training course from BHETA

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is offering members a second one-day ‘Improving Your Sales Success’ course on Tuesday 28 April at Federation House, after the first course at the end of January was oversubscribed. 
24 February 2020

The show must go on

Despite the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), EisenWarenMesse, the International Hardware Fair Cologne, goes ahead as planned. 
24 February 2020

Positive sales to start 2020 according to GCA

Sales across traditional and non-traditional categories at garden centres across the country were up during January (2020) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. 
24 February 2020

GIMA examines consumer trends

GIMA has confirmed that it will once again be partnering with leading trends intelligence agency, Scarlet Opus, to present an exclusive look at the future with the next Consumer and Design Trend Seminar (26 March 2020). 
21 February 2020

Worcester Bosch named as one of the top domestic appliances

Boiler manufacturer Worcester Bosch has been awarded sixth place in the YouGov Top 10 Domestic Appliance Brands, as recommended by their customers.  
21 February 2020

Homebase supports National Home improvement Month

Homebase has joined forces with The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) to support National Home Improvement Month 2020. 
21 February 2020

Scott Brothers are now partnership distributors of moisture and pest control specialists, Kontrol.

Leading housewares supplier Scott Brothers are now partnership distributors of moisture and pest control specialists, Kontrol. Founded over 40 years ago, Kontrol provide simple and effective home and garden solutions designed to tackle moisture ... 
21 February 2020

Haskins to be redeveloped

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill has opened its doors to customers following a £15million investment to create a new, enhanced centre. 
19 February 2020

Wales and the South Coast are DIY property sale hotspots

Where is home to the largest number of potential jobs based on the biggest proportion of existing property sales? 
18 February 2020

Travis Perkins launches accountancy apprenticeship

Travis Perkins has launched a new finance graduate scheme as part of its recruitment strategy and commitment to apprenticeships. 
18 February 2020

Bira offers statement to incoming Chancellor

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is asking the new Chancellor of the Exchequer to honour pledges made by his predecessor. 
17 February 2020

Leekes to headline BHETA Forum

BHETA’s next retailer networking forum takes place on 25 March and will feature Amanda Reed, Leekes’ Buying Controller. 
17 February 2020

Rainy Day Trust issues statement on Coronavirus outbreak

Rainy Day Trust, the charity which exists to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry, has released a statement on the recent Coronavirus outbreak. 
17 February 2020

4Sight Vision Support receives help from The Screwfix Foundation

4Sight Vision Support based in Bognor Regis, is celebrating after being awarded £4,855 worth of funding from The Screwfix Foundation4Sight Vision Support based in Bognor Regis, is celebrating after being awarded £4,855 worth of funding from The Screwfix Foundation. 
14 February 2020

National Buying Group starts the decade with new suppliers

National Buying Group (NBG) is growing its roster in 2020 with the addition of 16 new suppliers. 
14 February 2020

HTA comments on cabinet reshuffle

The Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle has seen a number of changes made within the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). 
14 February 2020

What do you think?

With all the extra social distancing measures retailers have been forced to put in place, floor planning, product positioning, creative merchandising and POS displays are more crucial than ever.
But which of the following product categories do you feel are the most challenging to merchandise?

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