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Sales of outdoor plants soar in February

UK garden centres reported a 61% surge in sales of outdoor plant last month, helped by the milder weather this spring, with garden sundries and sales of seeds and bulbs also showing increases.The positive start to 2019 continued into February as ... 
25 March 2019

Wilko becomes headline sponsor of Great British Spring Clean

Hardware and housewares chain Wilko has signed up to be the headline sponsor of The Great British Spring Clean 2019.Organised by the Keep Britain Tidy charity, this year’s Great British Spring Clean – which kicked off on March 22 and runs to April ... 
25 March 2019

Instagram launches 'checkout'

Users can now buy products from major brands without leaving the social media app and will only need to enter their details the first time they check out. Whilst the service is currently only available in the US and on selected brands, the social ... 
25 March 2019

Veteran gold medal winner set to return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

11-times medal winner, Medwyn Williams will make a return to Chelsea in May year after a nine-year absence. Mr Williams will, once again, set up in the Grand Pavilion to exhibit his award-winning vegetable display, with the support of sponsors, ... 
25 March 2019

Report finds worrying discrepancies in retailer price strategies

Following suggestions that retailers are failing to recognise the value of effective pricing, a new report has revealed concerning discrepancies in pricing strategies in UK retail.Figures showed that, despite more than a third of retailers (34%) ... 
25 March 2019

Sainsbury’s and Asda commit to £1billion of grocery savings

Sainsbury's and Asda have recently submitted to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) its responses to the CMA's Provisional Findings and Notice of Proposed Remedies, following a damning report, suggesting possible action would be made to ... 
22 March 2019

Kingfisher CEO to step down as profits dive

Owner of DIY giant B&Q, and Screwfix, Kingfisher plc reported further hits to its profit as an announcement from the group confirms CEO Véronique Laury will step down from her position and the Board will ensure a "orderly transition". A ... 
20 March 2019

Plantscape opens second nursery

Plantscape has developed a new nursery site in Yorkshire in response to rising demand for its self-watering planters and hanging baskets by towns, cities, In Bloom groups and BID organisations across the UK.The new 10,000 sq ft facility in York will ... 
19 March 2019

Bord na Móna boosts its credentials with triple award win

Bord na Móna has added three new ‘Best Buys’ to its credentials, across both branded and own-label products, following a triple award win in the latest Which? compost trials. Since 2010, the company has won significantly more awards than any other ... 
19 March 2019

Local business D.W. Nye renamed

Kingsfold based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has been renamed the business as NYEs Building Supplies. The rebrand follows the company’s recent announcement that it will be expanding the existing facilities with the addition of a new 1000m2 warehouse ... 
19 March 2019

Timber doors supplier celebrates carbon neutral accreditation

XL Joinery, supplier of wooden doors and associated products, has announced it has officially been recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to a sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.The accreditation, ... 
18 March 2019

Better Bathrooms bought out of administration

It has been confirmed by Phil Pierce and Gary Blackburn from specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP that the assets of BetterBathrooms (UK) Limited have been sold to Buy it Direct Ltd. Better Bathrooms is said to be the largest ... 
18 March 2019

Success of Homebuilding & Renovating Show displays opportunities in the market

The first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 "defied expectations" despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting 50% more visitors than anticipated. The event, which took place for the first time between 18-20 January 2019 at ... 
18 March 2019

Building Supplies Online launches garden and outdoor categories

Aiming to capitalise on the busy spring market and with plans to double its turnover this year, Building Supplies Online has launched two new categories covering paving, garden and outdoor products. The offer is aimed at a broad range of customers, ... 
18 March 2019

Debenhams gives Mike Ashley loan “careful consideration”

The department store chain confirmed receipt of Sports Direct’s proposal to provide a 12-month unsecured loan of £150million, under the condition that Mike Ashley is named CEO and director of the business. Debenhams says it will engage with all ... 
15 March 2019

DIY Week announces awards compere

Iranian comedian and writer, Shappi Khorsandi will host the annual DIY Week Awards, set to take place on Friday, May 10 in London. Shappi first grabbed the comedy world’s attention with her original sell-out Edinburgh show, ... 
15 March 2019

BHETA secures raft of new members, as its trade conference is branded a hit

Sodastream, Abus, Jafco Tools, and Smartwares are the latest companies to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), as the organisation receives overwhelmingly positive feedback about its latest event.The Future for International ... 
15 March 2019

Scott Parnell plans to expand its Milton Keynes branch

Civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell has announced it will be expanding its Milton Keynes branch.As a result of significant growth at the business, the company has acquired additional space at its current location on Colts Holm Road ... 
15 March 2019

UK kitchen market set for £50million boost this year

A new report suggests kitchen sales will rise by £50million in 2019, despite ongoing challenges for the £3billion kitchen products industry.Based on kitchen suppliers’ data, the research by MTW Research found that higher-value rigid kitchen cabinets,... 
15 March 2019

Last chance for early-bird rate for Global DIY Summit

This is the last week to take advantage of the discounted rate, so register today and receive up to 300Euros off the price of attending the global networking event set to take place in Dublin June 5-7.Representatives from across the world will come ... 
15 March 2019
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Beverley
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