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Oak Furniture Land opens first showroom in Derry and second store in Northern Ireland

Oak Furniture Land opened its first showroom in Derry on Saturday 14 October 2017 and its second store in Northern Ireland. The 8,708 sq ft showroom located at the Crescent Link Retail Park, has created six new jobs and forms part of the company’s ... 
18 October 2017

The Range announces new stores

The Range has announced a new concept of stores in Cornwall. The Range on the Beach, which will have more seasonal opening hours than the larger outlets in the UK, will be tested out for the first time in Cornwall next year in time for the new ... 
18 October 2017

BHETA attracts new DIY members

Robinson Young and Milliamp are the latest companies to sign up to The British Home Enhancement Trade Association’s (BHETA) many membership benefits.Robinson Young is a UK-dedicated largescale specialist distributor of non-food FMCG products. It ... 
18 October 2017

Squire’s opens stylish new café bar in Shepperton centre

Family-run garden retailer Squire’s Garden Centres has revamped the café at its centre in Shepperton, Middlesex to create a striking new café bar, complete with afternoon tea area and piano.The new eatery boasts stylish new decor and there are now ... 
17 October 2017

DLF Seeds lands exclusive distribution deal on MossOff chemical free

DLF Seeds Ltd has announced a new partnership with VivaGreen Group and will act as a distributor of VivaGreen’s products in the UK, representing the range of MossOff Chemical Free products.The deal will see DLF start selling the products via the ... 
17 October 2017

Retail footfall down third month in a row

Footfall in September decreased by 1.2% year-on-year, the same decrease as in August, in line with the three-month rolling average of -1.2% and below the 12-month rolling average of -0.4%, according to figures produced by the British Retail ... 
16 October 2017

The Range hopes for go-ahead on new superstore

Discount retailer The Range's plans for a superstore and new headquarters on a former Ministry of Defence (MoD) site in Plymouth hopes to get the green light from councillors at a meeting on October 19, 2017. The new development could create about ... 
16 October 2017

IKEA hikes prices by 3%

Furniture retailer IKEA Group has increased prices by 3% in Britain to compensate for a slump in sterling after the country’s decision to leave the EU, which has pushed up import costs. The Group imports many of the products it sells in Britain, ... 
16 October 2017

ERA Homeguard shortlisted for security award

Home security specialist, ERA has impressed judges of the IFSEC Security & Fire Excellence Awards with its new cloud-based alert and monitoring alarm system, Homeguard, which has been shortlisted for the Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent ... 
16 October 2017

Profits up for Home Bargains

Home Bargains owner TJ Morris has increased turnover to almost £1.9bn, while the family-owned retailers profits have risen by a quarter.The company has reported a turnover of £1.87bn for the year ending 30 June 2017, which is 17% higher than a year ... 
16 October 2017

Akzo Nobel decorative paints UK awarded carbon trust triple standard

Akzo Nobel’s Decorative Paints UK business has been awarded the Carbon Trust Triple Standard?—?the second time that AkzoNobel has won this prestigious award.This award recognises AkzoNobel as having the greatest positive impact on the environment, ... 
13 October 2017

DIY Week Awards: Entry has never been simpler

With a new-look website and exciting new categories, it has never been easier to enter the DIY Week Awards.As well as revamping our categories to reflect the changing home improvement and garden retail sector, we have simplified the entry process to ... 
13 October 2017

Tesco and Aldi joins list of retailers defying £1 cut off date

The discount supermarket chain Aldi is to accept the old £1 coins in its UK stores for two weeks after the cut off date where they stop circulation.The UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, also said earlier this week that it would allow its shoppers to pay ... 
13 October 2017

Perrywood GC on a mission to bring houseplants to classrooms in Essex

As part of its Green Up Your Home campaign, award-winning Perrywood Garden Centre is hoping to boost concentration, improve air quality and reduce stress levels by visiting local schools in the area and providing them with free houseplants.The ... 
13 October 2017

John Lewis reports dip in home sales

In the weekly sales figures John Lewis reported total sales were £89.1m, down 0.9% on last year.Home sales were down 2.5%. However, the Christmas Villages continue to perform strongly and Halloween products were up 30% on last year.Electricals and ... 
11 October 2017

Housewares feature at BHETA networking forum

BHETA’s next networking forum is to feature the latest news from Steamer Trading as well as a survey of other aspects of today’s housewares market. The forum will be held on Thursday November 9 November at Federation House.Steamer Trading chairman, ... 
11 October 2017

Bake-Off boosts bakeware sales at Robert Dyas

Latest figures from Robert Dyas reveal the homeware retailer has seen a significant increase in visitors to the bakeware section on its website since the start of the new Channel 4 series of The Great British Bake Off. “Since the show has been aired ... 
11 October 2017

Dunelm reports total revenue rise of 24.8%

British homewares retailer Dunelm reported total revenue for the first quarter rose by 24.8% to £247.9 million, showing a growth of £49.2 million.Total like-for-like revenue grew by 9.3%.Commenting on Dunelm's performance, Chairman Andy Harrison ... 
11 October 2017

Sale of Selby Garden Centre

Alexander Mackie Associates Ltd. are delighted to announce the private and confidential sale of Selby Garden Centre located at Hull Road, Osgodby, Selby, North Yorkshire on behalf of their clients Mr. & Mrs. Ward to Mr. Noble of Victoria Farm ... 
10 October 2017

Bunnings opens first Warehouse store in Essex

Australian home improvement retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors to the first store in Essex today on the site of the former Homebase in Basildon. The overhauled store on the London Road in Vange, occupies a footprint of 57,000sq ... 
10 October 2017

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