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Positive six month results

Dunelm Group has announced its interim results for the 26 weeks to 28 December 2019. Total like for like (LFL) revenue growth of 5.6%, which follows the first half of 2019 at 7.8%. 
13 February 2020

AkzoNobel outlines plans for 2020

AkzoNobel has hosted an investor event in London, broadcast live by video webcast, to provide an update on the company’s Winning together: 15 by 20 strategy
13 February 2020

Jewson invests in South London branches

Jewson has invested £1.5 million across three branches in south London, making improvements to its sites in Mitcham, Croydon, and West Wickham 
13 February 2020

AkzoNobel announces 2019 report

AkzoNobel’s full-year 2019 results have been announced, and are reported to show its "company transformation on track". 
12 February 2020

Jon Abrahamsson Ring announced as CEO of Inter IKEA Group

Jon Abrahamsson Ring has been announced as the new CEO of Inter IKEA Group. 
12 February 2020

Farplants become Perennial’s latest Platinum Partner

Farplants, the leading wholesale nursery co-operative, have become a Platinum partner of Perennial – the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture. 
12 February 2020

New sustainability programme from Squire’s Garden Centres

Squire’s Garden Centres has signed up to The Planet Mark to help drive its sustainability efforts. 
11 February 2020

Empathy by PlantWorks appoints new sales manager

PlantWorks UK, which produces biological solutions for gardening and horticulture, specialising in mycorrhizal fungi, has expanded its UK team ready for 2020. 
11 February 2020

More than 430 million DIY jobs currently need attention in Britain’s homes

More than 430 million DIY jobs currently need attention in Britain’s homes, a new study by leading tool firm Draper Tools has found. 

10 February 2020

Dulux reveals insight into decorators

Dulux Decorator Centre has revealed an insight into the lives of professional decorators, from what they value to achieve great results and make their work days run smoothly to how they most like to unwind.  
7 February 2020

DIY sector features prominently at Creativeworld

Christmasworld, Paperworld and Creativeworld – opened the new business season with topics of current relevance to the DIY sector. 3,051 exhibitors from 74 countries presented their latest products for seasonal and festive decorations, paper, office supplies and stationery, as well as hobby, crafts and artists’ requisites, to the national and international trade. 
7 February 2020

Bira Bira welcomes retention of Uniform Business Rates in Scotland

The British Independent Retail Association (Bira) has welcomed the decision by Scottish Parliament to retain the Uniform Business Rates (UBR). 
7 February 2020

It's official - decorating makes you happy!

New research from Homebase has revealed that Brits are increasingly tuning into the emotional benefits of interiors and home improvements, with one in two (54%) people stating that the physical act of decorating the home helps to increase their mood. 
6 February 2020

Christmas trading down for most retailers

Sales were up for books and toys; music; computer and telecoms; and health store retailers between October and December 2019, but all other sectors have seen a drop. 
6 February 2020

Dulux Academy celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Dulux Academy is supporting National Apprenticeship Week for the fourth consecutive year with hands on sessions for more than 100 apprentices. 
6 February 2020

HTA applauds vote on business rates in Scotland

A proposed amendment to scrap the Universal Business Rate across Scotland had passed in November 2019 at Stage 2 of the vote on the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill but was defeated at Stage 3 on 4 February 2020. 
5 February 2020

B&Q announce new apprenticeship scheme graduates

Apprentices aged between 20 to 61 years old and are amongst the 123 apprentices to graduate from B&Q’s Retail Team Leader, Level Three apprenticeship scheme, after successfully completing the 18 month store-based course. 
5 February 2020

Job Vacancy - Business Development Sales Manager - Barrettine Products

The Opportunity: To work with a well-established brand and an experienced team. A key role in helping to develop new products and expand the existing Barrettine wood care/product range.Barrettine is looking for an experienced Business Development ... 
4 February 2020

James Donaldson group acquires Rowan Manufacturing and Smith & Frate

James Donaldson & Sons Ltd (JDS), has announced the acquisition of Rowan Manufacturing Ltd (RML) and Smith & Frater Ltd (S&F) from the shareholders of the Rowan Group. 
4 February 2020

Clothing and houseplants show growth in December

Clothing was a big seller at garden centres across the country during December (2019) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report. 
4 February 2020

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