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UPDATE: Bunnings' conversions for 2018

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings, opened its 10th UK Warehouse store, taking over the former Homebase outlet on Edinburgh Way in Harlow in November, and now news has come to light revealing the locations for new stores that will open ... 
7 December 2017

Box of Allsorts wins home hardware's christmas window dressing competition

We are delighted to announce that Box of Allsorts (Shaftsbury) has won this year’s Christmas Window Dressing Competition. Danum Home Hardware (Doncaster) received the runner’s up prize.All Home Hardware retailers were invited to participate in the ... 
7 December 2017

Award-winning plant care app smashes crowdfunding target

Smart Plant, the digital app that lets gardeners upload their plant collection and advice on how to care for them, has exceeded its crowdfunding target by 137%. Supported by Tribe First - the first dedicated crowdfunding support agency for start-up ... 
6 December 2017

Norwegian brand moves into UK heating market

Following rapid growth in its international business, heating brand, Mill has launched in the UK.Liverpool-based Benross Marketing, a homewares and electrical appliances distributor, has obtained the exclusive UK distribution license for the UK and ... 
6 December 2017

Online steals the black friday show says BRC

In November, UK retail sales increased by 0.6% on a like-for-like basis from November 2016, when they had increased 0.6% from the preceding year.On a total basis, sales rose 1.5% in November, against a growth of 1.3% in November 2016. This is in ... 
5 December 2017

Research shows in-store crowds are biggest stress factor for christmas shoppers

With Christmas just around the corner, new research has revealed that there are simple ways that merchants can win over shoppers who are struggling with stress during the busy festive season. The new research by Swedish payments provider Klarna ... 
5 December 2017

Envirobuild aims to protect over 40K acres of rainforest through rainforest trust donations

EnviroBuild, a sustainable construction company, aims to protect over 40k acres of rainforest this year through donating 10% of their profits to the Rainforest Trust and Ocean Cleanup. Ocean Cleanup is an organisation that collects plastic in the ... 
5 December 2017

Tool Shop Group expands with Camden opening

London independent chain Tool Shop Group continues to grow its estate, officially opening its 11th store on the bustling Camden High Street.The new opening closely follows that of another new outlet in Highbury, which started trading in September ... 
4 December 2017

Kingfisher acquires Praktiker Romania

Kingfisher plc has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Praktiker Romania S.A. following receipt of competition approval. Kingfisher entered into a binding acquisition agreement in August 2017 to strengthen our position in the country. ... 
4 December 2017

Torwood Garden Centre win multiple awards at falkirk herald business awards

Last week, Torwood Garden Centre had a trio of successes, winning three awards at the Falkirk Herald business awards dinner.Having never entered the Falkirk Herald Business Awards before the garden centre decided to apply for the awards after a year ... 
4 December 2017

Akzo Nobel gets green light to separate out Speciality Chemicals division

The Dutch coatings firm’s newly-appointed chief financial officer (CFO) and three supervisory board members have gained shareholder approval for the move, which forms part of its strategy to create two “focused, high-performing businesses,” with ... 
4 December 2017

Tile Mountain lands place on Sunday Times ‘Fast Track Ones to Watch 10’ list

Online tile retailer Tile Mountain has been awarded a place in Fast Track Ones To Watch 10 list, which is due to be published this weekend (December 3) in The Sunday Times, alongside the 21st annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 League table.The list ... 
1 December 2017

Minky Homecare signs distribution deal with Pooling Partners

Coventry-based Pooling Partners, which produces and pools sustainable wooden pallets, has landed a major deal with Minky Homecare to move thousands of its laundry and household products through the UK supply chain.Established in the UK in 1941, Vale ... 
1 December 2017

Hardware indie launches feel-good Christmas ad to rival the multiples

Family-run, Hafod Hardware has garnered great attention for its festive advert and has high hopes of putting its Welsh town on the map, with national press even picking up on the story.Thomas Jones, who helps run the shop with his grandparents, ... 
1 December 2017

Stax seals distribution deal with leading brands Flymo and McCulloch

Leading wholesaler Stax Trade Centres has finalised a deal that will see them become official distributors for leading consumer garden brands Flymo and McCulloch.

The landmark deal will add further value and depth to Stax’s ever growing garden portfolio and offer their independent retail customers access to an enhanced offering of garden power tools. The deal seals an end to what has been a very busy year for Stax’s garden buying department with a number of high profile deals announced already. 

30 November 2017

RHS may withdraw perfect for pollinators logo

With Michael Gove committed to supporting a ban on use of neonicotinoids, ManoMano’s decision to ban ‘toxic pesticides’, Friends of the Earth (FOE) issuing more than 18,000 letters to Homebase regarding their use in the pesticides they sell, many ... 
29 November 2017

Walton Flooring Centre named retailer of the year

Knowsley Business Awards recognised Walton Flooring Centre as Retailer of the Year at their annual awards ceremony on 23rd November, just six weeks after they received the same accolade from Merseyside Independent Business Awards. This has been "... 
29 November 2017

Over four years of shop price deflation coming to end says BRC

For a third consecutive month, shop prices decreased at an annual rate of 0.1% in November. This is the shallowest deflation rate in the last four years.Non-food price deflation eased in November to 1.1% from 1.5% in October. This is the lowest ... 
29 November 2017

BCF Awards celebrate best and brightest in the coatings industry

The winners of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Awards 2017 were announced on 23 November at the annual BCF Awards in Cheshire, across eight categories showcasing brilliance in the coatings industry. 2017 saw the addition of two new Awards, ... 
28 November 2017

Topps Tiles' full year results report a loss in profit

Tile specialists Topps Tiles Plc, announced its annual financial results for the 52 weeks ended 30 September 2017 today, reporting a loss of 1.5% in group revenue since the 52 weeks ended 1 October 2016, from £215.0 million to this year's £211.8 ... 
28 November 2017
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re: Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store

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