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Screwfix to host digital marketing training

Screwfix are partnering with Google Digital Garage to provide free online and in-person digital skills training to help people grow their business. 
28 February 2020

The future looks bright for Homebase

Homebase has provided a positive 2019 report, with a promising growth plan for 2020. 
28 February 2020

NearSt receives funding boost to drive high street growth

NearSt has raised £2m in seed funding to drive more footfall into bricks and mortar stores. 
27 February 2020

Mirka unites with abrasive manufacturers

Mirka is joining the new European programme focused on sustainability called SEAM - Sustainable European Abrasive Manufacturers 
27 February 2020

FEDIYMA changes to HIMA

After 20 years of operations, the European Federation of DIY Manufacturers (fediyma), will now be known as the Home Improvement Manufacturers Association (HIMA). 
27 February 2020

International Hardware Fair 2020 has been postponed

The International Hardware Fair planned in Cologne from 1 March 2020 has been postponed to a new date in February 2021. 
26 February 2020

2019 was the year of the houseplant says GCA

The category with the biggest increase in sales during last year (2019) at garden centres across the country has been announced by the Garden Centre Association 
26 February 2020

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

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