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Positive trading update from Dunelm Group

Dunelm Group has confirmed that gross margins have been stronger than expected as a result of sourcing gains and better sell through. Operational costs remain well controlled and in line with expectations. 
10 December 2019

Best in class for Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins has been awarded top honours at the UK IT Industry Awards 2019 in the ‘Best Use of Cloud Services’ category. 
10 December 2019

Travis Perkins/Wickes demerger progressing well

At the Group’s interim 2019 results presentation in July 2019 the Travis Perkins Management team announced the intention to demerge the Wickes business. The process is progressing well, and is on track to be completed in the second quarter of 2020, according to latest updates by the company. 
10 December 2019

Maped Helix joins BHETA

Maped Helix is the latest company to join The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), in readiness for the debut of the Maped Picnik concept – a range of lunch boxes, water bottles and lunch bags. 
9 December 2019

HMG Paints win Corporate Social Responsibility Award

HMG Paints has won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 10th annual British Coatings Federation Awards evening 
9 December 2019

Bradford Garden Centre donates ‘wish tree' to specialist school

A Bradford Garden Centre has donated a Christmas tree to a Leeds school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs. 
9 December 2019

Trustmark and trading standards scheme offers additional level of consumer protection and trade accreditation

Following on from the recent inclusion in the ECO3 regulations, TrustMark, the only Government Endorsed Quality Scheme, is offering an additional level of consumer protection and trade accreditation to both householders and tradespeople looking to ... 
6 December 2019

Get ready for the biggest Jewson Live yet

Jewson Live – the UK’s event for builders – is returning to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham for the fifth year this December. 
6 December 2019

Digital Goodie acquires UK-based Maginus

Digital Goodie, the Finnish creator of a digital platform for Headless Connected Commerce, has announced it has acquired Maginus, a UK-based company developing e-commerce software and technology solutions for mid-market retailers and distributors. 
6 December 2019

South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show is looking to build on 2019

The South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show is returning to Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre between 18-19 January 2020, with 50 per cent more exhibitors than 2019. 
6 December 2019

BiKBBI calls for retailers to ‘Get on the Bus!’

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) is once again partnering with KBB, the premier industry trade show held between 1 and 4 March 2020 at the NEC Birmingham, and is calling upon independent retailers to ‘... 
6 December 2019

AkzoNobel celebrates 85 years of Wanda

It may have once been a local brand, but customers all over the world are now enjoying AkzoNobel’s Wanda vehicle refinishes brand, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary. 
5 December 2019

Double award for AkzoNobel at British Coatings Federation Awards 2019

AkzoNobel scooped an awards double at the British Coatings Federation awards. 
5 December 2019

Des Cass named as Grand Winner in Dulux Select Decorators Awards 2019

The Grand Winner of the 2019 Dulux Select Decorators Awards has been announced as Des Cass. 
4 December 2019

Registrations open for Global DIY Summit

Registrations are now open for next year's Global DIY Summit, where more than 1,000 executive managers from 55 countries will gather. The event takes place from 10-12 June 2020, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
4 December 2019

HTA outlines policy 'wishes' for upcoming General Election

Ahead of the 12 December General Election, the HTA has set out a manifesto outlining the key policy themes and ‘asks’ that are fundamental to developing a strong and vibrant horticulture sector. 
3 December 2019

Burg-Wächter launches cash-based community award scheme.

Burg-Wächter has launched an outreach scheme offering cash and security products to support community causes. 
3 December 2019

GCA Christmas competition winners announced

Barton Grange Garden Centre and Whitehall Garden Centre – Whitchurch have recently been announced as the national winners of the 2019 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition. 
3 December 2019

'Bricks & Clicks' providing bathroom DIY boost

A new report on Bathroom Retailers Market Trends for 2020 from MTW Research has found that ‘bricks and clicks’ strategies are offering new opportunities for the bathroom market, with sales rising by 14% in the next four years. 
2 December 2019

Ceramique Internationale release Italian tiles to UK

Ceramique Internationale has become the first distributor to offer an exclusive new collection of glazed Italian tiles from producer Marazzi to UK retailers. 
2 December 2019

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