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John Lewis becomes first UK retailer to apply for self-supply water license

John Lewis plc has become the first UK retailer to apply to Ofwat for a water and sewerage self-supply licence. The department store retailer is partnering with Waterscan to facilitate the application process and to subsequently deliver water cost ... 
3 September 2019

Weak consumer spending see retail prices decrease

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), August Shop Prices fell by 0.4% compared to a 0.1% decrease in July. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases, both of 0.3%, and is the fastest rate of decline since June 2018.Non-... 
2 September 2019

Dulux Academy launches wallpapering challenge

Ahead of International Wallpaper Week (October 7-13), Akzo Nobel’s Dulux Academy is giving decorators the opportunity to create their very own wallpaper before putting their application skills to the test. Now in its third year, the Dulux Academy ... 
30 August 2019

Survey shows Brits want their bathrooms to get smart

Homeowners looking to unwind in their bathroom space means they are seeking technologies to heighten their bathroom experience, taking lavatories, restrooms and water closets from humble necessity to the highlight of the home. Bathroom and shower ... 
30 August 2019

Hayes Garden World releases report promoting meat-free barbecues  

The award-winning Cumbrian-based garden centre has released a new report, as part of its campaign to promote meat-free barbecuing to customers. Brits are estimated to have 168.3million barbecues this year and Hayes Garden World has looked further... 
29 August 2019

The nation’s most Googled DIY questions

With more than 1.2million searches made online for home improvement tasks via Google every year, Safestyle UK says the spirit of DIY is very much alive in the UK. The company looked at Google search data, analysing 1.... 
29 August 2019

Vegtrug secures new UK headquarters

The garden planter manufacturer has announced the recent acquisition of an additional 26,000sq ft warehouse and offices in Colchester, Essex to serve as its UK headquarters. The previous Vegtrug HQ - also in Essex - will be utilised as an online ... 
29 August 2019

Steady growth in the domestic furniture market

AMA Research’s latest ‘Kitchen Furniture Market Report’ reveals that the total UK domestic furniture market has shown steady growth over the past five years, although this upturn has slowed as Brexit uncertainty weighs on consumer confidence.However,... 
28 August 2019

Research reveals nation’s biggest DIY bugbears when viewing a property

Brits who had viewed several properties over the past year listed cracks or marks on walls, ceilings or floors as their biggest turn-off, followed by bathroom fixtures not working properly and worn-out kitchen cabinets.Urging homeowners to tackle ... 
28 August 2019

Garden centres see growth in plant sales in July

The strong year for garden centre sales across the country continued in July, with year to date comparisons up on last year for all of the product categories reported. Despite the more unsettled weather this July, garden centre sales continued to ... 
27 August 2019

Al-Murad snaps up British Ceramic Tiles

Hilco Streambank has announced the completion of the sale of the intellectual property assets of British Ceramic Tile Limited, which fell into administration in January, to Al-Murad, Britain's largest independent tile and natural stone distributor ... 
27 August 2019

Tile Mountain introduces national living wage for employees

Following a “strong financial performance”, the Stoke on Trent-based tile retailer has announced it will pay all of its employees the minimum living wage from September 1. Explaining the decision to increase its workers’ pay, the company said it ... 
27 August 2019

Travis Perkins wins gold Ministry of Defence award

UK building material supplier, Travis Perkins plc, has been recognised for its work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award following the recruitment of over 600 service leavers across the Group since ... 
23 August 2019

John Lewis weekly sales drop by 2.8%

The John Lewis department store saw its sales decline by 2.8% last week compared to the corresponding week last year.Home sales were also down, falling by 5.9% . However, the retailer’s House by John Lewis range was popular as students bought items ... 
22 August 2019

H&M HOME to open second store in Birmingham

Swedish brand H&M HOME is to open a concept store in Birmingham, specifically selling homeware. The first standalone home store launched in London's Westfield in April 2019. Now, the brand has said it was a success and have plans to open a ... 
21 August 2019

Brits to make huge renovations to homes this bank holiday weekend

New research from E.ON has revealed that a quarter (26%) of Brits will renovate or make repairs to their home this August Bank Holiday, and almost two in three (60%) would make their home projects more sustainable if they knew how to.Twice (40%) the ... 
21 August 2019

New associate members as BHETA adds to service provision

BHETA has announced it has welcomed three new associate members to its roster of approved supplier companies.i-Corporate Risk Consultants Ltd (i-CRC) is an investigation company dealing in all aspects of corporate security and risk management ... 
20 August 2019

Wyevale sells Bournville Garden Centre to BGC

Wyevale Garden Centres has today announced the sale of Bournville Garden Centre, which will be sold to British Garden Centres. This is the fourth transaction with British Garden Centres following the sale of one centre in December 2018, six centres ... 
20 August 2019

Scott Parnell opens new depot in Leeds

Civil drainage supplies specialist, Scott Parnell has announced the opening of its new depot in Leeds, located at Intermezzo Drive, off Pontefract Road, Stourton.This will be the fifth branch for the company, which launched from its Witham Head ... 
20 August 2019

Patlock secures deals with key stockists

Patlock – the fitted French door lock – has secured new listings with two prominent national retailers following its appearance on Dragons’ Den.In a major coup for Rectella International, whose Bar-Be-Quick brand holds the retail distributorship for ... 
19 August 2019
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