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Screwfix opens new Flint store

Screwfix has announced a Flint store opening in Heinzel Court. The store officially opened its doors on Thursday February 14, with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock up on the latest tools and trade essentials, the company has said.The Flint ... 
22 February 2019

Millennials drive terrarium growth

Millennials interest in the tranquil nature of indoor plants is having a very positive effect within this sector. Research studies indicate houseplants boost brain power, lifts moods, reduces stress levels, improves confidence and gives a sense of ... 
22 February 2019

Asda and Sainsbury’s say CMA has “moved the goalposts”

Responding to today’s report on the merger, published by the CMA, the supermarket giants insist the deal would deliver savings for shoppers, adding that the watchdog’s analysis is not consistent with similar cases.The Competition and Markets ... 
20 February 2019

Sainsbury’s Asda merger in doubt, as CMA raises “extensive competition concerns”

The planned merger could be in jeopardy, as the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) today issues a damning report, suggesting possible action would be to block the deal entirely or insist the supermarket chains sell off a “significant” number of ... 
20 February 2019

ERA acquires Y-Cam to accelerate growth in smart security market

The home security specialist has purchased British smart security pioneer Y-cam, taking on its cloud system and range of security cameras, alarms and sensors.ERA says the acquisition will make it “one of the most advanced and capable providers of ... 
20 February 2019

Plastic supplier pledges to recycle all plastic pallets and boxes

Goplasticpallets.com, has pledged today to recycle every plastic pallet and plastic box it supplies to its customers.This announcement comes in the wake of the huge amount of negative media coverage on single-use plastics and the devastating impact ... 
19 February 2019

Kingfisher sets targets to significantly cut greenhouse gases from the business

Kingfisher plc, the international home improvement company, has today announced ambitious new targets to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its business, products and supply chains.The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets ... 
19 February 2019

Saddle up for charity with the Garden Re-Leaf cycle ride challenge

Greenfingers Charity is inviting its supporters and others to put their pedal power to the test this spring by taking on the inspiring Cycle Challenge for Garden Re-Leaf Day.Garden Re-Leaf 2018 cyclistsThe cycle event, which was launched as part of ... 
15 February 2019

RSPB urging retailers to support swift initiative

The RSPB is calling on homeowners and businesses in UK towns and cities to take simple steps to help save swift birds. Swift numbers have plummeted by half in just twenty years. The RSPB say now is the time to act – before the birds return from ... 
15 February 2019

BIRA celebrates 120 years of supporting independent retailers

This year, the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) celebrates 120 years supporting independent retailers. Since 1899 when BIRA’s predecessors – the Ironmongers Federation, the British Hardware Federation and the Drapers Chamber of Trade ... 
15 February 2019

Johnson Tiles invests £650k in new machinery

British tile manufacturer, Johnson Tiles, has invested £650k in two new inkjet machines for its factory in Stoke-on-Trent in order to enhance its existing processes for manufacturing ceramic wall tiles.The new machines guarantee faster production, ... 
15 February 2019

Future of gardening industry could depend on engaging young parents

It is revealed that 40% of parents aren’t confident planting plants with their children, despite wanting kids to ditch technology and spend more time outside.A survey by Cumbria garden centre, Hayes Garden World revealed that 86% of parents with ... 
13 February 2019

Axminster Tools & Machinery lands spot in top 50 UK retailer list

The East Devon tool specialist has recently been listed in the top 50 ecommerce and cross-channel retailers, as detailed in the Internet Retailing UK (IRUK) Top 500 report 2019.The company was first listed in the 2017 report, when it appeared in the ... 
12 February 2019

Squire's plant show sees multiple accolades

Squire’s Garden Centres held its annual plant show in West Horsley on 7th February 2019. Suppliers from the UK and abroad came to Squire’s to showcase their latest plants, ready for the spring season ahead.Squire’s also presented its “Supplier Of ... 
12 February 2019

Wilko to re-locate Warrington store

The value home and garden retailer has signed a lease for a new store at Golden Square Shopping Centre, with its existing branch at Cockhedge Shopping Park closing its doors on Saturday, March 23.The new 15,000sq ft store is due to open in April ... 
11 February 2019

Tong Garden Centre begins major development plans

Tong Garden Centre is set to complete the first stage of its latest expansion with support from a seven-figure HSBC UK funding package.The centre, which is situated between Leeds and Bradford, is expecting to complete the construction of a 4,000 sq. ... 
11 February 2019

Dobbies sells two centres to Caulders

Dobbies Garden Centres has agreed the sale of its two smallest centres - Kinross and Cumbernauld - to family-run Caulders Garden Centres.Dobbies – which bought six Wyevale centres last year – said the sale of these two smaller centres is in line ... 
11 February 2019

Snow puts the freeze on John Lewis sales

Winter weather saw the department store chain’s total sales dip 4.4% for the week, despite a huge uplift in heating products, as the retailer also announces collaboration with Swoon.Trading in the home category was down 6% for the week, whilst ... 
8 February 2019

Ikea opens most sustainable store yet

Ikea UK celebrated the opening of its leading sustainable store in Greenwich yesterday. The store forms part of Ikea’s ongoing city centre approach in London as it responds to the growth of urban living, the shift to a circular economy and changes ... 
8 February 2019

EP Barrus continues expansion with new warehouse

The gardening tools and equipment supplier has expanded its warehouse capacity by a further 11,000sq ft to meet continued demand on the back of a successful 2018, with plans to relocate to a larger permanent warehouse in the future. The decision to ... 
8 February 2019
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