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Tool Shop opens new store

London hardware independent opens the doors to the first of two new additions to its store portfolio, having completely refurbished the shop on Upper Road, Islington and opened for trading in under six weeks.The new outlet is Tool Shop’s second on ... 
27 September 2017

DMD wins best display stand at trade show

At Home Hardware’s Autumn Trade Show on Tuesday, September 19, DMD was voted the ‘Best Display Stand’, earning key accounts manager Rachel Procter and head of sales Rob Blackburn a cash prize of £100 and a glass trophy. Minky (Robert Winstanley) ... 
27 September 2017

Akzo converts to green energy for paint production in the Netherlands

All of AkzoNobel's paint and coatings production in the Netherlands is now powered by green energy, marking another milestone on the company's journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.An agreement has been signed with energy company Eneco which ... 
27 September 2017

Bunnings Warehouse Sittingbourne officially opened today

A new Bunnings Warehouse was officially opened in Sittingbourne today by former featherweight world boxing champion Barry McGuigan MBE.The new Bunnings Warehouse at Sittingbourne Retail Park on Mill Way replaces the former Homebase and has created ... 
27 September 2017

Potting Shed Garden Centre re-opens after summer make-over

A popular potting shed garden centre at Stapenhill Cemetery has reopened following a summer of redevelopment.East Staffordshire Borough Council’s horticultural team is behind the Potting Shed Garden Centre, based at the Greenhouse at the cemetery.It ... 
27 September 2017

B&M to open new store in Wales

B&M is to open a new Homestore store in Cross Hands on Saturday, October 28 and will create 70 jobs for local people at the site on Cross Hands Business Park.B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers and customers can expect to find a ... 
27 September 2017

Mica raises record amount for Rainy Day Trust

Mica held its annual conference on September 23-25, 2017, of which a full exclusive report will be provided for the next issue of DIY Week. The Co-operative group of independent retailers has announced exclusively to DIY Week that this year’s Gala ... 
26 September 2017

BIRA opens new offices

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) officially opened its new offices in Edgbaston in Birmingham on September 21, 2017. The event was attended by 150 members, staff and friends of the association and included a talk by Professor ... 
26 September 2017

Wyevale reveals new strategy update after £100m refinancing

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC), one of the largest operator of garden centres in the UK, has released a new strategy that will implement its refinancing to achieve its strategic goals by investing in people, upgrading systems and controls and ... 
26 September 2017

Retailers have up to six months to develop AR apps or risk losing customers

Nearly three in four consumers (69%) now expect retailers to launch an augmented reality app within the next six months, according to new research by DigitalBridge.Following the launch of iPhone 8 and iOS 11, and Apple’s new AR platform - ARKit - ... 
25 September 2017

Gender pay gap: Female managers in retail earn £4.3K less than male colleagues

According to new research from The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR, it has been revealed that the gender pay gap for managers in the retail sector is 19.4%, an average of £4,315 per year. A percentage considerably lower than the ... 
25 September 2017

BHETA to lobby minister on proposed knife legislation

Having canvassed member opinion on the Government’s proposed legislative changes on the selling and marketing of knives, The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has approached home secretary Amber Rudd for a meeting to discuss the ... 
25 September 2017

DIY Week Awards: Entry opens Monday

Entry into the retailer and supplier categories of the 2018 DIY Week Awards will open on Monday, September 25. With a host of all-new categories recognising excellence and innovation, the awards could be the perfect time for your company or product ... 
22 September 2017

Homebase halts home delivery as website is revamped

Homebase’s home delivery service has temporarily halted as new owners Bunnings works to move the business to a new web platform.Wesfarmers, the Australian conglomerate that owns Bunnings, acquired Homebase last year as part of an attempt to enter ... 
22 September 2017

Decco announces regional trade shows

Home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco is to hold six regional trade shows between now and the start of 2018The first of the trade shows took place in Belfast on September 19 at the La Mon Hotel, with further evets set to take place on the ... 
22 September 2017

Sugru to double retail presence with new family-safe glue

The inventor behind the world's first mouldable glue, Sugru, has today launched a brand new Family-Safe, Skin-Friendly Formula expected to double the brand's presence in retail by the end of 2018.Sugru's new Family-Safe formula will be available ... 
22 September 2017

Coleman's Garden Centre creates 100 new jobs with a £5million Investment in Templepatrick

Templepatrick based garden centre Colemans, has unveiled plans for a £5million investment to renovate and extend its facilities over the coming months, with an official opening of the new site expected this Autumn. Coleman’s Garden Centre has gained ... 
21 September 2017

Akzo Nobel studies plans to build world-class EHEC plant

Akzo Nobel's Specialty Chemicals business is studying plans to build a world-class plant for its Bermocoll business, which supplies essential ingredients for the paint and buildings and construction industries. This comes after an announcement from ... 
21 September 2017

Kingfisher first half profit exceed expectations

Half-year profits at B&Q and Screwfix parent, Kingfisher have fallen 5.9% to £402 million amid what the company describes as “business disruption” on the second year of iits five-year transformation.Kingfisher made an underlying pretax profit of ... 
20 September 2017
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