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Top 3 gardening trends for 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres has revealed their top three gardening trends for 2020, gardening for wildlife, wellbeing, and the world. 
24 January 2020

Retailers set for post-Christmas boost

Shoppers are beating the January blues and reducing the strain on their bank accounts by using gift cards instead – with retailers set to receive a sales boost this weekend that could potentially total over £200 million. 
24 January 2020

PPG showcases colour palette

PPG has announced that it has launched “Biophilic Vibe,” a new nature-inspired colour palette available for a range of Whitford nonstick coatings. 
23 January 2020

Grand Designs Live returns to London Excel

Grand Designs Live will return to ExCeL London from 2-10 May 2020, showcasing a selection of the latest innovations, developments, trends and all-new products across each of the five sectors of the show, which cover build, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens and interiors. 
23 January 2020

Global DIY report available from BHETA

The latest Fediyma Global DIY Report is now available and provides insights into the export market potential of 53 different countries. The report is available to BHETA members at a substantial discount. 
22 January 2020

Dulux urges industry to join its London Revolution

Dulux is calling for painters and decorators across the UK to put down their brushes and pull on their sports kit to take part in the final Dulux London Revolution in 2020. 
22 January 2020

Homebase in Gateshead to remain open

Homebase has secured a deal with the landlord of its Gateshead store, which will see the store stay open. 
22 January 2020

New brand ambassador for Evergreen Garden Care

Evergreen Garden Care, which encompasses garden care brands such as Miracle-Gro, Levington, Roundup and Tomorite, has announced it has appointed one of the UK’s most prominent Chartered Horticulturalist and TV broadcasters, David Domoney, as its brand ambassador. 
21 January 2020

Wilk supports National Home Improvement Month 2020

Home and garden retailer, wilko, which has 417 stores across the UK, is to support National Home Improvement Month. 
21 January 2020

HTA demand action on kerbside collections

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is calling for action to be taken by local authorities to collect recyclable plant pots in their kerbside collections. 
21 January 2020

DIY Week Awards 2020 - Entry deadline extended - 10 February

This year’s DIY Week Awards are fast approaching, and with a number of new sponsors having committed to the event, it’s shaping up to be the best yet! Joining Home Hardware (presenting Home and Kitchen Product of the Year), who committed to the ... 
20 January 2020

Two new Screwfix stores to open

Screwfix is celebrating the opening of two new stores – in Bingham and Lincoln. 
20 January 2020

New trademark to protect home improvement consumers

A new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home. 
20 January 2020

AMES UK invests 1.5million in acquisition of Kelkay

AMES UK has demonstrated its confidence in the team and the future growth of the business by funding a £1.5m investment in warehousing and logistics as well as new packaging machinery, all of which has been installed since August 2019. 
20 January 2020

GCA conference in aid of Greenfingers

Garden centre and horticultural industry staff can now sign up for a fundraising event being held at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference (26-29 January). 
17 January 2020

Homeowners abandoning DIY according to Checkatrade

Research from, the UK’s leading online trades directory, has found that more than 85% of the public have sought tradespeople to do odd jobs around the house over the last 12 months. 
17 January 2020

Plant Finder to include ‘houseplants for every room’

A new section dedicated to houseplants has been launched on Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder software. 
17 January 2020

Home Hardware (Scotland) 2019 turnover up 3.22%

Home Hardware Scotland has just released its 2019 figures, showing an increase of 3.22% like-for-like on the previous year. 
17 January 2020

Squire’s Garden Centres has announced the winners of its “Made A Difference” awards

Squire’s Garden Centres has rewarded some of its employees for making a difference to the business. 
16 January 2020

Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) to launch new safety seminar at FIT

The Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that it will be launching a new safety seminar this year at the 2020 FIT Show at the NEC in May. 
16 January 2020

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