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GIMA launches Knowledge Exchange programme

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange programme will begin 2020 with the return of the ‘Developing Selling Skills’ session. 
3 January 2020

Electricians rate UK's friendliest tradespeople

My Job Quote surveyed 1,482 British people to discover who they believe to be the friendliest tradespeople. My Job Quote found that the majority of those surveyed rate electricians (75%) as the friendliest tradespeople. 
3 January 2020

Record sales for Squire's

Squire’s Garden Centres has published their financial results for the year ending 31 July 2019. It was a year of record sales; turnover increased by 15% to £57m, helped by excellent weather conditions throughout the peak season. 
3 January 2020

New judge announced for DIY Week Awards 2020

Mike Smith of EFG Housewares has been announced as the latest judge to join the Supplier category judging panel for this year’s DIY Week Awards. 
3 January 2020

Clothing and houseplants top sales lists for garden centres in November

Clothing and houseplants were best sellers at garden centres across the country according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for November (2019).



2 January 2020

BHETA plans ‘Launchpad’ shell scheme for 2020

BHETA’s 2020 Exclusively Show in June will see the debut of a new ‘Launchpad’ shell scheme area designed to meet the needs of smaller manufacturers and suppliers in the housewares industry. 
2 January 2020

Strong growth in November, says HTA

2019 has been a successful year of growth for garden centres nationally, with overall November sales up 10% compared with the same month in 2018 according to the latest HTA Market Update report. 
2 January 2020

Mark Pitman joins Wildlife World

Wildlife World, a European designer and manufacturer of wildlife products have appointed Mark Pitman to its management team, who joins the business in January 2020 to lead their marketing team. 
30 December 2019

Pantone reveals its 'colour of the year'

Pantone has announced 'Classic Blue' or 'Pantone 19-4052' as their colour of the year for 2020. 
27 December 2019

New home owners spend £13,000 on renovations

Britain’s newest homeowners spent more on new furniture than on any other home improvement, according to new research. 
26 December 2019

HTA response to EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill progress

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has issued a comment regarding the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. 
24 December 2019

Tobermore makes £20,000 Christmas donation to Barnado’s

Paving and walling manufacturer Tobermore is delighted to support the work of Barnardo’s by making a donation of £20,000, in lieu of Christmas gifts this year. 
23 December 2019

B & Q lowest price kitchen retailer for 2019

Comparison website, Kitchen Compare has announced that B&Q has been named ‘Lowest Priced National DIY Retailer of Kitchens 2019’ for a third year running, beating rivals including, Homebase and Wickes. 
23 December 2019

What are retailer's top concerns for 2020?

Wholesale costs of goods (63%), business rates (38%), and energy costs (30%) are the three biggest concerns for UK retailers ahead of an uncertain 2020. 
20 December 2019

Homebase close stores on Boxing Day

Despite Boxing Day traditionally being a key date in the diary for sale-savvy shoppers, research shows that the majority of UK consumers (92%) support retailers who choose to keep their doors closed on Boxing Day. 
20 December 2019

British Garden Centres acquires Hillview Garden Centre

British Garden Centres has announced that they have completed the acquisition of Hillview Garden Centres (HGC) from The Hillview Group. 
20 December 2019

New managing director at Shurtape UK

Shurtape has announced the retirement of its managing director Colin Gadd and the promotion of his successor, Jason Burns, as the company celebrates 10 years of success in the UK. 
20 December 2019

Consumers spend £158 on Christmas decorations

Hayes Garden World has released a report exploring consumer buying habits and trends at Christmas time. 
19 December 2019

Kingfisher’s LGBTQ+ Network commended

Kingfisher’s LGBTQ+ Network has been commended in the New Colleague Network of the Year award at the inaugural Rainbow Honours 2019. 
19 December 2019

GCA welcomes Dame Kelly Holmes

The Garden Centre Association will welcome double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes MBE (Mil) to its stage during its annual conference in January. 
19 December 2019

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