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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

Tong opens new £2m play area at the centre

The new indoor play area at Tong Garden Centre has created 39 new jobs for local people.Grass Hoppers indoor play has recruited 26 permanent and 13 seasonal team members to work in the state of the art 15,000 square feet indoor play area and the new ... 
19 August 2019

Poundland owner in talks over £3.6bn sale or float

Poundland owner Pepkor Europe is reported to be considering a sale or flotation in September, as it looks to separate itself from parent company Steinhoff.According to the Times, Pepkor will look at a €4 billion (£3.66 billion) sale next month, ... 
16 August 2019

GCA supports members to reduce plastic waste

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced it is encouraging its members to do what they can to help reduce the amount of plastic going to landfill. Two of its member centres recently worked with Herefordshire and Worcestershire authorities ... 
16 August 2019

Homebase could explore small format stores in high streets

CEO Damian McGloughlin says 'nothing is off the table', from testing small-format outlets, to opening new stores in cities where existing Homebase branches have closed, as he hones his vision for Homebase and Bathstore.Speaking exclusively to DIY ... 
15 August 2019

Homebase secures three new concession partners

Homebase has today announced deals have been signed with furniture and flooring specialist, AHF Furniture and Carpets, Denby, the Derbyshire based manufacturer of high-quality ceramics and homeware, and luxury bedding and bathroom brand Bedeck, to ... 
14 August 2019

Wyevale closes one centre, as Hillier snaps up another

Family-run business, Hillier Nurseries Ltd has secured the purchase of John Browns Garden Centre just months after buying four Wyevale centres in a separate deal. Meanwhile, Wyevale has also announced the closure of another of its sites: Thatcham ... 
14 August 2019

Dulux Decorator Centre diversifies range with over 500 new products

Following customer research, Dulux Decorator Centre has taken the decision to introduce hundreds of new products across its branches, bringing a host of new suppliers on board, from specialist paints to cleaning products.The move follows a ... 
13 August 2019

Screwfix expands network with two store openings in one day

The omni-channel retailer is ploughing ahead with expansion plans, opening trade counters in High Wycombe and Northallerton earlier this month. Both new branches - on Finkills Way in Northallerton, and Tannery Road Trade Park in Loudwater, High ... 
13 August 2019

Toolstation continues roll out and extends opening hours at Scottish branches

Having opened four new branches since mid-June and with plans for another four by the beginning of September, Toolstation’s expansion shows no signs of abating. Plus the trade chain has just announced an extension to the opening hours of its branches ... 
13 August 2019

Vacancy rate hits four-year low, as high street footfall drops

The latest figures from Springboard reveal, at 10.3%, the town centre vacancy rate in July was the highest since January 2015, whilst the high street recorded a 2.7% decline in footfall for the month.Shopping centres experienced the biggest fall in ... 
12 August 2019

Chelsea garden is rebuilt at Tong Garden Centre

A Chelsea Flower Show garden has been rebuilt at the centre that donated its plants. The plant team at Tong Garden Centre sourced and supplied over 600 plants for LAND, a multi-sensory garden and textile installation and buyer, Steve Smith is ... 
12 August 2019

Home sales down but customers still updating their space, says John Lewis

The department store business posted a 7.1% fall in sales of home products last week but believes consumers are still refreshing their homes with decorative touches, as sales of rugs jumped 17%, whilst mirrors and art were up 4% and 6% respectively.... 
9 August 2019
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