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ManoMano raises €110 million in funding

European online marketplace Mano Mano has raised €110 million in a new funding round and has confirmed the company’s 2020 ambition of achieving €1 billion in sales. This series D fund raising sees new investors Eurazeo Growth, Aglae Ventures and ... 
2 April 2019

Wienerberger acquires BPD to strengthen position in roof market

Austrian building solutions manufacturer Wienerberger has announced the acquisition of UK-based BPD Holdings Ltd for an undisclosed sum, to further expand its roof accessory offering and complement its existing roof product portfolio in the UK and ... 
1 April 2019

Wyevale Nurseries to sell award winning Pyracantha

Staff at Wyevale Nurseries are being granted the sale and propagation licence for an award-winning Pyracantha.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford will be growing Pyracantha ‘Red Star’, which was the winner of the Innovation Award in the category of woody ... 
1 April 2019

Wilko gears up for Warrington store opening

The value home and garden retailer will open the doors to its new Warrington store at Golden Square Shopping Centre, at 9am on Wednesday, April 10.Wilko signed the lease for the new 15,000sq ft store in February, closing the doors of its existing ... 
1 April 2019

Debenhams secures £200million funding for refinancing

Following criticism by House of Fraser and Sports Direct boss, Mike Ashley as his offer to buy Debenhams was snubbed, the department store business announces it has secured funding for its refinancing package.This morning, Debenhams confirmed that ... 
29 March 2019

BHETA announces management re-structure

Following the trade association’s recent investment in Brooke House , making it the outright owner of the Exclusively shows BHETA has announced plans to accelerate its member engagement programme and will “re-organise its management structure accordingly”.... 
29 March 2019

Dyson and Shark settle out of court

The home technology manufacturers have issued a joint statement following an out-of-court settlement over an advertising dispute.The joint statement, issued last week, read: “Dyson and Shark can confirm that their High Court dispute over certain Shark ... 
28 March 2019

Ikea opens doors to new Bromley Planning Studio

The new-format store, which specialises in helping customers to plan and order kitchens and bedroom storage, officially opened today.The Bromely outlet is the second city-centre store London, following the launch of its first Planning Studio on ... 
28 March 2019

Bord na Móna launches first fleet of branded lorries in the UK

The horticulture business welcomed a new fleet of 15 branded lorries, in a bid to boost brand awareness in the UK, as the company embarks on what it describes as its “most promising season in the UK market to date”.The 44-tonne lorries, which can ... 
28 March 2019

Lyte Ladders bought by BREAL Capital

Lyte Ladders has confirmed that following an accelerated sale process, the Lyte business assets have been sold to BREAL Capital Limited and the company has been trading as Lyte Ladders and Towers Limited, from 24th January 2019, when it was made ... 
28 March 2019

Cmostores.com launches trade rewards scheme

The online builders' merchant has launched a new trade arm offering rewards for customers of its specialist online superstores.Now, trade customers of cmostores.com will be able to benefit from the company’s new loyalty programme which offers a wide ... 
27 March 2019

Dulux reports surge in sales of water-borne paints

Dulux Trade has reported a significant shift in tradesmen’s buying behaviour, with sales of interior water-borne paint up 13% in 2018 vs 2017, against a 3% year-on-year decline in sales of traditional solvent-borne paints.The surge in sales reflects ... 
27 March 2019

The Range set to open new head office this summer

The home, leisure and garden retailer has announced a summer opening for its new head office in Plymouth, which looks set to create up to 450 new jobs.The new store is already open and has been “very well received by customers who have enjoyed ... 
26 March 2019

DC Fix and Stax sign exclusive distribution deal

Stax Trade Centres have signed an exclusive distribution deal with existing supplier partner, d-c-fix. Continuing a 15-year partnership, the deal sees Stax awarded official distribution rights over the 60 lines of self-adhesive veneers and film ... 
26 March 2019

Screwfix celebrates more store openings

Screwfix has announced a successful launch of its store opening, the 4th store to open in Coventry. The store in Henley Industrial Park, officially opened its doors on March 7 2019 with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock up on the latest ... 
26 March 2019

Sales of outdoor plants soar in February

UK garden centres reported a 61% surge in sales of outdoor plant last month, helped by the milder weather this spring, with garden sundries and sales of seeds and bulbs also showing increases.The positive start to 2019 continued into February as ... 
25 March 2019

Wilko becomes headline sponsor of Great British Spring Clean

Hardware and housewares chain Wilko has signed up to be the headline sponsor of The Great British Spring Clean 2019.Organised by the Keep Britain Tidy charity, this year’s Great British Spring Clean – which kicked off on March 22 and runs to April ... 
25 March 2019

Instagram launches 'checkout'

Users can now buy products from major brands without leaving the social media app and will only need to enter their details the first time they check out. Whilst the service is currently only available in the US and on selected brands, the social ... 
25 March 2019

Veteran gold medal winner set to return to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

11-times medal winner, Medwyn Williams will make a return to Chelsea in May year after a nine-year absence. Mr Williams will, once again, set up in the Grand Pavilion to exhibit his award-winning vegetable display, with the support of sponsors, ... 
25 March 2019

Report finds worrying discrepancies in retailer price strategies

Following suggestions that retailers are failing to recognise the value of effective pricing, a new report has revealed concerning discrepancies in pricing strategies in UK retail.Figures showed that, despite more than a third of retailers (34%) ... 
25 March 2019
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