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Stax acquires MP Smith & Co

Wholesale business Stax Trade Centres has, today, announced the completion of a deal to buy hardware and ironmongery manufacturer MP Smith and Co Ltd, which has been a supplier to Stax for more than three decades.The purchase is a strategic move by ... 
5 August 2019

Sofa.com launches new contract collection

The furniture manufacturer and retailer – bought by House of Fraser owner Mike Ashley in June - has expanded its commercial offer by launching its first-ever contract collection, with a view to meeting demand from the growing trade and contract ... 
5 August 2019

London Homebuilding & Renovating Show returns to ExCeL

The number of new homes registered to be built within the London region has reached more than 5,500 - a 58% increase compared to 3,549 last year - according to recent reports from The National Housebuilding Council.To help identify, appraise and ... 
5 August 2019

Squire's opens environmentally friendly children's area in Milford

Squire’s Garden Centre in Milford has announced it has opened a brand new environmentally friendly children’s play area. Utilising FSC wood, it contains a seesaw, slide, multiplay unit, plus nature boards to help children identify birds and trees.... 
5 August 2019

Screwfix secures deal to become first ‘official partner’ of Sky Sports Football

The thriving DIY and trade business has expanded its six-year relationship with Sky even further by signing a sponsorship deal for the forthcoming 2019/20 season and becoming the first-ever official partner of the Sky Sports Football channel.The ... 
2 August 2019

New customers help boost Pets at Home revenue in Q1

The pet supplies retailer posted a strong start to the year, with retail revenue up 8.7% to £266.4million and omni-channel growing at a pace, as the business introduces more customers to its pet care offer, and takes “a greater share of their ... 
2 August 2019

Wyevale sells three more centres and closes two

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery to Blue Diamond, and Cheltenham Garden Centre to Webbs Garden Centres.The acquisition of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery increases ... 
2 August 2019

Sales of single-use carrier bag fall dramatically across UK’s largest retailers

New figures show sales of single-use bags by England's seven biggest retailers continued to fall in 2018/19, with uptake down 90% since introduction of 5p charge in 2015.According to the report from DEFRA, Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, ... 
1 August 2019

Ideal Shopping Direct to broadcast live on ITV

Multi-channel home shopping retailer, Ideal Shopping Direct, has partnered with ITV to broadcast live shopping hours from Ideal World, on TV channel ITV1 from today.This partnership will allow Ideal Shopping Direct the opportunity to broaden the ... 
1 August 2019

"Continued excellent growth" in Toolstation says Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins plc, parent company of Wickes and Toolstation, has announced its Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, and has said there is "good strategic progress underpinned by strong trading performance".Continuing Group revenue ... 
31 July 2019

UK consumers prepare for Christmas early

Brits are said to be stocking up for Christmas earlier this year due to the looming Brexit deadline, as Christmas tree retailer reports boom in business and Selfridges is the first retailer to open its Christmas shop this month, 149 days ahead of ... 
31 July 2019

AITT and FLTA form new alliance

Leading forklift truck organisations join forces to provide industry-wide support for organisations, including retailers, wholesalers and suppliers, who own and operate such equipmentThe Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) and the Fork ... 
31 July 2019

Wickes to officially de-merge from Travis Perkins

At the capital markets event in December 2018, the Group announced the intention to strengthen the performance of Wickes and to capitalise on its clear competitive advantages in the DIY, small trade and Kitchen and Bathroom markets. At the same time ... 
31 July 2019

DIY and garden shoppers favour physical outlets over online

Bricks-and-mortar DIY and garden stores could mop up trade from ailing competitors, as shoppers in the category favour physical outlets over online.DIY and gardening shoppers in the UK are most likely to switch to a different retailer’s physical ... 
30 July 2019

Wyevale Garden Centres announces sale of two centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of two centres in two separate transactions. Springfield Garden Centre is being sold to Longacres Garden Centres and Par Garden Centre to Maidenhead Aquatics, following its purchase of Dummer ... 
30 July 2019

Sir Terry Leahy to headline Cultivating Retail conference

British businessman and former Tesco boss, Sir Terry Leahy will top the programme at the Cultivating Retail conference this autumnThe former Tesco plc chief executive, who has an active interest in the garden industry as a shareholder of Dobbies, ... 
29 July 2019

Wales & West GCA regional winners revealed

Staff at garden centres across the Wales & West region are celebrating after scooping awards during a presentation evening at Castle Gardens last week (Tuesday, July 23, 2019).Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre was awarded Garden Centre of the ... 
29 July 2019

Mica and BIRA announce proposed merger

Mica, the UK’s co-operative group of independent hardware, DIY and garden retailers has today announced a proposed merged with the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), the UK’s largest independent trade retailer association.The proposal ... 
26 July 2019

Wilko to open new store in Acton

Britain's value home and garden retailer, wilko, will open the doors to its new store at The Oaks Shopping Centre, Acton on Wednesday 7 August at 9am. To mark the special occasion, Joe Swan a representative from the Alzheimer’s Society will lead a ... 
26 July 2019

Rainy Day Trust reports busiest month ever

As Brexit uncertainty continues to bite and retailers cut costs, industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) says it has seen a huge uptake in enquiries from people seeking support this month, with more applications from the DIY sector than ever ... 
26 July 2019
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