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Sainsbury’s and Asda commit to £1billion of grocery savings

Sainsbury's and Asda have recently submitted to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) its responses to the CMA's Provisional Findings and Notice of Proposed Remedies, following a damning report, suggesting possible action would be made to ... 
22 March 2019

Kingfisher CEO to step down as profits dive

Owner of DIY giant B&Q, and Screwfix, Kingfisher plc reported further hits to its profit as an announcement from the group confirms CEO Véronique Laury will step down from her position and the Board will ensure a "orderly transition". A ... 
20 March 2019

Plantscape opens second nursery

Plantscape has developed a new nursery site in Yorkshire in response to rising demand for its self-watering planters and hanging baskets by towns, cities, In Bloom groups and BID organisations across the UK.The new 10,000 sq ft facility in York will ... 
19 March 2019

Bord na Móna boosts its credentials with triple award win

Bord na Móna has added three new ‘Best Buys’ to its credentials, across both branded and own-label products, following a triple award win in the latest Which? compost trials. Since 2010, the company has won significantly more awards than any other ... 
19 March 2019

Local business D.W. Nye renamed

Kingsfold based builders’ merchant D.W. Nye has been renamed the business as NYEs Building Supplies. The rebrand follows the company’s recent announcement that it will be expanding the existing facilities with the addition of a new 1000m2 warehouse ... 
19 March 2019

Timber doors supplier celebrates carbon neutral accreditation

XL Joinery, supplier of wooden doors and associated products, has announced it has officially been recognised and certified as a Carbon Neutral company due to a sustained commitment to significantly reducing its carbon footprint.The accreditation, ... 
18 March 2019

Better Bathrooms bought out of administration

It has been confirmed by Phil Pierce and Gary Blackburn from specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP that the assets of BetterBathrooms (UK) Limited have been sold to Buy it Direct Ltd. Better Bathrooms is said to be the largest ... 
18 March 2019

Success of Homebuilding & Renovating Show displays opportunities in the market

The first South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 "defied expectations" despite the stuttering UK climate by attracting 50% more visitors than anticipated. The event, which took place for the first time between 18-20 January 2019 at ... 
18 March 2019

Building Supplies Online launches garden and outdoor categories

Aiming to capitalise on the busy spring market and with plans to double its turnover this year, Building Supplies Online has launched two new categories covering paving, garden and outdoor products. The offer is aimed at a broad range of customers, ... 
18 March 2019

Debenhams gives Mike Ashley loan “careful consideration”

The department store chain confirmed receipt of Sports Direct’s proposal to provide a 12-month unsecured loan of £150million, under the condition that Mike Ashley is named CEO and director of the business. Debenhams says it will engage with all ... 
15 March 2019

DIY Week announces awards compere

Iranian comedian and writer, Shappi Khorsandi will host the annual DIY Week Awards, set to take place on Friday, May 10 in London. Shappi first grabbed the comedy world’s attention with her original sell-out Edinburgh show, ... 
15 March 2019

BHETA secures raft of new members, as its trade conference is branded a hit

Sodastream, Abus, Jafco Tools, and Smartwares are the latest companies to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), as the organisation receives overwhelmingly positive feedback about its latest event.The Future for International ... 
15 March 2019

Scott Parnell plans to expand its Milton Keynes branch

Civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell has announced it will be expanding its Milton Keynes branch.As a result of significant growth at the business, the company has acquired additional space at its current location on Colts Holm Road ... 
15 March 2019

UK kitchen market set for £50million boost this year

A new report suggests kitchen sales will rise by £50million in 2019, despite ongoing challenges for the £3billion kitchen products industry.Based on kitchen suppliers’ data, the research by MTW Research found that higher-value rigid kitchen cabinets,... 
15 March 2019

Last chance for early-bird rate for Global DIY Summit

This is the last week to take advantage of the discounted rate, so register today and receive up to 300Euros off the price of attending the global networking event set to take place in Dublin June 5-7.Representatives from across the world will come ... 
15 March 2019

Surge in sales of wildlife cameras

One in three Brits say they’ve been inspired by TV documentary series, leading to an uplift in sales of wildlife cameras, with one retailer Laptops Direct recording a 160% jump.Inspired by TV series, such as Dynasties, Blue Planet and Springwatch, ... 
14 March 2019

Bransford Webbs is now a zero to landfill business

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has announced its environmental credentials and have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this important certification back in 2008. Its ... 
14 March 2019

Ikea UK announces opening date of new planning studio in Bromley

Ikea UK has announced today that the new Planning Studio in Bromley will open on Thursday March 28 2019. Ikea Bromley will be the retailer’s second Planning Studio to open in London, following on from the opening of its first on Tottenham Court Road ... 
14 March 2019

DIY Week Awards finalists announced

The judging for all retailer and supplier categories has now taken place and the shortlists can now be revealed in full. The overall winners will be announced at the DIY Week Awards lunch on Friday, May 10 ... 
13 March 2019

Kingfisher becomes first major retailer to ban metaldehyde

Parent company of B&Q, Kingfisher plc, has today announced it will stop selling products that contain metaldehyde across its 1,200 stores and replace them with environmentally-friendly alternatives. The move follows three years of collaboration ... 
13 March 2019
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