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Dobbies reports double-digit sales growth following head office shake-up

The garden centre chain said it enjoyed six consecutive months of year-on-year sales growth of more than 11% this financial year, after a fall in sales and profits in the year after it was sold by supermarket giant Tesco. Dobbies recorded a 1.5% ... 
5 December 2018

Wyevale announces sale of Wellingborough and Wolds View centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (“WGC”), the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, today announces the sale of two centres. Wellingborough has been sold to Higgins Landscape and Garden Centres Limited (part of Higgins Building Supplies Limited), and Wolds ... 
4 December 2018

Travis Perkins to review struggling DIY chain, Wickes

Wickes parent company, Travis Perkins, has announced it will begin a comprehensive review of the business and look to simplify the model in order to "improve returns."The company has said the fundamental long-term growth drivers of the business remain ... 
4 December 2018

Barton Grange and Castle Gardens named national winners of GCA Christmas competition

Barton Grange Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have been announced as the national winners of the 2018 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition. The garden centres were judged to have the best festive displays in the country by ... 
3 December 2018

Juliana Group relaunches Halls greenhouse brand

Greenhouse manufacturer the Juliana Group, formerly known as Eden Halls Greenhouses in the UK, is set to relaunch its classic Halls greenhouse brand. Timed for the spring 2019 season, the relaunch comprises a new graphic expression and logo for the ... 
3 December 2018

Varta launches Christmas ad

Varta Consumer Batteries is the latest brand to release its Christmas TV ad in the run-up to the big day, investing in an advertising campaign that it expects to reach an audience of more than 18 million consumers during the peak-selling period.The ... 
3 December 2018

New regional property show offers insight into the trade

Brits in the South East are among the highest to overestimate the role of its tradespeople, with over 40% of them expecting contractors to design or plan the work as well as carry out the job in hand. However, around 60% of tradespeople have said it ... 
3 December 2018

DIY Week Awards: Call for entries

Entry to the 2019 DIY Week Awards is open to retailers and suppliers from across the home improvement and garden sector - don’t miss your chance to put a spotlight on your business, products or people. Earlier this month we revealed that the 2019 DIY... 
30 November 2018

HT Perry wins Home Hardware's Christmas window dressing competition

Home Hardware has announced that HT Perry (Wellington) has won this year’s Christmas Window Dressing Competition. Watson Home Hardware (Sutton-on-Sea) received the runner’s up prize.All Home Hardware retailers were invited to participate in the ... 
30 November 2018

Tong Garden Centre wins festive display accolade for third year running

Festive displays at a Bradford garden centre have been named the best in the North East of England by a trade association for the third year running.Tong Garden Centre was judged on the range, merchandising, marketing, presentation and displays of ... 
30 November 2018

Imperial challenged by competitor over non-stick claims

Groupe SEB has been successful in its challenge of claims about Imperial International’s Neverstick and Neverstick2, with the ASA ruling that the online ads do not substantiate claims the pans are more effective than competitor models, and must not ... 
30 November 2018

BHETA, Gardenex, and PetQuip team up to stage post-Brexit export conference

Three of the leading trade associations in the home enhancement, garden and leisure, and pet product sectors are joining forces to host a joint conference on The Future for International Trade, ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union ... 
30 November 2018

Brits set to spend £29.6billion on home improvements by year-end

Whilst UK consumers are expected to spend £4.5billion shopping by the first Saturday of December, the figure is dwarfed by the huge amount set to be splashed out on home improvements rather than presents under the tree.New research from AA Financial ... 
30 November 2018

ManoMano joins EDRA

ManoMano, the online-platform for DIY, becomes a member of EDRA/GHIN. The Board of the European DIY Retail Association (EDRA) is pleased to announce that ManoMano, the online platform for DIY products, will join the association with effect from 1 ... 
29 November 2018

John Lewis reports strong sales in store over Black Friday week

Despite many shoppers opting to buy online during Black Friday, a number of the John Lewis shops enjoyed a record week last week, with the retailer reporting strong trading across both its physical stores and website.The department store business ... 
28 November 2018

Topps Tiles profits fall and plans for Brexit disruption

Tile specialist Topps Tiles plc, has announced its annual financial results for the 52 weeks ended 29 September 2018. The net debt has been reported as reduced by £11.3 million year-on-year to £16.2 million with a £35.0 million loan facility now in ... 
27 November 2018

Westland launches new Peckish marketing campaign

Westland’s wild bird food brand Peckish has signed up to sponsor the Channel 4 weather bulletins from January 1 until the end of February and will champion feeding wild birds to more than 12.5million consumers.Off the back of strong brand growth ... 
27 November 2018

Black Friday footfall drops compared to last year

Footfall on Black Friday dropped 5.4% compared to 2017, but online sales had skyrocketed 46% year on year by 4pm, Springboard reports.There was similiarly lower footfall over the weekend as shoppers avoided the crush. Saturday’s figures were down 5.... 
26 November 2018

Homebase completes refinancing with £95m

Home retail giant Homebase has confirmed it has secured an asset-based lending facility of up to £95m with Wells Fargo Capital Finance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC). “We are really pleased to have secured lending facilities from ... 
23 November 2018

John Lewis sees home sales dip, as shoppers wait for end-of-week discounts

Home sales were down by 14.7% at John Lewis & Partners over the past week, as competitor discounts tailed off in anticipation of price drops during today’s Black Friday event.... 
23 November 2018
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