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AkzoNobel celebrates 85 years of Wanda

It may have once been a local brand, but customers all over the world are now enjoying AkzoNobel’s Wanda vehicle refinishes brand, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary. 
5 December 2019

Double award for AkzoNobel at British Coatings Federation Awards 2019

AkzoNobel scooped an awards double at the British Coatings Federation awards. 
5 December 2019

Des Cass named as Grand Winner in Dulux Select Decorators Awards 2019

The Grand Winner of the 2019 Dulux Select Decorators Awards has been announced as Des Cass. 
4 December 2019

Registrations open for Global DIY Summit

Registrations are now open for next year's Global DIY Summit, where more than 1,000 executive managers from 55 countries will gather. The event takes place from 10-12 June 2020, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
4 December 2019

HTA outlines policy 'wishes' for upcoming General Election

Ahead of the 12 December General Election, the HTA has set out a manifesto outlining the key policy themes and ‘asks’ that are fundamental to developing a strong and vibrant horticulture sector. 
3 December 2019

Burg-Wächter launches cash-based community award scheme.

Burg-Wächter has launched an outreach scheme offering cash and security products to support community causes. 
3 December 2019

GCA Christmas competition winners announced

Barton Grange Garden Centre and Whitehall Garden Centre – Whitchurch have recently been announced as the national winners of the 2019 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual Christmas competition. 
3 December 2019

'Bricks & Clicks' providing bathroom DIY boost

A new report on Bathroom Retailers Market Trends for 2020 from MTW Research has found that ‘bricks and clicks’ strategies are offering new opportunities for the bathroom market, with sales rising by 14% in the next four years. 
2 December 2019

Ceramique Internationale release Italian tiles to UK

Ceramique Internationale has become the first distributor to offer an exclusive new collection of glazed Italian tiles from producer Marazzi to UK retailers. 
2 December 2019

Speaker announced for GCA conference

Attendees at this year’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) annual conference in January will hear from co-founder and executive vice chair of the award-winning Eden Project, Sir Tim Smit KBE. 
2 December 2019

Celebrating excellence: Introducing The DIY Week Awards 2020

The key networking event for the DIY, home improvement and garden market, the annual DIY Week Awards will take place at the Tower Hotel, London, UK, on Friday 1 May 2020. 
29 November 2019

Homebase launches affordable Christmas tree range

Homebase has announced its prices on all 5-7ft Nordman real Christmas trees, which are available from £15 ahead of the festive period. Available in-stores, this deal is available nationwide until stock lasts. 
29 November 2019

Horticultural 'Oscars' announced

Held at The Savoy, London, on Thursday 21 November, the Garden Media Guild Awards were attended by more than 350 of gardening’s industry professionals including DIY Week's editorial team. 
28 November 2019

HTA promotes National Tree Week

As part of this week’s National Tree Week activities (23 November – 1 December), the HTA has partnered with The Tree Council and the Daily Mail newspaper to use the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme to encourage tree sales through HTA member businesses. 
28 November 2019

First speaker confirmed for GCA 2020 conference

Environmentalist Trewin Restorick has been announced as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Bristol in January. The event takes place from 26-29 January 2020. 
27 November 2019

Study finds £13,000 is spent on home improvements in first year of ownership

British homeowners spend more than £13,000 on home improvements in the first year of purchasing a new home, according to new research. 
27 November 2019

Positive retail figures for houseplant and pet categories

The changeable wet Autumn weather of 2019 may have dampened outdoor plant sales in October, but houseplant and pet categories performed particularly well this month. Houseplants saw an increase of 39% compared to October last year, and pets and aquatic sales were up 31% in month to month comparisons. 
26 November 2019

Vitax grows soldier charity fund

The sale of one of Vitax’s leading gardening products has helped to grow the funds of a national charity by over £11,000. 
26 November 2019

BHETA hosts 'Meet the Buyer' day

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held another of its 'Meet The Buyer' retail networking days with home and hardware retailer, Wilko and welcomed 55 suppliers to West Retford Hall in Nottinghamshire for over 100 appointments with members of the buying team. 
26 November 2019

Snape & Sons celebrate winning 'Retailer of the Year'

Craig & Cheryl Snape of Snapes & Sons Home Hardware are celebrating having been announced as winners of 'Home Hardware Retailer of the Year' at Home Hardware's Convention on Saturday 16 November 2019. 
25 November 2019

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