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New safety mark replacement could cost UK manufacturers millions

A new UK safety mark designed to replace the EU’s ubiquitous CE mark, following a no-deal Brexit will cost British manufacturers and exporters millions of pounds in product stamping, testing and red tape.The warning comes from international courier ... 
5 February 2019

Ironmongery Direct completes major distribution centre expansion

The Manutan European Group, which owns Ironmongery Direct and sister company Electrical Direct has completed a major expansion project – doubling the size of its warehouse, in order to house thousands more new product, and expanding its call centre ... 
5 February 2019

Global DIY Summit's keynote speaker revealed

The Global DIY Summit has announced that John Venhuizen, president and CEO of Ace Hardware, will be the Global DIY Summit’s Keynote Speaker in Dublin on the 6th of June 2019.As head of the World’s largest Hardware Retail Cooperative, serving over 4,... 
4 February 2019

SCS pulls out of talks to buy Sofa.com

Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS) has issued a statement this morning confirming it is no longer in the running to buy Sofa.com Ltd, as reports suggest that Mike Ashley has already agreed a deal to purchase the business.The furniture and flooring ... 
1 February 2019

RDT offers help during cold weather

As the icy weather has set in once again, industry charity, the Rainy Day Trust has launched its 2019 Emergency Winter Fuel Campaign.Whilst the UK government runs a cold weather payment scheme that pays £25 to those on means-tested welfare benefits ... 
1 February 2019

Jobs on the line with Shop Direct reshuffle

The digital retailer and financial services provider has announced the next phase of changes to its retail team, which could see as many as 100 jobs axed, as it strives to “simplify the business”.Shop Direct, which operates the Littlewoods and Very ... 
31 January 2019

GfK data shows growth across the board

The latest EPOS data from the BHETA GfK is the final quarterly installment from 2018 and the headline is value growth across all the topline categories (Housewares, Small electrical & air treatment, DIY and Garden) when comparing the 12 months ... 
31 January 2019

Lidl creates hundreds of jobs at new warehouse in Doncaster

Lidl UK has announced today the opening of its latest Regional Distribution Centre (RDC), located at iPort in Doncaster, providing a major boost to the local economy through the creation of hundreds of new jobs.The warehouse, which represents a £70m ... 
31 January 2019

Craig & Rose and Soudal join BHETA

It has been announced that Craig & Rose and Soudal have both joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).Craig & Rose was established in 1829 by Scottish entrepreneurs James Craig & Hugh Rose. It became renowned for ... 
31 January 2019

BCT calls in administrators

British Ceramic Tile in Heathfield appointed administrators today blaming challenging trading conditions and the loss of a key customer in recent days.The closure of the business has resulted in 313 redundancies. The remaining 67 employees will ... 
30 January 2019

Mortgage approvals exceed £4billion

According to the latest figures from the Bank of England, mortgage market activity has been “broadly stable since 2016”, with the trend continuing, despite Brexit woes and weak consumer confidence.As a result, households borrowed £4.1billion secured ... 
30 January 2019

B&M shifts all imports to Liverpool port

The value retailer has announced plans to have all of its cargo come into the Port of Liverpool in a permanent move, following frustrations with delays at southern ports.B&M has already run a trial through the port, and has taken the decision to ... 
30 January 2019

Hillier announces new charity partnership with Maggie's

Hillier has announced a new charity partnership for 2019-20 with national cancer support charity, Maggie’s. Through the partnership, Hillier hopes to raise funds, give direct support to Maggie’s Centres and help bring Maggie’s to the South of ... 
30 January 2019

Tileflair expands with new showroom in Oxford

The privately-owned business, which offers wall and floor tiles for both wholesale and retail, has opened its latest store off Garsington Road, Cowley, OxfordThe new 4,000sq ft tile showroom, takes the company portfolio to 10 branches and is part ... 
30 January 2019

B&Q leaks information on 7,000 suspected shoplifters

B&Q has reportedly given up information on around 70,000 shoplifters on Elasticsearch, according to Australian security researcher Lee Johnstone.The exposed data included the names of thieves, along with the product codes of the things they had ... 
29 January 2019

Wilko to open in Putney

The value home and garden retailer has signed a lease for a new store at the Putney Exchange Shopping Centre in southwest London.The new 8,000 sq ft store is expected to open in April and will generate more than 40 new jobs within the local area. ... 
29 January 2019

M&S launches new plastic take-back scheme

Marks & Spencer is taking action to prevent plastic waste from going to landfill with the launch of a new initiative, which will enable customers to bring back non-recyclable plastic packaging and see it transformed into shop fittings and ... 
29 January 2019

Garden centres report continued growth in houseplant sales and strong Christmas

The latest HTA Market Update reveals that garden centre sales were up 3% across the whole of 2018 compared with 2017. Houseplants continue to increase in popularity, with sales of this category up by 15% year on year. Christmas categories also saw ... 
29 January 2019

Outdoor plant sales continue to dominate

Sales in outdoor plants continued to dominate other categories for a third month running in December (2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.Sales were up 17.73% compared to the previous year in 2017,... 
29 January 2019

Spring Fair sees significant increase in private label products and services

Exhibitors at the UK home and gift marketplace are ramping up efforts to champion their private label ranges, which organisers believes is as a reflection of the significant growth in the own-label proposition across the UK retail industry.ITE Group ... 
29 January 2019
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re: Which? says B&Q website is bottom of the pile

Roy stone
b&q website has always been terrible 9 times out of 10 it takes an age to work or if it works at all I am a tradesmen and also hold a ...

re: New safety mark replacement could cost UK manufacturers millions

Robert Millien
All very true.Reminds me of all the horror stories about what would happen on 1st January 2000. What happened? Nothing!!!...

re: BCT calls in administrators

Kevin Keely
I worked at Bct in 2009/10 for several months. This time left a lasting impression on me. What an impressive company, staff, colleagues ...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

John Garner
Dear Mr Bell. May Ifirst congrate yyou on your promotion yo CEO B&Q. I need your help. 2010 I purchased from B&Q a full kitchen for ...

re: New safety mark replacement could cost UK manufacturers millions

geej@onetel.com
Some misconceptions here. For some time many EU Countries refuse to accept UK Conformity Tests and insist manufacturers get retested in ...

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