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EU shoppers seek home & garden discounts from UK brands online

Overseas mobile searches for UK brands grew by 18% YOY in Q3 2018, with the top four general retail searches all looking for discounts in the UK. New data from the British Retail Consortium found that, as well as an increase in Q3 compared with ... 
5 November 2018

Rosebourne completes purchase of Wyevale centre

The Rosebourne team has announced the purchase of Wyevale at Hampton-in-Arden, near Solihull, with plans to run the site as a standalone centre before looking at potential of incorporating it into the Rosebourne family.The sale, which completed on ... 
5 November 2018

Johnsons Lawn Seed reports record autumn uplift

Favourable temperatures across the UK in the last quarter of the year has seen the lawn care company post record-breaking sales across its range, with demand from gardens centres tripling thanks to one of the hottest and driest summers on record... 
5 November 2018

Asda unveils its Christmas campaign

Asda has yet again become the first supermarket to kick off its Christmas campaign with the launch of its ‘Bring Christmas Home’ TV ad – which hit screens last Friday.The adrenalin-fuelled ad sees Santa launch a flaming Christmas pudding into the ... 
5 November 2018

M&S launches eco-shopping bag

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new eco-shopping bag that helps prevent waste and reduce poverty among people living in Haiti and the Philippines.Launching in stores on 6th November, the re-usable bag is made from 75% Social Plastic, ... 
5 November 2018

Staff at Tong Garden Centre invited to White Rose Awards

The efforts by seven staff members to deliver exceptional service and commitment at Tong Garden Centre are being rewarded with an invitation to a prestigious awards ceremony.Steve Smith (Plants Buyer); Jackie Price (Catering Supervisor front of ... 
5 November 2018

Trading after Brexit will not halt says What More UK

With international sales higher than ever before, What More UK has said it has prepared for Brexit with a long term business plan. Director of What More UK, Tony Grimshaw said: "We inadvertently began making provision for Brexit, five years before ... 
5 November 2018

Smart strengthens head office support in anticipation of bumper year

Garden products supplier, Smart has announced the appointment of three new team members to strengthen its head office sales functions. Karen Gorski and Piotr Bury join the UK sales team, and Ana Beunza joins the export sales team, focusing on the ... 
2 November 2018

B&Q ditches Black Friday in line with EDLP policy

The Kingfisher-owned DIY chain announced today that it won’t be slashing prices on November 23 along with other retailers hoping to cash in on Black Friday and will, instead, stick with its everyday low prices model. The retailer has followed a ... 
2 November 2018

Carpetright’s Q2 performance dented by ongoing restructure

The flooring retailer described 2018 as a “transitional year” and said it expected trading to be heavily impacted by disruption, as the group downsizes portfolio and closes 65 UK stores. The trading update revealed that like-for-like performance... 
2 November 2018

A positive year helps Ikea grow market share in UK

Ikea enjoyed a 5.9% sales uplift for the year, boosted by investment in digital offer, new ranges and its physical stores. The retailer outperformed the market in home furnishings and increased market share to 8.4%, as it continues the roll out of smaller stores in "unexpected locations... 
2 November 2018

Loving Pets expands to Australia

Loving Pets, named in an international ‘fastest growing’ company list, has seen its foray in Australia take off.Since its launch in June, Loving Pets Australia has already picked up many new customers across the continent and received positive ... 
2 November 2018

Downturn in department store sector and increasing price competition set to impact upper end of household textiles market

Having experienced overall growth of 13% between 2013 and 2017, the UK household textiles market has been underpinned by returning consumer confidence and sustained demand from contract applications, according to the latest report from AMA Research.... 
2 November 2018

New campaign urges consumer to buy British Christmas trees

Grown in Britain is launching an initiative to encourage UK consumers to buy more assured British grown Christmas trees, as it is revealed that retailers are often conned into buying imported specimens, which they believe to be homegrown.Grown in ... 
1 November 2018

Video content key to Black Friday online sales

E-commerce conversion rates could be boosted by as much as 85% through effective use of video on retailer’s websites, according to new research. Ahead of the major shopping event in November, a study from automated video automation specialist ... 
31 October 2018

Squire’s continues to revamp catering offer across its centres

Family-run Squire’s Garden Centres has launched a new specially-designed kitchen pod at its Chertsey centre, having just revamped the café at its Badshot Lea branch.The new pod at Chertsey extends the current kitchen, allowing the centre to offer an ... 
31 October 2018

Rye DIY re-opens under Trade Paints banner

The independent DIY store, which has traded in the town for 25 years, closed its doors in September and has been taken over by Trade Paints, re-opening as the sixth branch within the decorating group yesterday. Rye DIY announced its closure on social ... 
30 October 2018

Woodcote Green sold to Dobbies Garden Centres

Following speculation over the future of the Woodcote Green Garden Centre site, it has been announced today that Wyevale Garden Centres (‘WGC’) has agreed the sale of the centre to Dobbies Garden Centre Centres.The news follows the announcement that ... 
30 October 2018

Local high streets to gain £675m for redevelopment in 2018 Budget

The Chancellor addressed Parliament yesterday, announcing the Autumn Budget for 2018, where he acknowledged the High Street is "under pressure as never before" and said he believed the tax system for the digital age must be revised.Commenting ... 
30 October 2018

BHETA launches 2019 National Home Improvement Month  

Following the success of its inaugural consumer-facing promotion this year - National Home Improvement Week - the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) secures backing to launch its 2019 follow up initiative and extend the campaign ... 
29 October 2018
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