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Kingfisher bounce back in Q2 2020

Kingfisher PLC has recently announced its 2019/20 year end financial results, and its Q1 and Q2 2020/2021 summary. 
22 June 2020

spoga+gafa 2020 set to go ahead

spoga+gafa 2020 in Cologne, Germany, is set to go ahead from 6-8 September 2020. 
19 June 2020

Popularity in garden ponds during lockdown period

The UK’s aquatics and water-gardening industry has been boosted by a huge surge of interest in garden ponds during the coronavirus lockdown. 
18 June 2020

Gardenex organises virtual 'Meet the International Buyer' event

Gardenex and PetQuip are holding a series of virtual Meet the International Buyer events, following the success of the first of its kind organised by the Federation. 
18 June 2020

HTA Virtual New Plant Awards Winners 2020

Apple ‘Trinity’ from Frank P Matthews has been crowned Best in Show at the New Plant Awards 2020. 
17 June 2020

The Retail Mutual launches #OpenForBusiness

On Monday 15 June the UK took another step towards easing the lockdown as non-essential retailers are permitted to reopen their stores. 
16 June 2020

Bradford Garden Centre expansion on course for September completion

Building work has continued throughout the Coronavirus pandemic closure to make further improvements to a Bradford Garden Centre. 
16 June 2020

CKI Free Carriage extended to end of June

Always looking at fresh and innovative ways to help customers drive sales, CKI are also very much committed to supporting retailers during these challenging times. 
15 June 2020

Travis Perkins announces trading update

Over the last six weeks, Travis Perkins has continued to open more of its branches under the safe, social-distancing working practices, in conjunction with customers, suppliers and construction industry bodies, as well as the UK Government. 
15 June 2020

Rainy Day Trust plan online fundraiser

Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover has announced plan of a social media fundraiser for the Rainy Day Trust organisation. 
12 June 2020

GIMA announces first virtual Buyer Connect session with Homebase

GIMA has announced that they are hosting a virtual Meet the Buyer session with Homebase to be held on Thursday 25 June 2020. 
12 June 2020

HTA launches Virtual Plant Awards

The HTA has received 48 entries for its Virtual New Plant Awards 2020. 
11 June 2020

AkzoNobel provides Covid-19 update

As the complex situation regarding the global pandemic continues to evolve, AkzoNobel remains focused on ensuring employee health and safety and maintaining business continuity, according to a recent company statement 
11 June 2020

Strong demand in lawn sector

Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest lawn seed brand, is reporting healthy sales of two of its most iconic consumer brands, despite the nationwide lockdown that gripped the garden trade during peak season. 
10 June 2020

The best and worst garden trends

The best and worst garden trends of all time have been revealed by leading tool firm Draper Tools - with bird feeders and vegetable patches among the good, and gnomes and fake grass among the bad. 
10 June 2020

Introducing The Grow Show

Kicking off summer in style, Glee Trade Show partners at Grow Your Own magazine have launched a brand-new virtual gardening event: The Grow Show. 
9 June 2020

Signs of recovery in DIY industry

Consumer spending contracted 26.7 per cent year-on-year in May, but positive signs are seen as more sectors adapt to social distancing restrictions to keep their doors open. 
9 June 2020

Robert Dyas announces store reopening plan

Robert Dyas will begin a phased return to the high street from Monday 15 June, with 11 stores in the South-East leading the way and reopening their doors. 
8 June 2020

Research shows 50% of decorators affected by mental health

Dulux Select Decorators has increased the range of support it offers its members to help them counter mental health challenges.



8 June 2020

Adapting sanitisation needs is key for retail

Garden centres have led the way in getting UK retail back on track as the coronavirus pandemic lockdown is eased. Now that garden outlets have been open for two weeks, many have successfully adapted sanitisation and social distancing operations to allow safe trading to resume. 
4 June 2020

What do you think?

With all the extra social distancing measures retailers have been forced to put in place, floor planning, product positioning, creative merchandising and POS displays are more crucial than ever.
But which of the following product categories do you feel are the most challenging to merchandise?

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