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BHETA secures raft of new members, as its trade conference is branded a hit

Sodastream, Abus, Jafco Tools, and Smartwares are the latest companies to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), as the organisation receives overwhelmingly positive feedback about its latest event.The Future for International ... 
15 March 2019

Scott Parnell plans to expand its Milton Keynes branch

Civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell has announced it will be expanding its Milton Keynes branch.As a result of significant growth at the business, the company has acquired additional space at its current location on Colts Holm Road ... 
15 March 2019

UK kitchen market set for £50million boost this year

A new report suggests kitchen sales will rise by £50million in 2019, despite ongoing challenges for the £3billion kitchen products industry.Based on kitchen suppliers’ data, the research by MTW Research found that higher-value rigid kitchen cabinets,... 
15 March 2019

Last chance for early-bird rate for Global DIY Summit

This is the last week to take advantage of the discounted rate, so register today and receive up to 300Euros off the price of attending the global networking event set to take place in Dublin June 5-7.Representatives from across the world will come ... 
15 March 2019

Surge in sales of wildlife cameras

One in three Brits say they’ve been inspired by TV documentary series, leading to an uplift in sales of wildlife cameras, with one retailer Laptops Direct recording a 160% jump.Inspired by TV series, such as Dynasties, Blue Planet and Springwatch, ... 
14 March 2019

Bransford Webbs is now a zero to landfill business

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has announced its environmental credentials and have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this important certification back in 2008. Its ... 
14 March 2019

Ikea UK announces opening date of new planning studio in Bromley

Ikea UK has announced today that the new Planning Studio in Bromley will open on Thursday March 28 2019. Ikea Bromley will be the retailer’s second Planning Studio to open in London, following on from the opening of its first on Tottenham Court Road ... 
14 March 2019

DIY Week Awards finalists announced

The judging for all retailer and supplier categories has now taken place and the shortlists can now be revealed in full. The overall winners will be announced at the DIY Week Awards lunch on Friday, May 10 ... 
13 March 2019

Kingfisher becomes first major retailer to ban metaldehyde

Parent company of B&Q, Kingfisher plc, has today announced it will stop selling products that contain metaldehyde across its 1,200 stores and replace them with environmentally-friendly alternatives. The move follows three years of collaboration ... 
13 March 2019

Frost launches new webshop

Frosts Garden Centres has renewed its transactional website prior to the start of the 2019 spring season, in order to tie in with the retailer’s new-look branding and garden stores.The family-run garden centre group teamed up with online marketing ... 
13 March 2019

Argos launches visual search to connect catalogue and online channels

The general merchandise retailer has introduced a new AI-enabled visual search service in the Argos IoS app, which allows customers to shop for homewares and furniture using images on their smart phone. Users simply take a photograph or upload a ... 
12 March 2019

Debenhams confirms refinancing in the wake of Mike Ashley wrangle

The department store chain announced it is in talks with lenders about a £150million refinancing package, following House of Fraser owner Mike Ashley’s attempt to take control by ousting board members and appointing himself through a shareholder ... 
11 March 2019

The DIY jobs Brits plan to tackle this year

With 63% of consumers planning a home improvement project this year, what DIY jobs do they feel confident enough to tackle on their own and what will they be leaving to the professionals?A new study by Anglian Home Improvements found that homeowners ... 
11 March 2019

Smart heating controls expected to drive high levels of growth to 2022

According to the latest Domestic Central Heating market report (2018-2022) from AMA Research, smart heating controls are likely to take market share from conventional heating controls in the longer term.In 2017, it is estimated that around 30% of ... 
11 March 2019

Year-on-year drop in retailers using third-party marketing channels

Use of third-party platforms like Amazon, Ebay and Google has dropped amongst the UK’s top 250 retailers, despite new figures that nine in 10 shoppers buy from Amazon and more than half presume Amazon has the cheapest prices ... 
8 March 2019

Hartley Botanic teams up with the RHS

Historic Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has begun a new partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society this year, in support of its annual School Gardeners of the Year competition. The Lancashire-based business will give ... 
8 March 2019

Natuzzi strengthens European expansion with UK openings

Furniture retailer, Natuzzi has opened its Editions store at the Cardiff Retail Gate Retail, one of the most prestigious furnishing mall located within the residential district of Pontprennau, in the heart of Cardiff Gate business park.The space has ... 
6 March 2019

Cmostores.com doubles turnover following KCP investment

The online construction materials firm, which rebranded as cmostores.com last month, has continued its rapid growth, reporting a 100% uplift in turnover since the investment by private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP) in 2017.Last year, the ... 
5 March 2019

Better Bathrooms goes into administration

It has been announced that Better Bathrooms has made 325 staff redundant and closed all its showrooms, trade counters and warehouses.Phil Pierce and Gary Blackburn from specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP, were appointed as joint ... 
5 March 2019

Wyevale announces sale of Barnett Hill and Seven Hills centres

It has been revealed that Barnett Hill will continue to operate as a garden centre under its new owners; Seven Hills has been sold to a development firm, with employees set to lose jobs within the next six months.Barnett Hill has been sold to Cherry ... 
5 March 2019
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