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Better Bathrooms set to ‘smash’ record-high revenue of £50m in two years

Despite falling into administration earlier this year, Better Bathrooms has seen a huge turnaround under new owners, Buy it Direct, as its new online-only model moves the company into profit within just six monthsThe Buy it Direct Group, which also ... 
26 September 2019

Perrywood celebrates first year of trading at former Wyevale site in Sudbury

A garden centre which was saved from uncertainty last year, when family-run Perrywood Garden Centre bought the business to expand its portfolio, is celebrating its first anniversary.Now known as Perrywood Sudbury, the site on Newton Road in Sudbury, ... 
26 September 2019

Christmas tree shortage hits the UK

The UK is facing a shortage of real Christmas trees this year due new legislation which will push up red tape and importation costs. For the first time this year, Christmas trees over three metres in height will require a ‘Plant Passport’ to enter ... 
26 September 2019

Sainsbury's plans to axe 55 stores and up to 70 Argos closures

Although Sainsbury's plc reported a general outlook of growth in its second quarter trading update, with a 0.1% increase in retail sales and an improved 0.2% fall in like-for-like sales over the 12 weeks to 21 September, the update was offset by the ... 
25 September 2019

Online retail slumps in August

Internet sales continued on a downward trend last month, failing to receive a boost from the late summer sunshine and Bank Holiday weekend, with transactions in home and garden reportedly down by 6.9%.After online sales slumped to their lowest-ever ... 
24 September 2019

Houseplants continue upward sales trend in August

The August Bank holiday weekend gave sales at garden centres across the country a welcome boost at the end of the month, according to new figures from the GCA, with houseplants up in double figures.The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of ... 
24 September 2019

Blanchard’s Home Hardware wins cookshop window dressing competition

It has been announced that Blanchard’s Home Hardware (Bideford) has won Home Hardware’s Cookshop Window Dressing Competition for the second consecutive year. Snapes Home Hardware (Cheadle Hulme) received the runner’s up prize. The competition was ... 
23 September 2019

HTA encourages industry to prepare for plant passport regulations

Horticultural businesses are being urged to prepare now for the imminent changes to the plant passporting regulations which come into force on December 14. In preparation for this, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have produced an animated ... 
20 September 2019

Homebase to close Worle store and downsize Gateshead branch

As the home improvement retailer continues to consult with landlords following its CVA, it has been revealed that its Queensway store in Worle will close before Christmas and its Gateshead branch will be split into two retail units.Homebase, in ... 
20 September 2019

Tesco ads deemed misleading

Supermarket giant rapped by Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for price comparison ad that suggested its products were consistently cheaper than competitors Aldi and Lidl.Tesco has had a series of its ads banned by the ad watchdog for misleading ... 
20 September 2019

Poll reveals worrying lack of fire door knowledge across trades

Despite reporting a growth in demand for fire safety products and devices in the last year, a new poll by online ironmongery supplier, Ironmongery Direct, has revealed that over half of tradespeople do not know how to check that a fire door is ... 
20 September 2019

CMOstores.com launches new tile and floor e-superstore

The rapidly-expanding online builders’ merchant has added a sixth portal to its family of e-commerce building material retail platforms, serving both professional contractors and DIY enthusiasts throughout the UK.The new online superstore, ... 
19 September 2019

International Garden Centre Association Congress visits Squire’s

Around 250 International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) delegates from 19 countries visited Squire’s Garden Centres in Hersham and Badshot Lea on September 4. IGCA delegates from as far afield as the USA, Europe, South Africa, Australasia, China ... 
18 September 2019

Rosebourne Aldermaston surpasses £6million turnover in year one

The independent garden centre group is celebrating what it describes as “a fantastic first year of trading” at its Aldermaston site after turning over more than £6million.The Rosebourne business – headed up by garden industry veterans John Kitching ... 
18 September 2019

B&Q sales slide, as Screwfix decision to exit German market costs millions

In the UK and Ireland, B&Q total sales dropped 3.3% to £1,773million in H1, impacted by the axing of installation services and declines across showroom and weather-related categories. Meanwhile, the closure of all 19 Screwfix outlets in Germany ... 
18 September 2019

First-time buyers are driving the property market

FTBs were the largest group of purchasers in 2018, accounting for 36% of all sales, and are expected to remain so in 2019.The latest report from Hometrack has looked at the rising number of first-time buyers in the UK property market and how they ... 
17 September 2019

Houzz survey finds growth in kitchen renovation spend

Spend on kitchen renovations, one of the most popular rooms to renovate, grew by 11% in the past year to a median spend of £10,000, according to the annual Houzz & Home UK survey of more than 7,500 respondents in the United Kingdom. Median spend ... 
16 September 2019

Pets at Glee New Product Showcase 2019 winners revealed

Nine new pet products were confirmed as the winners of the inaugural Pets at Glee New Product Showcase 2019, at a special award presentation at last week’s show. More than 360 entries were put forward this year – a record number for the competition... 
16 September 2019

Service from ‘robotic staff’ is negatively impacting UK businesses

In an age of artificial intelligence and automation, new research finds that the inability of workers to improvise and innovate is causing consumers to make negative assumptions about companies. A study of 1,000 workplaces published in ‘Thinking on... 
16 September 2019

Thompson & Parkes opens new DIY retail shop

After much anticipation, the independent builders merchant officially launched its first retail shop serving the DIY market in Stourport on Saturday, September 14.Having taken over the site of an old wedding shop Minster Road, Stourport during the ... 
16 September 2019
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