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DIY SOS will head to Blackburn this year for Children in Need special

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Blackburn with Darwen later this year to take on an ambitious build to benefit a local charity. DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will see Nick ... 
2 July 2019

Smart Garden Products named in London Stock Exchange dynamic companies list

Smart Garden Products Ltd has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2019. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), with ... 
2 July 2019

Notcutts opens new display garden in Maidstone

A special ribbon cutting event was held at Notcutts Garden Centre in Maidstone to celebrate the opening of a new display garden, designed to inspire local gardeners with imaginative planting and landscaping ideas all year round. Caroline Notcutt, ... 
28 June 2019

Wilko to open two new stores

British value home and garden retailer, wilko, will open the doors to its newly relocated store at Tameside One, Ashton-under-Lyne on 10 July at 9am, the company confirms, as well as announcing it has signed a lease for a new store at The Oaks ... 
27 June 2019

Over 500 jobs at risk as Bathstore collapses into administration

After failing to secure a buyer, Bathstore, the UK’s biggest bathroom specialist, has collapsed into administration putting over 500 jobs at risk. The company has appointed the business services firm BDO as administrators, who said the retailer ... 
26 June 2019

Wyevale sells second garden centre to Cherry Lane

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced that Podington Garden Centre has been sold to Cherry Lane Garden Centre. The sale is expected to complete by the middle of August, with WGC continuing to operate the centre until this date. Cherry Lane Garden ... 
26 June 2019

Carpetright restructure produces positive results

The carpet and floorcoverings retailer, Carpetright, has announced its "business turnaround [is] on track with an encouraging return to positive like-for-like sales growth" in its full year results, following the group’s restructuring last year ... 
26 June 2019

Research underlines the Recent Smart Home Revolution

According to recent research conducted by property specialists FastSaleHomes.co.uk, smart home devices/appliances which can be remotely managed and monitored over Wi-Fi by smartphones and tablets, have revolutionised the way people live. ... 
25 June 2019

Mill Race garden centre up for sale

Owner of Mill Race garden centre, Swallow Aquatics has announced it plans to sell the centre, as it takes away from its speciality in aquatics. The centre is located in Aldham, Colchester and is one of the largest garden centres in Essex. Managing ... 
21 June 2019

Climatic challenges delay arrival of Swifts

Wildlife experts who work to save the UK’s dwindling swift population are concerned at the late arrival of these birds, which nest here after spending the winter in Africa. Many swifts have arrived up to two weeks late, and the RSPB has received ... 
21 June 2019

Fedden USP announces AHDB SmartHort workshop centres

Neil Fedden, owner and managing consultant at Hampshire-based Lean business specialists, Fedden USP, will be leading three new Strategic SmartHort Centres that are being set-up by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).The three ... 
21 June 2019

Dyson challenges “misleading” vax ad and wins

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint by Dyson that a claim made by Vax that its blade cordless 24v vacuum cleaner is “as powerful as a corded vacuum” was misleading and could not be substantiated.The claim appeared in a ... 
19 June 2019

Wyevale sells another 11 centres totalling 101 sales overall

Wyevale Garden Centres today announces the sale of 11 garden centres in four separate transactions to British Garden Centres, The Plant Area Limited (t/a Clandon Park Garden Centre), Coolings Garden Centres and Maidenhead Aquatics.British Garden ... 
19 June 2019

Home and gift sales lift John Lewis weekly figures

Total sales were up 3.8% last week compared with last year, with home, gift, and large electricals providing a significant boost.Overall, home sales were up 4%, with gifts, cook and dine sales up 3.2%.  Within this, gift sales were up 17%, driven by ... 
19 June 2019

Parker Building Supplies acquires Stamco

The 15-strong independent builders merchant has taken over Sussex Turnery and Moulding Company Limited (Stamco) in a deal that accelerates the firm’s growth strategy and takes its new combined turnover to £100million.The acquisition was supported by ... 
19 June 2019

Lidl announces £500m expansion plan in London

Lidl has announced it plans to expand in London, with a new HQ as well as a new store in the heart of city, with a £500m investment plan. The investment is planned for the next five years and will help the retailer expand across the capital. Adding ... 
19 June 2019

John Lewis customers can now return shopping to Waitrose delivery drivers

John Lewis customers can now return their purchases to Waitrose delivery drivers at the same time as they receive their groceries. The service means shoppers can return clothing and home purchases without leaving the comfort of their own home.... 
18 June 2019

Two Dobbies centres sold to Caulders

A Caulder & Co Limited, the owner of Caulders Garden Centres, has made two fresh acquisitions with financial backing from Clydesdale Bank. The company has acquired Dobbies Garden Centres in Kinross and Cumbernauld, growing its portfolio of ... 
18 June 2019

Capital Gardens acquires former Wyevale centre

The independent garden centre group, which bought Studley Green from Hillview last September, has now taken on Wyevale’s Sherfield on the Loddon centre, taking its estate to five centres.The garden centre, just north of Basingstoke off the A33, was ... 
17 June 2019

Dulux set to open new Painting & Decorating Academy in Leeds

The paint brand will officially open the doors to its latest Academy at Leeds College of Building on Monday, June 17.Located at the UK’s only dedicated building college, the new Academy site is part of a national drive by Dulux Academy to upskill 10,... 
14 June 2019
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