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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

Houseplant sales continue to climb in September

Garden centres across the country reported that sales remained strong in their houseplant departments last month, with predictions that colourful indoor plants, such as poinsettias, cylamens and hyacinths that the category will help give the ... 
29 October 2018

Singles' Day forcasted to double in the UK

Parcel comparison site Parcel Hero believes British sales on Singles Day are likely to soar in value thanks to the ideal timing of the event, which lands on a Sunday this year. Singles' day was born in Nanjing University where the large number of ... 
29 October 2018

Lechuza secures major online listings

German planter manufacturer, Lechuza has extended its reach, with its products now stocked on crocus.co.uk, Waitrose & Partners Garden website and RHS Plants OnlineLechuza key account manager Ian Riggs said of the new retail listings: “... 
29 October 2018

Werner supports Get A Grip campaign

The work at height and access equipment manufacturer, Werner Co, is pledging its support to the Ladder Association for its latest ladder safety campaign.As part of Werner Co’s commitment to improving safety standards across the industry, it is ... 
29 October 2018

Wilko re-opens Bishops Stortford store

Wilko has re-opened its doors at Bishops Stortford, in Jackson Square, after refurbishment. Queues outside the new store started forming at 8am with more than 75 shoppers keen to get a first look at the newly transformed wilko store and take home ... 
26 October 2018

SCS pulls out of House of Fraser as concession sales halve

Upholstered furniture and flooring retailer, Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS Group plc) has announced it will close the 27 outlets it operates within House of Fraser stores after reporting a 52.5% decline in concession sales for the quarter and says the ... 
26 October 2018

Debenhams confirms further closures after “tough year”

Following much speculation ahead of Debenhams’ latest trading update today, the department store chain announced it would be closing 50 unprofitable stores across the UK over the next three to five years, as digital channels strengthen and the ... 
25 October 2018

Crown Paints announces ambitious environmental plans

Crown Paints has set out its ambitious environmental targets for the year ahead and looks back at the successes the company has achieved in 2017 as part of its annual Sustainability Report.The report brings together all aspects of Crown Paints’ ... 
25 October 2018

Brexit uncertainty triggers huge price drops on DIY products

In the past week, online retailers have upped their number of offers on home improvement products by 38%, as well as slashing prices on thousands of home products much sooner than would be expected in the run up to Black Friday.Prices of home ... 
25 October 2018

Amazon will create 20,000 seasonal roles in the lead up to Christmas

Across its UK network, Amazon has announced it will be creating an additional 20,000 roles.Earlier this month, Amazon announced that from 1 November it is increasing its minimum wage to £10.50 for the London area and £9.50 for the rest of the UK for ... 
24 October 2018

Pricing competition in “tough DIY market” puts the squeeze on Wickes

Travis Perkins’ consumer division saw like-for-like (LFL) sales slide 4.2% in Q3, as Wickes reported declines in both core DIY and kitchen and bathroom categories.Announcing the results, Travis Perkins said “the market environment in UK DIY remains ... 
23 October 2018

Drews The Ironmongers to close after 87 years

The much-loved family-run business, which has operated in Reading for nearly nine decades, will cease trading after Christmas, with 26 people set to lose their jobs.Drews made the announcement on Facebook, stating that the business was no longer ... 
23 October 2018

Fire door safety ignored despite Grenfell tragedy

Despite the shocking tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London last summer, an online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety.Despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of ... 
22 October 2018

Report reveals regional interior trends for 2019

Property specialists, Sellhousefast.uk has explored the interior trends favoured by different regions across the UK (in 2017), in addition to discovering what interior trends have been most popular in 2018, and what can be swapped for next year. To ... 
22 October 2018

Jewson Wokingham relocates to brand new, larger unit

Increased customer demand has seen the builders’ merchant move its Wokingham branch from Barkham Road to a new-build 2,936sq m site on Molly Millars Lane.The new branch also has better access, meaning it can handle more customer deliveries and ... 
19 October 2018
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